The relationship between Microsoft and Intel may have cooled down a degree or two this week.
Microsoft yesterday condemned and rebutted comments made about Windows 8 by Renee James, an Intel senior vice president who heads the software and services group. At an Intel investors meeting on Tuesday, James revealed details about the next version of the Windows operating system that apparently ticked off some of the higher-ups in Redmond.
Discussing versions of Windows 8, James said that Microsoft would release a traditional version of the operating system designed to run on Intel x86-based computers. This version would offer a … Read more
Google, one of the most closely watched companies on the planet, somehow managed to surprise investors and the media when it disclosed in a May 10 regulatory filing that it was setting aside $500 million to cover potential settlement costs related to a Justice Department investigation.
The Wall Street Journal reported three days later that the settlement would resolve a criminal investigation into allegations Google made hundreds of millions of dollars accepting ads from illegal online pharmacies.
No one may have been more surprised than Victoria A. Espinel, the U.S. intellectual-property enforcement coordinator. Just six months earlier, Espinel, who's leading the Obama administration's efforts to thwart rogue pharmacies, commended Google's help in the battle at a White House meeting. And in June, Espinel's office released a plan (PDF) to address intellectual-property enforcement that praised Google, along with Yahoo and Microsoft's Bing, for voluntarily updating protocols to prevent the sale of ads to rogue pharmacies.
"The U.S. Government applauds these efforts by the private sector and will continue to work with these companies and other search engine operators, advertising brokers, and payment processors to explore methods to prohibit paid advertising for online illegal pharmaceutical vendors," the document, with a signed introduction by Espinel, reads.
A representative at the Office of Management and Budget, of which Espinel's office is a part, referred questions regarding Espinel's knowledge of the criminal investigation of Google to the Justice Department. Jessica Smith, a spokeswoman there, declined to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation, citing agency policy. Google also said it wouldn't comment because it was a legal matter.… Read more
Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing agreement with EMI Music and is very near to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, multiple music industry sources told CNET.
Warner Music Group already had a deal in place with Apple, CNET reported last month. The licensing agreements will enable Apple to launch a fully licensed cloud-music service to rival unlicensed offerings of rivals Amazon and Google.
The negotiations with Sony Music Group and Universal Music Group could be wrapped up as early as next week, the sources said. What this means is that signed contracts with all four … Read more
Amazon announced today it is expanding its trade-in program to allow customers to swap their used electronics for Amazon gift cards.
The online retailer said it will accept used tablets, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, and GPS devices, regardless of where the items were purchased. Would-be electronics recyclers can search Amazon's Trade-in page for items being accepted for credit. Offered trade-in values range from 25 cents for a variety of cell phones to $480 for Apple's iPad 2.
Customers indicate the condition of the item ("Like New," "Good," or " Acceptable") and print … Read more
Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Wednesday, May 18.
Neat trick: Wireless laptop dock Samsung's Central Station senses your computer is nearby and--without any silly, tangled cords--connects to it wirelessly. Ain't that cool? Seriously, it's the little things in life that bring CNET editors joy. Read the full review
WritePad 5 buddies up with Evernote for app marriage New WritePad 5 app for iPad, Android adds ability to sync with another popular app, Evernote. Marriage points to future where unrelated apps from diverse … Read more
Sometimes, when we see words written down, we get the wrong end of the stick. Things tend to get worse when we take that stick and wave it around at someone.
This might well be the case in the story of Vito LaPinta, a 7th-grader from Tacoma, Wash.
It appears that he wrote something after the death of Osama Bin Laden as a Facebook update. The account offered by Vito to KCPQ-TV seems quite simple. "I was saying how Osama was dead and for Obama to be careful because there could be suicide bombers," he said.
Google's YouTube is bringing political discourse to its site in a whole new way.
Dubbed Town Hall, the new service on the world's top video site pits members of Congress against each other on key topics, ranging from the budget to the economy to Afghanistan. YouTube Town Hall users can ask questions of lawmakers related to the many topics available, which are then voted on by other users.
The most popular questions are then posed to members of Congress on different sides of the debate who post videos to the Town Hall site, giving users their side of … Read more
Intel has revealed a few more details about Microsoft's plan to offer Windows 8 in multiple versions.
Renee James, an Intel senior vice president who heads the software and services group, reiterated at an investor's meeting yesterday in Santa Clara, Calif., that the Windows 8 operating system will launch in versions designed for both Intel-based x86 computers and ARM-based devices. Microsoft had already announced at CES in January that it would support ARM devices in the next version of Windows.
Microsoft will offer a traditional version of Windows 8 designed to run on PCs powered by Intel's … Read more
The cost of broadband globally has dropped around 50 percent in the past two years, according to data out this week by the International Telecommunications Union, but such access is still beyond the income of many around the world.
As individuals may still be getting hit with high bills for broadband Internet, the ITU said that the overall drop was driven by decreases in developing countries, where broadband fell on average by 52 percent the past two years. That compares with price drops of just 35 percent in more developed nations.
The ITU noted, however, that even with the lower … Read more