Today in Tech: iPad 2 screen dissected, Microsoft a cheater?

February 2, 2011, 1:51 PM UTC

A curated selection of the day’s most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.

“Some Bing results increasingly look like an incomplete, stale version of Google results — a cheap imitation.” — Google Fellow and search engineer Amit Singhal

  • A war of words erupted yesterday over a controversial blog post by Singhal, who accused Microsoft Bing of essentially “copying” Google search results. “It’s cheating to me because we work incredibly hard and have done so for years but they just get there based on our hard work,” he said. “I don’t know how else to call it but plain and simple cheating. Another analogy is that it’s like running a marathon and carrying someone else on your back, who jumps off just before the finish line.” For its part, Microsoft denies having done so, though maybe the proof is in the pudding. Check out these two examples. (Fortune)

  • 9 to 5 Mac got its mitts on what it believes to be the iPad 2’s new display. From the looks of things, it’s lighter, just a hair thinner, and most likely sports a 1,024 by 768 resolution. In other words, folks, nothing close to Retina Display. (9 to 5 Mac)
  • After days without Internet access for the most part, Egypt’s citizens are finally able to go online again. Speculation points to the government doing so to encourage Egyptians cease protests. (The Next Web)
  • In recently rejecting Sony’s e-book app for the Mac App Store, Apple says it’s not tightening its developer guidelines as The New York Times reported yesterday, but merely adhering to an App Store rule that’s been there all along which basically says that apps that allow users to purchase content, functionality or services must use Apple’s In App Purchase API. (AllThingsD)
  • In anticipation of News Corp’s iPad newspaper, the Daily, which launches today, The New York Times is hard at work on a project called, a social news reading app that presents the news read by people you follow on Twitter and filters all that info based on how many times those stories are shared and clicked on. (TechCrunch) Photo: TechCrunch

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