It was a week of dueling smartphones in IT news, with the iPhone 4 release and Motorola announcing Droid X. Otherwise, legal news captured headlines with the dismissal of the Viacom copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube and states saying they'll join together to investigate Google's data gathering from Wi-Fi networks. Some of us, though, are ready to shut off our phones and disconnect for a little vacation time.
1. Answers to your iPhone 4 questions, iPhone 4's antenna boosts voice and data rates, with one big flaw and Apple responds to iPhone 4 antenna problem: The release of Apple's iPhone 4 into the wild drew long lines of those eager to be among the first to own the new smartphone. Soon enough, users began to report problems with the wireless antenna. Steve Jobs called it a non-issue, while Apple released a statement suggesting that iPhone 4 users "avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band." OK, then.
2. Droid X: Like the EVO, minus the 4G and Hands-on: Motorola Droid X smartphone is a win for Android: Motorola's Droid X also made its splashy debut this week.
3. Judge rules in favor of YouTube over Viacom: A U.S. District Court judge dismissed Viacom's US$1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Google's YouTube, ending (at least for this round) a nasty legal spat that dragged on for more than three years.
4. States launch joint probe of Google Wi-Fi snooping: In other Google-related legal news, up to 30 U.S. states could become part of an investigation into the company's gathering of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. The company has acknowledged that it made a mistake, but has said it didn't break any U.S. laws. Google also faces probes over such data gathering in various European countries as well.
5. ICANN approves .xxx domain for adult Web sites and Chinese language top-level domains win ICANN approval: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved the .xxx domain for adult Web sites and Chinese language top-level domains.
6. Facebook risks? Don't look to your IT security group and Survey: Social networking policies still scarce: This week's entries in (the lack of) security for social-networking use by employees.
7. Multitasking with iOS 4 is horrible: Apple blew it: Apple has made a big deal about the multitasking capabilities of the iOS 4, but some users are finding that the company still has some work to do in that regard.
8. Why you'll be evaluating Chrome OS enterprise PCs: An interesting piece on the possibilities for using the Chrome OS in enterprises.
9. Visiting the Googleplex: For those of us who have never been invited to Google's campus but have a yearning to see the inside, here's a slide show that offers a glimpse of life inside the "Googleplex."