This story is just the other side of ridiculous but given the players not really that surprising.
Microsoft (the un-“do no evil” company) maybe offering large content providers cold hard cash to demand that Google stop listing their content in search results. I guess if you can’t beat ’em, cheat.. is the norm in Redmond these days. Kinda pathetic really just few days after Ballmer was spouting how well Bing was doing to a bunch of downtrodden shareholders.
So MSFT’s never ending nerve notwithstanding the amazing part of the story on Giz is that Murdoch might actually be considering this! Apparently he wants to cripple his web ratings and has been thinking about shutting out Google unilaterally for a while. Now MSFT is willing to fill his pockets to actually throw the switch. How can he lose?
At first I was appalled by this blatant tampering with the internet’s live blood (content) but then I got to thinking.. Google ain’t going to miss the ad revenue for one source of content. It’s not like it isn’t going to get replicated in a million other places anyway. If Microsoft wants to squander untold millions trying to hold back the sea then let it and getting News Corp’s hideously biased un-news off the front page would be a generally good thing all round for humanity.
So this blogger says – GO FOR IT! (morons).
Microsoft Might Pay Murdoch to De-List From Google – Microsoft Bing Google Rupert Murdoch – Gizmodo.
It’s a very strange thought for me to realize that the space shuttle program in about to end. After watching the Apollo 11 moon shot when I was 6 I’ve been fascinated with the US space program. It seems like the shuttles have always been with us. From test flights strapped to the back of a 747 to starting full operations in 1982 they have been the backbone of the space program. We have so much to thank the shuttle program for it’s not going to be easy to see it end. Read more…
Numan’s “Touring Principle Redux” is about to start in the UK (See you all at the Indigo2) and to mark the occasion Gary is re-releasing the video of the original Pleasure Principle tour back in 1980. This time around we’re not being subjected to all the gratuitous video effects that mostly ruined the original release. Read more…
Now we all love Twitter. How else would I know when half of you are eating dinner or walking the dog?
Time (the magazine) has obviously stopped taking its meds. They are trying to decide between Twitter and “the economy” as “person” of the year! Ok, now they’ve done many oddball things in the past to give this meaningless but attention getting stunt more impact. I don’t mind them redefining the language to allow a social networking service as a “person” but it would be nice if they’d pick one that at least didn’t fail like a whale (or in Time’s case, maybe it should be jump like a shark?)
Twitter: Time’s ‘Person’ of the Year? | Epicenter | Wired.com.
Our good fried Ina Fried over at c|net posted a nice story about Microsoft’s latest innovation. A tool created to help install Windows 7 on netbooks apparently mysteriously ended up being based on the ImageMaster open source project. Yup, now their passing open source code off as their own (guess Apple didn’t have anything they could rip off for this one).
I’m sure that MSFT would have done the right thing even if the blinding light of the tech press hadn’t been pointed at them but they are deflecting blame onto some anonymous “third party” who is supposed to been contracted to develop the tool in question. No names, natch.
Having been caught realized their terrible mistake, Microsoft have claimed that they are going to do the right thing and released the source code for the USB/DVD tool back into the open source community (hope someone is going to track that!). Strangely enough, the original ImageMaster project is now no longer to be found on CodePlex – Hmmmmm. Innovated out of existence.
Microsoft: Windows 7 tool used GPL code | Beyond Binary – CNET News.
If, like me you’ve been chuckling more than a little about the fact that a Sr Microsoftie Simon Aldous came clean was horribly mistaken earlier this week when he admitted inaccurately told the press that Windows 7 owes its look and feel to Apple’s OS X. You’ll be relieved that Microsoft has now settled the matter officially stating that Me Aldous’ comments were “Totally inaccurate”.
Methinks that our friends in Redmond doth protest too much. After all, the fact that Windows 7 has an alpha blended UI at last is total coincidence and that the new task bar highly resembles Apple’s Dock is just a perception issue. Anyone thinking that Windows 7’s new thumbnail view for running application looks anything like Apple’s Stacks must have mud in their eye. Not forgetting that Windows 7 now supports multi-touch (oh what innovation!) is in no way influenced by the fact that Apple brought that technology to market over 3 years ago. Lastly be mindful that the brand new Microsoft retail stores look almost exactly like in no way resemble the Apple stores we’ve all been packing into for years.
Most importantly know that Microsoft thrives off innovation…… just not their own innovation!
Microsoft denies employee’s comments about copying Apple | Mac OS X | MacUser | Macworld.