POLITICO Playbook - POLITICO.com: "On Friday, per a rep., “Yahoo News will feature Katie Couric’s exclusive interview with former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. This is the first sit-down interview with Bloomberg since his appointment as the United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change. … Katie is inviting viewers to submit their questions, photos, and videos for Bloomberg via her Tumblr page: katiecouric.tumblr.com. This type of viewer content submission and dialogue is a key component of Katie Couric’s programming on Yahoo News. …" -- Marissa Mayer may be the only one watching! LOL!
Edward Snowden speaks at SXSW, calls for public oversight of U.S. spy programs | WTVR.com: "In response to a question, Snowden said he had no regrets about his decision to leak the NSA documents. “Would I do it again? Absolutely. Regardless of what happens to me, this is something we had a right to,” he said. “I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution. And I saw the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale,” he added, to applause from the 3,000 people in the auditorium at the Austin Convention Center" [and thousands watching live online]
Snowden: NSA 'Set Fire' to Internet, Techies Are 'Firefighters' - NBC News.com: "...."Let me be clear about one thing: His disclosures have improved Internet security," Soghoian said. Tim Berners-Lee, who is called the creator of the modern Internet, also passed along his thanks during the Q&A, saying he believes Snowden's “actions are profoundly in the public interest.” The large SXSW audience also appeared to be largely in support of Snowden, and clapped several times as he spoke."
Comcast challenging Disney's hold on tourism trade - Houston Chronicle: "Comcast Corp. will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in California and Florida theme parks, stepping outside its core business of telecommunications in an effort to boost revenue and profits. In a story published Sunday, The Philadelphia Inquirer said recent moves by the Philadelphia-based, cable-TV company represent a challenge to the Walt Disney Co.'s tourism business in Orlando...."
X Series Won’t Mark Sweet Spot for Nokia in India - Digits - WSJ: "The new smartphone doesn’t punch above its weight in terms of features and, at 8,599 rupees ($140) , is too expensive to compete with its Indian-made peers, which also use Android operating systems. Nokia X “doesn’t have some of the trademark Android features – such as the GoogleGOOG -0.27% Mobile Suite which is considered a must . . ."
Apple Releases First Big Software Update for iOS 7
New York Times (blog)
Apple on Monday released its first major update for iOS 7, its latest operating system for iPhones and iPads. The upgrade improves reliability of the fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S and makes adjustments to Siri, among many other changes. A few ...
Google Shoots For Wearables Dominance With SDK
Google thinks it can corner the market for wearable computing devices with the help of a new SDK it plans to offer to developers within the next two weeks. The SDK will be based on Google's Android platform, so it should include tools familiar to app ...
Apple is asking record labels for exclusive iTunes releases
Los Angeles Times
Although Apple remains the single largest manufacturer of smartphones, more U.S. consumers now own Android devices running Google's software, according to researcher the Yankee Group. As consumers gravitate to Google-powered smartphones, they lose ...
Google gets serious about office apps: Offers $15 for referrals
Google just got serious—really serious—about taking on Microsoft Office, and Office 365 in particular. In a blog posting on March 10th Prajesh Parekh, a Google marketing lead, wrote "we're offering a $15 referral bonus for each new Google Apps user ...
Microsoft Surface Power Covers get a mid-March ship date
The disclosure of the date ocurred on March 10, which is when Microsoft went live with pre-orders for the covers that extend the battery life of Microsoft's Surface Pro, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. (I saw the pre-order page on the Microsoft ...
Apple hands stock worth $12.1M to top execs in retention deal
Computerworld - Apple last week gave six top executives $12.1 million each in stock grants that will vest over the next four years, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Those filings did not spell out why the ...
Apple wants Samsung to pay $40 per phone for five patents
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) for several years has had a loyal supporter in Florian Mueller. Nobody followed the company's myriad patent disputes more closely. Or criticized more sharply the claims made against Apple by Samsung and Motorola/Google for ...
IBM Analytics Improve BMW Auto Quality
BWM takes a predictive look at sensor data to eliminate flaws in new models before they go into production. IBM announced Tuesday that luxury auto manufacturer BMW is expanding its use of IBM big data analytics software to eliminate defects in new ...
How It's Possible to Lose an Airplane in 2014
In an era when we've all got GPS in our pockets, OnStar in our cars and the NSA tracking anyone, anywhere, it is still possible–although rare–for an airliner to seemingly vanish. That appears to be what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which ...
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