A date has been set for Microsoft to defend itself against European antitrust charges, Reuters reports. Between June 3rd and the 5th, representatives for Microsoft are expected to testify in a closed hearing before the European Commission, elaborating on the outlines of a written response submitted on April 28th. The company was originally ordered to reply by March 12th, but was granted two extensions, first to April 21st and then the 28th.
Well, there is not much left to add actually, here is an article from NeoWin
A quiet war has broken out between the authors of AdBlock Plus and NoScript and money is on the table. Both are trying to outdo each other by disabling each other’s functionality.
Or just head over to AdBlock Plus author post: Attention NoScript users.
Google Code Blog today announced that Google’s Location Service became a default location provider in Firefox 3.5 Beta 4.
As the post says: “This means that developers can, with users’ permission, gain access to their approximate location without requiring any additional plug-ins or setting configurations.”
Yahoo News Writes: Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday confirmed it has submitted a formal response to European Union charges that tying the Internet Explorer browser to its Windows operating system violates antitrust rules.
At the time of the complaint, Opera said it was asking EU regulators to either force Microsoft to market a version of Windows without the browser, or to include other browsers with Windows.
Earlier this month guys at Opera Software were asking users to submit various questions which would be answered by Opera’s CEO, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner.
Well, good news, he is going to do that today at 1 PM (UTC/GMT timezone).
The following questions will be asked: Continue Reading
“As a service whose sole purpose is the track the applications that people actually use on their systems, it should be no surprise that Wakoopa has a lot of interesting usage data. On a day to day level, Wakoopa’s data is good, but it’s the aggregate data over long periods of time that can be really meaningful to show how we are using our computers. Today, Wakoopa has released the first such aggregate data with its inaugural State of the Apps report.”
Also not a good sign for Microsoft: The older you are, the more likely you are to use IE. In the youngest age group, 11 to 20 year olds, even smaller browsers like Opera beat it. IE has been losing market share at a steady pace for the past several years.
Long awaited, the next beta of Firefox 3.5 (aka Firefox 3.1) series has been released in 70 languages.
New York times has published an interesting article about online companies profits.
Since web browser makers biggest revenue source is search, this will give you an insight on how important certain countries are, or to put it simply: is market share really important?
Although article talks on bandwidth costs for fast developing countries, it also provides some details on ad rates. As you might guess, browser makers gets paid for clicks on ads in search results page.
“Facebook is booming in Turkey and Indonesia. YouTube’s audience has nearly doubled in India and Brazil.
That may seem like good news. But it is also a major reason these and other Web companies with big global audiences and renowned brands struggle to turn even a tiny profit.”