The most powerful man in the world is about to meet the president of the United States, Sony’s not making a dumb move for a change, and now you can browse the Web circa 1986—from the comfort of your own Mac. The remainders for Thursday, February 17, 2011 are firing up the wayback machine.
President Obama is traveling to San Francisco on Thursday to meet with tech industry titans like Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt, and, of course, Steve Jobs. Nobody knows exactly what they will be talking about, but my money’s on the president holding a no-holds-barred cage match between executives to decide which type of smartphone he should get to replace his BlackBerry.
Sony Exec: We Are Not Abandoning iTunes (Business Insider)
Sony Network Entertainment COO Shawn Layden quashes rumors that Sony Music would be pulling its content from the iTunes Store in order to drum up demand for the company’s newly launched Music Unlimited service. Which, for those of you keeping score at home, is only about sixty-fifth time Sony has launched a music store.
Unnamed sources—these guys never have names anymore—have told Cult of Mac that Apple is due to open its largest store yet in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Never mind that the quoted amount of space—16,000 square feet—is larger than any existing space inside the building. They just better not try to replace the Oyster Bar with a Genius Bar, or Ron Johnson is going on my list.
Pixelfari (Neven Mrgan)
Admit it: you’ve been dying to know what the world would have been like if a Web browser had been available for the original Nintendo. Wonder no more! Pixelfari’s here to answer your burning query. Really, it’s an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.