<a href="https://pando.com/2016/03/02/facebook-latest-tech-giant-face-european-antitrust-investigation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Facebook is the latest tech giant to face a European antitrust investigation</a> ... there is seemingly no large tech company exempt - including Apple.

But, as far as I can tell, more often than not, it is all about whether they are paying the right taxes, using power to broker better commercial deals or trampling over citizen rights … none of which we bother to think about in the USA. I think that is why we are always surprised when the EEC seems to pick on US companies. I am not a big fan of the Eurocrats – but I do like their stance one protection of the citizen.

Unlike here where we tap the Executive chairman of Alphabet to make the Pentagon more Google-ish … let’s hope it iI only about the stuff in the article!

Interesting really. In the USA people vote for a government who then make sure that corporations are protected. In Europe, the faceless ‘unelected’ bureaucrats go out of their way to ensure that the people are protected.

In a similar vein ….

… and talking about companies trampling over people’s rights – how about entire countries ?


            Just a screen grab of my iPhone. <a href="http://www.imore.com/search/google%20wallet?query=google%20wallet" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">iMore</a> (at <strong>exactly</strong> the same time) releases two stories.
  1. Google Wallet will soon ….
  2. Google Wallet now lets ….

At exactly the same time. Or is it just an RSS thing ? Continue reading

            .. back in the day.

In the past, many plugins were developed using an old system called NPAPI. Today fewer sites are using NPAPI plugins and they have often caused security risks on websites.

To make browsing with Chrome safer, faster, and more stable, we stopped allowing NPAPI plugins on September 1, 2015.

Of course a little over 5 years ago Steve wrote this … but better late than never I guess.

[ Source : Google ]

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Brent-Simmons.png"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2713" alt="Brent Simmons" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Brent-Simmons-150x150.png" width="150" height="150" /></a>

I was sorting out some old ‘notes to self’ and came across the quote at the bottom of the post. No attribution – but I liked it – and obviously I liked it at the time – which is why I saved it.

Thanks to the power of the interwebs – I found the source … and it was written when Brent Simmons sold NetNewswire to Black Pixel back in 2011.

I still track Brent and his writings – part of the cadre of thinking ‘renaissance people’ that I trip across as I wander through life.

Funny – looking at the date, it will be 2 years – very soon – and just a month later Google will be shutting Reader down. So it got me to wondering what NetNewswire will do at that point.

Here is the start of the answer

Of all the many, many things I’ve learned in the past nine years, it’s that the best part isn’t money or winning awards or the small fame that comes with a successful app, it’s when people write to say they love the software.