Microsoft Makes Mac-Board

Microsoft has released a Keyboard and HD laser mouse to be used with Macintosh computers. The keyboard in white appears to be a fairly typical Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard (absent the Windows button of course). It doesn't take much for a OEM to spit out a slightly different version of a widget, so this isn't a technical release to "oooo" and 'aaaahh' about. However, this would be unique in that Microsoft is building a hardware component to use with Macs (as opposed to the software they have been creating for decades now). It also appears to be a transparent move by both Apple and … [Read more...]

Bloggers win over Apple: 1st Amendment Protected too

"San Jose-based 6th District Court of Appeal broke new ground by concluding that bloggers and Web masters enjoy the same protections against divulging confidential sources as established media organizations." 05/27/2006 Apple loses case against bloggers Apple had taken a blogger, Jason O'Grady to court 2 years ago when O'Grady published plans and information relating to upcoming Apple products. Apple did not sue for publishing the information. No instead their litigation focused on forcing Jason O'Grady to turn over his confidential sources of information in the case. Apple, a … [Read more...]

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Gridlock News: Guilty! Skilling and Lay both Guilty

Gridlock News: Guilty! Skilling and Lay both Guilty Reactions to the Enron criminal trial verdict - May. 25, 2006: "Enron founder Kenneth Lay was found guilty on six counts of conspiracy and fraud and former CEO Jeff Skilling was found guilty on 19 counts by a Houston jury after the trial in the biggest of the corporate fraud cases." Lay was separately found guilty of 4 counts of false statements and fraud. Skilling and Lay are looking at 20 to 30 years in prison each. … [Read more...]

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Splitting the Internet Down the Middle – Yahoo!-Bay

Well as it turns out there was no merger. Instead of getting hitched, Yahoo! and eBay have decided to live together with a distinct delineation of what is 'his' and 'hers'. They have established a two way exclusive partnership with each other without combining assets. "Under the partnership between Yahoo, the world's largest Internet media company, and eBay, the biggest e-commerce player, Yahoo will be the exclusive provider of graphical, branded advertising throughout EBay's auction site. In return, Yahoo has chosen EBay's online payment system PayPal to allow its own customers to pay for … [Read more...]

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A 56 page JP Morgan report and analysis on potential merger scenario puts a Yahoo + Ebay Merger as a higher likelihood over something like a Yahoo + Microsoft or Microsoft + Ebay Merger. The report leaves Google as the outsider continuing to go it alone leaving Yahoo!, Microsoft & Ebay to consider how to partner/merger together to fend off market share advances from Google. Note. The author of this quick excerpt owns shares of Microsoft and Yahoo!. New Zealand's source for technology news on Big internet deal being rumoured … [Read more...]

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iRobot Delivers Successful Robots for Military Use

iRobot has been working in robotics for the military since the early 90's. They are commercially known more for their Roomba robots. Reuters put out a great human interest story detailing the attachment and sentiment that has reportedly been built up by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan using robots as tools to perform tasks such as sniffing out bombs and improvise explosive devices. "'Please fix Scooby Doo because he saved my life,' a soldier told repair technicians" Its not hard to understand the attachment someone could develop for a machine. Naming a rifle was glorified a bit in the … [Read more...]

Source Documents NSA spy case Published by Wired Magazine

Gridlock News provides links to source documents published today by Wired Magazine. The documents detail (down to the wiring detail) how the NSA & AT&T rigged up a 'secret room' in multiple locations around the country to read internet traffic including messages, emails and surfing activity. Whistleblower Mark Klein, not covered by the Gag order impacting the EFF, AT&T and the NSA provided copies of the evidence he gave to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which can be read by you now! click here ->Gridlock News: Read NSA Spying Documents from Whistleblower here's a … [Read more...]

Real Night Clubs go Virtual – Snow Crashing the Front Door

In a concept straight out of Neil Stephenson's 1992 book "Snow Crash" real night clubs like the Pussycat Dolls Lounge are setting up virtual clubs on the net. Visitors can set up an avatar of themselves and listen to the music sets playing, interact with other guests and even some of the celebrities that happen through. Many other entertainment based clubs and areas are pushing virtual, interactive aspects into their line up. They might not make as much from watered down mixed drinks, but they don't have to worry about the local fire marshall shutting down the place if it gets too … [Read more...]