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Yahoo Answers questions – Apple gives up green – ‘uncool’ Galaxy

Yahoo Answers hits milestone

Yahoo Answers has celebrated receiving its 300 millionth question, cementing its place as the top Q&A service online.

Since launching in 2005, the feature has eclipsed similar offerings from its competitors. Google Answers lasted less than a year before giving in to Yahoo's supremacy, while Facebook Questions has done little to attract users since it was made available in 2010.

But, in what has so far been a troubled year for Yahoo, the volume of questions put through the system is actually decreasing year-on-year, with only 28,000 questions per hour in 2012 compared to 34,000 two years previously.

According to the company, "On average, two questions are being asked and six answered per second. So this means there's an astonishing 7,000 questions and an incredible 21,000 answers per hour".

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Green Apple removed

Apple has requested the removal of all 39 of its products from an industry recognised green registry.

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) requires that for a product to be considered green, anyone wishing to recycle it must be able to easily disassemble it using common tools in order to filter out any toxic components.

It appears Apple's new designs no longer fulfil these criteria, a development which has disappointed EPEAT CEO Robert Frisbee. "They were important supporters and we are disappointed that they don't want their products measured by this standard anymore," he said.

Indeed, the move is something of a surprise given Apple's history of heavily promoting its green credentials, featuring a recycling section on its website and presenting products such as the MacBook Pro as energy saving devices.

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Judge brands Samsung uncool

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been branded "not as cool" as the iPad by High Court judge Colin Birss, as Apple failed in its latest bid to get the device banned.

After Apple successfully managed to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in the US, it was perhaps surprising that the UK did not follow suit, but Judge Birss ruled that the South Korean company could still sell its product in the UK without restriction.

Apple maintains that Samsung's design infringes a number of its patents, while they also say the product looks too similar to its own creations.

However, Judge Birss said: "They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different."

Apple was granted 21 days to appeal the verdict.

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Written by James Riches

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