Breakfast Briefing: Paul Allen's Windows 8 verdict, ISPs angry over piracy plans and Do Not Track loophole

3 Oct 2012
Breakfast briefing

In today's top tech news, Nokia's home up for sale and the rise of payment platform Jana

The morning's top stories include Paul Allen's unconvincing praise of Windows 8, how ISPs feel aggrieved over anti-piracy plans, and Nokia looking to offload the family home.

Microsoft founder unconvinced by Windows 8

Paul Allen, Microsoft founder and self-labelled "ideas man", has branded Windows 8 "puzzling" and "confusing" but believes users will get the hang of the new operating system – eventually. In his personal blog, Allen welcomed the tablet features in the operating system due out later this month, and offered tips for overcoming some issues.

"Desktop PC users, with only minor tweaks and adjustments, should be able to pick things up without much trouble," he said. "I am sure most the minor issues I pointed out will be addressed in the next release of the operating system. And it won't be long until third party developers become more familiar with Windows 8 and begin to create and distribute applications that help smooth out many of remaining rough edges." Mr Allen, I've got a Steve Ballmer on the phone...

ISPs angry over anti piracy costs – part 94

ISPs have always feared they would be left carrying a large bill for anti-piracy measures put in place under the Digital Economy Act, and consultation responses suggest those fears have yet to be addressed.

Under current plans to introduce measures, ISPs are expected to carry 25% of the costs of sending out notification under the regulations. But as Outlaw points out after reading their consultation submissions, the ISPs remain unhappy at the amount they will be likely to pay and claim Ofcom has underestimated the costs they face.

Do Not Track's massive loophole

The way that advertisers deal with browser requests not to track internet users' surfing habits is back in the spotlight, with the industry accused of backing away from agreements. Do Not Track technology is included in browsers as a way of thwarting tracking cookies and other technology, but it only works if advertisers take any notice.

According to the Wall Street Journal, during talks in the US, federal officials said a clause that let advertisers ignore Do Not Track requests for market research and product development purposes was "a loophole to Do Not Track that you could drive a virtual truck through".

Nokia considers selling Finnish home

It's a worrying day when you're so cash-strapped you need to sell the family home, but that's a possibility for mobile manufacturer Nokia, which according to Reuters is planning on selling its glass and steel headquarters in Epsoo. Anyone interested in a spacious, modern block - not too far from amenities and overlooking the Baltic Sea - should consider offers of €200m to €300m as the company looks to offload some of its non-core holdings.

Jana – the world's favourite payment platform

Everyone's heard of Facebook and PayPal, but they're both small fry compared to a payment platform that can reach 2bn people around the world.

According to a report in The Atlantic, the mobile platform is huge in Asia, South America and Africa, and the report details how the company's founder, Nathan Eagle, bought his way into the industry by turning up at mobile operators' offices with a duffel bag stuffed full of cash.

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