Have you heard the buzz? Google Buzz. The botched launch of Google's attempt at social networking has forced the hand of government leaders from Canada, Italy and eight other countries to tell Google to either shape up, or ship out. They are asking the company,
in an open letter, to adhere to a list of privacy principles in which they will need to follow before launching any new project. Apparently, we're all tired of Google's "launch now, fix later" campaign.
The letter sent directly to Google CEO Eric Schmidt showed criticism on how Google handled its launch of Buzz in February, stating that the privacy problems "were serious and ought to have been readily apparent to you." Google users were surprised when Google automatically connected everything Google related into each other, including private Gmail contacts and Google Reader items.
Of course, Google responded to that matter days later by doing program-wide default settings change, but by that point users were already aggravated at the system. The letter to Google explains this:
Hulu seems to be finally caving into the pressures of making money that are inevitably placed on free services that grow quite large. Currently, Hulu is allowed to have no more than 5 episodes from any series available at one time. Meaning that in order to add new content the old content must go and this is where the $10 a month subscription comes in. Hulu plus subscribers will be offered a more comprehensive collection to choose from but how extensive is still uncertain. 10$ isn't a lot but it might not get you much either. Hulu has to pay $1 to $1.50 per subscriber to each of the networks with content on the site for retransmission purposes as well as streaming costs. In the end Hulu will need to pay $3 to $5.50 for every $10 subscription.
If you weren't sure yet, Facebook is taking over the world! Well, at least the Internet. We've all become accustomed to clicking "like" button on the social networking site when something interests us and now we'll be able to do it on a number of other sites. This feature is intended to make the web "more social." Essentially, everything on the Internet will be linked to Facebook. When you "like" a photo, link, or web page, it will post directly to your wall. Many have also noticed the "link-website" box that pops up when you sign into your account. This will link your accounts from sites like Gmail with your Facebook. If you don't already have a Facebook, it's about time you get one!
One very excited and unlucky Apple engineer found himself iTerminated April 3rd after midnight during the iPad launch. Apparently the engineer was let go for showing Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak an iPad for 2 minutes, during which time he tried to replicate some of the things shown on the iPad web demo. Wozniak was the one who wanted to see the iPad but was told the engineer must wait until after midnight to take it out of the secure area. When he was talking about this situation with Jobs, he simply said, "so it's no big deal" and that was the end of it. Just last week another
Apple employee, software engineer Gray Powell left his iPhone 4G prototype at a bar after drinking. Wozniak heard that Gray has not been fired for that indiscretion, speculating that it may not have violated Apple policy enough or did not cause harm to the company. With regards to the engineer let go for showing him the iPad Wozniak said,
If you are an MLB.TV subscriber and own a PS3 then I have got news that will make your baseball season exciting. Available right now, the MLB.TV app for PS3 allows you to watch every regular season game in HD. Some of the other features available include:
Okay, I really wasn't lying a couple weeks ago when I talked about how Apple was confusing
who they are suing and who their friends are. This week, the Crazy Fruit Company (all rights reserved) is going after Kodak! The good news is that at least Kodak started it this time.
Before we move forward with what is going on, let's fill you in on some of the recent companies Apple has attacked and some companies that have attacked Apple: