After last week's fallout over Buzz, the folks at Google must now be checking their back for a bull's-eye, especially considering this week's one-two punch from Europe.
European regulatorswith a letter asking the company to explain how it ranks search results and advertising. The letter followed complaints from European businesses such as Foundem, a price comparison site, and Ciao, another price comparison site owned by Microsoft. Those companies--Foundem in particular--have long complained that Google penalizes their Web sites in search results under competitive pressure.
Google confirmed that it has received an inquiry from European regulators but denied any wrongdoing. Google's share of the search and search advertising markets in Europe is even higher--around 90 percent--than it is in the U.S., where Google has come to know its regulatory counterparts quite well during the first year of the Obama administration.
In the second hit, an Italian court
K.R. Sridhar of secretive Bloom Energy shows "60 Minutes" his company's little power-plant-in-a-box, already in use by Google and eBay.
After three years, Intuit releases a (simplified) version of Quicken for the Mac. It's attractive and useful, but people with complex financial lives may run into walls.
The many Acer computers that dot the Olympic venues are running Windows, but it's the venerable Windows XP rather than one of Microsoft's newer operating systems.
The current version of Firefox, 3.6, supports Apple's Tiger operating system, but the browser's successor will require Leopard or later.
A federal court orders the Lower Merion School District to shut down the technology that allowed it to remotely activate Webcams on its school-issued laptops.
Meet the Boynton Beach Police Department. It's on the forefront of using social media for everything from promoting its TV appearances to searching for the crooks who just robbed a liquor store.
Some prominent figures in the social-media world are already concerned that Facebook now may have the rights to a concept that should belong to the Web at large.
New Microsoft cloud-computing service offers federal agencies a high level of security, including biometric access control and fingerprinting for background checks.
YouTube users can now sort and add music videos to playlists much like they do songs in their iTunes collections.
A scientist corrects a previous assertion that emissions from park maintenance far outweighed the carbon benefits of the lawn itself.
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