Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Jan 2013 14:53 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y And so this situation is starting to get ridiculous - and consumers are, as usual, caught in the middle of it all. Google has just blocked Windows Phone devices from accessing Google Maps on their phones. In addition, it also seems Windows Phone users are now restricted to the basic HTML version of the mobile GMail website. While understandable from a defensive perspective - Microsoft's extortion scheme targeting Android device makers and all that - it's still a massive dick move that only hurts consumers. Update: the media attention has worked - Google is backpedalling, and will remove the redirect. "We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users. In our last test, IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users. Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users."
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RE[4]: All RDF'd up
by Valhalla on Wed 9th Jan 2013 13:55 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: All RDF'd up"
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I don't believe that Google loves or even likes open source.

It's really that simple.

If we say for arguments sake that you are right, then open source in general is still benefiting greatly from Google's attempt to pass themselves off as a open source loving company.

Lot's of the open source projects I enjoy using have gotten great benefits from the Google Summer of Code drive, they've directly contributed code to tools I use every day professionaly, Linux, GCC, Clang/LLVM, I'm currently dabbling in Go, a free open source programming language they've created and support, they've released an open source, royalty free video codec, android, chromeOS, the v8 javascript engine, the dalvik vm, etc

As you professed, you are not a fan of open source so you likely have no interest in any of the above offerings, but for those of us who do like open source Google likely comes across quite favourably.

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