Michael Phelps became the greatest Olympian, while the Fed decided not to move on QE3 and may have been vindicated, at least temporarily, by the positive July jobs report Friday.
While the Cybersecurity bill got shut down in the Senate, the Internet Sales Tax bill seems alive and well. NBC News reported it as inevitable while Senator Demint still fought the good fight in a WSJ op-ed.
This past week’s tech gossip…
- Apple’s court battle with Samsung kicked off and it is piercing Apples corporate veil of secrecy and analysts are reporting previously undisclosed tactical and strategical secrets. According to AllThingsD, Apple is likely to announce its next iPhone on September 9. RIM is closing their retail stores (they had retail stores?) and laying off another 3000.
- HP struck a blow in their court battle with Oracle, forcing Oracle to keep porting to Itanium, and showing the downsides to vendor partnerships.
- Microsoft will be retiring Hotmail and standing up Outlook.com. Users will be able to retain their @hotmail.com, @live.com and @msn.com addresses as well as their contacts, messages, password and rules. Most agree that Microsoft is squarely targeting GMail, and Tech Republic cites four superior features: automatic folders, mobile experience, privacy protection, and social media integration. Elsewhere at MS, Windows 8 went RTM.
- Dropbox was in the security news again this week. The bottom line is to encrypt sensitive files stored in cloud services.
Good post at the Ethereal Mind blog on cabling tips.