Apple Goes After The Camera Market Too

Any iPhone owner knows that there are a lot of gadgets and objects the iPhone has replaced. Among its Web and communications abilities phone owners don’t need maps, notepads, music players and a litany of other single-serving devices.

Now, there’s something else the iPhone is poised to completely replace for many owners: the standard point and shoot camera.

Take a look at Flickr, the popular photo sharing Web site, where the statistics of the cameras used to upload images to the site show that the iPhone is by far the most popular compared to other cameras, including Nikon and Canon.

And although this trend has been a long time in the making as the iPhone’s camera quality has improved, a new series of patents that have emerged from the company show that the Apple could completely replace the traditional camera for many.

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By NICK BILTON | http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com
Apple patent via Patently Apple A new Apple patent shows an array of camera flashes that can be focused on a specific area.

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Any iPhone owner knows that there are a lot of gadgets and objects the iPhone has replaced. Among its Web and communications abilities phone owners don’t need maps, notepads, music players and a litany of other single-serving devices.

Now, there’s something else the iPhone is poised to completely replace for many owners: the standard point and shoot camera.

Take a look at Flickr, the popular photo sharing Web site, where the statistics of the cameras used to upload images to the site show that the iPhone is by far the most popular compared to other cameras, including Nikon and Canon.

And although this trend has been a long time in the making as the iPhone’s camera quality has improved, a new series of patents that have emerged from the company show that the Apple could completely replace the traditional camera for many. Leer más “Apple Goes After The Camera Market Too”

Bing Overtakes Yahoo as No. 2 in Search Survey

The Microsoft search growth coincides with a decrease in usage of Yahoo’s services. [Más…]

It’s important to note that Bing and Yahoo announced a search deal in 2009 that would use Bing’s search technology to power the Yahoo search engine. Yahoo officially began using the search technology behind Microsoft Bing in August, but the entire transition to the service won’t be completed until 2012.

Nos. 4 and 5 on the list of United States search services are Ask.com, owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp, and AOL. Both account for 2 percent of the search market apiece and have remained stagnant, according to Nielsen’s research.


By NICK BILTON
The Nielsen Company

Bing Yahoo Search

Yahoo search just dropped from No. 2 to No. 3.

According to a report released today by Nielsen Company, Microsoft’s search services, which include Bing search, overtook Yahoo search in the United States as the No. 2 search engine during the month of August.

Nielsen said that the Microsoft search services had taken 13.9 percent of the search market in the United States compared with Yahoo’s 13.1 percent. Nielsen also noted that neither company came close to Google’s domineering 65 percent share of the United States search market.

The Microsoft search growth coincides with a decrease in usage of Yahoo’s services. Leer más “Bing Overtakes Yahoo as No. 2 in Search Survey”

Craigslist Pulls ‘Censored’ Label From Sex Ads Area

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

Is Craigslist’s adult services section gone for good?

The classifieds site, which shut down the sex ads section last weekend and replaced the link with a “censored” bar, has now removed that label. The sex ads section is still gone. Craigslist has refused to discuss the move and on Thursday, Susan MacTavish Best, its spokeswoman, would not say anything beyond confirming that the ads were still blocked.

Analysts had speculated that Craigslist used the word “censored” to make a statement. Though Craigslist is not legally responsible for what people post on its site, state attorneys general and advocacy groups have been pressuring the company to shut down the adult services section. But analysts also said that the outpouring of attention that Craigslist’s sex ads have received in recent days would make it very difficult for the site to bring back the ads.


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By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

Is Craigslist’s adult services section gone for good?

The classifieds site, which shut down the sex ads section last weekend and replaced the link with a “censored” bar, has now removed that label. The sex ads section is still gone. Craigslist has refused to discuss the move and on Thursday, Susan MacTavish Best, its spokeswoman, would not say anything beyond confirming that the ads were still blocked.

Analysts had speculated that Craigslist used the word “censored” to make a statement. Though Craigslist is not legally responsible for what people post on its site, state attorneys general and advocacy groups have been pressuring the company to shut down the adult services section. But analysts also said that the outpouring of attention that Craigslist’s sex ads have received in recent days would make it very difficult for the site to bring back the ads. Leer más “Craigslist Pulls ‘Censored’ Label From Sex Ads Area”

Texas Attorney General Investigates Google Search

For instance, the Department of Justice has asked for more information to review Google’s proposed acquisition of ITA, the flight information company. The government will look at issues of search fairness as part of that inquiry.

The Texas attorney general has asked Google for more information on several companies, Google said. They include Foundem, a British shopping comparison site, SourceTool, a business search directory and myTriggers, which collects shopping links.

In the Google blog post, Mr. Harrison drew an association to Microsoft. He said that Microsoft funds Foundem’s backer and that its antitrust attorneys represent the other two.

