Bill Gates Wants To Reinvent the Toilet
You can see a video of Gates's presentation and an up-close video of toilet 2.0 here: http://www.itworld.com/windows/289818/bill-gates-wants-better-toilet-insert-joke-here
Microsoft Opens NY Lab, Hires Yahoo Researchers
some wonkiness on the ITworld website the morning. the url to the story should be: http://www.itworld.com/software/274158/microsoft-opens-new-york-research-lab-hires-mainly-yahoo-researchers
LSD Can Treat Alcoholism
Don't get me wrong, I'm all in favor of solving one problem with another, maybe bigger one.
Dell's Hot Air Video: Parody or Lapse in Judgment?
Gizmodo is calling shenanigans and the Dell Twitter account confirmed it's not their video. But Dell also seems to be OK with it, which I suppose just means they believe there is no bad press.
Last Day To Tell Google To Forget You
Microsoft Licenses Patents To LG For Android
Microsoft is claiming they're getting royalty payments from over 70% of U.S. Android OEMs.
FoxConn Faces Mass Suicide Prrotest
A Microsoft investigation of the protest has found that workers aren't complaining about working conditions, but about 'staffing assignments and transfer policies'.
E-Mail Can Reveal Your Friend Hierarchy
My thoughts exactly. Email is so 5-10 years ago. If I'm communicating only with people who are in their 40s, then maybe this study has some merit. But anyone in their 20s is using facebook (incl facebook chat) or texting. And folks on the other end of the age spectrum are probably using the phone.
Microsoft Now Collects Royalties From Over Half of All Android Devices
What's notable this time around is that ChromeOS is also implicated as an infringing technology. Compal is now the third ODM company to enter into a Microsoft agreement over ChromeOS and Android. Brian Proffitt goes into more detail in this blog post: http://www.itworld.com/mobile-wireless/215897/microsoft-why-innovate-when-you-can-litigate
Paywalled NYT Now Has 300,000 Online Subscribers
Is 300k subscribers good? What percentage of total online readers is that? Also, sure, a 6% increase in digital advertising revenue is good, in that any increase is good. But what sort of increase did comparable websites see?
How Google Drove Samsung Away
From the too-good-to-be-true department, Brian Proffitt has updated his blog post with a correction. Turns out that the quote that The Korea Times attributed to a Samsung official actually came from Florian Mueller.
Lack of Technology Puts Star Wars Series On Hold
How 'cost effective' does it need to be when it's got a guaranteed audience of male tweens, teens, 20s ... plus all the geek girls. And the nostalgia audience too (that's my demographic, btw.).
Using Flywheels to Meet Peak Power Grid Demands
Hoping the attention of the slashdot community will do good things for the Beacon stock I bought.
Facebook To Use Microsoft Tech To Find Child Porn
Looks like Facebook is having a live chat on the subject at 3:00 Friday afternoon.
35% Use Mobile Apps Before Getting Out of Bed
Also, not surprisingly, 72% check Facebook from bed before going to sleep and 20% check Twitter. That's what happens when you keep your smartphone on your nightstand and/or work on your laptop into the wee hours.
Detained MS Employee Freed By Libyan Gov't?
The blog post linked to above has been updated. Microsoft has confirmed that Khalid Elhasumi was indeed freed on Tuesday.
New Hampshire Man Sentenced To 7 Years For Robo-Calling Malware
The best part of the story really is that might not have been caught except that he was 'flagged by federal authorities after paying cash for his second Lamborghini.'
Firing Phraseology: 'Pursure Other Interests'?
'Pursure' should be 'Pursue'.
Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now
I agree. It's all about the "ridiculous pricing model". I may reconsider when smartphone data plans are bundled in with Internet, phone, cable TV. Until then, I'll do my Internet-enabling on my laptop and calling on my dumb phone (which, btw, is prepaid and hardly ever used). Sorry, AT&T, Verizon.