Google sued by alleged victim of Gmail snooping!
In our August 1st blog, we let you know about Microsoft’s take on Google scanning your email before you even read it (Gmailman) so that it can display ads to Gmail users that it believes are personally relevant.
Given the litigious society we live in now, I guess it was only a matter of time before someone took this to the next level.
A woman in Massachusetts has filed a class action suit against the internet giant, seeking damages of $100 per day for each infringement (or $1,000 – whichever is higher), plus punitive damages and an injunction preventing Google from further violation.
Google throws a punch and Microsoft fires back with a missile!
Apparently Google has been complaining that its competitors are trying to stifle competition (particularly in relation to their Android technology used in smartphones and tablets) by filing bogus patent claims.
One of the targets for Google’s complaint was Microsoft. Google claimed that Microsoft had teamed up with Apple to buy Novell’s old patents, thus keeping them from Google.
This was mentioned in a blog post by Google’s SVP and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond.
Later the same day Microsoft came out swinging with their response, which in essence told the Google SVP to check his facts before posting, as Microsoft has specifically invited Google to bid together with Microsoft for these patents and Google knocked them back! – Oops.
The Microsoft Touch Mouse was first displayed as a prototype at CES 2011 (the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas).
Resembling a cross between a high tech animal hoof and a sleek black pebble, it’s a gesture-based mouse where you can flick your fingers or even your thumb to perform specific actions, very much as you would on your smartphone or iPad. Much of the movement is intuitive and can even be configured to suit left or right-handed users.
In the latest round of Tech company spats, Apple have suceeded in banning Samsung from selling their new Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe and Australia.
Apple claim that Samsung have “slavishly” copied the design, packaging and more of the iPad with the remodelled Galaxy Tab, which only went on sale last week. The tab remains on sale in UK branches of Dixons.
Samsung will appeal the court order on the 25th August – more on the story at PC Pro Magazine.
Given the amount of time we now spend in front of computers, sitting at desks, or on the sofa with a laptop in front of us, it’s increasingly important to make sure we are exercising properly and keeping our bodies in shape and flexible.
I found an interesting article by Ana Forrest in the Huffington Post about how to ease typical ‘desk jockey’ ailments.
Ana is an internationally-recognised pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, and the author of ‘Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit’.
There are five exercises in total which don’t require much time to complete.
Read the full “How to exercise while you sit” article here.
That’s all for this week folks – hope you enjoyed the read and feel free to comment.