Foundem is a member of the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace, a European group co-founded and sponsored by Microsoft. SourceTool and myTriggers are clients of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, the law firm that represents Microsoft on antitrust issues.


By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

Google said Friday that the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, is conducting an antitrust review of its search business.

The examination involves the fairness of Google search results, a concept called search neutrality. Some companies worry Google has the power to discriminate against them by lowering their links in search results or charging higher fees for their paid search ads.

In a company blog post, Don Harrison, Google’s deputy general counsel, said that the company’s priority is to “provide the most useful, relevant search results and ads for users.”

“Given that not every Web site can be at the top of the results, or even appear on the first page of our results, it’s unsurprising that some less relevant, lower quality websites will be unhappy with their ranking,” Mr. Harrison wrote. Leer más “Texas Attorney General Investigates Google Search”

Why I.B.M. Took a Different Path in Storage

Updated to correct the name of the company that EMC purchased last year.

The high-stakes sumo match between Hewlett-Packard and Dell ended on Thursday, with H.P. paying about $2.3 billion for 3Par.

I.B.M. has said it looked at 3Par and other companies more than two years ago, when it was building up in the field of clustered storage, an important technology in handling data remotely for so-called cloud computing systems. Instead of 3Par, it bought an Israeli clustered-storage specialist, XIV.

I.B.M. did not report the price tag on XIV. But analysts estimate it probably paid less than $200 million for a business that now generates more sales than 3Par’s revenue of $194 million last year.

I.B.M. will not comment on those estimates, but it does point to the XIV deal as an example of how its research labs are used to inform the company’s merger, acquisition and divestiture strategy.


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By STEVE LOHR

Updated to correct the name of the company that EMC purchased last year.

The high-stakes sumo match between Hewlett-Packard and Dell ended on Thursday, with H.P. paying about $2.3 billion for 3Par.

I.B.M. has said it looked at 3Par and other companies more than two years ago, when it was building up in the field of clustered storage, an important technology in handling data remotely for so-called cloud computing systems. Instead of 3Par, it bought an Israeli clustered-storage specialist, XIV.

I.B.M. did not report the price tag on XIV. But analysts estimate it probably paid less than $200 million for a business that now generates more sales than 3Par’s revenue of $194 million last year.

I.B.M. will not comment on those estimates, but it does point to the XIV deal as an example of how its research labs are used to inform the company’s merger, acquisition and divestiture strategy. Leer más “Why I.B.M. Took a Different Path in Storage”

Twitter App for iPad Puts New Focus on Design

“Twitter for iPad takes advantage of the iPad’s fluid touch interface, letting you move lots of information around smoothly and quickly –- without needing to open and close windows or click buttons,” wrote Leland Rechis, a user interface designer at Twitter, in a company blog post.

People often use Twitter to share links, and one of the annoying things about the 140-character limit for messages is that links that have been shortened, using bit.ly and other services, do not offer any indication of where they will lead. That is something that Flipboard, another iPad app, is addressing by taking the links in a person’s Twitter and Facebook feeds and adding clips and photos from the linked articles.


By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

Twitter on Apple iPad
Twitter on the iPad

Adding comment from Flipboard at the end.

Twitter has a new app for the iPad — and along with it, a new approach to design and usability.

Twitter has surprised its founders with how useful it has become to a wide variety of people — but the founders are also the first to admit that Twitter’s own Web site has not been the easiest, prettiest or most intuitive to use. “It’s amazing it’s grown so fast given how hard it is to use,” Twitter’s chief executive and co-founder, Evan Williams, said last spring.

The iPad app, introduced late Wednesday night, seems to be a big step toward fixing those problems and a new approach for Twitter, one that is all about ease of use and intuitive features. Leer más “Twitter App for iPad Puts New Focus on Design”

Microsoft Enters Google’s Unwalled Garden

In late 2009, when Microsoft introduced a downloadable application for the iPhone from Apple, it set off some excitement in the tech world. For years, Microsoft and Apple had been head-to-head in the war for personal computing.

On Monday, the tech world was buzzing again with an announcement by Microsoft’s search group, Bing, that the company has released an application for the Android platform from Google. The move could be seen as an encroachment on Google’s turf, as the two companies compete directly on a number of search platforms.


By NICK BILTON

Microsoft Microsoft Bing is now available as a downloadable application for the Android platform.

Bing for Android

In late 2009, when Microsoft introduced a downloadable application for the iPhone from Apple, it set off some excitement in the tech world. For years, Microsoft and Apple had been head-to-head in the war for personal computing.

On Monday, the tech world was buzzing again with an announcement by Microsoft’s search group, Bing, that the company has released an application for the Android platform from Google. The move could be seen as an encroachment on Google’s turf, as the two companies compete directly on a number of search platforms. Leer más “Microsoft Enters Google’s Unwalled Garden”