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Because you’ve always wondered how Intel could make it look like people could dance.

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I’m so glad my carrier didn’t fall for all of that “usability” and “beauty” and “video” and “touch screen” and “only device you’ll ever need” crap. I’m so happy with my two year old flip phone, and with the new Verizon phones that look exactly the same as the ones I chose from two years ago. It’s about the network.

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Apple is Off The Hook. Swimming in billions of dollars. What will they do with it?

So a few weeks back, Cisco unleashed its not-long-anticipated but incredibly named iPhone, prompting chuckles and a few mild strokes from executives and investors at Apple. Then, this week, Apple was like “BOOOYA!” and the world was like “BOOOYA!” and Cisco was like “I’m sure they’re just looking very carefully at the agreement we faxed over last night, and they’ll be sending us a big fat check in the mail any second now.” actually, the way it was reported on news.com, it went like this:

Cisco calls CNET News.com reporter with a statement about Apple’s use of the term “iPhone” for its new product. “Given Apple’s numerous requests for permission to use Cisco’s iPhone trademark over the past several years and our extensive discussions with them recently, it is our belief that with their announcement today, Apple intends to agree to the final document and public statements that were distributed to them last night and that address a few remaining items we expect to receive a signed agreement today.”

But now, it looks like Apple has decided to shred the thing they were thinking of signing, saying that lots of companies have been using the iPhone name, so just because Cisco got away with nabbing it legally shouldn’t mean that suddenly everyone has to follow the law. Or at least, they think they can get away with it for less than they would have to pay to do it all the way God intended — kickbacks to the sneaky-but-smart Cisco (What, they don’t have enough money already? They have to extort from Apple?)

Anyway, maybe Apple’s right and the claim that Cisco has won’t hold up. It might go to court, which would be fun, unquestionably fun. But in the meantime, the court of public opinion is in session.

I voted. You can too. And after you vote, you can view the results. And if you don’t like the way your vote looks among those results, just like real, official voting everywhere, you may change your vote.

Happy democracy.

First, we’re going to build an electric car.

Then, we’re going to kill it off.

Then, we’re going to build an electric car.

If only there were some way to predict the next thing General Motors is going to do….

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One of the posts we got to publish this week over at PodTech was a completely un-ironic interview with a young man we’ll call “Trent.” Trent received a Zune for Christmas, and he actually likes it. But the most exciting new feature that the Zune offers (and that its MUCH more successful rival, the iPod, doesn’t) is the ability to zap music from one Zune to another. It’s pretty cool, in theory.

That’s why interviewer Phil Leigh keeps asking Trent about that feature. Because it is cool, in theory.

Unfortunately for Trent, Phil, and us, theory it remains. Trent goes to a school with 50,000 students, but has yet to encounter a fellow Zune owner, without whom he cannot be sure that the much-hyped and theoretically cool sharing feature even works.

The interview is well worth watching for its many, many comic moments. Like when “Trent” says that his Zune is named “Albert.” Watch Phil’s reaction. (Phil has already told us that “Trent” is the kid’s first name, but we’re not going to find out his last name. The Zune is called “Albert.” Phil takes a deep breath. Have we just learned our subject’s full name?)

Finally, people have a good way to talk back to podcasters who suck.

When the President of the United States needs to find out what people are saying on the phone, he just listens in. If he hears something incriminating, he either gets a warrant after the fact or, well, he doesn’t. Either way, you’re safer for it. Well, sort of.
But when the chairman of the board of an important company needs to know what people are saying, she does the same thing. This is perfectly correct (“I learned it from watching you!”)
Unfortunately, some narrow-minded sticklers seem to feel that by impersonating company officials and other kinds of officials, the private investigators she hired may have broken some rules.
This doesn’t mean she broke any rules by hiring them. Necessarily.
Someone on the board leaked, and she needed to know who. Once she found out (the hard way), she asked that guy to leave.
But he decided to stay.
Instead, a different guy — a very important guy — decided to leave.
But he also demanded that she spill the beans to the world.
But that would probably mean giving up her sweet sweet job, or at least giving up something. So she decided not to.
So he started leaking.
And now the California Attorney General spent all Thursday and Friday deposing journalists.
Which brings us back around to a phone call that happened over the weekend.
The remaining board members at HP — the ones who didn’t have any ethical problem with the chairman listening in on their phone calls — along with the chairman who was only trying to be an effective wartime president, had a conference call.
You’d probably like to know what they said. Was it awkward? Was it funny? Did anyone apologize? (“Sorry I leaked all that information to CNET. I guess that was pretty dumb.” “That’s okay. I’m sorry I hired those thugs to tap your phone. That was dumb, too.”)
Too bad you don’t have a P.I. on your side.

Really. Just because you don’t spend hours every day escaping the pain and frustration of reality in order to live a virtual life full of all those exact same details that you find so frustrating every day doesn’t mean you shouldn’t extend a small shred of empathy to the 650,000 escapist gamers whose lives have now been turned upside down by a security breach into the pretend world from the real one (a breach which captured encrypted real-life credit cards, by the way).

I guess I shouldn’t be too bitter. At least they gave her ProCare for a year, too.