This week in pictures: SOPA stalls
Also: NTSB wants ban on use of electronic devices while driving; Nokia thinks Android is too confusing for young people; RIM delivers disastrous Q3 results; and Zynga stumbles in Wall Street debut.
House committee postpones action on SOPA
The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has postponed further debate on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) until after Congress' holiday break. At the urging of some SOPA opponents, Representative Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and committee chairman, said Friday he will consider a hearing or a classified briefing on the bill's impact on cybersecurity.
NTSB calls for ban on electronics for drivers
Let's give the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board credit for recognizing the obvious: Our modern addiction to mobile phones has made our roads less safe, often tragically so.
The safety board, which has no enforcement powers, on Tuesday recommended that states move to ban the use of all electronic devices while driving. This includes not just texting -- which should be a no-brainer -- but also talking on cellphones, even if the driver is using a hands-free kit. (The sole exceptions: GPS devices and emergency calls.)
Young people baffled by Android, fed up with iPhone says Nokia
In an exclusive interview with British site Pocket-lint.com, Munksgaard actually said that "youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones. Everyone has the iPhone." This reminds one of the great Yogi Berra quote about a restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded." Yes, young people are fed up with iPhones because they and all their friends already have one, at least if you look at the smart phone market penetration of Apple versus Nokia. Read more.
Say goodbye to overtime in IT if this bill goes through
Called the Computer Professional Update Act, the bill expands the "no overtime" label from the current "computer systems analyst, computer programmer, software engineer, or similarly skilled worker" in the areas of "systems analysis techniques and procedures," and "design, documentation, testing, creation, or modification of computer programs." Essentially, programmers today don't get overtime. If this bill passes, IT workers in network or database analysis, IT jobs related "but not limited to" computers, information systems, components, networks, software, hardware, databases, security, internet, intranet, or websites at just about any job, including analyst, programmer, engineer, designer, developer, admin or "similarly skilled worker," will no longer get time and a half after 40 hours per week. Read more
Louis C.K. beats media companies and pirates at the same time
Add comedian Louis C.K. (Louis Szekely) to the list of entertainment industry disruptors, since he funded his own comedy special and offers it, with no digital rights management, for $5. Read more.
Fake ID app maker urges Apple to reconsider ban
The website that makes a "fake ID" app pulled from Apple's App Store on Monday under political pressure has asked the company to reconsider, arguing the drivers' licenses that can be created clearly are bogus. Read more
Zynga went public to much fanfare on Friday, and early results show something quite surprising: Investors aren't really buying into the Zynga story.
The social gaming company on Thursday priced the 100 million shares being offered at $10. After jumping out of the box to reach 11.50 shortly after shares (NASDAQ: ZNGA) began trading at 11 a.m., Zynga's stock fell to as low as 9.48, or 5.2% below the offer price.
While RIM's problems undoubtedly start at the top with its co-CEOs, they run much deeper, according to current and former employees who paint a picture of a complacent, bloated organization.
Shares of Research in Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) predictably plunged early Friday after the BlackBerry maker delivered disastrous third-quarter results and warned of yet another product delay.