Remains of the Day: Crazy talk
If you’re going to walk the crazy walk, you’d better talk the crazy talk. Microsoft loses a valuable cloud player, Apple doesn’t want to know what you’re surfing on the Web, and one man makes, bakes, and takes the whole crazy cake. Unlike that cake, the remainders for Thursday, April 14, 2011 are not a lie.
Microsoft Data Center GM Timmons Heads to Apple (Data Center Knowledge)
Unless you’ve got your head in the clouds, you’ve probably never heard of Kevin Timmons. Formerly Microsoft’s General Manager of Datacenter Services, Timmons appears to have made the move from Redmond to Cupertino, where he’ll presumably work on Apple’s cloud storage push—as long as Microsoft’s crack team of assassins don’t stop him first. (I smell screenplay!)
Apple Adds Do-Not-Track Tool to New Browser (The Wall Street Journal)
Nobody likes to feel like they’re being watched while they’re online. Fortunately, Apple has supposedly now incorporated a new do-not-track privacy tool into the Lion version of Safari. That means the company’s browser joins Internet Explorer and Firefox in offering this functionality, leaving just one major browser as the odd man out. But, honestly: Google has no interest at all in knowing what you might be up to on the Web. (Because they know already.)
Apple’s found itself involved in a lot of legal cases, but sometimes one just pulls away from the rest of the pack. David Louis Whitehead of Bossier, Louisiana has filed a 99-page lawsuit claiming numerous instances of copyright infringement on his prolific and, er, bizarre corpus of writings (real sample title: The Big Bad Wolf vs. Miss Little Red Riding Hood - The Mike Tyson Story). Among Apple’s co-defendants? Oprah Winfrey, Mel Gisbon, George W. Bush, James Cameron, Harvard University, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Microsoft, Sony, Disney, and way, way more. Frankly, I’d love to see somebody make a movie about this guy, but who wants to inevitably be sued over it?
Speaking of the crazy, somebody put an open microphone in front of tech investor Roger McNamee again. In a topic-jumping interview, McNamee states that “Apple is just killing the World Wide Web” and says that he’s bullish on the company. Also, he says that Android’s vulnerable to viruses and Windows is on the decline, to Apple’s benefit. Maybe I need a palate cleanser after that nutso lawsuit, because this is actually sounding unusually coherent for McNamee…