Five Friday links that explain our weird tech world
How HP bought Autonomy, how T-Mobile is preparing for the iPhone, and 3 more "Hows" of note.
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It is Friday. We have all worked our first full week following last week, in which only 2.5 of the work days really mattered. You deserve a chance to step back from the grindstone (which is what guilt-ridden "knowledge workers" like myself call a keyboard). You deserve a chance to see some of the pieces from an elevated height.
You deserve five articles with the word "How" at the beginning of the headline, is what you deserve.
How T-Mobile Has Been Getting Itself Ready for the iPhone - AllThingsD: T-Mobile bleeds iPhone-switching customers every single day. That's why they're rebuilding their network spectrum, and have publicly stated that they would like to carry it. Meanwhile, did you know T-Mobile actually had 1 million iPhones on its network already?
How 4 Microsoft engineers proved that the “darknet” would defeat DRM | Ars Technica: How awesome was the team that popularized the term "Darknet" and risked their jobs to tell the tech world that once something gets onto the web, there's no getting it off? The answer is very awesome.
How Do Computers Understand Speech? - Mental Floss (via Gizmodo): You think to yourself, "Oh, it's neat how my phone knows I'm saying 'know' instead of 'no'!" But go back, back, back, and realize that, first off, your phone is turning air molecule movement into data, and then figuring out where your voice is in that data. I know, right?
Insight: How a desperate HP suspended disbelief for Autonomy deal | Reuters: The tick-tock explanation of how a company, managed by people who are experienced at managing things, ended up writing down $8.8 billion on a deal that didn't make sense to just about anybody.
How to restore the sidebar in iTunes 11 | PCWorld: Many reviewers are happy to see a complete overhaul in iTunes 11. There are a lot of new things, and a lot of unnecessary old things tossed out. One thing you might find necessary: the classic sidebar. Bring it back with Ctrl+S.