Weekly high-tech hot topics in the blogs: Police investigate iPhone 4G saga, HP buys Palm, Steve Jobs gets Flash-y
Thursday 29 April 2010
Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending April 29: bloggers test their strengths against the law enforcers as the iPhone 4G saga escalates, HP purchases Palm, Steve Job gives Flash a slap in the face and bloggers wait for Adobe to retaliate, Facebook opts out of privacy for its users, and Google's Nexus One no longer heading to Verizon.
Police seize Gizmodo editor's computers as the iPhone 4G saga escalates
Gizmodo's exclusive coverage of the next-generation iPhone that was "left inside a bar" has turned into a media, legal and police task force commotion. As bloggers spent their time writing about the legal implications of media purchasing their stories, a specialized police task force was busy raiding the house of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen, taking his computers with them. The blog world erupted into a frenzy of legal jargon-rich articles, asking "Can Gizmodo Win the iPhone Legal Battle?", speculating about whether "Apple asked for ‘lost’ iPhone criminal probe" and urging those involved in the case not to "Prosecute Gizmodo for the iPhone That Walked Into a Bar: It's a bad use of the government's power."
HP purchases Palm for $1.2 billion
Struggling smartphone maker Palm was snapped up by HP in a 1.2 billion dollar deal this week. Rumors about a possible Palm buy-out had already been making their way through the blogs as the company struggled to keep up with mobile offerings from the likes of Android, Microsoft and Apple. ReadWriteWeb posted a list of The Smartest Tweets About HP/Palm, including Tim Bray's "Hoping HP reinvigorates WebOS. Two is not the cosmically correct number of viable mobile platforms," Lon Seidman's "Great move for HP, bad for Microsoft and their new phone platform. MS should have modernized their mobile OS sooner!" and Adam Clark Estes' "HP buys Palm for $1.2billion. Does this mean my own Palm Pilot will be able to print now?" VentureBeat also picked up on the fact that "HP’s Palm acquisition is about tablets and netbooks, too."
Steve Jobs on Flash
After years of discussions about why Apple will not support Flash on the iPhone OS, Steve Jobs penned an open letter (a rarity in the world of Apple) to his critics explaining the six major reasons why people will never see Flash implemented on iPhones, iPods and iPads. "Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice," wrote Jobs in his letter, adding "the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards -– all areas where Flash falls short." He continued, "Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content."
Facebook users complain about loss of privacy
Nexus One gets pulled from Verizon Wireless's lineup
Headlines like "Google Nexus One Gone From Verizon Lineup" started appearing in the blogs when Verizon Wireless removed their "Nexus One coming soon" web page from their site, sparking rumors the phone would no longer be available through the US's largest mobile phone company. Google confirmed the rumors with their post, "An update on Nexus One partnerships." After previously announcing partnerships with Vodafone in Europe and Verizon Wireless in the US, Google backtracked, advising US customers to purchase the Droid Incredible by HTC, "a powerful new Android phone and a cousin of the Nexus One that is similarly feature-packed" if they wanted to use Verizon as their mobile carrier. The Nexus One will, however, be arriving in Europe with Vodafone said Google, with pre-orders commencing on April 30 in the UK.
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
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- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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