Morning Briefing: 1 February 2011

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Tuesday 1 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:

  • Intel has revealed a design flaw in the Sandy Bridge chipset, forcing a stop in shipments and and a design fix in place. More on the story will be on TECHGEK.com.au.
  • Netgear’s CEO Patrick Lo isn’t going to be BFFs with Apple any time soon after he attacked Apple’s closed nature in Sydney yesterday – saying that the company needs to open up in order to compete with Google.
  • Small ISPs are dead, according to Australian IT, as fixed-line broadband connections have been flat for the last six months. Telstra, iiNet and TPG have grown while Optus remains flat. iiNet and TPG have done so via acquisitions.
  • Google has now open-sourced the internal software that it uses to deploy Mac OS X packages across a network. Called Simian, it was built internally after failing to find one that suited their needs – and most likely in response to the hacking of December 2009 in China, where the company was rumoured to dump Windows.
  • As well, Google is reported to have spent at least US$5.16 million in lobbying, a 28 percent increase of last year’s total. Google is currently ramping up its presence in Washington DC, hoping to influence in IT and business policies.
  • Sony is not a happy person, sending Github a DMCA notice to remove numerous custom firmwares and other tools that are used to crack the PlayStation 3. The DMCA notice has revealed seven links, and despite the company’s want for privacy, GitHub has a policy that publishes the DMCA notice to the public.
  • Facebook Deals is now live in UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy – allowing those countries’ businesses to offer deals when a person “checks in” to a location. Some of the companies participating include Starbucks and Mazda.
  • Apple’s share in tablets is no longer 95 percent. New reports show that Google’s Android have made a dent in its share as Apple’s iPad is now at 77 percent, while Android has increased their share to 28 percent. This comes as Android tablets are expected to explode this year, among other tablets from others – including RIM’s PlayBook.

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