Around the IT Industry 3/11-3/15

by Modis on March 15, 2013

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Android Leader to be Succeeded by Chrome Leader in Google Shuffle

Google’s Andy Rubin is stepping down from his position as the head of Android, but will be remaining with the tech giant in another role that has yet to be specified. Rubin will be replaced by senior VP of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai. Pichai will have the daunting task of heading up Android while also retaining his responsibilities for Chrome and Apps, fueling rumors of stronger ties between Google’s mobile and browser platforms.

Users Lament the Demise of Google Reader

In the face of declining usage, Google has announced that it is shutting down its RSS reader, Google Reader, on July 1, 2013. There have been attempts by users to petition Google to restore Reader to its former glory, but this final nail in the coffin means that users and app developers must find an alternative RSS solution for the future. Joining Reader on Google’s chopping block are Snapseed Desktop, DalDAV API, and support for Google Voice for BlackBerry.

Angry SimCity Gamers Find Refunds Hard to Come By

Last week’s release of the latest version of SimCity was not the happy event that most gamers find on release day. The game requires an active Internet connect, even in single-player mode, as a DRM measure, effectively meaning that network traffic congestion prevents a large number of players from getting into the game at all. Many users who contacted Origin or EA support had their refund requests denied, although one gamer finally found satisfaction by emailing the C-level staff about his displeasure at paying nearly $80 for a game he’s only been able to play for about 5 minutes in the past two weeks.

Twitter for Windows 8 Now Available

Windows 8 users have had to do without an official Twitter app until now. The functionality of the app includes not only the standard Connect and Discover tabs, but Search charms, a single-column view, and Live Tile notifications on the Start screen.

Digital Currency Bitcoin Devalued by 25% Due to Bug in Code

The digital currency Bitcoin has not been without its share of controversy. Based on cryptography and blocks of data instead of government banknotes, Bitcoin exchanges exist to trade real world money for bitcoins. Past currency problems have been caused by hackers and bogus trades, but Bitcoin’s current devaluation is due to a flaw in the database when the mining software was upgraded from version 0.7 to version 0.8. The currency was devalued by about 25% because the software was not backward compatible due to a bug in the earlier version’s calculations.

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