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January 5, 2009

LOTD for January 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 8:12 pm

Obama has chosen former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta to head the CIA…despite how he doesn’t have any experience with the intelligence community. I’m a little uncertain about this pick, especially since Obama’s first choice (John Brennan) had extensive CIA experience:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/01/the-incoming-ob.html

Worries about a space race with China, plus the advances already made by military rockets, may lead to a collaboration between NASA and the DoD:
http://www.rdmag.com/ShowPR~PUBCODE~014~ACCT~1400000101~ISSUE~0901~RELTYPE~IDN~PRODCODE~00000000~PRODLETT~K.html

Japanese automakers are rushing towards zero-emission electric and fuel cell cars, but there are worries that the slow economy will hurt the market for green cars:
http://www.rdmag.com/ShowPR.aspx?PUBCODE=014&ACCT=1400000101&ISSUE=0901&RELTYPE=IDN&PRODCODE=00000000&PRODLETT=M&CommonCount=0

Only $2 billion of mergers and transactions took place in 2008, far down from the $9.6 billion in 2007:
http://www.brandweek.com/bw/content_display/news-and-features/technology-finance/e3i7a4b4ca5771c6f2de16200332ef30884

NextWave bought IPWireless in April 2007 for $100 million…and just sold it off for $1 million. The management team for IPWireless bought it from NextWave:
http://www.fiercebroadbandwireless.com/story/nextwave-offloads-ipwireless/2009-01-04?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal&cmp-id=EMC-NL-FBW&dest=FBW

iPhone users make up nearly 10% of the WiFi use in the US!
http://www.telecomdirectnews.com/do.php/100/33850

Developers will be able to offer applications that cost money for Android users starting later this month:
http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=44306&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10&view=news

Google is asking for suggestions from consumers for their mobile products. They probably were hoping for a lot of suggestions for the Android platform and might not be too happy with all the requests for iPhone applications:
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticleHomePage&art_aid=97653

Palm’s new touchscreen smartphone has to succeed for their company to survive. Palm seems to be trying for an iPhone with a keyboard:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/03/BUN3152PC8.DTL

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/01/leak-palms-new.html

Samsung is looking to develop their own baseband silicon for LTE and WiMAX…this has to worry Qualcomm, but at least Qualcomm will be first to market for LTE:
http://www.eetimes.com/rss/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212700007

The Kindle was Amazon’s top-selling electronic device. Oprah’s endorsement is credited for part of the success:
http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/retail/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=YA12CQ30FJIVUQSNDLPCKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=212700117&_requestid=244047&_requestid=429461

Google’s market share for search increased another 6.4%, taking away market share from both Microsoft (who declined despite their program to pay users to use their search) and Yahoo:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/search/e3i27e6523c216f71f790af2db812ff9da1

They are now offering college classes to those in a US base in Baghdad:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/04/AR2009010401459.html

Tokyo auction sold one premium bluefin tuna for $100,000:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28503702/

BMW has a car with a real time shape shifting fabric (to make it as aerodynamic as possible) and a wire frame (the front body can reshape by shifting the wires):
http://nextbigfuture.com/2009/01/bmw-gina-car-real-time-shape-shifting.html

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