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Evening tech news: Microsoft has asked the judge in its antitrust hearing to delay his ruling by another four months; A survey of IT professionals finds that most web applications that will be delivered in 2002 will use Java instead of .NET; Verizon DSL customers are appealing a judge\'s decision in their suit which alledges delivery of lackluster service.
Dantz has updated its popular backup software, Retrospect, to driver version 4.3. The update fixes bugs, works around several problems and supports more new drives.
The Mozilla Organization, who coordinate the development of the open source Mozilla browser project, have released Mozilla beta version 0.9.7. Several new features and bug fixes have been implemented. The Labels feature in Mail&News is now fully implemented; Mail&News now supports basic S/MIME functionality; the Mac OSX toolbar collapse button is now implemented; ChatZilla 0.8.5 is now included; spring-loaded bookmark folders have been added; Mozilla now supports the longdesc attribute of the img tag; a print preview function is available for the Macintosh. Mozilla also runs under Mac OS 8.5 again. [Classic, Carbon]
iGetter 1.6 is a $25 download utility that can resume broken downloads, supports segmented (accelerated) downloading, browser integration, queue filtering by various criteria, file mirrors support for additional acceleration, cookies support, processing web page links, scheduling downloads for low traffic periods, reconnecting modems, hang up and shut down when the downloads are done. [Classic, Carbon]
CTM Development has posted PowerMail 3.1.1, an update to its email client that adds the ability to select AppleEvent-based spell-checkers shipped as packages such as Casady & Greene\'s Grammarian X (in addition to regular Classic or Carbon applications.
PrefsOverload 3.5, an update to the $15 shareware utility for managing preferences, brings support for OS X, better application speed and stability, an \"Aqua-ized\" interface, and other enhancements
Apple has pulled the iPod Software Updater version 1.0.3 due to hardware incompatibilities. The update, which was released yesterday, has compatibility issues with \"blue and white\" Power Macintosh G3 systems. \"The iPod Software Updater 1.0.3 has been temporarily removed due to incompatibilities with \"blue and white\" Power Macintosh G3 systems,\" an AppleCare document that was updated today reads, \"A new version which addresses the issue will be posted shortly.\"
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k