Computers

Microsoft takes on the ‘free’ OS – CNET

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014

HTC 8XT Windows Phone. (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft is taking baby steps toward offering its operating system for free or on the cheap — a necessary tactic in a world dominated by Google’s Android and other up-and-coming free operating systems, an analyst tells CNET. As reported by the Times of India this week, Microsoft had been in negotiations with Indian phone companies to “produce affordable Windows Phone devices” since last year….

US to relinquish remaining control over the Internet – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014

The change would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit group. That contract is set to expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not complete. “We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan,” Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary of commerce for…

Microsoft takes on the ‘free’ OS – CNET

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014

HTC 8XT Windows Phone. (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft is taking baby steps toward offering its operating system for free or on the cheap — a necessary tactic in a world dominated by Google’s Android and other up-and-coming free operating systems, an analyst tells CNET. As reported by the Times of India this week, Microsoft had been in negotiations with Indian phone companies to “produce affordable Windows Phone devices” since last year….

I cover the control of content on the internet. – Forbes

Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014

The US government is to give up control of the administration of the internet, handing over responsibility for the IP numbering network and domain name system (DNS) to the global community. Since 1998, under a contract with the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), DNS has been handled by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit corporation created for the purpose. But when its…

US to Cede Its Oversight of Addresses on Internet – New York Times

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

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Mozilla kills Firefox browser for Windows 8 Metro – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

Shipping a final version of the Mozilla Firefox browser for the Windows 8 “Metro” environment “would be a mistake,” according to a Mozilla vice president, because of the relatively minuscule number of users on the platform. In fact, Mozilla has never seen more than 1,000 users pre-testing the beta version of Mozilla, said Johnathan Nightingale, the vice president of Firefox, in a blog post on Friday. But on any given…