Catching Up (9/21)
Facebook's Latest Updates Have Fans and Foes - NYTimes.com (Build 20110920042010)
Chinafotopress/Getty Images Leo Apotheker was hired less than a year ago to replace Mark V. Hurd as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard. Monica M. Hewlett-Packard Board Expected to Fire C.E.O. - NYTimes.com (Build 20110920042010)
Windows 8 secure boot could complicate Linux installs (Build 20110920042010) PC users who run Windows and Linux on the same machine will want to do some research before purchasing a Windows 8 computer. That's because systems with a "Designed for Windows 8" logo must ship with UEFI secure booting enabled—a move that prevents booting operating systems that aren’t signed by a trusted Certificate Authority. This could pose a problem for Linux users, though in practice most can just change UEFI settings to disable secure boot before installing the open-source OS. But users will have to depend on hardware vendors to make this option possible in the first place. Disabling secure boot “Microsoft requires that machines conforming to the Windows 8 logo program and running a client version of Windows 8 ship with secure boot enabled,” Red Hat developer Matthew Garrett writes on his blog in reference to a recent presentation by Microsoft program manager Arie van der Hoeven.
Eric Schmidt It will be a very interesting day for the technology industry in Washington, D.C., as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing called, “The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?” — digging into the antitrust issues being explored by the FTC in its investigation of the search company. Excerpt: Google to cite Bing’s growth in antitrust defense - GeekWire (Build 20110920042010)
There's No Such Thing As 'Natural' Search Results; Search Results Are Inherently Biased | Techdirt (Build 20110920042010)
Schmidt ducks antitrust questions lobbed from Congress • The Register (Build 20110920042010) High performance access to file storage When Google's Eric Schmidt testified before Congress on Wednesday, the first question came from Senator Herb Kohl, chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights. And Schmidt responded with the sort of holier-than-thou attitude you find only at Google. "Google has acquired or expanded into internet businesses in many diverse areas, including travel, videos, and shopping, and now we hear you say Google wants to provide consumers with answers to questions, not merely links to websites that provide those answers," chairman Kohl said, in describing Google's monopoly of a search engine. "What do you say to those who argue that there is a fundamental conflict of interest between only providing unbiased web links and now providing answers, when you own many of the services providing the answers.
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and a panel of senators agreed to disagree over whether the search giant favors its own properties over competitors. Schmidt's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust boiled down to trust us. Schmidt referenced Microsoft as a company that looked unbeatable 20 years ago, but ultimately missed the curve on mobile and other trends. Google's Schmidt, Senators bicker over whether links were 'cooked' | ZDNet (Build 20110920042010)
Why the Best Days of Open Hardware are Yet to Come « bunnie's blog (Build 20110920042010) Recently, I gave a talk at the 2011 Open Hardware Summit. The program committee had requested that I prepare a “vision” talk, something that addresses open hardware issues 20-30 years out. These kinds of talks are notoriously difficult to get right, and I don’t really consider myself a vision guy; but I gave it my best shot.
Get ready to look up your cable subscription credentials when Google TV launches a new version later this year: Turner will be launching new apps for TBS and TNT that will offer access to full-length episodes of TBS and TNT shows, as long as users log in and prove that they are pay TV subscribers. But while this type of TV Everywhere pay wall could help ease the relations between TV networks and Google, it could also disappoint consumers. The TBS and TNT apps for Google TV made a brief appearance on the Android Market last week, but have been taken down since. Screenshots of the apps show an option for users to sign in with their pay TV credentials, with Suddenlink highlighted as one of the participating pay TV operators. A screenshot of the upcoming TNT app for Google TV clearly shows pay TV authentication as a way to access full episodes on the device. The app was briefly on the Android Market, but has since been removed. TV Everywhere is coming to Google TV — Online Video News (Build 20110920042010)
Sean Parker: Agent Of Disruption - Forbes (Build 20110920042010)