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Google’s Android has generated just $550m since 2008, figures suggest

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 23:18 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Data provided in response to Oracle claim suggests Google gets more revenue from iPhone use than from Android ads and apps

Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011, if figures provided by the search giant as part of a settlement offer with Oracle ahead of an expected patent and copyright infringement trial are an accurate guide.

The figures also suggest that Apple devices such as the iPhone, which use products such as its Maps as well as Google Search in its Safari browser, generated more than four times as much revenue for Google as its own handsets in the same period.

With roughly 200m Android devices having been activated to the end of 2011, including an estimated 90m during the past two years, it suggests that Google derives slightly more than $10 per Android handset per year.

That compares to Google’s $38bn total revenues in 2011, almost entirely derived from advertising on PCs, of which there are 1.25bn installed worldwide, according to Microsoft. That suggests an average revenue for Google of about $30 per PC per year, though not all will be capable of accessing the internet or will use Google, so the actual figure will be higher.


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Airplanes Hovering Over the Heads of Sunbathers by Josef Hoflehner

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 23:07 by Paul Jay in category: Great Picture

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Maho Beach outside of Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten is famous for the fact that landing airplanes fly overhead at minimal altitude. It’s one of the only places in the world where airplanes can be viewed in their flightpath just outside the end of the runway, and therefore is very popular with tourists and plane spotters. Austrian photographer Josef Hoflehner has a project titled “Jet Airliner” that consists of photos of massive jet airliners hovering over the heads of sunbathers on the beach.

You can find more of these images here. They’ve also been in a book.

Jet Airliner [Josef Hoflehner]

 


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Scale

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 19:44 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

A minor update, it appears, but it remains awesome.


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  1. Awesome indeed!

Rick Santorum

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 19:29 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Indecision 2012

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“You’re not gonna use the pink ball. We’re not gonna let you do that. Not on camera.” Santorum went on to say “Friends don’t let friends use pink balls.”


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  1. With his bizarre obsession fighting everything that might evoke any association with homosexuality, it becomes more and more probable that Rick Santorum is a closeted gay.

  2. This sounds like one of those regrettable jokes where the punchline is “I’ve never looked.”

Cartoons

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 17:22 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Pope calls for greater freedoms in Cuba as he ends two-country tour

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 16:59 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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At the start of his visit, aboard a flight from Rome, he denounced violence caused by the drug war in Mexico and blasted Cuba’s Marxist political system by saying it “no longer corresponds to reality.”

Well, I must admit, when it comes to political systems that lo longer correspond to reality, the Pope certainly is an expert.


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Skittles Sales Up After Trayvon Martin Shooting

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 16:18 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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At Spelman College, the historically black women’s liberal arts school in Atlanta, the student government is buying Skittles in bulk and reselling them for 50 cents a bag to raise money for the family of Trayvon Martin, the teenager who was shot and killed by a crime watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., last month carrying only a packet of the candy and a bottle of iced tea.

The candy has been piled into makeshift memorials, crammed into the pockets of thousands of people who have shown up at rallies in his name and sent to the Sanford Police Department to protest the lack of an arrest in the case.

Like the hoodie sweatshirt he was wearing, the candy has been transformed into a cultural icon, a symbol of racial injustice that underscores Trayvon’s youth and the circumstances surrounding his death. But in the offices of the company that makes Skittles, Wrigley, and its parent company, Mars, Skittles’ new level of fame has quickly become a kind of marketing crisis that is threatening to hurt the company even as sales improve.

Dear Skittles, my heart goes out to you as soon as it gets back from going out to the Martin family. It might be a while.


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  1. Wrigley’s only action in all this:

    For its part, Wrigley has chosen to make only a subdued statement about its product, saying the company is deeply saddened, respects the family’s privacy and feels “it inappropriate to get involved or comment further as we would never wish for our actions to be perceived as an attempt of commercial gain following this tragedy.”

    And yet here they are, tagged as evil marketers who should kill themselves. Out of proportion much?

FBI Taught Agents They Could ‘Bend or Suspend the Law’

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 15:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The FBI taught its agents that they could sometimes “bend or suspend the law” in their hunt for terrorists and criminals. Other FBI instructional material, discovered during a months-long review of FBI counterterrorism training, warned agents against shaking hands with “Asians” and said Arabs were prone to “Jekyll & Hyde temper tantrums.”

These are just some of the disturbing results of the FBI’s six-month review into how the Bureau trained its counterterrorism agents. That review, now complete, did not result in a single disciplinary action for any instructor. Nor did it mandate the retraining of any FBI agent exposed to what the Bureau concedes was inappropriate material. Nor did it look at any intelligence reports that might have been influenced by the training. All that has a powerful senator saying that the review represents a “failure to adequately address” the problem.


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American Entertainment Industry Banned from Commercial Invoicing

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 15:25 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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He added that the lawsuits were used to extort settlements from people who are neither subject to the courts’ personal jurisdiction nor responsible for copyright violation, but do not want to be dragged into a court in the lawsuit that might seek disclosure of the contents of their PCs.

Sokath, his eyes opened.


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Video shows Zimmerman with cops; Dad speaks out

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 14:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Newly-released video of the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin shows George Zimmerman with no apparent injuries, right after he claims Martin attacked him.

That is raising new questions about Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.

But Zimmerman’s father insists the unarmed teenager was the aggressor and Zimmerman had no choice but to do what he did.

Check for yourself:

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Attack of the Prison People

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 14:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A word about this sort of thing: anyone who steps on the toes of either corporate interests or major conservative institutions (which are often more or less the same thing) has to expect to run into a buzzsaw. The purpose of that buzzsaw is not so much to get specific corrections as to intimidate — to deter the journalist and his or her colleagues from going there again.

