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 [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher 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.
|By: Jane Hamsher 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.
|By: Jane Hamsher 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.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 28, 2012 5:09 pm|
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.”
|By: Jane Hamsher 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.
|By: Jane Hamsher 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. [...]