In today's show, Google takes the wheel, Microsoft listens to your movements, and 'resumegate' fires up:
Yahoo's 'resumegate' heats up
Yahoo's "resumegate" has claimed it's first victim -- but it's not the CEO. Yahoo board member Patti Hart said she plans to not seek re-election to Yahoo's board. She's tied up in the drama because she was in charge of the search to hire the chief executive and vet his resume. The scandal, which has been developing for nearly a week now, surrounds Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson and his bios that claimed he had a computer science degree, but he did not. And this education misstatement was not properly vetted when he was hired.
Yahoo's board is forming a "special committee" to review the academic creditials of Thompson. And Thompson has sent a memo to employees that he's sorry this investigation has been disruptive to the company. (Yet he didn't admit any wrongdoing.)
A jury has sided with Oracle and determined that Google infringed on Oracle's Java language when it made the Android operating system. But the jury couldn't decide if Google was protected under the fair-use doctrine. And because the jury couldn't come to a full decision, Google's laywers are asking for a mistrial. Legal experts say it's unlikely Google will have to make a big pay-out to Oracle. This is only the first half of the two-part trial.
AT&T said it will offer a family data plan this year, although executives have not shared any other details. We've already heard from Verizon that it also is planning to launch a family data plan sometime this year.
You've seen how Microsoft's Kinect uses cameras to detect motion, but now Microsoft can use speakers. It's called SoundWave. Using a laptop speaker and microphone, it can sense hand gestures. The speakers give off an inaudible tone, and when a hand interrupts the sound, it can tell someone's moving becuase the frequency changes.
Nevada is the first state to allow Google's self-driving cars on the road. But when Google employees test these cars, they're still required to have someone behind the wheel and one person in the passenger's seat.
Boost Mobile is getting it's first 4G phone. At the end of this month, Boost Mobile will sell the HTC Evo Design 4G, which runs on Sprint's WiMax network.
And could we be seeing the downfall of Facebook's social reader applications? The number of users to these apps have rapidly declined.
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