Follow This, Part 2: The Rest of the Tech Year in Tweets
The Second Half of the Second Half
Apple, Microsoft consortium beats Google for Nortel patents http://goo.gl/Ggd9S. What's next--a "Red Sox, Yankees consortium"?
Private industry group leaps into cybercrime fight http://goo.gl/sS81g. Mysteriously, Bruce Wayne seems to own all eight companies.
4 reasons businesses should use Facebook video chat http://goo.gl/aFNMC. #5: You can see how ill employees who take sick days really look.
Sony exec calls PSN hack was "a great learning experience" http://goo.gl/IiEug. Evidently at Sony the learning never stops.
Computer games: Better than sex? http://goo.gl/9OIXo Think carefully, because evidence suggests you may have to choose one or the other.
Fake Apple Store in China carries real gear http://goo.gl/F79vw. And we hear that Fake Steve Jobs sometimes stops by for a reality check.
Bing plans Google-like instant search http://goo.gl/j47mB. Using extremely Google-like algorithms, we assume.
Six reasons it's time for DVDs to die http://is.gd/bE479G. #7: US economy depends on people buying same stuff over & over in new formats.
UK bans photoshopped Julia Roberts ad for truth in advertising violation http://goo.gl/84ueF. Last 20 years of Playboy also at risk.
Google acquires 1000 patents from IBM http://goo.gl/NH4GO. Should be in a strong legal position if it ever builds an OS/2 knockoff.
Internet Explorer IQ story called a hoax http://is.gd/XrIbfK. But reporters stand by earlier assessment of AOL users.
NASA finds evidence of flowing water on Mars http://is.gd/S59qNa. Remnants of ancient garden hose detected in high-res Orbiter photo.
Lightning strike in Dublin downs Amazon, Microsoft clouds http://goo.gl/fF0Z8. Once again real clouds defeat virtual ones.
Study: Facebook can make teens sick http://goo.gl/K8k3S. As can school, chores, curfews, and enforced "family time."
Can a UV light kill the stuff growing on your keyboard? http://goo.gl/8QBxD Maybe not. But I'll bet it can give it an awesome tan.
Bernie Madoff's pants sold as iPad covers http://goo.gl/H2uKm. Presumably, after someone sued them off him.
China stops fake Apple Stores from using trademarks http://goo.gl/nY3ax. Stores will soon be stocked with Appel iMocs & iPuds.
Why paying hackers for bugs makes you safer http://goo.gl/y6TmV. Same reason why you pay kids to watch your car outside the ballpark.
Space hotel to offer out-of-this-world vacations http://goo.gl/OhSld. That's one place where you don't want to see a No Vacancy sign.
Is the PC dead? http://goo.gl/ErICG No--and in the current economy it can't afford to retire either.
Google+ policy on names runs afoul of tech writer http://goo.gl/Ea1Uv. It's a bad time to be named Frank N. Stein.
Saturation coverage of Jobs resignation http://goo.gl/q3YUi. It's raining Jobs, yet the economy isn't improving.
Tampa Bay Bucs buy players iPads http://goo.gl/s6rX4. So Roger Goodell can notify players in-game of fines for inappropriate tweeting.
Bionic body parts may be better than natural ones by 2027 http://bit.ly/nXoJH8. If my natural parts work at all in 2027, I'll be happy.
10 geeky things to do on your first date http://is.gd/3SewOX. Amazingly, not one of them involves Legos--or Legolas!
RankMyHack adds leaderboards, achievement points to hacking http://goo.gl/4Ta1t. Sorry--it’s not a real sport till people illegally bet on it
Apple loses another iPhone prototype in a bar http://goo.gl/73yGQ. Note to Apple employees: You're holding your liquor wrong.
Website finds white headphone jack--for white iPod Touch? http://goo.gl/O82uj Journalists blanket bars worldwide in search of more clues.
"Comodohacker" threatens to strike again http://goo.gl/BMJyY. Next victim may be large, island-dwelling lizard or flushing toilet.
AT&T says DOJ's opposition to merger hurts consumers http://goo.gl/7f4vJ. Especially consumers who are senior execs at AT&T.
Mod makes your iPhone's Apple logo glow http://goo.gl/uXTS5. Great if you feel your Apple forehead tattoo doesn't say enough about you.
Intel hopes for smartphone breakthrough with Google http://goo.gl/FuXnE. We think their slogan should be "Don't be evil inside."
NASA discovers Tatooine-like planet orbiting two stars http://goo.gl/VnXGj. Geeks urge manned mission to explore local cantinas.
Survey: 31% of US adults would rather text than talk http://goo.gl/2UZI1. Even sadder, 86% would rather talk than think.
Samsung Windows 8 tablets surface on eBay http://goo.gl/wuGs2. Apparently Microsoft developers go to bars, too.
Apple, Chinese environmental groups in talks http://goo.gl/UYVU3. But Beijing smog prevents participants from seeing each other across table.
Delicious relaunch is riddled with bugs http://goo.gl/k6X1s. But they're very yummy bugs, we assume.