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Google in Hot Water With the Government

posted Saturday Jun 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Google in Hot Water With the Government

This is a bad week for Google. Seemingly every government regulatory agency in the world is currently investigating Google for anti-trust and unfair business practices. As of right now, the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department, the Senate's antitrust subcommittee, the European Commission, several state attorneys general, plus other agencies are all investigating the same ideas but all separately.

Google is everywhere - what exactly might they be investigating? Well, almost all of their actual business is search and advertising. They currently have around 66% of the US search business and around 80% of the European. When an organization gets that kind of popularity, the temptation to prioritize your own stuff gets very strong; that is what is currently being investigated.

For example, let's use video search. When you do a Google search for anything and there is a video that matches your search terms, whose results will be first? Usually YouTube. In fact, you will almost never see a Vimeo result in your search unless there are no YouTube results. Is it because YouTube just has better results or is it because Google owns YouTube and wants people using their service instead of Video?

For more complaints against Google and how this could all end, hit the break.

10 Brands That Will Not Survive

posted Saturday Jun 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

For the last few years, the guys over at 24/7 Wall St. compile a list of brands that they believe will not make it out of the next year. While we see lists like this often and ignore them, the reason I'm talking about this list is because of how accurate they usually are. In 2010, they listed Blockbuster Video (joined EcoStar/DISH Network), T-Mobile USA (joining AT&T Mobility) and Merrill Lynch (joined Bank of America Corporation).

Now, that being said, why is their 2011 list so important? Well, it's the guys on the list that make it important to those of us in the electronics world. There are some large, long-time names on the list and if the list is as accurate as last year, the technology landscape will be changing a lot in the next 18 months.

Hit the break to see the list and our thoughts on the members.

Tennessee Bans Offensiveness

posted Saturday Jun 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Tennessee Bans Offensiveness

The Internet has become a place for the craziest stuff to live and be happy. Where else can you find Jesus floating in a pool or cups being used for that. All of the craziness has been gravitating to the Internet for years now. If you live in Tennessee, however, you are officially on notice not to enjoy any of it.

A new was passed last week in Tennessee prevents online distribution of any image that can "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" the viewer. Now, while the intent of the law might be to prevent others having to see some of the terrible things I wish I could unsee in my years on the web, the implementation just won't do. This will not just prevent people from seeing decapitations but also anything else. There is someone out there who has a panic attack over a waste of water and would find this video distressing.

Is this the end of WrongNumberTexts.com? Hit the break to find out.

German Man's Puppy Protest Against The Hells Angels Is Not Hellish

posted Saturday Jun 25, 2011 by Jon Wurm

German Man's Puppy Protest Against The Hells Angels Is Not Hellish

I couldn't think of a better way to come back from our week long post E3 hiatus than to tell you about a German guy who had an odd way of professing his feelings about the motorcycle gang members of The Hells Angels.

Apparently, on the 12th of June, a 26 year old German man had a bone to pick with The Hells Angels and the best way to resolve his grievances involved a rude gesture, a puppy and a bulldozer, in that order. The man drove on the the Hell's Angels clubhouse north of Munich, performed a rude gesture, dropped his pants, threw a puppy and fled the scene. Next, he stole a bulldozer from a nearby construction site and preceded to make a getaway to Munich while causing a huge traffic jam along the way. Eventually the man was captured in his home but what drove him to do these things is still unclear.

Before this I wasn't aware that the Hells Angels were in Germany too but I'm not surprised. For this guy's sake let's hope that PETA isn't. They might actually be worse.

Apple Goes Back on its Word, Gives in to Publishers

posted Sunday Jun 12, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple Goes Back on its Word, Gives in to Publishers

This week Apple did something that Apple usually doesn't do, they went back on a hard rule they set a few months ago. In February, Apple said that they'd be taking 30% of all your subscription earnings as a developer and you had to offer your service through the iTunes App Store. Apple, after probably hearing thousands of people yell at them, took an unannounced do-over and decided to alter the rule to allow magazine, newspaper, video and music publishers to not have to specifically sell via iTunes.

The rule was not yet in effect but Apple was already being lashed at by any and every developer that didn't have a huge margin to begin with. Some companies even said they would remove their apps completely from Apple products if the rule were to go through. Without services like Pandora, would you really buy an iPad?

For more, click the break.

HP TouchPad Arrives July 1

posted Sunday Jun 12, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

HP TouchPad Arrives July 1

We have been following HP's moves very closely as of late. From the $1.2 billion Palm buyout to the beginning rumors about the webOS' new uses, it's been a very interesting couple of months for the company. More recently we covered the two new webOS phones and the coveted beginnings of the TouchPad and even had the rumor mill churning with the TouchPad arrival for the summer.

Well, for an unprecedented third time, we here at the show have been right yet again as we should expect to see the HP TouchPad come to life on July 1st! Wow, it feels good to say we are right about this one, as we have been excited since the idea was just a twinkle in HP's eye, $1.2 billion ago.

For more on this, click the break.

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