Google Monopolistically Pulls YouTube App From Windows Phone — Again

By: Friday August 16, 2013 2:42 pm

The Google/Microsoft war grows uglier. This time, Google is refusing to allow Microsoft to have access to the YouTube API key for an app on Windows phones.

FISA Court Gives Justice Department Yet Another Extension to Respond to Google and Microsoft Transparency Petitions

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 12:18 pm

The FISA court has granted the Justice Department its fourth extension to respond to the request by Google and Microsoft to lift the gag order preventing them from revealing details of their work with the government.

Tech Bytes

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 3:35 pm

In advance of Apple’s Thursday earnings report, it’s being announced that iPhone had 51.2% of all smartphone sales in the 4th quarter of 2012. Verizon posted its 4th quarter earnings today, taking a hit for subsidizing — you guessed it — the iPhone 5. WhoWhatWhy says Aaron Swarz perescutor Carmen Ortiz has a “sordid rap [...]

Dumb Sh*t Eric Schmidt Says

By: Monday December 17, 2012 3:41 pm

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt boasts to Bloomberg about the rapid proliferation of Google’s Android smartphone operating system, comparing it to Microsoft’s domination of the desktop platform in the 90s. And if everyone remembers the 90s correctly, the Department of Justice stepped in and smacked Microsoft around for antitrust violation, without which they would have no doubt strangled Google in its infancy.

Leibowitz Still Looking for Third Vote at FTC to Bring Google Search Manipulation Antitrust Case

By: Monday December 10, 2012 4:40 pm

Google is out there whispering in the ears of journalists that they are off the hook for search manipulation and that there are three solid votes in opposition to the FTC pursuing the case. Perhaps they know things nobody else does, but if it’s true, it will raise all kinds of questions about the agency’s balk, particularly with regard to commissioner Edith Ramirez.

Which Firms Are Meeting With the DoJ About Being Screwed by Google?

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 1:45 pm

The fact that the DoJ is taking meetings while the FTC’s Google investigation is still underway is, as the Post says, a clear sign that companies are “losing faith that the Federal Trade Commission will act forcefully on their complaints.”

Don’t Get Scroogled: Microsoft Slaps Google Over Charging for Seach Result Placement

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 5:09 pm

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Ah it seems like such a short time ago that idealistic Stanford students Sergei Brin and Larry Page were righteously proclaiming that Google search results “will be objective and we will not accept payment for inclusion or ranking in them.” Now Google is basically running a search engine shake-down racket charging companies for placement ranking. So Microsoft is running a holiday campaign for its Bing search engine called “don’t get Scrooged.”

Steve Ballmer Launches Windows 8 and Surface Tablet Today

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 2:05 pm

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer launched Windows 8 and the company’s new Surface tablet today in advance of the holiday season. They will begin selling at midnight tonight online and in the company’s new popup stores around the country tomorrow.

Kindle Fire Using Microsoft Bing as Default Search Engine

By: Saturday September 8, 2012 10:14 am

Microsoft has apparently forked over big cash to Amazon to have its Bing search engine installed as the default on the new Kindle Fire HD. Ars Technica: “All text you enter in Amazon Silk”s address bar is sent to a default search engine,” Amazon writes in the Amazon Silk browser terms and conditions, updated yesterday. [...]

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