Amazon, Apple Outages, More Patent Attacks: BYTE Newsbriefs
BYTE Newsbriefs for Aug. 17, 2011
Search the recent Amazon outage or today's four-hour Apple outage online and you'll see hundreds of news and blog pieces. What is up with that?
It's old school, but speculation regarding hackers and data centers is a waste of so-called ink. A big outage is news when we know what caused it -- and if it truly demonstrates how well upcoming cloud services from Apple and Amazon will work. With recent outages, it is too soon to call.
BYTE did contact Apple about this morning's as yet unexplained Apple Store outage and we'll have comments in a later update. The Apple Store, by the way, is back up.
ALSO IN THE NEWS:
Two days after Google bought Motorola Mobility and its 7,000 plus 4G and other patents, the patent wars rage on.
HTC is taking on Apple. The Taiwanese electronics giant officially claimed patent infringement against Apple today, alleging that some Apple Macs and iOS devices infringe on HTC Wifi processor communication order-line modulation technology patents. We'll watch.
Patent wars are bad news for buyers. Lawyers make money, and costs get passed along to you.
One of the patents HTC claims Apple is infringing.
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What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.