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Mac users swarm the Web: Two firms that analyze and measure Internet activity concluded recently that Mac users make up 6 percent of the U.S. Web-surfing public. "For the longest time, Mac hung around 3 percent of the operating systems using the Web," WebSideStory analyst Geoff Johnston told ComputerWorld. "But it picked up around last summer, and has nearly doubled its market share." Johnston added: "Macs are starting to erode Microsoft's market share."
As the term "Web 2.0" is thrown around more and more, people are already predicting its demise. But Mac users, who are "more creative and more plugged-in than the rest of the population," could help save it - and keep boosting the share of Macs on the Web while they're at it.
AT&T hints that it won't subsidize the iPhone: At a recent shareholders meeting, comments from AT&T execs led a UBS analyst to conclude that the wireless carrier won't offer rebates on or otherwise subsidize the iPhone - and in fact may make a small profit on the sale of each one. What does this mean to you and me? Keep socking away your cash, people. The iPhone's gonna cost what it's gonna cost: $499 for 4GB of flash memory or $599 for 8GB. But at least it'll have all the features we saw in January, and more.
Security pros atwitter about QuickTime hack: Yeah, the hack itself is old news. But now security pros are blogging about the ethical ramifications of the contest to hack a MacBook, sponsored by TippingPoint, the results of which were shared first only with the sponsor company - then only later shared with Apple. The point, said a TippingPoint rep, was to share the details with as few parties as possible. SecurityProNews points out that it seemed to have worked.
Plus: Toronto researchers work on developing an audio menu for iPods. Sales of the Apple TV in Korea are expected to be just as dismal as iPod sales there. (But if you're a happy Apple TV owner who wants to know how to convert DVD movies so you can watch 'em on the Apple box, check out a review of the $39.99 Roxio Crunch.) One industry watcher thinks Apple may have really hit Vista where it hurts with its new Get a Mac ads. Every time you buy a concert ticket on Ticketmaster.com this summer, don't forget to grab your free song on iTunes. And, finally: the perfect gift for all of the Star Wars geeks in your life.