TechMediaWatch June 29: Google, Michael Jackson, Free Win7 Upgrade, Oracle-Sun, iPhone Sex

June 29, 2009

Google Makes a Case That It Isn’t So Big
Google is on a mission to persuade the world — and federal regulators — that even given its size, it remains vulnerable to competition. (NYT)+++

Improving Netflix for a $1 Million Prize
A multinational team has developed powerful algorithms that beat the accuracy of Netflix’s movie-recommendation engine by more than 10 percent, qualifying for a $1 million prize.(NYT)+++

Text-Message Service Fields Flood of Jackson Queries
In the aftermath of Michael Jackson’s death, fans want to learn more about about his life. A service called kgb provides answers via text message.(NYT)+++

Jackson’s Death Caused Spike in Web Traffic
Global interest in Michael Jackson’s death slowed many Web sites Thursday evening — even mighty Google.(NYT)+++

Michael Jackson Tops the Charts on Twitter
News of pop culture phenomenon Michael Jackson’s death ricocheted around the Internet, causing several Web sites to crash as people searched for news and expressed their grief.(NYT)+++

New Vista Buyers Will Get Free Upgrade to Windows 7
Microsoft announced details of pricing for its coming Windows 7 operating system, including free upgrades for customers buying machines that run the current Vista software.(NYT)+++

Firms Face False Twitter Accounts
Exxon, AMR and others are faced with the growing problem of false Twitter accounts in their names. (WSJ)+++

DOJ Extends Probe of Oracle-Sun Deal
The Department of Justice informed Oracle that it has extended its investigation into the company’s proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems.(WSJ)+++

Motivating Employees When You’re the Underdog
The head of Microsoft’s consumer and online business in Asia must find a way to popularize Microsoft’s Web services or be left with a shrinking piece of the online-advertising pie.(WSJ)+++

LogMeIn Up Next in IPO Market
Software company LogMeIn will be the lone initial public offering in the U.S. this week, but one investors and analysts are eyeing enthusiastically.(WSJ)+++

Businesses Complain to China Premier
An international group of business associations submitted a letter to China’s Wen urging him to scrap a requirement that PCs come with Web-filtering software.(WSJ)+++

FCC Probes Digital-TV Contractors
Federal regulators are investigating three contractors who were paid stimulus funds to help get consumers ready for the switch to digital
TV, citing “significant performance issues.”(WSJ)+++

Electronic medical monitoring
In the future, home monitors could help schedule doctor appointments, initiate a video call to a physician or display video of admonishments from a patient’s children. (SFC)+++

iPhone adds apps with nudity
After a year of being basically a PG playground, the iPhone App Store looks like it’s open for more adult-themed business.

Warner Bros. emerges as sole bidder for Midway Games
Times up! The deadline for submitting bids to buy Midway Games passed Wednesday afternoon with just one offer — a $33-million deal from Warner Bros. to purchase most of the bankrupt Chicago company’s assets. (LAT)+++

Michael Jackson-related traffic doubled Twitter’s update frequency, tripled Facebook’s [UPDATED]
As the news of Michael Jackson’s fate unfolded, sites around the Web felt the strain of spiking interest.  (LAT)+++

O’Brien: Boston tech scene on the rebound
Boston’s tech scene has been hit by the downturn. It’s still struggling with those Second City Blues. And on top of that, it’s suffered a handful of ego blows this year with the departure of some notable figures to that other tech hub out West.(SV)+++

Cassidy: Bring on the government health care bureaucrats
The ongoing debate over health care reform is enough to make your head spin. Which by the way, you should have someone take a look at. Provided you’re covered. (SV)+++
Reporters Tom Krazit and Declan McCullagh debate whether the tendency of Web sites to stagger under high demand can be avoided or isn’t really something to worry about. (CNET)+++

HP calculators reborn on iPhone, Windows
Hewlett-Packard has given new life to its calculator history through applications for the iPhone and Windows. They’re practical, but not particularly cheap.(CNET)+++

Report: Sony considers adding phone to PSP
Sony is reportedly looking into making a combination gadget that would meld its PlayStation Portable gaming system with cell phone technology from Sony Ericsson.(CNET)+++

Keeping news of kidnapping off Wikipedia
The New York Times asked Jimmy Wales, a co-founder of Wikipedia, for his help when David Rohde was kidnapped and the news was being posted.(CNET)+++

Report: Microsoft to cut Razorfish loose
The tech titan is reportedly looking for a buyer for its Internet ad agency, which it acquired in 2007 as part of its $6 billion Aquantive takeover.(CNET)+++

Is Apple’s Mac Mini a MacBook inside?
Apple’s latest Mac Mini desktop uses parts designed for mobile PCs, according to a piece-by-piece breakdown by iSuppli.(CNET)+++

EPA accused of suppressing report skeptical of global warming
A series of e-mail messages from the Environmental Protection Agency shows manager told a researcher his 98-page report on climate change would not be disseminated. The EPA says it acted properly.(CNET)+++

Delta 4 rocket boosts weather satellite into orbit
Delayed a day by stormy weather, a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket boosted a new hurricane-tracking weather satellite into space Saturday.(CNET)+++

America’s Fortress: Cheyenne Mountain, NORAD live on
Despite common public belief that operations at Cheyenne Mountain have shut down, the facility–famously associated with NORAD–is fully operational and packed with critical U.S. military and defense agencies ready to withstand the worst case scenario. (CNET)+++

Teenagers are building their own job engine
Inspired by entrepreneurial celebrities like Steve Jobs of Apple, many teenagers are choosing to create their own jobs rather than rely on a sagging job market. (CNET)+++

Can the Internet handle big breaking news?
CNET News’ Tom Krazit and Declan McCullagh debate whether the tendency of Web sites to stagger under high demand can be avoided, or is even that big of a problem.(CNET)+++

Move objects with brainwave-reading Mindflex
Mattel’s sci-fi holiday toy makes balls float using the power of brainwaves. Crave straps itself in and gives Mindflex a whirl. Hello, mind control!(CNET)+++

Setback for IBM in bid to block Dell hire
A court denies IBM’s request for an injunction against Dell’s hire of its former acquisitions chief.(CNET)+++


Apple triples stake in U.K. chip company

Apple increases its investment in Imagination Technologies, the company that makes graphics technology for the iPhone 3G S.(CNET)+++

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