The Tech 10: A Ballmer/Chambers Schmoozefest, Adobe Delays Media Player and Blu-Ray Loses Ground
Note: John Paczkowski is on vacation and won’t be writing or posting videos until he returns Monday, Aug. 27.
To keep you abreast of tech news while he’s away, we’re compiling a daily digest of 10 must-read tech stories. We’re calling it the Tech 10 and it appears below.
- Although they made no jokes about their secret marriage, as did Apple’s Steve Jobs when he appeared with Microsoft’s Bill Gates at D5 in May, the CEO schmoozefest between Steve Ballmer of Microsoft and John Chambers of Cisco today in New York City yielded news of increased cooperation between the two tech giants, according to eWeek. Ballmer also deflected questions from moderator Charlie Rose about whether Microsoft was contemplating acquiring Yahoo, writes Elizabeth Montalbano of IDG News Service.
- Adobe’s Media Player isn’t quite ready for show time: the eagerly awaited player won’t be fully released until next year. In an exclusive, Beet.TV’s Andy Plesser gets the word from an Adobe spokesman and posts a video interview with Adobe’s Chris Hock, head of its Flash media group.
- Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks have chosen HD DVD over competing technology Blu-Ray as a means of releasing their DVD movie titles, according to FT.com. The decision heats up the DVD format battle, as media companies consider which technology provides a better viewing experience.
- With little fanfare, Hewlett-Packard has debuted Cloudprint, a free service enabling users to print documents on any printer from almost any location worldwide. According to the New York Times, the innovation came after H-P wondered earlier this year how it might piggyback on the release of Apple’s iPhone.
- Speaking of the iPhone (left), recycling is already catching on. This week, Apple is bringing out refurbished iPhones at the online Apple store. Engadget notes that the company is discounting the reconditioned handsets by $100 for both models.
- Skype, reports the Register, is blaming its outage woes last week on a flood of users downloading a routine security patch. The VOIP provider has also issued an apology for the “unprecedented” service interruption, which for some users lasted into the weekend.
- Google is flexing its muscle in China. Reuters reports that the search colossus has bought a stake in a Chinese community Web site called Tianya.cn. The move in the second-largest Internet market in the world marks Google’s growing interest in social networking.
- Tilera Corp., a start-up in Silicon Valley, has revealed details of its 64-processor chip. The Wall Street Journal says that the chip and its underlying design could be used in products that have upward of a thousand calculating engines.
- A multistage attack has left job-search site Monster.com reeling from a potentially huge stolen-data headache. Computerworld disclosed that more than 1.6 million records belonging to several hundred thousand people have been compromised by a Trojan horse program that could plant malware on their computers.
- Who’s behind those mysterious edits to the entries on Wikipedia? Why, the very corporations written about. According to Wired, Wikipedia Scanner, a data-mining service launched earlier this month, has shown that millions of entry changes can be tracked to corporate “editors.”
–posted by Associate Editor John Sullivan