And it works. I’ve seen it over and over: some commentator says the obvious, gets hit hard, and thereafter steers away from such issues and is very, very careful not to offend the hard right.(And when the other side points this out, they get very upset — they thought they were safe).


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What would you do if money were no issue?

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 14:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

How about this?


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  1. Brilliant!

Tim DeChristopher Placed in Isolated Confinement

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 10:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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On the evening of Friday March 9th, Tim DeChristopher (climate activist currently serving a 2-year prison sentence for outbidding oil and gas companies at an illegitimate BLM auction in 2008) was summarily removed from the minimum security camp where he has been held since September 2011, and moved into the FCI Herlong’s Special Housing Unit (SHU). Tim was informed by Lieutenant Weirich that he was being moved to the SHU because an unidentified congressman had called from Washington DC, complaining of an email that Tim had sent to a friend. Tim was inquiring about the reported business practices of one of his legal fund contributors, threatening to return the money if their values no longer aligned with his own. According to Prison officials, Tim will continue to be held in isolated confinement pending an investigation.

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It has come to our attention that William Koch entered into an antitrust settlement where his company, Gunnison Energy, and SG Interest, a Texas energy company, conspired to orchestrate the bidding at a BLM oil and gas lease auction in Colorado. They memorialized this conspiracy in a memorandum of understanding that was subsequently revealed by a whistleblower. The Department of Justice settled the matter by having each company pay a $275,000 fine, and allowed the conspirators to retain their successful BLM oil and gas leases, without any personal consequences. Tim was charged with conspiring to defeat the Act that created the auction, (a felony) and for making false statements to the Government (also a felony). These oil and gas companies actually conspired to defeat an identical BLM auction, and made false statements to the Government (according to the Department of Justice). No Oil and Gas executive was charged with felonies and thrown in jail. They were given a token slap on the wrist and went back to drilling. Tim, a peaceful protester, who simply embarrassed the BLM by catching them making big mistakes, is now in a TINY CELL because someone from CONGRESS wants to keep him even quieter?


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Facebook password protection law shot down by Congress

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 10:19 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy

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The US House of Representatives has voted against a proposed law which would have limited the ability of businesses to collect social networking user names and passwords for current and prospective employees.

The vote, which fell largely along party lines, fell by a 236-184 majority. Just one Republican voted in favour of the measure while two Democrats voted against the proposed law.

So a Republican controlled Congress did something pro-business. What a shock.


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  1. Are you waiting for Congress to do something to protect the 99%? It won’t happen with this system.

  2. In the U.S. it’s illegal to ask candidates their marital status, sexual orientation, ask a woman if she’s pregnant, etc. Given that this sort of information is generally readily available from a social network profile, how is asking for FB account access any more legal than those other questions? Does this need a new law?

  3. Another reason to use a fake name on fb.

Limbaugh sees heat over comments turn down to a simmer

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 10:17 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Exactly one month after the conservative radio host sparked outrage by calling Georgetown law-school student Sandra Fluke “a slut” and “a prostitute” in a three-day diatribe, stations are standing by him, advertisers are trickling back to his program and the news media have moved on.


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Now Can We Start Talking About the Real Foxconn?

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 9:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Mike Daisey claimed to have come across 12-year-old workers, armed guards, crippled factory operators. We saw none of that. And we did try to find them. Nothing would have been more compelling for us and our story than to have a chat with a preteen factory operator about how she enjoyed (or not) working 12-hour shifts making iPads. We didn’t get such an anecdote.


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Rapidshare Declared Legal (Again) In Germany, But With A Bizarre Requirement To Monitor Other Sites

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 0:26 by Paul Jay in category: News

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A few weeks back, there were reports floating around claiming that a high regional court in Germany had ruled against Rapidshare, which some thought went against earlier rulings that had found the company’s model legal in both Europe and the US. Considering that Rapidshare is quite frequently compared to Megaupload (despite some significant differences), these cases are pretty important. When I saw that announcement a couple weeks ago, I also heard from some people in Germany who said to wait until the full ruling was out before assuming that the news making the rounds — which was being pushed by the entertainment industry — was accurate. Indeed, now that the details have come out, the ruling is much more mixed, and is mostly a victory for Rapidshare. It effectively says that Rapidshare’s business is legal — and this comes from a German court that has a history of suggesting that service providers need to be copyright cops.

In this case, that is the one questionable part of the ruling. While the court does not say that Rapidshare needs to police uploads, it does say that the company needs to police external links to the site and then disable the files if they are obviously infringing. This doesn’t make much sense if you think about it. It seems odd that Rapidshare should be forced to monitor what third party users on fourth party sites are doing, and then take action based on that. But, it appears the company may appeal that part. And, for the time being, a ruling that acting as a hosting provider/cyberlocker is legal is an important and useful ruling, in a court not known for handling copyright cases very well.


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Man Who Was Arrested for Filming Police with Phone Settles for $170,000

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 0:23 by Paul Jay in category: News

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After being arrested on October 1, 2007 for using his cell phone to film officers making an arrest, Boston lawyer Simon Glik sued the city for violating his civil rights. Late last year the court denied a motion to have the case dismissed, and just yesterday it was announced that the City of Boston had come to a settlement with Glik, agreeing to pay him $170,000 for damages and legal fees. The decision last year and the settlement yesterday both reaffirm that the First Amendment protects the right to photograph and film police officers carrying out their duties in a public place.


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