adeelarshad82 writes “Bowing to pressure from the EU, Microsoft said it would discard all data collected via its Bing search engine after six months. (Microsoft’s announcement contains a timeline for what data gets anonymized or deleted when.) Until now, the software giant has retained the data for 18 months. Over the past two years, however, Internet companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google have made efforts to reduce the amount of time that information is stored. Microsoft’s policies will remain the same, but now, the company will delete the IP address and other info after six months. Back in December 2008, Microsoft said it would reduce its retention time to six months, but only if its rivals followed suit. At the time, Yahoo anonymized its data after 13 months, and Google did the same after 9 months. A week later, Yahoo cut that time down to three months, but Google said its decisions are not conditioned on what competitors do.”

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Stan Shih, founder of Acer, has made a bold prediction with a cowardly timeline: that US computer brands aren’t competitive enough to stick it out another 20 years. That’d work out just great for, let’s see… oh, right, Stan Shih!

Shih’s claim is that US manufacturers are incapable of putting lower priced products on the market, and so will die off like so much chaff. BUT: while companies like Lenovo and Acer have made strides recently, in the PC market there’s still high demand for top-tier products, and Dell and HP are still huge—and hugely popular—companies.

The bigger problem, of course, is that in twenty years anything can happen. Maybe we won’t be using laptops at all by then. Maybe we’ll do all our computing from the Google chips implanted in our brains. So before Stan Shih gets too excited about 2030, maybe he should focus first on making laptops that don’t melt in 2010. [PhysOrg]

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