Remains of the Day: Is it a small world, after all?

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Apple’s looking to make a new friend in China, someone decides to sue Cupertino over something that’s not the iPhone, and Yahoo attempts to prove an old adage. The remainders for Thursday, August 18, 2011 will take you around the world in 80 seconds (or however long it takes you to read this).

China Mobile talking to Apple on iPhones (Reuters)

I mean, they’re not talking on iPhones, because Apple’s phone still won’t run on China Mobile’s specialized TDSCDMA network, but word is that Apple is in discussions to bring the iPhone to China’s largest carrier. Apple already has one partner in the country—China Unicom, whose network runs on a much simpler three-letter acronym.

Apple Glass House Approved…In Blink (Santa Monica Dispatch)

How hard is it to get an Apple Store design approved these days? Not very hard. That glass-roofed Santa Monica store we mentioned earlier this week received the go-ahead on Wednesday night, without even any discussion. I guess it’s ushering in a new age of transparency.

Patent troll targets Apple’s Disk Utility over alleged patent violation (Ars Technica)

The smartphone field is a morass of patent litigation, so really, it’s refreshing to see somebody sue Apple for a good, old-fashioned piece of Mac software. Software Restore Solutions of Illinois has filed suit claiming that Mac OS X’s Disk Utility violates a claim on “A method of computer management automatically resetting a computer to a preferred configuration by executing system configuration instructions in dependence upon a comparison of prior computer status to the current condition of the computer….”

Geez, guys, if this is what your company’s willing to go to court for, at least try to inject a little passion into it, okay?

Small World Experiment (Yahoo)

Yahoo is trying to prove the “six degrees of separation” theory via social networking. You can sign up to participate, at which point you’ll be given a target person. Pass a message to a friend, and see how many steps it takes to get to that target. I say this plan is clearly doomed to failure—unless, of course, they’ve recruited Kevin Bacon.

Rain or shine, see the weather in Google Maps (Google Lat Long Blog)

It just got a bit easier to find out how things are in Glocca Mora. Google Maps now sports a Weather layer, allowing you to quickly see what the weather conditions are in cities around the globe. So now you can know at a glance whether or not the grass is greener sky is sunnier on the other side of the fence country.

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