John Paczkowski

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If the Sidekick Fiasco Is a "Premium Mobile Experience," I’d Hate to See the Basic Version

confidenceGood news for SideKick users bemoaning the back-end server failure that wiped out their personal data–and those suing over it: Microsoft says it has recovered most of the data it initially believed to be permanently lost.

“We are pleased to report that we have recovered most customer data for those Sidekick customers whose data was affected by the recent outage,” Roz Ho, corporate VP of Microsoft’s ironically named Premium Mobile Experiences division, said in a letter to customers.

“We plan to begin restoring users’ personal data as soon as possible, starting with personal contacts, after we have validated the data and our restoration plan. We will then continue to work around the clock to restore data to all affected users, including calendar, notes, tasks, photographs and high scores, as quickly as possible.”

That’s quite a change from what Microsoft (MSFT) said a few days ago when it warned that user data had “almost certainly” been lost and that the likelihood of recovering it was “extremely low.” Still, it’s clearly the best outcome for a bad situation.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work