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Daily Wrap: Ruby, PHP and Python Compared and More

Ruby, PHP and Python are compared in an infographic by Udemy. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.

Sometimes it’s difficult to catch every story that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well.

The Shift From Watching TV to Experiencing TV

Udemy says that Python is the “most-discussed” language, but if you are looking for a job, PHP is the language to know. The percentages vary across the different job channels, but PHP seems to be more popular among job listings and job titles.

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Microsoft Will Pay Nokia “Billions” To Use Windows Phone

Microsoft paid Nokia $250 million in the fourth quarter to adopt the Windows Phone operating system, according to Nokia’s fourth-quarter earnings report released Thursday.

That was the first in a series of so-called “platform support” payments believed to eventually total billions of dollars. To date, Microsoft and Nokia have been quiet about the deal’s specifics, perhaps because it appears as if Microsoft is paying Nokia significantly less than its paying other cellphone manufacturers. (more)

SoundCloud Goes HTML5, Makes Non-Flash Audio Player Its Default

SoundCloud, the up-and-coming social audio publishing platform, is endorsing HTML5’s role in the future of the Web. Today, the Berlin-based startup is officially rolling out its HTML5 audio player as the service’s default, knocking the original, Flash-based player from that esteemed position. (more)

AT&T CEO Randall Stevenson Blasts FCC, Hints At Higher Prices and Data Restrictions

AT&T has a bone to pick with the Federal Communications Commission. In the mobile operator’s quarterly earnings call this morning, CEO Randall Stevenson blasted the FCC over its leadership in making additional spectrum available to carriers to handle the explosion of mobile data flowing through the operators’ pipes. Stevenson and AT&T are bitter after the FCC blew up its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. Stevenson said that because of AT&T’s spectrum crunch it will be forced to raise prices and take additional actions against the highest data users. (more)

Why Does the Next Xbox Need Discs At All?

If the next generation of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming system will be designed to bring us well beyond 2020, why would it still rely on last century’s technology, spinning discs, for games?

Videogame blog Kotaku reported yesterday that the next Xbox – still not yet announced by Microsoft – will support Blu-ray discs, and may incorporate some sort of technology that prevents users from playing used games. (more)

Google+ Is Now Open To Teens, Offers New Safety Features

Google VP of Product Bradley Horowitz announced today that Google+ will now be available to teens. Previously, the social network was exclusively for adults over 18, but now anyone with a Google Account can use it (13+ in most countries). (more)

All of Planet Earth Is Now on Google+

Google Earth released version 6.2 today. It patches up some of the choppy textures it used to have, so it now looks like a smooth, realistic surface – no more “quilt effect.” The texture improvements are now in all versions of Google Earth, including the mobile versions. This update also adds Google+ integration. Screenshots from Google Earth can be shared with Google+ circles with a new “share” button. (more)

Twitter Will Censor Certain Tweets In Certain Countries

Twitter will censor tweets in certain countries while still publishing them throughout the rest of the world, the company said Thursday on its blog.

“As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression. Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there,” the company said. “Others are similar but, for historical or cultural reasons, restrict certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content.” (more)

Legal Analysis: How the Megaupload Defense Could Proceed

There will be two battles fought simultaneously in defense of Megaupload, the cyberlocker site accused by the U.S. of hosting and publicizing illicit copyrighted material. One is in the public arena, where we can expect the defendant to portray itself as Robin Hood, not so much stealing content from the rich as repurposing it for the poor, the meek, the 99%. It may even get some traction in that arena, but those same tactics may not play so well to a jury. That will be a separate battle whose defense strategy may not be so populist. (more)

Buying a Donut Earns You Facebook Credits

Plink has just announced a Facebook Credits loyalty program in partnership with fast-food chains Dunkin’ Donuts, Quiznos, Red Robin and Taco Bell. Users earn Facebook Credits by joining Plink and logging on with their Facebook credentials and credit or debit cards. Like any loyalty program, the more people purchase, the more Facebook Credits they’ll rack up. (more)

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