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This is the week that was

by Retired Blogger on ‎09-26-2010 09:43 PM

Last week was busy, this week less so. Yet there still was news, including a severe Facebook outage and a Twitter hack...


Apple

iPad Tops in Consumer Satisfaction: Report
Big news for Apple and Apple investors: The iPad is the highest-scoring product that a leading consumer satisfaction index has ever tracked.

The implication here is that the iPad's popularity may well have real staying power heading into the all-important holiday quarter.


Apple exploring shrunken audio jacks for even smaller iPods
In its continuous pursuit to create smaller, more compact devices, Apple has shown interest in creating headphone jacks for iPods and iPhones that will take up even less space inside a device.
A new patent application from Apple was revealed this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and discovered by AppleInsider. Entitled "Audio Jack with Pogo Pins for Conductive Contacts," it describes an audio headphone jack that depends on deflectable Pogo pins to conserve space.


Google

One place to find everything new from Google
...if you want to keep up just with what’s new (or even just what Google does besides search), you’ll want to know about Google New. A few of us had a 20 percent project idea: create a single destination called Google New where people could find the latest product and feature launches from Google. It’s designed to pull in just those posts from various blogs. We hope it helps you find something useful you’ve never tried before.


Online

Twitter: All about the "onMouseOver" incident
The short story: This morning at 2:54 am PDT Twitter was notified of a security exploit that surfaced about a half hour before that, and we immediately went to work on fixing it. By 7:00 am PDT, the primary issue was solved. And, by 9:15 am PDT, a more minor but related issue tied to hovercards was also fixed.

Facebook Blames Outage On Database Failure
Facebook officials said the lengthy outage that hit the site Thursday was the result of a glitch in the social media network's database software.

"The key flaw that caused this outage to be so severe was an unfortunate handling of an error condition," said Robert Johnson, Facebook's director of software engineering, in a blog post.



Netflix apologizes for using actors to meet press at Canadian launch

Video-streaming website Netflix Inc. closed down a Toronto street Wednesday and attracted dozens of onlookers for a splashy launch to promote its highly anticipated foray into Canada.

Problem is, many of those in the crowd were actors who were paid to be there. Many of the “extras” on hand were interviewed by journalists, who didn't realize they weren't real consumers interested in the product.

 


Friended for $100 Million

Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old founder and chief executive of Facebook Inc., plans to announce a donation of up to $100 million to the Newark schools this week, in a bold bid to improve one of the country's worst performing public school systems.

Newark spends about $22,000 a year on each of its 40,000 pupils, but only about half of its students graduate. Of those who do, only one-fifth go on to four-year colleges. More than 85% of the Newark students at community colleges need remedial help in math and English.

 

 


 


Your Turn
So, did I miss anything? What online story really got you going this week? Link to it in the comments!













Comments
by Exalted Expert / Community Ambassador on ‎09-26-2010 10:16 PM
by Exalted Expert / Community Ambassador on ‎09-26-2010 10:21 PM

When spell check is not enough... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WX-HQyJNRo

by Retired Blogger on ‎09-27-2010 08:43 AM

Heh, that billboard was proofread by 4 people -- sigh.

 

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