Tech 2.0 for Monday, March 11, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 3/11/2013 6:23 pm

The Idaho House voted to exclude so-called cloud computing services delivered over the Internet from being charged a sales tax by the state. The 65-2 vote on Monday sends the measure to the Senate. The Idaho Technology Council, which represents technology businesses in the state, asked for the measure after the Idaho Tax Commission interpreted a 1993 state law as saying software is taxable property -- no matter how it is delivered. In cloud computing, people or companies rent computing services or storage space over a network, rather than buy actual software. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star argued this change was necessary, to make sure Idaho didn't fall behind advancements in technology. Only Democrats John Gannon of Boise and Shirley Ringo of Moscow voted against the bill.

An official with the company that develops "SimCity" agrees it was "dumb." But Lucy Bradshaw says Maxis is trying hard to fix the problem that plagued those trying to play the new version of the game when it launched last week. The new version of the SimCity franchise requires that players be online -- even when they are in the single-player mode. But the servers weren't big enough to handle the load -- and more than a few gamers were unable to log on. That moved some retailers to stop selling the Electronic Arts game. Bradshaw says more would-be metropolis makers logged on than anticipated. But she says since then, developers have been boosting server capacity.

Seven million dollars. That's how much Google will to pay as a penalty to settle a probe into how the Internet search leader set up its street-view service. Attorneys general in about 30 states claimed when Google sent its cameras down the streets of various areas around the world, the company also collected emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over wireless networks not protected by passwords. Word of all of this is being provided by a source who asked not to be identified because the settlement isn't expected to be announced until this week. The $7 million will be divvied up among the states. And while $7 million may seem like a lot of money, in Google-land, it isn't. The company's revenues are expected to top $61 billion this year. At that pace, that's about what Google would rake in during a single hour.

Maxis will look at offline Sim City to earn fans trust: Maxis SVP Lucy Bradshaw answers fans questions regardi...

@simcity Lucy Bradshaw has a lot of nerve saying Sim City problems are almost behind us. Please. There are still so many things broken!

The Sim City fiasco makes me sad for the Maxis devs and also makes me want to airburst a small nuclear device over Origin HQ.

I love Maxis, and the games they make, but I honestly cannot recommend buying Sim City 5. This is ridiculous.

Google nears $7 million settlement with U.S. states over Wifi incident: source

The $7 million settlement that Google is nearing

GOOGLE near settlement with states over wi-fi snooping...
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