This week in pictures: Whitman takes the helm at HP
Also: Mr. Schmidt goes to Washington; Page and Ellison fail at mediation; Al Gore slips iPhone 5 release date; Yahoo blocks emails about Wall Street protest; Richard Stallman attacks open source; and Kim Kardashian dresses as Slave Leia.
Meg Whitman as HP CEO: Obvious choice or obvious disaster?
Former eBay chief executive, current HP board member, replaces Leo Apotheker in top spot. Read more.
HP confirms layoffs at Palm unit
HP has started laying off workers associated with last year's billion-dollar acquisition of Palm, as it closes down the mobile device business it planned to base on Palm's webOS. The news comes almost exactly a month after HP announced a sweeping reorganization and refocusing of its business. Read more.
Senators question if Google has biased search results
Several U.S. senators accused Google of giving search preferences to its own suite of services over competitors, but Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt denied that his company is manipulating search results during a hearing Wednesday. Read more.
Oracle, Google fail to reach settlement in Android case
Two days of face-to-face mediation talks between Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Google CEO Larry Page over the companies' Android mobile OS lawsuit have yet to result in a settlement, but the door is open for negotiations to continue, according to a document filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Read more.
Grief for Al Gore after slipping iPhone 5 release date
When the news is about Apple, folks get wound up tightly and quickly. And poor Al Gore gets slammed from various directions for saying what pretty much everyone already knows. Read more.
Yahoo blocks emails about Wall Street protest
Ready for conspiracy theories? Folks emailing information about the Wall Street protests on Monday using Yahoo discovered their emails failed, and received a message from Yahoo claiming "suspicious activity." Does that sound suspicious? Read more.
Bing losing billions for Microsoft
Bing, the search engine from Microsoft trying hard to make a dent in Google's market share, launched in June 2009. Since then, the Bing division has cost Microsoft about $5.5 Billion in losses. Is 14.7 percent of the search market worth losing six and counting billion dollars? Read more.
Richard Stallman deconstructs Android, attacks open source
Richard Stallman's recent article on the libre-ness of Android not only picks apart Android, but also takes broad shots against open source. What's behind these recent attacks? Read more.
Apple iPad to reign as top tablet through 2014
Analyst firm Gartner just downgraded their predictions for Android tablet success for the next three years. Result? Apple's iPad will be king of the tablet world through at least 2014. Read more.
Netflix announces mail DVD-only Qwikster
Reports say Qwikster will be a separate company (owned by Netflix), and will be accessed by a different website and have separate billing processes. So Netfix now doubles their customer contact portals and billing processes, and thinks that will help clear up our confusion? No wonder so many comments question whether the real Netflix mistake starts now. Read more.
VIA, Samsung ganging up on Apple in patent fight
Will patents fuel the next 100 Years War? Apple is blocking Samsung's Galaxy Tab, reviewed as the best non-iPad tablet, in the courts. Samsung promises to get more aggressive, and now chipmaker VIA Technologies is filing to block iPad and iPhone sales in the U.S. because of, yes, patent infringement. Read more.
Kim Kardashian as Slave Leia
The reality TV star landed a role in a sketch for the pilot of a Comedy Central show (almost certain to be cancelled before it runs) in which she dressed as the Holy Virgin Mother of Star Wars Fanboys and Jedi co-religionists everywhere: Princess Leia during her rebellious Slave-Girl period. Read more.
She should have watched this fake PSA