Thursday, August 25, 2011

$2 Million Bounty on Gadhafi’s Head

Libyans tracking Moammar Gadhafi offered a $2 million bounty on the fallen dictator's head and official pardon for anyone who kills or captures him as rebels battled Wednesday to clear the last pockets of resistance from the capital Tripoli.

While die-hard loyalists kept up the fight to defend Gadhafi, his support was crumbling by the hour, and even his foreign minister, Abdul Ati al-Obeidi said his 42-year rule was over.

Asked by the British broadcaster Channel 4 if a negotiated settlement or safe passage for Gadhafi from Libya were still possible, the foreign minister said: “It looks like things have passed this kind of solution.”

A bold Gadhafi vowed from hiding to fight on “until victory or martyrdom,” in an audio message early Wednesday.


No Higher Honor: Memoirs of Condoleezza Rice’s Years in Washington

Former national security advisor and secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice publishes her memoir, “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” on Nov. 1. The cover photo for the book was released by Crown last Thursday.

In No Higher Honor, Rice shares her unique perspective on the most consequential political, diplomatic, and security issues of the administration. In her own words, she describes the harrowing terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and chronicles her experience of appearing before the 9/11 Commission, for which she was broadly saluted for her grace and forthrightness. She also reveals new details about the contentious debates in the lead-up to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Rice’s latest effort follows on last year’s “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family,” which told of her upbringing in segregation-era Birmingham, Ala., and the impact of her parents on her life.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sprint to Sell iPhone5

Sprint may sell the iPhone 5 in October - along with Verizon and AT&T, giving both the carrier and Apple a boost against their respective competition.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint, an Overland Park, Kan.-based company, will offer the device on its official release day. Sprint has not confirmed the report.

If the mobile carrier really is set to begin offering the iPhone 5, it will likely be a remarkable boost for the company. Sprint currently sits in a distant third place to Verizon and AT&T in the wireless battle in the U.S., due in part to its lack of iPhone.


Apple’s Stock affected by Jobs’ Departure

Apple shares are down to 7% hours after the news that Steve Jobs was stepping down as CEO was released.

Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs on Wednesday resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded.

Jobs who has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since January 17, announced he will be replaced by COO and longtime heir apparent Tim Cook.

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come," he said in a brief letter announcing his resignation.

Jobs has been on medical leave since January. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant two years ago, as Yukari Kane mentions in her story about the resignation.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Apple Rumors

Every week the innumerable blogs and posts covering the machinations of Apple float tons of unconfirmed rumors, speculations, and reports on what Steve Jobs and company might be unveiling in the near or distant future.

Here are the rumors which made Apple fanatics excited last week, from August 14 – 20:

♦iPad 3 Coming In Early 2012! - The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the iPad 3 is set for a release in early 2012. The WSJ has a solid track record of predicting Apple releases; and though they haven't recently chimed in on it, the latest rumors say we just might be seeing.

♦The iPhone 5 On October 7 - 9to5Mac reports that sources are telling them that the iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order September 30 and on sale in stores October 7. The report backs up a previous rumor from Mac blog TiPb that also put the iPhone 5 release date at October 7.

♦Apple Purchasing Nokia – an Apple Insider shared a note to investors by a Jeffries & Co. analyst that suggested Apple might "strike back" at Google by acquiring a company with a rich set of patents--perhaps, the note hypothesized, Nokia or BlackBerry maker Research in Motion.


Facebook Law

A Missouri teacher sued the state over a new law that preventing teachers from contacting their students over the Internet and argued that it will make it illegal for her to chat with her own child over social sites like Facebook.
Dubbed as the Facebook law, the rule prohibits teachers from having exclusive communications with students over non-work Internet sites. Students are defined as anyone under 18 who attend or used to attend the school where the teacher works. Christina Thomas alleges that the Ladue, Mo., school district where she works has told teachers that they cannot have exclusive communications with their own children on Facebook if their children meet the law's definition of former or current student and says the law is violating her rights under the 1st and 14th amendments.
Not everyone agrees the law goes too far like Charol Shakeshaft, a professor of educational leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University, who believes that the bill is a good way to tackle sexual abuse in schools after finding out that about 10 percent of public school students in 2000 reported that they experienced unwanted sexual harassment or abuse from an educator.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

HP TouchPad’s Fire Sale

August 22, 2011

After Hewlett Packard announced that the company is dumping its TouchPad, just 48 days after its arrival, HP is now selling its TouchPad 16GB units for $99 and 32GB for $149 which is attracting buyers, but hurting the brand and leaving many questions unanswered.

TouchPad is selling out in a fire sale, but there are only a few winners.

HP has long been a respected brand, but almost overnight, the company put a big stain on years of earned value, trashed trust and reputation with those buyers who initially bought the TouchPad for $499 three weeks ago, and consumers from major retailers who expects service with the TouchPad after buying from them are some of the considered losers in this fire sale.


Libyan Rebels in Tripoli

August 22, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule seems to be off the edge as hundreds of rebel fighters had pushed their way to Tripoli, the centre of the Libyan Capital.

In the early hours of Monday morning, rebels waved opposition flags and fired guns into the air in euphoria after reaching Tripoli's central Green Square, the symbolic heart of the city while happy residents were seen pouring into the streets to celebrate and greet the rebel fighters as they moved forward the suburbs towards the centre.

Speaking on state television via audiolink on Sunday, the dictator asked his people to help keep the rebels away from Tripoli and defend the Capital. He said to the Libyan people: "There are criminals, they are coming to destroy Tripoli. They are coming to steal our oil.”

NATO said in a statement that "the sooner Gaddafi realizes that he cannot win the battle against his own people, the better -- so that the Libyan people can be spared further bloodshed and suffering."