Tech News Roundup June 29

Spears, DeGeneres Twitpic accounts hacked

Why would anyone want to pretend to be Britney Spears or Elen DeGeneres?  Isn’t that kind of counter-intuitive?

Xbox users in France to get Canal+ films, soccer

Xbox 360 users in France can now watch Canal + TV free thanks to a deal with Microsoft.

The Return of Steve Jobs

Can Apple get along without their CEO?  Remember in the 90s everyone thought Intel was done-in when Andy Grove retired?  Well, maybe everyone was right?

Euro Kindle talks break down with German carriers

Living in Europe?  Don’t throw out your tactile books just yet.

Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

Rumor: Zune HD Coming In Early September Priced Between $249-$280


Mobile Devices are the big news today :

PhoneSuit Turns iPhone, iPod Touch into Portable Projector

Sony silent on reports of ‘PlayStation phone’

Sprint launching BlackBerry Tour on July 20th?

This is Sony’s supposed iPhone killer

Linux/Windows:

Microsoft Limits Free Windows 7 Upgrades

Trying to create some demand in a shriking economy

Microsoft to put Windows 7 on USB sticks

File this one in the “Let’s copy Linux” departmentMandriva 2009 is also offered on a 8GB USB stick

Tech News Roundup – June 26, 2009

Microsoft Windows 7 to be cheaper than Vista

But still more expensive than Linux…

Who Exactly Is In Charge Of The App Store? Anyone?

Apple’s iPhone app store featured a soft-pornography app yesterday. Today, that app was removed, which everyone presumed was a move by Apple.  Do they have someone monitoring new apps as they’re included by vendors?  If Apple didn’t before, they will now…

Palm CEO: We Don’t Have to Beat Each Other to Prosper

That’s a sensible approach.  That’s usually, however, the comments of a loser.  You never hear Microsoft or Google saying, “we’ll be content to be number two in that market”.  As Tom Arnold said in the classic scene of the Austin Powers movie, “You show him who’s number two!”…

Google Voice: 5 Reasons to Use It, 5 Reasons to Think Twice

Universal Voicemail.

Facebook Tightens Privacy Controls

A beta version of Facebook’s publisher gives users more control over who can see their content.  The first thing I do when checking out a potential contractor or business relationship is to check their Facebook and Linked In profiles.

Security Essentials Does Its Job With No Frills

Yet another anti-virus package thrown into the forray.   Microsoft had 75,000 beta tester downloads on the first day.  Evidently, the world is still looking for the magic box.  MSE, (Microsoft Security Essentials) will surely be a driving force since Microsoft, more than any other vendor, has the inside track of understanding how viruses affect their products.  I’d like to see time tests once they’re out of beta to compare with Norton (which terminally slows down every Windows installation I’ve ever had).

Mozilla Adds Third Firefox 3.5 RC Version

The browser wars are heating up.  I’ve been testing Opera and Google Chrome (and Chromium in Linux Beta) in my lab and have been very happy with their performance.   More on that later…