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I didn’t interpret it the way SAI did, seemed to me they said regulators should not stifle innovation, but maybe I misread it.

Money quote:

Regulators wouldn’t be qualified to evaluate Google’s algorithm. Search is really hard.

The New York Times Goes Nuts, Says The Government Should Regulate Google’s Search Algorithm.

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I concur:

Google provides an incredibly valuable service, and the government must be careful not to stifle its ability to innovate. Forcing it to publish the algorithm or the method it uses to evaluate it would allow every Web site to game the rules in order to climb up the rankings — destroying its value as a search engine. Requiring each algorithm tweak to be approved by regulators could drastically slow down its improvements. Forbidding Google to favor its own services — such as when it offers a Google Map to queries about addresses — might reduce the value of its searches.

via Editorial – The Google Algorithm – NYTimes.com.

Ha!

via This Is How Much the New iPhone 4 Signal Bars Have Grown.

In all the tests, the T-Mobile HSPA+ network beat the competition in download speeds, though I never saw the top claimed speeds.

via Carriers Go to Battle Over Faster Networks | Walt Mossberg | Personal Technology | AllThingsD.

Motorola Charm coming to T-Mobile with ‘enhanced’ Android 2.1 Motoblur? Update promised for CLIQ and CLIQ XT? — Engadget.

Interesting form factor. Looks like a Blackberry running Android.

join diaspora.

Open, private, but not yet available.

Chromium Blog: A sneak peek at the Native Client SDK.

Taken together, the SDK lets you write C/C++ code that works seamlessly in Chromium and gives you access to powerful APIs to build your web app.

Insane. I suppose this will be Chrome’s ActiveX as I don’t see other browsers implementing this.

Firefox 4: fast, powerful, and empowering » beltzner.

The slide is worth going through, one of the gems is “no more modal dialogs.” That would be awesome. Speed is a big issue for Firefox, as is image perception. I just don’t think that Firefox is hot with the early adopters anymore. Among developers at least Firefox feels clumsy, bloated and antiquated. Not sure what happened, I guess Chrome came around!

gfxCardStatus is an open-source menu bar application that keeps track of which graphics card your 2010 (and now 2009!) MacBook Pro is using at any given time, and allows you to switch between them manually.

via gfxCardStatus: menu bar gpu status monitor for os x / cody krieger – mobile, desktop & web developer.

Ars technica explains the problem this app is trying to solve: the automatic switching between integrated graphics and the NVIDEA graphics card and its affect on battery life.

Much ado about privacy on Facebook (I wish Facebook were MORE open!!!) — Scobleizer.

His stance on this is totally surprising. I almost threw my neck out doing a double take.