Google Android Set to Enter Mobile Smartphone Market
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Comcast Details Changes Google Android Set to Enter
for Managing Web Traffic Mobile Smartphone Market
NEW YORK (Reuters)—
Comcast Corp has provided U.S.
regulators details of how it plans
to change the way it manages Web
traffic over its high speed Internet
network without blocking any ap-
plications or content.
The move comes after the Fed-
eral Communications Commis-
sion voted last month to uphold a
complaint that Comcast had vio-
lated the regulator's open-Inter-
net principles by hindering peer-
to-peer traffic from applications
such as BitTorrent.
Comcast said last Friday that
under the plan designed to give all
users their "fair share" of band-
width it would focus on managing
the traffic of customers who are
using most bandwidth when the
network is congested.
It said it will use software on
its network to determine if par-
ticular subscribers have been the
source of high volume of traffic
and will temporarily give traffic
from those subscribers a lower
It said that when a subscriber's
traffic is assigned a lower priority online services including peer-to-
status its traffic could be delayed peer applications as well as online
if the network is congested but video, music downloading and
would not be delayed if there is no photo-sharing, and are seeking
congestion. ways to cost-effectively avoid net-
Comcast said it expect to have work congestion.
the new traffic management system Comcast, which has more than
in place across its network by the 14 million high-speed Internet sub-
end of December. scribers, had previously said it was
U.S. Internet service providers changing its network management
such as Comcast have been over- practices to ensure all Web traffic is
whelmed by the rapid growth of treated essentially the same.
CELL REVOLUTION: Google's new software platform for mobile phones
entitled 'Android' in its prototype form on demonstration at the Mobile
World Congress in Barcelona on February 11, 2008. LLUIS GENE/AFP/GETTY
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Based on the Linux open-source
Google will be hosting an online
directory for Android applications
called Android Marketplace.
platform and melded through the Unlike Apple’s App Store for
Google-spo sored Open Handset the iPhone platform, where Ap-
Alliance, the new series of phones ple charges 30% of the revenue in
are expected to prove a disruptive exchange for hosting the software,
force in the mobile handset market. Android Marketplace will be free
Analyst firm Gartner estimated for developers to offer their soft-
that Android-based phones would ware on.
account for 10 percent of the smart- Because Google Android is
phone market by 2011. based on Linux as well as the popu-
“Android has the potential to be- lar Java mobile programming lan-
come the de facto operating system guage, J2ME, applications are also
(OS) for Linux,” Roberta Cozza, a supposed to be easier to develop
research analyst at Gartner, said. and port to the Android platform.
Google's U.S. Share of
Web Search Reaches
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters)— ket research firm said.
Google Inc extended an already Google's growing share of Web
wide lead in the U.S. Web search search and, by extension, its even
to 63.0 percent share of the market larger role in the related market for
in August, its biggest monthly gain Web search advertising, has lead ri-
in five months, a report said last vals and some industry trade groups
Thursday. to complain to competition regula-
Yahoo Inc, the No. 2 player in tors in the United and Europe.
the U.S. Web search market saw its ComScore estimates that the
share of the business drop 0.9 per- number of searches performed by
cent to 19.6 from July while Micro- U.S. Web surfers on the five top
soft, the No. 3 U.S. player, slipped search engines was virtually un-
0.6 percent to 8.3 percent, accord- changed at 11.75 billion searches
ing to comScore Inc. compared with July. The figure ex-
IAC InterActiveCorp's Ask.com cludes searches users perform for
grew 0.3 percent to retain its fourth- mapping, local directory informa-
place ranking while Time Warner tion or user-generated videos, it
Inc's AOL edged up 0.1 percent to said.
4.3 percent, according to August
BUSTED: A European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) scientist monthly data published by the mar-
looks at computer screens showing an experiment at the Large Hadron
Collider (LHC). The massive collider has had to be shut down due to a
malfunction. FABRICE COFFRINI/GETTY IMAGES
GENEVA (Reuters)—A tech- ics that the experiment could create
nical glitch has forced scientists to
shut down the huge particle-smash-
tiny black holes of intense gravity
that could suck in the whole planet.
ing machine built to simulate the Since the machine started up
conditions of the "Big Bang" for earlier this month, scientists have
at least two months, they said on successfully sent particle beams
The European Organization for
Nuclear Research (CERN) said
there had been a major helium leak
around the accelerator.
The next step will be to smash
the beams into each other to trigger
tiny collisions at nearly the speed of
on Friday into the tunnel housing light.
the biggest and most complex ma- This will be an attempt to rec-
chine ever made. reate on a miniature scale the heat
Just 10 days ago, scientists had and energy of the Big Bang, the ex-
celebrated the successful start of plosion generally believed by cos-
the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) mologists to be at the origin of our
under the Swiss-French border, expanding universe.
hoping it would revamp modern CERN said it thought the leak
physics and unlock secrets about was prompted by a faulty electrical
the universe and its origins. connection between two magnets,
In order to fix the problem, the which probably melted at high cur-
machine will have to be warmed up rent, leading to mechanical failure.
from its operating temperature of
minus 271.3 degrees Celsius (minus
456.3 degrees Fahrenheit), spokes-
When the LHC starts up at full
speed, it will be able to engineer
600 million collisions every second
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man James Gillies said. between protons traveling around
"Because the LHC is a super- its 27-km (17-mile) underground
conducting machine that works at chamber at 99.99 percent of the
very low temperatures, in order to speed of light.
get in and fix it we've got to warm it CERN officials said minor
up, then we go and fix it, and then glitches were to be expected, given
we cool it down again, and that's the intricacy of the $9 billion
a process that's likely to take two machine.
months," he said. "It's a very complicated machine,
The organization said strict we've always known that there's the
safety regulations had ensured possibility of this sort of incident in
there was no risk to people from the the start-up phase and if it happens,
The project has had to work hard
to dismiss suggestions by some crit-
then it's a two-month off time," said
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