Remains of the Day: Approval seekers

Steve Jobs is back on Disney’s board and it’s like he never left. Because he didn’t. Elsewhere, Google takes a (perhaps somewhat misplaced) stand, and the FCC says it’s going to ask the hard questions, really and truly. The remainders for Thursday, March 24, 2011 are all ears.

Steve Jobs Re-Elected to Disney Board Over Health Concerns (Bloomberg)

So much for those shareholders who were opposing Steve Jobs’s re-election to Disney’s board of directors, because 74 percent of shareholders said they were totally cool with it. The rebel dissenting shareholders will be sent to the dungeon beneath the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle and forced to listen to “It’s a Small World (After All)” until they’ve learned the error of their ways. Or they keel over and pass out. Whichever comes first.

Google Says It Won’t Pull DUI Checkpoint Evasion App (International Business Times)

Unlike RIM, Google reportedly won’t remove from its Android Market apps that let users circumvent police DUI checkpoints, because they don’t specifically violate the store’s terms. Apple, for its part, has yet to respond either way to the request, which originated with a quartet of U.S. senators. Hey, what happens if the cops just download the app and then set up new checkpoints?

iPad 2 Review: To Guatemala and Back (I4U News)

Turns out that not only will an iPad 2 survive a trip to Guatemala, but it’ll even make it on a hike all the way up a volcano. Hmm. I smell remake. Hollywood, call me.

FCC: AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile faces tough sledding (San Jose Mercury News)

If you think the FCC’s just going to roll over and approve AT&T’s $39 billion deal to buy rival T-Mobile, think again. An anonymous FCC source says that the agency won’t just “rubber stamp” the acquisition. Because they don’t have a rubber stamp large enough. Seriously, they’re going to have to make like a whole new stamp.

Product News:

TripIt 2.4 - The travel organization app has added the ability to add or edit plans in existing trips as well as delete things you don't want. It will also notify you if there are conflicting versions of a flight, and sports an improved login experience. $2. (The free, ad-supported version has also been updated.)

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction - The spy action game is now available for download in both limited ($25) and standard ($20) editions; the former contains some additional downloadable content.

Skype 5.1 - The latest update to the popular free VoIP client adds the ability to focus on speakers in group video chats, dial recently called numbers from the dial pad, and moves contact groups in the UI to make more space.

FaceTime 1.0.2 - The update to Apple's $1 video chat app for the Mac improves performance in fullscreen mode.

Capo 2.1.1 - The Mac version of the software which lets you slow down songs to learn to play them has updated to include a new waveform display, the ability to export MIDI files, the ability to type in a point in time to jump to, and more. There are also a number of bug fixes. $50.

WiiPhoto 1.1 - Galarina's iPhone app, which lets you stream pictures to your HDTV via your Nintendo Wii, has added support for pictures in iPhoto '11. $3.

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