Twelve billion iBalls fall into Gizmodo’s lap

Twelve billion iBalls fall into Gizmodo's lap

By Carmi Levy, Betanews

What’s a mobile device prototype worth?

Depends on who you are. If you’re Apple, it’s priceless. When you tightly control every aspect of the product development process, anything that subverts the message is a potential risk to the brand. Loss of control to a company like Apple is unthinkable. If you’re Gizmodo, the answer is ,000 — which is the amount the tech blog reportedly paid to an unnamed individual who supposedly found the prototype of Apple’s upcoming fourth-generation iPhone in a California bar.

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April 21, 2010

Google News caught in Italian antitrust probe


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Following complaints from the Italian Newspaper Publisher’s Federation (FIEG), Italian authorities have launched a probe to find out whether Google abuses its position of the world’s most popular search engine to deprive others of advertising revenue.

At the heart of FEIG’s complaint is Google News and its mystery algorithms for listing top stories. FEIG complained that since it is unknown how Google News decides which stories are listed at the top, content providers don’t know how their stories should be written so as to gain top billing in Google News listings. Conversely, sites also have no say if they do not want their content listed on Google News.

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August 27, 2009