• Meg Whitman’s Toughest Campaign: Retooling H.P. – Think you’ve got a hard job? Meg Whitman is trying to turn around HP, which she concedes is a company in decline.
• PlaceRaider: The Military Smartphone Malware Designed to Steal Your Life – Developed by the U.S. Navy, the Android malware creates a 3D simulation of the victim’s surroundings.
• Does Apple have a Scott Forstall problem? – Does the blame or Apple’s Maps debacle lie with Scott Forstall, the chief of iOS development? It’s the second embarrassment for an executive who at one time was considered an heir to Steve Jobs (the first was Siri). Also Sloppy security? Apple and Nokia conceal fewer sensitive sites than Google Maps
• As Apple and Samsung dominate, Japan’s tech giants are in a free fall – Companies such as Sony, Panasonic and Sharp once dominated the consumer electronics landscape, but they’re struggling now.
• Microsoft: ‘To fill 6,000 jobs, we’ll pay $10K per visa’ – Microsoft proposes to pay to provide visas for software engineers to enter the country. There aren’t enough in the U.S., the company says.
• Nook GlowLight e-reader price drops to $119 – Barnes Noble lowers the price of its e-reader just prior to the release of the competing Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
• Simon Cowell and Will.i.am team up for TV show described as ‘X Factor for tech’ – Would you watch a show that has geeks competing to be named the next Bill Gates?
• Why I got Fired from Facebook (a $100 Million dollar lesson) – Except for the money he lost by not being in the IPO, it reads like Facebook did this guy a favor.
• Facebook: Federal online privacy rules would violate free speech rights – The proposed changes to COPA would prohibit kids from clicking “Like” buttons or recommend websites.
Article source: http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2012/09/linkpost-9-30-2012/