May 16, 2011 · 8:35 pm
Nate of The Digital Reader clued me into this.
Apple will have a booth at BookExpo America here in NYC next week.
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Next to them will be Scholastic. The two large booths behind — right on the map — are Macmillan and Random House.
It’s odd that Apple is going to be there.
They’ve avoided it until now.
Update: Despite that very convincing floorplan from the BEA site itself, it has since been revealed that the “MR” prefix actually designates a Meeting Room. So even though that looks like a booth, it is not. Nothing to see here after all. Move along.
May 16, 2011 · 8:17 pm
Hewlett-Packard CEO Girds for ‘Tough Quarter’
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker told top executives that he’s bracing for “another tough quarter” in the July period and urged his deputies to “watch every penny and minimize all hiring.”
The company’s existing headcount plans are “unaffordable given the pressures on our business,” Apotheker wrote in the May 4 memo to deputies including Todd Bradley, executive vice president of the personal systems business, and Chief Financial Officer Cathie Lesjak. The memo was obtained by Bloomberg.
Here is a newsflash for Apotheker:
It’s only a quarter!
You have a major industry- and company-defining product about to launch: the HP TouchPad.
Do you think Steve Jobs stays awake at night worrying about one quarter? Do you think Jeff Bezos does? Do you think the guys at Google do?
You really have only one shot to get this right.
You understand that, don’t you?
Instilling fear throughout the company when so much is riding on this launch makes me wonder if you should just resign and get the hell out of there. This is poor leadership.
Filed under Stupid, webOS
May 16, 2011 · 7:20 pm
1) Apple planning major product launch for 10th retail anniversary?
I just have no idea. I know of nothing imminent in the pipeline. The only outstanding Apple trademark not yet used is “iSlate.” (Hm, I’ve just found some new ones. Separate post coming.)
2) Samsung postpones May 24th New York City press event
I was looking forward to that! Not that I was invited, but I hoped the U.S. release date for the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 would be revealed.
3) Barnes & Noble new “eBook device” is announced next week
4) Microsoft, I think, also has some kind of announcement
May 16, 2011 · 5:09 pm
I got something in the mail today.
Continue reading →
May 16, 2011 · 3:09 pm
As I said on April 12, 2011: Fukushima Was A Disaster From Day One
And now today:
TEPCO admits nuclear meltdown occurred at Fukushima reactor 16 hours after quake
Fukushima Reactor 1 melted down, 2 and 3 may have too
It was a disaster from day one.
You’ve not seen additional coverage here because live quake news via streaming video from Japan has stopped.
Japan has closed ranks around itself. Yet again.
May 16, 2011 · 10:49 am
This is not good.
Apparently no one looked at the extent of what Lodsys claims its patents cover. This is a lot!
The inventions described by these patents are used by companies to interact with users of their products and services to, among other things:
provide online help, customer support, and tutorials
conduct online subscription renewals
provide for online purchasing of consumable supplies
survey users for their impressions of their products and services
assist customers to customize their products and services
display interactive online advertisements
collect information on how users actually use their products and services
sell upgrades or complimentary products
maintain products by providing users notice of available updates and assisting in the installation of those updates.
I wonder how many other companies have had to pay up? I wonder how long that list is — and how much bigger it’s going to get. It seems to me this is a landmine everyone can step on.
May 16, 2011 · 8:21 am
CBS Cancels ‘The Defenders’, ‘$#*!’ & ‘Mad Love’
I never watched the show. Never Followed the Twitter account.
A year ago, this was the darling of Twitter and the poster child of how Social Media Was Changing Things.
Now it’s been booted from CBS.
Learn the frikkin lesson.
May 16, 2011 · 8:04 am
Dolores Fuller, actress and muse of inept filmmaker Ed Wood, dies at 88
Dolores Fuller, an actress and early muse of Ed Wood, a 1950s filmmaker who single-handedly redefined cinematic ineptitude, died May 9 at her home in Las Vegas after a stroke. She was 88.
In a long show-business career, Ms. Fuller contributed lyrics to Elvis Presley movie musicals, co-owned and operated a record company and managed entertainers including Johnny Rivers. In later years, she helped book talent for Vegas casinos.
It’s an obit worthy of Ed Wood — because it’s mostly about him!
Wood would have cackled over that.
The Church of Ed Wood