Archive for March, 2010

Apple and Google: Coffee diplomacy

Two middle-aged guys sit down for a cup of coffee, and people start acting like they just saw Brad and Angelina at Starbucks. What’s the big deal? In this case, the two guys are Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt, sitting down for a morning confab over cafe lattes at a Palo Alto beanery last Friday. […]

The Google-China plot thickens

It’s been just two days since I last wrote about the Google China soap (not soup) opera, and yet it feels like weeks, so much has happened in the interim. To wit: Earlier this week, Google’s US executive bio page suddenly displayed in Chinese. (A "bug, Google called it. Yeah, right.) On Wednesday, YouTube, Twitter, […]

Google Hits the Great Wall

So Google finally made good on its promise to uncensor its Chinese search engine and/or leave the Chinese market back in January. And China is now making good on its promise to make Google very sorry for ever bringing it up. Gotta say "the G" were pretty clever about it. Redirecting Google.cn to Google.com.hk seems […]

The Latest on Webcamgate: Film at 11

Though it’s not getting quite the 24/7 cable news treatment it got when it first hit the wires, the Web cam scandal in Southeastern Pennsylvania (aka "Webcamgate") is still twisting and turning in unpredictable ways. We still don’t know exactly what happened, but we do know there are lessons here for everyone concerned about IT […]

Is privacy making a comeback?

Privacy is all over the news these days, including social networks, where it seems the Feds like to play.

Wikileaks: Yet another ‘enemy of the state’

I just received an email from Wikileaks editor Julian Assange that’s pretty wild. It accuses the US government of deliberately trying to take the whistle-blower site down two years ago. As proof, Wikileaks has posted a 32-page classified document [PDF] from the Department of Defense Intelligence Analysis program, dated March 2008, which details "the counterintelligence […]

Apple’s patent power play, whiny publishers, and cyberwar

It’s time again to dip into the reader mailbag and pull out some nuggets from the residents of Cringeville. First up this morning is Gene Mosher, who has an issue with Apple’s patent suit over HTC’s touch screen technology (see "Apple vs. HTC: No matter who wins, we lose"). Mr. Mosher’s claim to fame: As […]

Want bogus Intel CPUs? Newegg’s got ‘em.

I’m sorry but this story is just too wild to ignore. It seems Newegg has quite a bit of old egg on its face this week after it shipped customers "counterfeit" Intel CPUs that were more like movie props than actual working electronics. Last week a Newegg customer ordered an Intel Core i7-920 CPU, which […]

The geeks have taken over Hollywood

James Cameron’s Avatar may have changed how films are made with Avatar, but Steve Jobsis changing how business is done in Hollywood.

Tynan’s Laws of Wires

Sir Issac Tynan, the near-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather of this blog’s author, formulated these rules more than a century ago, and yet they still hold true. Believed to have been lost to the ages, they were recently uncovered while said blog author was cleaning out his office. He now shares them with the world. Tynan’s First Law of […]

Apple’s patent power play: no winners, only losers

Apple has lawyered up and is out for blood — or at least, blood money. Its patent suit against Taiwanese handset maker HTC is further proof that the cold war between Cupertino and Mountain View is quickly escalating into a shooting match with live ammo. Apple could easily have chosen to sue Palm, whose WebOS […]

Will Apple’s iPad save magazines?

It seems Conde Nast is embracing the Apple iPad as its one and true savior. Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, Glamour, and Wired are all getting gussied up for Apple’s WonderPad, according to the New York Times. Hey if you’re gonna do it, might as well start with the best. I say, more power […]