larry bagina writes: The Sunday Times is reporting (teaser only unless you're a subscriber) that a former Google exec will be going public with 100,000 emails detailing their efforts to avoid paying UK taxes. There doesn't seem to be any indication that it was actually illegal, yet.
larry bagina writes: Amazon let one rip. But you'll probably enjoy the smell! (unless you're still observing that amazon boycott...). Anyhow, you wouldn't know it from slashdot, but the biggest news of the day (perhaps even the week given what a waste CES is): Amazon Cloud player now includes MP3s of CDs you bought going back to 1998. Wow. (Not all CDs and tracks are available, yet). And since many CDs are cheaper than digital downloads, you can buy the CD+MP3s for less than just the MP3s. Wrap your head around that one.
larry bagina writes: What up, yo. Marissa Mayer, MILF/HNIC at Yahoo just put the smack down. New projects need to ship within 6 months and must have a shot at generating 100 million eyeballs or $100 million benjamins. Anything less gets the Hans Reiser special. Shit is tight.
larry bagina writes: Don't be evil? rumor has it that Google threatened to kill Acer's Android licensing if they released a smartphone running Aliyun, a Chinese, Linux based smartphone OS that's binary compatible with Android.
larry bagina writes: GNU Emacs 24.1 has been released. New features include bi-directional text and right-to-left (think Arabic or Hebrew) and lexical scoping in emacs lisp. I know a lot of us were still using vi for those reasons, so this is exciting news.
larry bagina writes: It's official: Chumby is no more. You're probably wondering how this could have happened. You're probably also wondering what the fuck chumby was. A social network? iPhone App? An English TV show? And more importantly, why did they name it after a pecker synonym? I guess we'll never know — or care.
larry bagina writes: The Kindle Fire was supposed to be an iPad killer. Turns out, all it killed was Amazon's bottom line. Apple sold 15.4 million iPads last quarter, Amazon sold... well, they won't say how many they sold, but it's up 177% over some other number that they won't disclose. Estimates are 6 million Kindle Fires at a $10-$20 loss per tablet, though those numbers alone wouldn't account for the $239 million drop in profit from last year — and that's ignoring the 35% in sales.
larry bagina writes: Look out, Apple! Motorola sold^Hshipped 5.3 million Android phones and 200,000 Xooms last quarter. Numbers like that are probably why Google is paying $12 billion to buy them up. It's also why Apple should probably throw in the towel in iOS and focus on Macs.
larry bagina writes: No need to wait for the annual reports to find out how much the new Google/Mozilla deal was worth — sources reveal it was in the neighborhood of $1 billion for three years. You'll probably remember from previous slashdot speculation that Microsoft might make a bid (they did, as did yahoo ) or that Google would get a better price (ha!) as Chrome became more popular than FireFox.
larry bagina writes: Kim Jong Il, that North Korean guy with the crazy hair, has died from "fatigue during a train ride" on Saturday. He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was rumored to have diabetes (and possibly syphilis given his erratic behavior).