The heads of some of the world’s biggest tech companies have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors.
Unprecedented is a dangerous word in journalism, but this really hasn’t happened before.
A document sent by the search giant to Australian regulators argues that the company doesn’t control enough of the digital ad industry to overcharge customers or block competitors.
It wasn’t sent to us, at least not directly, but we decided to pretend it had been. “As we often ask our children to do their best,” the principal at a state primary school in Melbourne’s west had written in the second week of April, “we now ask that of our parents. But please do not let it become too overbearing or too difficult to the stage where it causes upset in the household – this does not assist anyone – child or parent.”
Apple faces two European Commission probes into whether it has broken competition rules.
Many companies are retreating. But Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are placing bets to get even bigger.
U.S. tech giants such as Facebook and Amazon could face tougher rules as European Union regulators seek evidence to curb their role as gatekeepers to the internet and access to people, information and services, according to an EU tender seen by Reuters.
[Washington Post] Tech titans spent much of the last year playing defense, fending off dozens of federal and state antitrust investigations and a public wary of their power.Continue reading Tech giants are profiting — and getting more powerful — even as the global economy tanks
It seems Verisign is paying an analyst who has written more than a dozen favourable articles about the .com TLD and questioning the new gTLDs, according to a Domain Incite report.
The report says Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst at ZK Research, writes a regular column for Network World called Network Intelligence and the .com registry operator has admitted it âsponsorsâ the analyst.
The articles appear to have been removed in the last day or two.
The Australian government has raised concerns that âLifestyle Domain, a subsidiary of Scripps Networks, which owns televisionâs Food Network and Food.com. Scripps Networks wants to run â.foodâ as a closed string,â according to a World Trademark Review report. âIts argument that it should be afforded â.brandâ status resting on a US trademark registration for âFOODâ. However, its efforts are generating considerable protest, including from one of ICANNâs powerful government stakeholders.â
ICANN warned six pending new gTLD applications â â.dvrâ, â.dataâ, â.foodâ, â.groceryâ, â.hotelsâ and â.phoneâ â in June that their plans to operate exclusive registries would not be allowed during the current round of applications, the report notes. Scripps won .food at an auction but ârather than agreeing to run â.foodâ as an open domain, Scripps Networks has instead applied to be designated by ICANN as a â.brandâ gTLD.â
âIn public comments, the Australian government renewed its opposition to the operation of â.foodâ as a closed gTLD, citing its potential negative effects on competition.â
And the .apple gTLD was delegated to the technology company on Wednesday, according to another Domain Incite report. The gTLD will be closed, so only Apple will be able to register domains in the gTLD. What the company will do with its gTLD wasnât said in the article and hasnât been announced.
The cloud is going to be big, and it’s a reasonable bet that Apple’s version of the cloud will be… “iCloud”. Especially with rumours Apple recently bought icloud.com, according to a report on GigaOm, for about $4.5 million in a sale that will no doubt be one of the year’s biggest.According to the report “Until recently, iCloud.com was a domain name and a storage-as-a-cloud service owned by Linkoping, Sweden-based desktop-as-a-service company, Xcerion. Xcerion’s iCloud service has just been rebranded to CloudMe, and the company acquired the CloudMe.com domain on April 5, 2011.”In another report, this time from CNET, Apple is going to offer a cloud music service soon that initially will be free of charge for users, but eventually will require a fee of around $20-25 per year.For more information, see: