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    The US Federal Trade Commission has written to the International Trade Commission to try and prevent Import bans to the US, based on disputes over industry standards.

    The letter argues that such bans slow innovation. Companies such as Motorola use their licensing agreements for patents of industry standards in technologies to try and stop new products reaching consumers. Motorola used such an argument last year against Apple, who insisted that their component manufacturers had paid for the licence, and therefore Apple didn't need to.
    There are signs in courts around the world that they are getting fed up with companies in a constant vicious circle of litigation and are telling companies to talk to each other, and leave the courts out of it.
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    Last December, Google's Chairman, Eric Schmidt, promised that App Developers would make Android their first choice mobile OS within 6 months. Things don't seem to be going to plan.

    Flurry Analytics provide a tool for integrating analytics into apps. It's been used by 18,000 apps in the first quarter of 2012, and it's found that 7 out of 10 apps are for iOS.

    This could be, as Flurry also calculated that for every $1 revenue raised from an iOS user, 24 cents is raised on Android.
    This might be due to Apple's domination of the tablet market:

    Or it might be due to the fragmentation of the Android market, which makes developing so much harder. There are so many handsets out there, with different specifications, but they're also running so many different versions of Android too. Google only recently admitted that 7% of Android handsets are running Ice Cream Sandwich, 9 months after it was released. iOS 5 is installed on over 75% of iPhones.


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    It seems like years since Sky HD was released. With ever bigger tellies, the SD TV guide was starting to look positively ancient. With that in mind, Sky have started to update their set top boxes.

    Only about 10,000 houses will be able to download the updates today, but Sky says it will upgrade all the boxes by the end of the year.
    Apart from looking prettier, they'll also fit 8 channels onto one screen (up from 6) and add some new ways of categorising channels/recordings etc.
    Now if only it could learn what I liked to watch and record it......
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    Apple's Developer Conference is next week, and with it comes all the hype and expectation one would expect from an Apple event.

    There seems to be a build up in expectation that Apple will replace most, if not all if it's Mac line-up.

    New MacBook Pro's, MacBook Air's, iMac's and Mac Pro's are all being predicted to launch next week after a supposed leak in Australia. There's no news on the Mac Mini, but there also seems to be a whole load accessory updates too.

    There's less than a week until the Keynote speech, so it's not too long to wait!
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    Membership of clubs is often like credit cards, the more you use it, the higher they bump you. Samsung today became part of the exclusive Platinum Club.

    Along with the likes of IBM, Intel and Oracle, in return for giving lots of cash to the Linux Foundation and promising to be a more 'open OS organisation', Samsung will be able to help shape how Linux develops. This might help tie things up with it's support for Tizen in the mobile arena.
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    RIP Ray Bradbury

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    Sad news that Ray Bradbury, one of the key Sci-Fi authors, has died, aged 91. He wrote amazing, and thought provoking books such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, and also contributed to The Twilight Zone.

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    Cyber attacks are all the rage now, with malware like Stuxnet and Flame drawing particular attention. But how would you know if your under attack from cyber terrorists?

    Google will kindly tell you if it believes your Google account is under attack. I've no idea how it decides if you are under attack or not, but if they think you are, you'll get a banner like this: