Around the IT Industry 5/6-5/10

by Modis on May 10, 2013

Searchers Still Choose Google over Bing, Even When Looking at Bing Results

A recent study by SurveyMonkey that looked into Internet users’ searching habits has found that Google search results are the go-to for users. When presented with the same information and the header logos swapped, users still preferred what they thought was the Google retrieval even though the search results were from Bing. Over 65% of survey takers chose the Bing results that were labeled as Google. Users proved a consistent bias toward Google searches and the Google logo, proving that who we trust in the Internet is largely ingrained by a site’s perceived reputation.

US Debating over Overhauling Wiretapping Laws

President Obama and his administration are on the brink of backing a FBI plan that aims to overhaul surveillance laws, making it easier to wiretap people who rely on the Internet for their primary means of communication. FBI director Robert Mueller claims that without the updated surveillance laws, the unit’s means of carrying out approved wiretapping on suspects is hitting a dead end as technology surpasses what the FBI is currently capable of under current law. The new, revised proposal aims at giving the FBI the strength it needs to enforce and complete wiretap orders issued by judges. Under the new proposal, more companies would be forced to comply–and held responsible if they tried to evade the order.

Windows 8 Now On-Pace with Windows 7

Windows 8 sales are up to 100M from 6 months ago, making the slow-to-launch OS now equal with Windows 7 in the number of units sold. While this is a decent number for an operating system, Microsoft knows that it is not what they had expected in terms of units moved. Citing the lack of touch screen devices available as a reason for Windows 8’s slow performance since its launch last October, the company’s marketing executives state that the launch of Windows 8 would have been better received by the public and private sectors had there been more technology capable of supporting it available. Most of the units sold of Windows 8 are pre-installed, and not actual purchases bought outright. Windows 8’s App Store sees quite the flurry of traffic, with over 90% of its apps being downloaded on a monthly basis. This bodes well if Windows continues its improvements to the system–hoping to avoid another Vista.

One-Third of Services Google Tries to Launch End in Failure

A statistical analysis of Google services shows that its track record isn’t the greatest. In fact, one out of every three products that Google attempts to bring to the market fail. (Google Wave is just one example.) Over 35% of Google’s products end up shut down or closed by the company due to a lack of response from the public. Products that Google developed in-house show the most longevity for the company, with its advertising efforts also being quite successful. Google’s efforts to acquire other companies and launch social products have not been met with the same level of success. Google Reader users are already frantically trying to find an alternative to the service, and this study offers some soothing balm for those that have adopted a Google service that may have been closed such as Reader. What now defunct Google service do you miss most?

Spotify Patches a Google Chrome Exploit that Let Users Download Free MP3s

A Google Chrome extension caused a headache for the popular music streaming service Spotify this morning. Called “Downloadify,” the Chrome extension enabled users to download any MP3 they were currently streaming through Spotify’s online service. Spotify quickly noticed the extension after its existence was brought to light on popular news sites, patching its client and disabling the extension from being able to download files. This security precaution makes it much more difficult for apps to request stored tracks, meaning that downloading the files requested from Spotify would become nearly impossible. Many users are crying foul over the media leak, met with resistance from music fans that claim illegal downloading shorts artists. Mac users and iTunes fans say that they would much rather pay $0.99 per song than deal with the hassle of running an extension just to illegally obtain a song. The right to share music continues on as more and more users flock to Spotify to hear their favorite music without having to purchase a CD.

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