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:
Since technology allows you to access pretty much any information you could ever dream of, you would think Internet users would take extra precautions to protect themselves from fraud. Well, Blippy, a site that permits users to share information about their online purchases from retailers such as Netflix, Woot, and eBay, did not do a very good job of protecting private information.
The site was intended for consumers to share their purchases with others looking to buy the product, but how much information is too much? When signing up for Blippy, they lead you to believe that the only information that will be shared is the item or service purchased, the amount, and the retailer. It was recently discovered that when a Google search was performed on some the the products, the entire credit card number and address were exposed. Bippy users were not aware that this information was being shared.
Microsoft announced their quarterly numbers on Friday and they were pretty good. They posted a profit of $165 million for the quarter, due in large part to the Entertainment and Devices Division which is responsible for Xbox and Zune.
The console saw a slip of 12 percent on sales, however the cost of production was down and they saw record usage of the Xbox Live platform, more than covering the sales losses. Total sales were $14.5 billion, which is a 6 percent increase over this quarter last year. Some of that is because of a recovering global economy and part because of increased sales of Windows machines and Windows software because of Windows 7.