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A burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
How many Windows Phone 7 devices have been sold? Everyone wants to know, here's the best guess so far >> Kellabyte
Doesn't show its possible margin of error, but seems like it's probably in the ballpark. Have a guess (from the 1.5m that have been stuffed into the channel) at how many are actually in the hands of users before you click through.
Windows Phone 7 Sales Off to a Promising Start >> Microsoft.com
And now the PR puff: 1.5m phones have been sold by manufacturers to retailers and mobile networks - though not necessarily, note, to users. So what does Achim Berg think it compares to the competition? "It's a bit of apples and oranges comparison; our numbers are similar to the performance of other first generation mobile platforms... We're comfortable with where we are, and we are here for the long run; Windows Phone 7 is just the beginning."
And the Smartest Site on the Internet Is... >> Technology Review
Fascinating: you can rank how smart a site's readers are by the words it uses. The Guardian? You can find its results here. Satisfactory.
Ask Ed Vaizey December 2010 >> DCMS website
Skip the first one, and fast forward to 4" in the second to where Ed Vaizey answers the question of why we tax optical fibre when we need superfast broadband. Clearly, the solution lies in some financial analysis.
1 in 5 American Adults Plan to Own/Purchase a Tablet by 2014, According to New Survey by Fuze Box >> PRWeb
That translates to 60m tablets sold by that time (which would be end 2013, if you read the dating strictly) with about 9m sold in 2010 (according to the survey, though the iPad has sold up to 12m). About a third of those see themselves using it in the workplace.
Which means that Microsoft, without a proper tablet operating system, is going to have an interesting 2011. That is if it cares about tablets. Does it?
One caveat: the survey was carried out online, so it's not necessarily representative.
Mobile Carriers Dream of Charging per Page >> Wired.com
Great story by Wired: "For instance, in the seventh slide of the above PowerPoint, a Vodafone user would be charged two cents per MB for using Facebook, three euros a month to use Skype and $0.50 monthly for a speed-limited version of YouTube. But traffic to Vodafone's services would be free, allowing the mobile carrier to create video services that could undercut NetFlix on price."
Possibly Facebook, Skype and YouTube would have something to say about this. Where's the lobbying power?
Searching serves malware: Mal/Iframe-Gen on an insurance site >> Naked Security
Google DNS slowing down iTunes and Apple TV >> CNET
"Last year Google started a public DNS service, promising faster speeds and security, but AppleInsider mentions that because some download services use the same path from the DNS servers to send data back to the client computers, using Google's DNS servers (which are optimized for name resolution and not for handling large amounts of data from each client) will bog down the network."
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