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Friday, November 26, 2010

Apple MacBook gains are others' losses | Nanotech - The Circuits Blog - CNET News

Apple MacBook gains are others' losses | Nanotech - The Circuits Blog - CNET News

If the new MacBooks are the "future of notebooks," as Apple CEO Steve Jobs proclaimed, that future is off to a good start. For Apple, that is.
New MacBook Air
New MacBook Air
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ChangeWave Research said this week that Apple is seeing a surge of interest in its MacBooks, driven by the two MacBook Air lines announced in October. A whopping 36 percent of buyers planning to buy laptops say they'll purchase a MacBook, a jump of 11 points since a previous survey a month ago, ChangeWave said.
"Simply put, it's the highest level of planned laptop buying ever for Apple in a ChangeWave survey," the market researcher said.
The plus for Apple is a minus for others. The percentage of consumers who say they'll purchase a Dell laptop has dropped 4 points to 19 percent, since last month, while Hewlett-Packard is also down 4 points to 22 percent, according to ChangeWave.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Tim Berners-Lee: Facebook could fragment web | Technology |

Tim Berners-Lee: Facebook could fragment web | Technology |

Founder of world wide web says some of the most successful social networking sites 'have begun to chip away at its principles'

Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites represent "one of several threats" to the future of the world wide web, its founder, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned.

Some of the web's "most successful inhabitants", such as Facebook and large telecoms companies, have begun to "chip away" at its founding principles, Berners-Lee wrote in a Scientific American journal essay published today.

Social networking sites that do not allow users to extract the information they put into them is a "problem" that could mean the web is "broken into fragmented islands", he said.

Google accused Facebook earlier this month of leaving its 600 million users in a "data dead end" with their contact details and personal information "effectively trapped".

Although Facebook recently began allowing users to download profile information including status updates and photos, the world's most popular social network has been roundly criticised for leaving users' network of contacts "walled" inside its own site.

Berners-Lee warned that such a "closed silo of content" risked leaving the web "fragmented".

"The web evolved into a powerful, ubiquitous tool because it was built on egalitarian principles," he said. "The web as we know it, however, is being threatened in different ways. Some of its most successful inhabitants have begun to chip away at its principles."

He added: "The more you enter, the more you become locked in. Your social networking site becomes a central platform – a closed silo of content, and one that does not give you full control over your information in it.

"The more this kind of architecture gains widespread use, the more the web becomes fragmented, and the less we enjoy a single, universal information space."