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Episode 505

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Tech News Today 505: Clothbot: Do Your Worst

Chrome is the most popular browser? But Google is anticompetitive, cable companies join hands to help you wirelessly, and more.

Submit and vote on story coverage at technewstoday.reddit.com

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  • Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, says StatCounter
  • StatCounter bar graphs
    • Statcounter reports for the Week of May 14-20 Chrome averaged a higher traffic share than any other browser.
    • 32.76 % - Chrome 31.94% - IE
    • IE still most popular in North America and Australia, Europe Firefox most popular in Africa
    • Big lead for Chrome comes from South America with 50% overall share
    • Chrome also leading in Asia, but barely. IE still leads in China, South Korea and Japan.
    • StatCounter counts raw page views based on tracking code installed on more than 3 million sites globally.
  • EU finds four potential antitrust offenses in Google search, prefers to resolve them amicably
  • European regulators offer Google chance to settle antitrust violations
  • EU Offers To Settle With Google Over Anti-Trust Claims
    • The EU has finished 18 months of investigating Google's search practices and found 4 areas of concern
    • Joaquín Almunia, EC Vice President for Competition Policy stressed the Commission's desire to get them settled "without having to engage in adversarial proceedings." The EC gave Google a matter of weeks to respond.
    • Displays links to vertical services (maps, images, news) differently than links to competitors. May result in preferential treatment.
    • "Google may be copying original material from the websites of its competitors such as user reviews and using that material on its own sites without their prior authorization." (travel, restaurant)
    • AdSense agreements "result in de facto exclusivity requiring them to obtain all or most of their requirements of search advertisements from Google"
    • "Google imposes contractual restrictions on software developers which prevent them from offering tools that allow the seamless transfer of search advertising campaigns across AdWords and other platforms for search advertising."
    • "We've only just started to look through the Commission’s arguments," Google said in a statement. "We disagree with the conclusions but we're happy to discuss any concerns they might have. Competition on the web has increased dramatically in the last two years since the Commission started looking at this and the competitive pressures Google faces are tremendous. Innovation online has never been greater."
    • Google controls 78.64 percent of the desktop search market, down from 83.19 percent a year ago, according to NetMarketshare"


Discussion Stories

  • Leap Motion: 3D hands-free motion control, unbound
  • Leap 3D motion control system is 100 times more accurate than Kinect, will cost $69.99
  • Leap Motion
    • Leap Motion unveiled Leap 3D which would bring motion control to computers via USB device, costs $70,
    • The Leap could recognize and track your hand movements in the air in 3D space using sensors and cameras and Leap's software.
    • The system creates a "three-dimensional interaction space" of four cubic feet
    • More than one hand can be recognized, sticks, pencils
    • Demo video shows controlling games, drawing things, pinch to zoom, panning
    • the actual device is very small
    • Leap says its device can sense motion down to the most subtle movements of a finger, which the company says is 200 times more sensitive than anything else on the market.
    • Leap will release an SDK, and the device is compatible with OS X and Windows 7 and higher. Linux support is "on the agenda"
    • Leap is giving out devices to developers who qualify
    • Available for pre-order at leapmotion.com
    • Dev kits ship in 1-3 months
    • Consumer version will ship in winter
    • CEO of Leap, Michael Buckwald told CNet that the technology that made this possible was via research and not due to the latest processors or other recent hardware, which implies the Leap should work on older machines.
    • Kinect for PC is $249 list

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"Hey TNT Crew,

Just a quick note about the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace changes you mentioned on Friday. The reason why they’re forcing this is upgrade isn’t because of a security risk that would affect end users, it’s to enable Marketplace Encryption to prevent app piracy. The Windows Phone Marketplace doesn’t currently have encryption to prevent people from pirating apps (if you know what to do, you can download app packages without paying for them and sideload them illegally). Microsoft added support for Marketplace Encryption in 7.5 but left it disabled on their Marketplace servers until enough people upgraded their phones to 7.5. It appears that enough people have upgraded now and they’re flicking the switch, but this will break all 7.0 phones’ access to the Marketplace, which is why they’re warning people to upgrade now or lose access.

Andrew"

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