The Weekly Hash - December 7, 2012
A silly review of recent tech stories, this week featuring the Gambino crime family, Yoko Ono and the pope
It was another wacky week in the tech world, what with the pope joining Twitter, John McAfee sneaking into Guatemala and a spider that lived for 100 days in space dying after only four days in the Smithsonian. To be fair, though, the lines there can be killer.
Here’s a taste of this week's tech wackiness...
The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope Benedict XVI is going to begin tweeting. That’s all we need, one more person pontificating on Twitter.
Zynga this week applied for a gambling license in Nevada - which explains why the Gambinos have moved into FarmVille.
A large number of Tumblr accounts were hacked on Monday. In response, FEMA offered affected users temporary blogs to use for posting animated GIFs of celebrities.
McAfee founder John McAfee was rushed to a Guatemalan hospital on Thursday after suffering from convulsions. On the way to the hospital he diagnosed himself with a virus.
On Wednesday Microsoft opened registration for Socl, their new social network. Previously, it had only been open to Microsoft employees but now the general public can ignore it.
Thursday in California, the judge in the Samsung-Apple patent trial demanded the companies reach “global peace.” She then ordered both companies to get in bed with Yoko Ono.
Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the first text message. And later this month we’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first heart attack over a texting bill.
Six people were arrested this week and charged with online auto sale fraud. Law enforcement officials said they became suspicious when they learned the six were involved in auto sales.
This week the European Union fined seven manufacturers of CRTs for price fixing. Next up the European Union is going after the manufacturers of washboards, abacuses and butter churns.
NASA announced this week that the Curiosity rover has discovered “complex chemicals” in the Martian soil. Here’s how complex they are: in order to identify the chemicals they’re consulting with the writers of Breaking Bad.