Tech 2.0 for Thursday, May 2, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 5/02/2013 2:32 pm


Never mind the battle of the bulge -- when it comes to the battle for viewers, YouTube says it is the clear winner. A top official for Google -- which owns YouTube -- says it's no longer a question of when Internet video will eclipse TV watching. Eric Schmidt says "that's already happened." As a result, a presentation to advertisers last night in New York was less focused on integrating YouTube to TV -- and more on drawing ad dollars to the site, instead of doling them out to over-the-air, cable or satellite television outlets.

It's good news for tablet computer makers. But it's not-so-good news for Microsoft, which has been trying to get a stronger foothold in the space with its version of the carry-around computers. Researchers at IDC say Microsoft is seeing slow sales of a version of the Windows operating system designed for thin and light tablets. IDC says manufacturers shipped 200,000 tablets running Windows RT in the first quarter of this year. That's down from about 900,000 shipped in the fourth quarter of last year. Meanwhile, the global tablet market has more than doubled. That means nearly two tablets were sold for every three personal computers that were shipped -- that's a record. Apple leads the way, but has seen its market share shrink to a low mark of 39 percent. Samsung is number two.

It's enough to make some educators long for the day when high-stakes school tests were done with number-2 pencils and papers with fill-in ovals. School districts across several states have run into problems because computers used to administer student tests have been crashing. Thousands of students in Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota and Oklahoma have been kicked offline while taking tests in recent weeks. And that has caused some districts to postpone the tests. While that may be a reprieve for some students, the tests are used to judge their proficiency. And in some cases, they are used to determine teachers' pay raises. One teacher describes it as getting all fired up for a big basketball game -- only to get to the gym and find out the ball has been deflated.


YouTube has already defeated TV, Google's Eric Schmidt says - San Jose Mercury News http://t.co/7SBMnOcwFy

"That's already happened": Google boss claims YouTube has won battle for hearts and eyes against TV. :-). 350 http://t.co/j5St3K84lJ

YouTube has already defeated TV, Google's Eric Schmidt says http://t.co/gAN2HtSasK

Tablets With Windows RT See Slow Sales, IDC Says - Headline Pong http://t.co/ZrKDx6Iyfg

IDC reports Android now powers most tablets sold in Q1 while Apple still biggest single brand with Samsung closing http://t.co/HM1Q27Ch5T

Microsoft shipped 900,000 Surface tablets in Q1, says IDC http://t.co/zbf7WCcNh5
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