There's something slightly eerie when BlackBerry and Twitter, instead of, say, social policy and policing, are central to reports of rioting.
Tonight, I'm hoping that my parents will be OK in the British city of Birmingham, where 35 rioters have reportedly been arrested. In London, fires burn, as do sympathies.
Simultaneously, I'm reading headlines suggesting that BlackBerry's free Messenger system is the prime choice for those who choose to wrap their Mom's hankies above their noses and raid Armani stores and burger joints in order to show what they're made of.
Amazon Web Services' cloud-computing infrastructure experienced a brief network outage this evening that knocked offline popular sites such as Netflix, Quora, Reddit, and Foursquare.
The network connectivity issues struck Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) at Amazon's northern Virginia site, which handles AWS operations for the U.S. East Coast at 7:39 p.m. PDT and were resolved about 25 minutes later, according to the Amazon Web Services Health Dashboard.
AWS is a flagship example of one facet of cloud computing, a flexible collection of online computing services that can ramp up and down according to varying needs, … Read more
You will, by now, be familiar with those wild and needy people who line up outside Apple stores days and weeks before the company releases a new emotional security blanket.
I fear that the enthusiasm of these previous actors may ultimately be mere hopscotch when compared to the actions of Rob Shoesmith.
TechCrunch tells me that Shoesmith intends any day now to pitch a tent outside the Covent Garden Apple store in London.
On hearing this, you might be muttering: "But there's no release date for the iPhone 5." You might be even be wondering if there will be an iPhone 5.
This, however, doesn't deter Shoesmith. For he is not merely a lonely boy looking for a little attention. No, he claims to be a marketer and therefore is looking for a lot of attention.
What marketers do is set up Web sites--here's Shoesmith's iPhone5experiment.com. They also create Twitter pages--here's Shoesmith81. Then they wait for the swag. Um, I mean the engagement.
Shoesmith's idea is that he will use the launch of iPhone 5 to launch himself and his power to get companies to give him things. So, claiming that he will be entirely cash-free as he bunks down in one of London's prettier areas, he is asking companies to send him stuff to keep him alive and offer him sponsorships.… Read more
Mitch Bainwol is out as chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group representing the four largest record labels.
Bainwol is leaving to become CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The RIAA announced that Bainwol will be replaced by Cary Sherman, who has served as RIAA president since 2001, after joining the organization as general counsel in 1997.
CNET and Politico reported last month that Bainwol was being pursued by the automakers' trade group in recent weeks. He will now represent BMW, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors in Washington.
Twitter has acquired small gear-sharing start-up Bagcheck, the companies announced today.
Bagcheck, which was founded by Sam Pullara and Luke Wroblewski, is a social network designed for gadget lovers who want to tell others about the products they use and why. Users aren't required to share only tech-related "bags," though, so anyone can discuss just about anything they use in their daily lives. And they do--members discuss everything from digital cameras to cooking utensils on the site.
Bagcheck will continue to be available for the time being, but "that could change in the future," a … Read more
There's been chatter about targeting the Syrian regime on Twitter and IRC channels where purported members of hacktivist groups like Anonymous hang out, but now it looks like those folks have gone and done it.
Anonymous says it replaced the home page of the Syrian Ministry of Defense site with its logo and a call for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad. As of this writing Monday morning, the site was inaccessible.
To some, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes might appear to be a foe of Web distribution.
Remember, he was the guy who last year compared Netflix with the Albanian army--the view that the popular company would remake film distribution, he said, was a little like saying the tiny country's army would conquer the world. Time Warner has also made it clear Netflix subscribers won't be streaming episodes of HBO hit shows, such as "True Blood" or "The Sopranos," anytime soon.
Because Time Warner, one of the world's largest and powerful media companies, … Read more
Everybody gripes about 3D glasses. Now some prominent consumer electronics makers are trying to do something about them.
Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and XpanD today announced the "Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative," saying that they will collaborate on a new standard for 3D active glasses that uses radio frequency and "multiple types of infrared system protocols."
Currently, 3D glasses from a given company are generally not compatible with other manufacturers' televisions. With this Full HD 3D Glasses initiative, the companies plan to bring glasses to the market that can be used on any new 3D television, regardless … Read more
The rumors from last week about Apple being "on the edge" of launching a cloud movie service, which would enable iTunes users to stream movies from Apple's servers and then re-download them to other devices, are at best premature.
Apple has yet to sign cloud agreements for feature films with at least four of the top six film studios, according to multiple film industry sources who spoke to CNET. Apple has indeed pursued such agreements, which CNET reported in May, but Apple's negotiations could drag on for months before the company acquires cloud rights from all … Read more