Weekend tech reading: Google prepping Facebook 'killer'?

By on June 27, 2010, 11:50 AM
Is Google about to launch a Facebook killer? Should we brace ourselves for another round of tech news headlines with the word "killer" in them? According to Digg founder Kevin Rose, Google is about to launch a social profile service called, aptly, "Google Me." Rose stated on Twitter earlier today that he heard a "huge rumor" from a "very credible source" that Google is about to unveil what is apparently a Facebook competitor, no other details forthcoming. SF Weekly

Microsoft by the numbers You probably saw the news this week that weve sold 150 million Windows 7 licenses in 8 months. That's more than 600,000 per day. And, perhaps fittingly for a product called Windows 7, it adds up to 7 copies every second of every day since launch. As a communications guy, Im generally most comfortable with words. But since Microsoft is a pretty numbers-driven company, the Windows 7 milestone got me thinking about some *other* numbers, too.The Official Microsoft Blog

Intel's bold bet against ARM: visionary or myopic? Today, Intel's x86 architecture reigns supreme on PCs (and millions of servers, such as Google's, that use the PC organ bank). Anywhere else, the ARM processors have won; they're in billions of devices, regular cell phones, smartphones, entertainment devices, navigation systems and legions of other embedded applications. Monday Note

Internet speed test: The fastest ISPs in the U.S. 2010 Fifteen years after Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer to compete with Netscape Navigator, there are still browser wars going on, as Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, Apple, and others compete to create the software that loads Web pages the fastest. But the number one factor in page load speed (or any kind of download) isn't your browser. It's your Internet service provider (ISP). PC Magazine

Steve Jobs on iPhone 4 signal issue: 'Stay tuned.' One MacRumors reader emailed Steve Jobs in a followup about the widely publicized iPhone 4 signal issues that have been reported across the web. Steve Jobs reportedly replied immediately with: "There are no reception issues. Stay Tuned." MacRumors

EU secretly pushing to put kids in jail for sharing music: ACTA leak More leaks from behind the scenes at the secretive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations: the EU is pushing for criminal sanctions for non-commercial copyright infringement. That means putting kids in jail for trading music with one another. BoingBoing

Police push to continue warrantless cell tracking A law requiring police to obtain a search warrant before tracking Americans' cell phones may imperil criminal investigations and endanger children's lives, a law enforcement representative told Congress this week. CNET

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