Remains of the Day: Over Hurd
Justin Bieber may be capable of single-handedly bringing down Twitter, but Mark Hurd only wishes he had that problem. Meanwhile, Eminem’s downloading money by the fistful and Google’s getting ready to switch on its TV service. Don’t change that channel: the remainders for Tuesday, September 7, 2010 are coming up right after these messages.
H.P. sues Hurd over his new job at Oracle (New York Times)
It’s not been a good few weeks for HP ex-CEO Mark Hurd. After getting sacked from his job for issues relating to a sexual harassment complaint, Hurd probably thought he’d rebounded when Oracle offered him a gig as co-president, only to find on Tuesday that HP was suing him to enforce a confidentiality agreement. On the upside, we’re pretty sure he wins at FMyLife.
After a multi-year legal battle, Eminem’s publisher has just gotten the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to agree that iTunes sales should be counted as licenses not as sales, possibly yielding a bunch more cash from the rapper’s record label, Universal Music. This incident will of course provide fuel for the rapper’s next hit album, Scope of Exclusive Rights in Nondramatic Musical Works: Compulsory License for Making and Distributing Phonorecords.
Google to start TV service in U.S. this autumn (Reuters UK)
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the company’s Google TV service, teased earlier this year, would debut in the fall. This will be followed next year by an addition to Google’s Street View settings that will let you see what everybody in every house on every street is watching RIGHT NOW.
Justin Bieber has his own Twitter server (Twitter)
Apparently Justin Bieber uses 3 percent of Twitter’s infrastructure and has “racks of servers” dedicated to him (though, to be fair, the latter is apparently not uncommon). I bet Paul Anka had the same setup back in his day.