Verge Open Thread: August 11-12, 2012
Lots of news over the couple of days. Rounded it all up for you. Right here. Right now.
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Dalton Caldwell's ambitious attempt at a new kind of social network has just achieved its no less daring goal of half a million US dollars in pledged funding.
The article quotes him as saying that "Microsoft's actions will have a rather negative impact on the long-established PC ecosystem," but that "[Acer] has no intentions of quitting the Windows-based tablet PC market, and is aggressively developing related devices."
It'll start generally downranking sites that receive a high volume of copyright infringement notices from copyright holders. Google says the move is designed to "help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily"
Apple had made overtures in the past toward the electronics giant in the past in an effort to secure a licensing deal that would cover patents it believed were being infringed, noting that Samsung is a "strategic supplier."
The first and most significant contribution Google makes is to keep paying 50 percent of employees' salaries for a decade after their death. If they had any dependent children, Google will support them with $1,000 per month until they reach the age of 19 (that age limit is raised to 23 if they're in full-time education).
Cross-platform messenger and SMS-replacement app WhatsApp has reappeared in the Windows Phone Marketplace today after its mysterious disappearance earlier this month.
Three Demonoid domains — .me, .com, and .ph — are all currently available to purchase on domain marketplace Sedo. While it was previously believed that Demonoid could be restored thanks to rumored backup servers, this latest news makes it sound like one of the most popular public trackers may be gone for good.
One of Google's bigger announcements at its search-focused event earlier this week was the integration of personal Gmail content into Google Search — users will soon have the option to see Gmail results integrated right alongside other search results.
A Google spokesperson told us that the new anti-piracy signal it's added to the algorithm uses multiple factors to determine its ranking, in addition to the over 200 signals already in use.
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