Tuesday, May 31, 2011
It's unclear whether Google plans to also remotely remove the app from Android smartphones on which it's already been installed, something that Google has the power to do but has only in the past used to get rid of malware-ridden apps.
In response to questions regarding Grooveshark's removal from the Android Market, a Google spokesperson only had this to say: "We remove apps from Android Market that violate our terms of service." The spokesperson did not mention what violations Grooveshark has committed in relation to the Market's terms of service. Google has also, understandably, not said anything about this happening in response to pressure from the music industry -- yet what else could have triggered this removal?
In an interesting coincidence, Google is set to outline its anti-piracy efforts before the House of Representatives' Judiciary committee today. Google has been accused numerous times that it profits from piracy by allowing 'pirate' sites to post Google ads. The company is expected to deny this as well as issue a tougher stance on piracy at today's hearing.
As for Grooveshark, it looks like it's quickly running out of mobile app stores on which it's allowed to exist. Do consider however that you'll probably still be able to get the Android app from Grooveshark directly -- since (unless you have an AT&T Android device) Android does allow you to install apps that don't come from the Market.
The credit card industry experienced a sizeable increase in net pre-tax profits in 2010, rising to 18.5 billion, up from the previous year’s $13.6 billion, according to a report from the industry analyst firm R.K. Hammer. This increase in profits came despite the predicted and much-heralded declines in revenues.
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Overall, lenders lost $3.2 billion in revenues between 2009 and 2010, as both interest and fee income slipped, the report said. However, operating expenses, the blended cost of funds and net charge offs all saw significant declines as well, and costs fell to $144.8 billion from $152.9 billion in the previous year.
“Arguably, as with last year it will again take a very complicated and successful set of financial and marketing mechanics by issuers to reverse or at least mitigate what we see as an all out attack on credit card industry profits in such an economic and regulatory climate,” said Robert Hammer, founder of the firm. “We do look for some improvements later in 2011, which should also well serve the broader market and financial institutions in particular.”
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Financial institutions are now fighting a proposed rule that would severely limit the amount they could charge businesses for processing debit card transactions, which they say would cut even more deeply into revenues.
A revision was made to the WSUS offering for Windows 7 / Window Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) on 5/24 to address known installation issues. We are aware that this latest revision is incorrectly reporting as "Not Installed" for machines that have already installed the previous revision of the SP1 update. Also, if this revision is approved for installation, it will reoffer to machines that have already installed the previous revision of the SP1 update. Specifically
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This issue has been corrected with a revision released Tuesday, 5/31 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Please be sure to re-sync your servers to obtain the latest revisions and updates to these and other packages.
Research in Motion's investors and partners are starting to talk about about replacing the company's co-CEOs, Reuters reports.
There doesn't seem to be any specific plan in place for displacing Mike Lazaridis or Jim Balsillie, RIM's leaders.
Really, the Reuters report reads mostly as wishful thinking from investors who have seen their RIM shares tanking in the past few months.
Kicking out Lazaridis and Balsillie will be pretty tough since they're the biggest shareholders in the company and chairmen of the board.
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Read a post on Yahoo! Finance today and thought it was interesting.
1. End of QE2
As we all know the $600 billion treasury securities buy up aiming to pump money into the economy has helped as the stock market rallied in the first 5 months. The QE2 is set to end at the end of June which is not very far away. It is hard to predict how this will affect the economy but it will definitely slow down our growth later this year.
2. Stronger Dollar
When I first read that I thought to myself, why is that a bad sign for the stock market? For months we talk about the weakening dollar and now we complain about the dollar strengthening? So I kept reading. So the dollar has strengthened in the past few weeks and most likely will continue to do so with the end of QE2. Some experts say that the weaker dollar makes products of multinational companies cheaper overseas, thus, increasing earnings and helped stock prices.
3. Weak economic indicators
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It's also interesting to note that there are now more than 1,000 sites utilizing Internet Explorer 9's Windows 7 integration features -- like the new desktop notification support we showed you in Hotmail.
But perhaps the best news of all is that Microsoft's IE6countdown.com now has more than 400 partners and is generating nearly two million pageviews per month, helping to lure users away from the woefully out-of-date browser. Can the end come soon enough, DS readers?
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Monday, May 30, 2011
If you're in the U.S., you can now score local savings at participating merchants by checking in with Latitude. Google will also be offering "status deals," which users can unlock by visiting a particular merchant on a regular basis. Mashable notes three status levels: regular, VIP, and guru -- though partners can apparently customize those titles if they choose.
Right now deals are available from merchants like American Eagle Outfitters, Arby's, Finish Line, Macy's, Quiznos, and RadioShack.
Last week saw a major new product announcement from Google: the new "Google Wallet" will allow people with compatible mobile phones to use them to pay for goods and services in shops with a simple wave of their hand. This follows a number of in/out/in/out/shake it all about rumors that this "NFC" stuff might be included in the next iPhone. So what is NFC and why should you care? Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and I'll explain.
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Blog Post: [English] Rand Fishkin talks about his idea of the future of link building and the importance of social signals to influence rankings
For those who don’t know him, Rand Fishkin is the CEO & Co-Founder of SEOmoz, a leader in the field of search engine optimization tools, resources & community. Rand has been written about it in Newsweek and the NY Times among others and keynoted conferences on search around the world.
Rank talks about his idea of the future of link building and the importance of social singals for rankings.
The talk was recorded for the Microsoft Academy and I’m glad to say that both Rand and the Academy agreed to allow me to post the full session video for everybody to enjoy.
You can download the slides here
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Funnel is a quick way to scan the Google News headlines. It has a simple interface. Sections are color coded, and the size of the headlines gives you a quick visual idea of the importance of the story based on the number of related articles.
The app supports news from the US, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K. You can set the app to display in the appropriate language for the country selected.
If you touch an item, you get the first paragraph. Tap 'read more' and you get the content in the built-in browser. You can't search, or see related stories. In the app preferences you can select the kind of news you want in broad categories. I don't think Funnel is a substitute for more feature-rich apps such as Pulse, but it's nice for a quick dive into the news. The app worked reliably, but was a little slow at times to load the full stories into the viewer. The app is free today only and requires iOS 3.2 or later. It also runs on the iPod touch and the iPad but it is not iPad native.
Gallery: Funnel news app for iPhone