Google’s Android Target of New Antitrust Complaint
BRUSSELS — A group of companies led by Microsoft have called on European authorities to launch an antitrust investigation into Google‘s dominance of mobile Internet usage on smartphones. The “FairSearch” initiative of 17 companies — which includes Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle — claims Google is acting unfairly by giving away its Android operating system to mobile device companies on the condition that the U.S. online giant’s own software applications like YouTube and Google Maps are installed and prominently displayed. “Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a Trojan horse to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data,” said Thomas Vinje, the group’s Brussels-based lawyer. (MORE: Was Instagram Really Worth $1 Billion?) Android operating systems are installed on about 70 percent of new smartphones, according to analyst estimates, handing Google the largest market share worldwide, followed by Apple‘s iOS platform. Systems ...
Popularity helps buffer Apple from Chinese state-media attacks
SHANGHAI - Chinese Internet users are crying foul over the perceived unfair treatment doled out to Apple Inc by state-run media which has actively criticized the smartphone maker for the past two weeks over its warranty policy.
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U.S. ‘Hacker’ Crackdown Sparks Debate Over Computer Fraud Law
In June 2010, Andrew Auernheimer, a well-known Internet security expert, discovered a gaping hole in AT&T’s website that exposed 114,000 email addresses belonging to the wireless giant’s Apple iPad customers. After a colleague downloaded the data, Auernheimer passed the information to a journalist at the wesbite Gawker. The episode was a major embarrassment for AT&T because the list included thousands of high-profile individuals, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and then-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. AT&T quickly patched the hole. The FBI promptly launched an investigation, and last November, Auernheimer was convicted of two felony counts under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a 1980s-era law originally designed to punish and deter intrusions into government and financial industry computer systems. His colleague, Daniel Spitler, pleaded guilty last year. On Monday, Auernheimer, 27, was sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay $73,000 ...
Roku adds headphones to latest online video player
SAN FRANCISCO -- Roku is plugging headphones and several other new features into its latest set-top box for streaming Internet video to TVs, a move that amplifies its effort to upstage Apple's better-selling player....
Apple computers, thought safe from hacking, breached
Apple is reporting some of its company computers were hacked on Tuesday and is laying the blame with an Internet plug-in called Java.