Morning Briefing: 2 February 2011

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Wednesday 2 February 2011, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at techgeek.com.au.

Here’s what we are watching:

  • Microsoft has been accused by Google for copying its search results and of “cheating” for Bing, which is now second. Microsoft have denied the claims.
  • E-book sales are set to overtake app sales by 2013, according to a report by Yankee Group.
  • That mysterious data problem on Windows Phone 7 has been solved! It’s a bug on how it gets Yahoo! Mail. According to The Guardian, it has been sending data 25 times larger than what normally is sent. What is it? Ads?
  • Rumours of Apple’s changing of its rules after rejecting the Sony Reader app are not true, according to Apple. Though, an Ars Technica report says that they want a cut of the revenue from Amazon and Sony – the big players who rival the iBooks store.
  • Internet Explorer 9 is still in beta, but it has already 23 million downloads and could reverse the trend of Internet Explorer’s fall in market share to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. IE6, however, is slowly dying – so that’s good all round.
  • A Kuwaiti blogger (who is also a Lebanese developer) is being sued by a restaurant over a bad review. The restaurateur is asking for US$18,000 in damages – claiming that the story was a fabrication.
  • Silicon Insider Alley have a leaked copy of AOL’s master plan, and it appears that it is putting the gas forward away from its past as an ISP.
  • And finally, the KIN Studio is dead.

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