» A year and a half without clear choice: Although Microsoft claims that the missing screen was replaced as soon as the issue was brought to the company’s attention, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia has announced that the EU is once again on the case. “We are now opening formal proceedings against the company,” said Almunia in a press release, adding, “If following our investigation, this breach is confirmed – and Microsoft seems to acknowledge the facts here – this could have severe consequences.”
oppositeoffaith asks: RE: Reblog of the Wired Mock up/Microsoft ahead of the curve...I like. It's an interesting time-people have to be made aware of the damage the "Freemium" has done. The worst is that it has HIDDEN the cost-nothing is ever free...would love to see more on this...!
» SFB says: I don’t think “freemium” is totally a damaging prospect on its face, or necessarily the same thing in this case — in the case of magazines, they sell their subscriber lists, so this is just an extension of that. But I’m definitely with you — we’ve given up a lot of our privacy with some of these ad models, and we should think really hard about that as a culture. The fact that IE10’s implementation of “Do Not Track” is so controversial for some is a sign of how out of whack these priorities have gotten. Either way, this is the kind of thing we like to cover, so we’ll definitely keep an eye out. — Ernie @ SFB
yeah, We were surprised, too. Canadian firm ApTiquant recently reported that Internet Explorer users had lower IQ scores than users of other browsers — a study which, by the way, got picked up by a ton of news outlets. Turns out their entire study was completely fabricated (and the firm didn’t even exist until recently). When the BBC asked Professor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University’s Statistical Laboratory for his opinion, he said “these figures are implausibly low — and an insult to IE users.” Some people are willing to do anything to get IE users to upgrade — and we don’t blame ‘em. source