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Submission + - WHO list reveals flu advisors with industry ties (google.com)

Pojut writes: From the article:

"Five of the 15 experts that advised the World Health Organisation about swine flu pandemic alerts had received support from the drugs industry, including for flu vaccine research, the WHO revealed on Wednesday."

Honestly, is anyone suprised by this?

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft cancels Courier tablet (gizmodo.com)

Pojut writes: Microsoft has canceled the Courier tablet. From the article:

At any given time, across any of our business groups, there are new ideas being investigated, tested, and incubated. It's in Microsoft's DNA to continually develop and incubate new technologies to foster productivity and creativity. The "Courier" project is an example of this type of effort and its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.

Like many people, I didn't expect the Courier to actually make it to production, but this is still a shame. I doubt it would have ever found widespread use, but within its niche market (artists and journalists), it would have been indispensable.

Google

Submission + - Google CEO blames Buzz users were "confused" (guardian.co.uk)

Pojut writes: In the wake of the Google Buzz controversy, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had this to say:

"I would say that we did not understand how to communicate Google Buzz and its privacy," he said. "There was a lot of confusion when it came out on Tuesday, and people thought that somehow we were publishing their email addresses and private information, which was not true. I think it was our fault that we did not communicate that fact very well, but the important thing is that no really bad stuff happens in the sense that nobody's personal information was disclosed."

I'm sure there are many who would disagree.

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