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5. Starting your own Internet provider is really hard
If you're concerned about US government surveillance, you might think setting up your own Internet provider might be the best option. Turns out, as the folks at Ars Technica discovered, it's far more complicated to start one than widely thought. Not only do you need millions of dollars, you need a lot of lawyers to navigate the complicated myriad of legal issues that you will face as the head of your own ISP. And that doesn't even take into account the requests you might be forced to undertake if you're under the authority of the National Security Agency.
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6. Making parts of .NET open source took years, and wasn't a quick move
Microsoft's .NET development language for years has been within the company's walled garden. But alas — no more. Opening it to the public makes the platform more available for Apple's iOS and Android app makers through its partnership with mobile-tool maker Xamarin. It was touted as "one of the biggest announcements" at Microsoft's annual developer conference, Build, this week. But it took a while to get this far. Former server and cloud boss turned chief executive Satya Nadella gave the go-ahead to make more of .NET open source more than a year ago in order to make it "good for developers."
7. Apple knows it has to make a larger iPhone display to compete
Samsung's testimony in its trial against Apple showed that the iPhone maker was deeply concerned about the competition — especially in regard to display sizes. While Apple stuck with the 3.5-inch and then 4-inch displays, its competitors — Samsung above all else — was developing far larger screen sizes. This caught Apple in a spin, which internal slides show, citing slowing growth rates and the concern that "consumers want what we don't have." This may be the first sign that Apple could be developing a larger 5-inch iPhone that would aim to compete with its major rivals with "phablet"-sized devices.
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