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May 14, 2009

Google Fails for an Hour for Some

Some of Google's services were unavailable this morning for about 14% of its customers.  The problem was attributed to a glitchin its network that sent some of the web traffic through Asia.  That caused a bottleneck which slowed down or stopped some of the traffic.  The error hasn't been detailed as to how it came about, which might be interesting.  A lot of inconvenienced people vented on Twitter.  Google fails for a "moment" and the world is lost.  The last time this happened to Gmail there was a slew of articles suggesting that we are all too dependent on Google.  Systems are not perfect, as anyone who ever worked in an IT shop will tell you.  It's unfortunate that these things happen, but they will happen again.  Google is responsible enough to keep the interruption down to a minimum, just as would Microsoft, Yahoo, or any other company in the same position. 

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May 13, 2009

Craigslist Removing Erotic Ads

Craigslist is removing the erotic services section of the site, but keeping an adult category.  Details are in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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EU Fines Intel Over Uncompetitive Practices in Chip Sales

Intel is fined a whopping $1.45 Billion for market practices the European Union considers anti-competitive.  Specifically, Intel used rebates for its processors with terms that made its customers either reject or restrict the use of AMD processors.  The lengthy opinion is not out yet, but summaries released by the EU are available.

From the EU Statement:

Intel awarded major computer manufacturers rebates on condition that they purchased all or almost all of their supplies, at least in certain defined segments, from Intel:

Payments to prevent sales of specific rival products

Intel also interfered directly in the relations between computer manufacturers and AMD. Intel awarded computer manufacturers payments - unrelated to any particular purchases from Intel - on condition that these computer manufacturers postponed or cancelled the launch of specific AMD-based products and/or put restrictions on the distribution of specific AMD-based products. The Commission found that these payments had the potential effect of preventing products for which there was a consumer demand from coming to the market. The Commission found the following specific cases:

The statement is here, and comments from Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Competition Policy are here.  Intel denies the charges and a statement by Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini is here.

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May 12, 2009

Recent DMCA Exemption Hearings Available as MP3s

The Library of Congress held its triennial hearings for copyright exemptions under section 1201 of the DMCA, Rulemaking on Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works.  The podcasts of each hearing session are here.  I'm pretty sure it's legal to download and listen to them despite the presence of of the media industry at the event. [MG]

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May 11, 2009

U Missouri Journalism School Requires an iPhone or iPod Touch

The University of Missouri School of Journalism is requiring students this fall to purchasean iPhone or an iPod touch.  This will be the communication device that the school will use to communicate announcements and course materials to students.  Forget the Kindle, netbooks, or even a laptop (which a student is likely to own anyway).  Coincidentally, or not, the school's Reynolds Journalism Institute has a competition to develop apps for the iPhone/Touch.

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Europe Considers Software Warranties

The European Union is considering rules that would extend basic consumer protection guarantees to software and the underlying code.  Software vendors are aghast at the idea, including those in the open source environment.  More in CNET.

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