Statement on July 12 Fine Announced by European Commission — Fine not appropriate; key issue not compliance, but clarity of March 2004 decision. — REDMOND, Wash. — July 12, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. issued the following statement by General Counsel Brad Smith, following the decision …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG, Microsoft News Tracker, Bink.nu, Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog and GigaOM
David Hunter / Microsoft News Tracker: EU fines Microsoft with more hits coming
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM: EU Slaps Microsoft
Microsoft hit with 280m euro fine — Microsoft has been fined 280.5m euros ($357m; £194m) by the European Commission for failing to comply with an anti-competition ruling. — The software giant will appeal against the fine which follows a long-running dispute between it and EU regulators.
Discussion: J. LeRoy's Evolving Web, GROKLAW and Neowin.net
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
How about a $357 million fine? Is that "clear" enough for you?
How about a $357 million fine? Is that "clear" enough for you?
Glenn Chapman / Mail&Guardian:
Yahoo! cries foul as MySpace pulls top ranking — The MySpace website deemed a virtual clubhouse where teenagers bare details of their lives has eclipsed internet oldster Yahoo! as the most popular website in the United States, a research firm said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram, Business Wire and Threadwatch.org
MySpace is America's top site — Social networking site ranked No. 1 last week, Internet tracking firm says. — NEW YORK (Reuters) — Online teen hangout MySpace.com ranked as the No. 1 U.S. Web site last week, displacing Yahoo Inc.'s top-rated e-mail gateway and Google Inc.'s search site …
Discussion: Techdirt, Open Culture and YHOO - Blogging Stocks
GeekyGirl Dawn Foster / Open Culture: MySpace and Yahoo Fight for the Right to be Number One!
Tom Taulli / YHOO - Blogging Stocks: Who owns social networking?
Bruce Gain / Wired News:
Park the Beamer by Bot — Driving your car into a cramped parking space can be a harrowing experience, but BMW says it has developed a robotic parking system to solve the problem. — The luxury carmaker's parking-assist technology will park your car for you as you stand outside and watch …
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog, Gadgetell, Gizmodo, Alice Hill's Real Tech News, CyberNet Technology News and digg
Adam Berger / Gadgetell: BMW parks itself in your message garage
Jimmy Daniels / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Let the Bot Park Your Car
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Elhood Gets Funding for Hispanic MySpace Clone — More niche social networking: Elhood, which launched officially on June 26th, is a Hispanic social network. Today it emerged that the site has taken a second round of funding led by Jose "Pepe" Barroso", head of Pep's Records (a joint venture with SonyBMG Spain).
Discussion: Web Publishing Blog and paidContent.org
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
New Search Patent Applications: July 11, 2006 - Google Patent Filings by the Dozen — Twelve Google patent applications where published this past week, including seven that focus upon geographical information and local search. — (1) How good a match ads may be to the content on pages …
Discussion: Download Squad, Google Operating System and Screenwerk
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System: New Google Patents On Ads And Local Search
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Patents Aplenty — Bill Slawski at SEW posts on a dozen newly …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Is Intel killing PC gaming? — I'm just heading back to London after a quick visit to the Develop in Brighton conference, where some of the gaming industry's biggest developers are banging their heads together. — I was there to hear Mark Rein of Epic (they make games like Unreal Tournament) …
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Joystiq: Epic's Mark Rein: Intel is killing PC Gaming
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
The Great Divide — The two sides — adware provider and security researcher — couldn't be farther apart, and Zango's Stratz made it sound as if that would always be the case. — "We know where Boyd and others like him stand, and they know where we stand," Stratz said. — Ouch!
Aquafinality / digg: Teenagers used to push Zango on Myspace?
Timothy / Slashdot: Adware Spreads Through Myspace
Cybercrooks turn to hacking many applications — SEATTLE — In a widely aired TV commercial, a hip-looking dude personifying Apple products wipes the nose of a sickly businessman representing Windows PCs, and smugly declares Apple's immunity to computer viruses. — But the ad belies an alarming shift in cyberattacks.
Xbox putting 1980s arcade games online — Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 may exemplify the high-tech future of video game consoles, but the company is hoping some of its avid players still pine for the good old days of "Pac-Man" and "Frogger." — Microsoft plans today to offer …
Discussion: Alice Hill's Real Tech News
Jimmy Daniels / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Play Classic Arcade Games on Xbox Live
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Woodcrest to power Apple's next-gen Mac Pro desktops — Apple Computer has selected dual-core Xeon server processors from Intel Corp. to power its next wave of high-performance professional Mac Pro desktops, AppleInsider has confirmed. — The 64-bit chips — formerly code-named "Woodcrest" …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget: Intel Xeon to power new Mac Pros?
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Mashup Camp brainstorms — Mashup Camp opened this morning, with dozens of mashers, both developers and vendors with APIs, stepping up to propose sessions on everything from mobile mashups and creating mashups for corporate use to API pricing models and voice-enabling mashups.
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat: Midday round-up: Crowdsourcing, Firefox 2.0 and Mashup Camp
Rather eyeing online gig — AOL might have a new message for the Internet: You've got Dan. — The Time Warner-owned Internet company is in negotiations with representatives for veteran CBS anchor Dan Rather to play a role in original programming for its online video offerings, sources said.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Good Morning Silicon Valley, RSS Marketing Blog, New Media Sense and SearchViews
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley: Kenneth, what is the URL?
SONY BEGINS SHIPPING "BYTE-SIZED" USB DRIVE — Micro Vault Tiny Offers Up to 4GB Storage Capacity — PARK RIDGE, N.J., July 11, 2006 - Sony Electronics is taking the notion of compact to the next level with its "byte-sized" Micro Vault® Tiny drive. Measuring roughly ½ inch wide …
Discussion: Engadget, MobileWhack.com, GottaBeMobile.com and I4U News
Thomas Ricker / Engadget: Sony's Micro Vault Tiny now officially shipping in the US
Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com: Sony Micro Vault Tiny Drives Start's Shipping
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Sony Goes Fashion Conscious And Starts Shipping The Micro Vault Tiny Drive
Lakshmi Sandhana / Wired News:
This Is a Computer on Your Brain — A new brain-computer-interface technology could turn our brains into automatic image-identifying machines that operate faster than human consciousness. — Researchers at Columbia University are combining the processing power of the human brain …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
MySpace may face legislative crackdown — Politicians on Tuesday accused MySpace.com and other social-networking sites of failing to protect minors from sexual predators and other malign influences and said a legislative crackdown may be necessary. — During a hearing before a House …
Discussion: Techdirt and Mark Evans