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Europe recently filed formal charges against Google for violating European antitrust laws. Specifically, regulators say that when European users search for products, Google favors its own Google Shopping service over competing sites and services.
America's own Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made similar accusations before concluding nebulously that Google did favor its own services, but consumer harm could not be proved.
Once you deeply explore Europe's case against Google — or the FTC's case, for that matter —an elephant always shows up in the living room, which few acknowledge: The issue isn't about results that are fair or unfair, relevant or irrelevant, biased or unbiased.
The issue is: Who should decide what the results are when somebody searches Google?
#Google #Search #GoogleSearch #antitrust
hmmm, thinking about getting one, maybe not.
The $350 Apple Watch reportedly costs only $84 to manufacture
According to IHS Technology, the 38mm Apple Watch Sport, which sells for $350 in retail, costs Apple $83.70 to make and manufacture. Typically, manufacturing costs for Apple products are 29 to 38% of their suggested retail price, but, if IHS’s calculations are indeed accurate, the Apple Watch sport costs Apple only 24% of its retail price to build.
If you've been planning to buy an Apple Watch, but you've got a tattoo right where the back of the watch would rest on your wrist, you may want to think twice: dark tattoos can cause it to malfunction.
This is because it detects (for security and other reasons) when it is being worn by measuring light absorption through the skin. A dark tattoo can confuse the Watch into believing it has been removed from your person.
Quite how such an elementary and predictable issue made it past QC in Cupertino we may never know, though perhaps Bendgate was an early sign that their standards have taken a back seat.
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