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Google demotes Chrome in search results
After Google blundered an attempt to pay bloggers to publish low-quality posts related to its Chrome browser, the search giant penalized itself by pushing the Chrome browser further down its results list when a user searches for the term "browser." Google said it was a violation of its own Webmaster guidelines, because Google prohibits paying for links, under the risk of having their search results demoted. Google swallowed its own medicine and demoted its own Chrome browser from the top of its search results.
BlackBerry PlayBook still a gigantic flop
Research in Motion's answer to the iPad, and as one might expect, it failed miserably. Despite avoiding a HP-esque TouchPad firesale-like situation, it was a massive sales disappointment. Its launch was no doubt a management failure -- which ultimately helped result in the ousting of the two co-founders, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.
The tablet, despite its excellent hardware, was marred with problems during its initial 2011 release, and things didn't get a whole lot better in 2012. By September, RIM said it had sold 1.74 million PlayBooks since it first launched. Compare that to the estimated 14 million iPads and 7.5 million Android tablets in the third quarter alone, it's clear to see that the BlackBerry PlayBook was an abysmal failure.
- Read more: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0: Déjà Vu?
"Metro," or "Windows 8" as it is now
First it was Metro, and then it was something like Modern. And then it was Metro again. What are we talking about? Actually, for a while, not many were actually sure. Microsoft's user interface design for Windows 8 was initially dubbed "Metro," but after suspected legal troubles the software giant changed the name to "Windows 8," which was also the name of the operating system.
Eventually, Microsoft said that "Metro-style apps," such as those that would run on the Start screen, would be called "Windows 8 apps," as one might expect -- although it should've been called that in the first place; one has to 'love' Microsoft for its overuse of codenames -- and the new Start screen that was dubbed at first the "Metro UI" would in fact be called... the Start screen. How exciting.