Remains of the Day: Great Scott!

Apple’s first CEO talks about the good ol’ days, a new technology could potentially up the public crazy factor, and the secrets of the Verizon iPhone’s super-secret secrecy may finally be revealed. The remainders for Wednesday, May 25, 2011 are always here for you.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Apple’s First CEO Michael Scott (Business Insider)

Yes, yes, let’s get it out of the way: Apple’s first CEO has the same name as another significant (fictional) head honcho. Scott was brought in by Apple’s first investor, Mike Markkula, who also poached the nickname “Mike,” leaving Scott to answer to “Scotty.” But where do you go after leaving a company as prestigious as Apple? “I’m working on a tricorder,” says Scott. That’s right, folks: Scotty is working on a tricorder.

‘Invisible’ touchscreen prototype tested with iPhone (TUAW)

What’s cooler than one touchscreen? A billion—no, scratch that, we did that joke yesterday. Anyway, the answer is an invisible touchscreen. Someday, instead of placing your finger on your device’s screen, you may be able to just touch your hand and have your phone respond as if you were interacting with the touchscreen. Couple that with a Bluetooth headset, and we’ve got the potential to reinvent the can-you-tell-if-they’re-crazy game.

Behind the Verizon iPhone Veil of Secrecy (TechnoBuffalo)

Wondering how Apple managed to keep the Verizon iPhone under wraps? According to one site, the companies were very careful. Among other things, the iPhone was never referred to as an iPhone, but rather as the “ACME” device. The unit also had a sort of dead man’s switch: If a specific PIN code was not texted to a certain phone number every 12 hours, the device would stop functioning. And a squad of ninjas would be sent to the device’s last known location to…“sterilize” the area.

Senator Franken asks Apple, Google to require privacy policies for apps (The Loop)

As a follow-up to the recent Congressional subcommittee hearing on mobile privacy, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has dispatched a letter to Apple and Google, renewing his request for the two companies to require that third-party developers provide a privacy policy that clearly spells out what information is being collected about customers. I, for one, refuse to download any game that collects information about just how bad I am at games.

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