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Bill Carter, on Keith Olbermann’s abrupt exit from NSNBC:
Keith Olbermann, the highest-rated host on MSNBC, announcedabruptly on the air Friday night that he is leaving ?Countdownwith Keith Olbermann? immediately.
The host, who has had a stormy relationship with the management ofthe network for some time, especially since he was suspended fortwo days last November, came to an agreement with NBC?scorporate management late this week to settle his contract andstep down.
In a closing statement on his show, Mr. Olbermann said simply thatit would be the last edition of the program. He offered noexplanation other than on occasion, the show had become too muchfor him.
30-minute film by Errol Morris, commissioned by IBM to celebrate the company’s centennial. Music by Philip Glass. I’ve only watched the first minute and I’m hooked. (Thanks to DF reader Scott Ivers.)?
Ed Burnette has seemingly debunked these allegations from Florian Mueller that Google’s Android source code improperly contains Java code from Sun. As Mark Twain said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”?
On the other hand, Nilay Patel argues that it doesn’t matter whether the files in question were just tests, or even whether they shipped in actual Android handsets:
From a legal perspective, there’s no question that these filescreate increased copyright liability for Google, because the stateof our current copyright law doesn’t make exceptions for howsource code trees work, or whether or not a script pasted in adifferent license, or whether these files made it into handsets.The single most relevant legal question is whether or not copyingand distributing these files was authorized by Oracle, and theanswer clearly appears to be “nope”. […]
Why does this matter? Because we’re hearing that Oracle isdead-set on winning this case and eventually extracting aper-handset royalty on every Android handset shipped.
Nice write-up from Dan Provost on his and Tom Gerhardt’s experience bringing The Glif to market.?
I beta-test quite a few iOS apps. The regular process for installation is a bit of a pain — download new beta, drag to iTunes, confirm that you want to replace the previous version, connect iOS device via USB, then sync. A few of the apps I beta test have switched to TestFlight (while TestFlight itself was still in beta — it’s betas all the way down). Compared the regular process, TestFlight is magic. Way less hassle for testers to install the apps, and, from what I hear, less hassle on the developer’s side too. In short, it just works.?
Nilay Patel, back in November:
And here’s the biggest problem: you can’t just glance at yourwrist and check the time! The screen is completely dark when it’sasleep, so you have to reach over and hit the wake button withyour other hand to see the time, and worst of all, hitting thewake button doesn’t light the screen up instantly — there’s asignificant and noticeable delay of over half a second before theclock is displayed. We’d love to see something like the Nokia N8’sAMOLED screen tech that dimly self-illuminates with zero powerdraw to display a clock while asleep used here — it feels like aperfect solution.
Relevant today because I just got my TikTok band for the Nano, as my reward for backing the wildly-successful Kickstarter project. The TikTok is everything I could have hoped for: the Nano fits perfectly and the wristband is supple and comfortable. But for the reasons outlined by Patel above, the current Nano just isn’t ideal for use as a full-time wristwatch. I can definitely see using this when I run though.
But just playing with the thing makes me realize that wearable computers are inevitable. Imagine a Nano with an always-on display and a Bluetooth connection to your iPhone, allowing the Nano to serve as a status display for live informat.?
By 2015, however, when 150 million sales are expected, theproportion of tablets based on Apple software will have plummetedto 35 percent, the analysts Ovum said. […] The main beneficiarywill be Google, and by 2015 its share of tablet sales will haverisen to 36 percent, Ovum said, edging ahead of Apple, currentlythe world’s most valuable technology firm.
So we’re predicting things four years out now. Let’s look at Ovum’s track record from four years ago.
Apple has set itself a target of 10 million units by the end of2008, but we think this will be a challenge. The device is sellingat a high price point and will not be a mass market device.
Apple wound up selling around 14 million iPhones in calendar year 2008. In March 2007, regarding whether Apple would ever open the iPhone to third-party developers:
Even if [the iPhone] is opened up to third parties, it isdifficult to see how the installed base of iPhones can reach thelevel where it becomes a truly attractive service platform foroperator and developer investment,” Cripps countered.
The Ovum analyst added that even if a Software Development Kit(SDK) was to be released, Mac OS X developers would have a hardtime porting desktop variants of their software to the iPhone dueto basic differences in elements such as the user interface andform factor.
Apple’s apparent ditching of conventional application paradigmsfor mobile phones seems ill-advised if the company really wantedthe iPhone to be perceived as a smartphone and to take on mobilejuggernauts such as Nokia, Microsoft and Motorola.
Well, I have to admit they nailed that one.?
Ken Auletta, at The New Yorker:
Was Eric Schmidt pushed or did he jump? Both.