Remains of the Day: If you can't beat 'em, bribe 'em

Remember those free Windows Phone 7 devices Microsoft employees were getting? Yeah, turns out there’s a catch. Also, Samsung tries to capitalize on annoyed iPhone 4 users and LG steps up and takes some blame. Remainders for July 23, 2010 start now.

Samsung offering Galaxy S phones to frustrated iPhone users (Wired UK)

Seems Samsung is trying to capitalize on customer’s frustrations with the iPhone 4. The UK branch of the company is scanning Twitter for disappointed users and offering them a free Samsung Galaxy S smartphone—no strings attached! In case anybody’s listening, I’m really really disappointed in my lack of a million dollars.

Microsoft urges its workers to be Windows Phone app hobbyists (TechFlash)

Turns out that Microsoft’s gift of Windows Phone 7 handsets to its employees comes with an ulterior motive—*gasp*! Redmond was kinda sorta maybe hoping those employees would use their spare time to make applications for Windows Phone 7. You know, all that time they spend not working for their giant monolithic employer. Guess you should cancel your windsurfing plans, people.

LG Display unable to fill all iPad orders (Wall Street Journal)

Apple COO Tim Cook didn’t want to point any fingers on Tuesday’s quarterly conference call when asked about iPad shortages. But the folks at LG Display have unhesitatingly stepped forward to say that they have been unable to meet the demand for the tablet’s LCD screens and probably won’t be fully able to until second quarter of next year. Huh. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a company throw itself under a bus before.

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