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November 26, 2010

Morning roundup: pick of the comment, November 26 2010

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SAP verdict rattles tech-support sector (The Wall Street Journal)
Oracle Corp.’s success in winning a $1.3 billion jury verdict against rival SAP AG sent tremors through a small but fast-growing niche in the technology sector: companies that provide technical support for other companies’ software.

Should We Be Afraid of Apple, Google and Facebook? (GigaOm)
Author Tim Wu, the law professor who came up with the term "net neutrality," argues that Google, Facebook and Apple are information monopolies and this is just as bad as the monopoly AT&T had in a previous era. But Wu fails to make his case, says Mathew Ingram.

UK ICO issues first financial penalties (Gartner)
There was news this week that the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) exercised for the first time its powers to fine organisations for breaching the Data Protection Act. Those powers were first put into law back in May 2008 in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act, and they came into force in April of this year – so the first enforcement notices have been subject to detailed hepatomancy as organisations and pundits try to divine what the ICO’s future strategy might be.

Google Wave may live on as an Apache Project (ReadWriteWeb)
To paraphrase Mark Twain, it appears that rumors of Google Wave’s death may be greatly exaggerated. Google announced that it was ending development on the project back in August. But some of Google Wave’s developers have submitted the code for what’s now known as Wave in a Box (WIAB) to the Apache Software Foundation.

Why the iPad Newspaper is doomed (ValleyWag)
Rupert Murdoch is putting $30 million and 100 journalists behind an iPad newspaper called "The Daily." He even has support from Apple CEO Steve Jobs. But no one really believes this thing will last. Here’s why.

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