11 February 2011

1. Egypt: Tech seen as offering challenges, solution, San Francisco Chronicle, Joe Garofoli

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said it was “pure coincidence” that she spoke Thursday at the San Francisco social networking site Twitter moments before Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak refused to step down – a move that enraged street activists, many of whom have been using Twitter to organize their three-week-long uprising.

2. Deadly Sins the Tech Industry Can’t Seem to Shake, InfoWorld, Bill Snyder

The technology industry moves so fast and values change so much that its collective attention span and memory can be as ephemeral as a game of Angry Birds. So when I heard that Ken Olsen, the pioneering founder of the Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), had died this week at age 84, I was reminded of all the good — and bad — that occurred in his career, showing the unlearned lessons that still plague the tech industry.

3. Facebook-Phone Maker Praises Nokia-Microsoft Deal, Forbes, Parmy Olson

Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft is already getting flack being a better deal for the Windows maker than its Finnish counterpart, but one competitor thinks the partnership is great news for both.

4. Augmented reality helps you fix your printer, VentureBeat, Ciara Byrne

Augmented reality (AR) company Metaio will show a demo at next week’s Mobile World Congress in which AR on your mobile phone shows you how to change a printer toner cartridge.

5. Nokia ‘Has Pretty Good Shot’ at Revival, Wall Street Journal, Lilly Vitorovich

Nokia Corp. has 12 to 18 months to make its strategic tie-up with software giant Microsoft Corp. work, a top European mobile executive said Friday.

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