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May 29, 2013

Technology News Briefs — May 29, 2013

TweetAdder Settles Lawsuit With Twitter        

Twitter is declaring a victory in its ongoing efforts to fight spammers.

The social network settled a lawsuit May 28 with marketing software company TweetAdder in which TweetAdder has agreed to avoid “creating, developing, manufacturing, adapting, modifying, making available, trafficking in, using, disclosing, selling, licensing, distributing (with or without monetary charge), updating, providing costumer support for, or offering for use, sale, license, or distribution (with or without monetary charge), any software or technology designed for use in connection with Twitter’s service.”

If TweetAdder violates the terms of its settlement with Twitter, it will be slapped with a substantial fine.

TweetAdder, which is billed as automated Twitter marketing software, allows users to tweet posts and direct messages automatically.

Twitter has also sued TweetAttacks, TweetBuddy, Troption, and Justinlover in a bid to stop spammers. Although TweetBuddy settled with Twitter last year, the suits against TweetAttacks, Troption, and Justinlover are ongoing.

Google to Partner on Wireless Networks Abroad

Google has plans to bankroll, build and aid in the running of wireless networks from sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia, in a bid to bring one billion new people to the Internet, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Sources told the WSJ that the networks would be outside urban areas where Internet access is not yet available, but would likely also improve Internet speed in well-populated areas.

The technology giant apparently is planning to form partnerships with telecommunications firms and equipment providers in these areas not only to develop the networks, but to put in place business models to support them as well, the sources said.

It is not known how far along Google is on the project, and a company spokeswoman would not confirm or deny the report.

According to the WSJ report, Google has been in discussions with lawmakers in countries such as South Africa and Kenya to push for current rules to be changed to allow for networks to be built en masse.

Tablets to Surpass PC Market By 2015

Tablets will outsell laptops this year and the entire PC market — laptops and desktops — by 2015, market research firm IDC is predicting.

Tablet shipments are expected to grow 58.7 percent year-over-year in 2013 to reach 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units in 2012.

“What started as a sign of tough economic times has quickly shifted to a change in the global computing paradigm with mobile being the primary benefactor,” said IDC’s Mobility Trackers program manager Ryan Reith. “Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them.

“IDC continues to believe that PCs will have an important role in this new era of computing, especially among business users. But for many consumers, a tablet is a simple and elegant solution for core use cases that were previously addressed by the PC.”

Although Apple continues to lead the tablet market with its iPad and iPad Mini, low-cost Android devices have helped fuel market expansion.

Another major change in the tablet market is screen size, IDC said. Apple’s first generation iPad, with its 9.7-inch display, was seen by many as the “sweet spot” for tablets until seven-inch Android-based units got a corner on the market.

Apple responded with its iPad Mini in the final quarter of 2012. Since then, the under eight-inch category has skyrocketed to surpass the total shipments of larger devices.