Booting Up: Android Is Probably Going to Overtake iOS By October

The Boot is BACK.

Apple is ramping up signing labels for the upcoming launch of its iRadio streaming music service. [TechCrunch]

By October, Android is set to takeover Apple in becoming the world’s most popular app platform. [The Telegraph]

Mozilla and Foxconn are partnering to produce no more than fewer than five devices because that’s what we need. [TNW]

A New Zealand court ruled that Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom should get back some of his seized property because the police were overzealous in confiscating things before deciding if they were relevant to the case. [Naked Security]

Townsquare Media Group is relaunching three defunct Aol Music blogs if you missed reading whatever “The Boot” was. [AllThingsD]

Privacy Police

Microsoft’s Surprising Move to Protect User Privacy

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We’re pretty sure that the vast majority of Betabeat users not only don’t use Internet Explorer, but also passionately despise it. But we’ll give props when props are due, and despite Microsoft’s one out of four star rating from the EFF on privacy, the company now appears to be taking a stronger stand on the issue.

Microsoft announced on its blog yesterday that Mozilla’s Do Not Track feature would be automatically implemented within all copies of Internet Explorer 10. The move, Microsoft says, will empower users to make more informed decisions about the way third parties handle their data. Read More

Privacy Police

Twitter Now Supports Mozilla’s ‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Feature

(Photo: Scott Beale, Laughing Squid)

The Mozilla Foundation has been working hard to combat privacy issues spotlighted by sites like Facebook, which aggressively tracks and saves user data. Recently, Mozilla announced a “Do Not Track” feature that can be deployed through the Firefox browser that better protects your information. According to the Do Not Track site, “When the feature is enabled, Firefox will tell advertising networks and other websites and applications that you want to opt-out of tracking for purposes like behavioral advertising.” Read More

Political Animals

Tech Celeb Makes Prop-8 Donation; Internet Goes Berserk

Mr. Eich

Last week, a shitstorm erupted in the Twittersphere (as shitstorms are wont to do).  The cause: The discovery that, in 2008, Mozilla co-founder and JavaScript inventor Brendan Eich donated $1,000 to California’s notorious anti-gay-marriage legislation Proposition 8.

This donation isn’t exactly news–the record has been available since 2008, says the LA Times. But last Tuesday the story tore through Twitter like norovirus through a college dorm, and the dust-up is available in all its enraged glory over at Storify. Negative reactions range from Arran Ross-Paterson’s relatively moderate, “Not cool @brendaneich not cool at all…@mozilla” to UX evangelist Aral Balkan’s infuriated, “So I take what I said yesterday back, there’s no way I’ll ever do anything with @mozilla as long as @brendaneich is CTO. #wontworkwithbigots.”(It should be noted that Mozilla’s name was on the record simply because California requires donors to list their employers.) Read More