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Today in Tech: It's True -- Google Makes More Money From iPhones and iPads Than Androids


Internal Google documents confirm that (at least in 2010) iOS's ad revenue was way more than Android's. And by the way, are you sure that your Mac is safe from malware? A guy selling anti-malware software says no.

Oracle's (ORCL) lawyers dredged up some illuminating internal documents from Google (GOOG) showing how it monetizes the Android mobile operating system. Oracle is suing Google for using Java APIs without a license, and Google's position is that APIs, like forms of speech, are not copyrightable. Even in Google's latest quarterly report, the exact amount that Google makes from Android is pretty murky. The Verge released slides from an internal Google presentation from 2010 that sheds some light on the hard numbers. The slides confirm that Apple's (AAPL) iOS actually makes Google more money than the Android platform.

Security experts at Kaspersky are warning that Apple computers are "10 years behind Microsoft (MSFT) in terms of security." Recently, the Flashback Trojan infected hundreds of thousands of Macs. The conventional thinking is that once you go Mac, you hardly ever go back, and one reason is because Macs aren't as susceptible to malware and viruses, and thus don't really require any futzing with an antivirus program. The creators of malware rarely targeted Apple computers because of the smaller market share. But, now that that market share is going up, and more and more businesses are using Macs in the office, hackers are taking aim at Apple.

A few tech companies are moving in the markets today after reporting earnings.

Akamai (AKAM) shares are down 11% today after the cloud-computing and video streaming service provider reported earnings. One-time charges from acquisitions cut profits by 15%, overshadowing a 16% rise in revenue. Metro PCS (PCS), a lower-tier mobile carrier, reported that earnings fell 63% in the March quarter. The carrier faced significant costs stemming from a promotional program that made it easier for customers to switch from a dumb phone to a smartphone. Shares are down 9.5%. At Logitech International (LOGI), a maker of computer peripherals and video conferencing hardware, shares rose 17% today after reporting a surprising increase in earnings.

LinkedIn (LNKD) finally debuted its iPad application today.

Google's Chrome browser is rapidly rising in popularity. But can it repair your broken love life? "Yes, it can!" says Google. "But mostly if you use our services." Would this ever work? You be the judge.

Twitter: @vincent_trivett
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