The Weekly Hash - March 15, 2013
The only review of the week’s top tech stories you’ll read that will include Google, the Pope and Larry King all together
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This week was certainly full of ups and downs, wasn’t it? Everybody was excited to finally get a new pope, because, after all, who doesn’t love that new pope smell? Unfortunately, though, that happy news was tempered by the fact that Pope Francis’ first official duty was to administer last rites to Google Reader. No word yet on whether he’s officially blessed any replacement RSS aggregator.
Let’s try to take our mind off of the pain of that Google Reader news by reviewing the other big tech news of the past seven days.
A bar in Seattle has banned anyone from wearing Google Glass. They said the only eyewear they would allow are prescription lenses and beer goggles.
In order to choose the new pope this week, the College of Cardinals was required to gather in one place and have no contact with the outside world. They said it was just like working at Yahoo.
Google announced on Wednesday that Google Reader will be shut down on July 1st. They said it gives people more than three months to realize it’s no longer 2006.
EMC has donated a 2.8-petabyte storage system to the Vatican. It’ll be used to store 600 years worth of images, books and back issues of Popes Illustrated.
On Thursday night Samsung unveiled the Galaxy IV smartphone, which allows users to scroll using only eye movements. When announced, this feature got a standing ovation from the mobile porn lovers in the crowd.
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Representatives of several large technology companies asked Congress on Thursday to crack down on patent trolls. They encouraged Congress to discourage patent trolls either through legislation or drone strikes.
Twitter will now allow you to put line breaks within tweets. Experts say this will give a huge boost to the poorly-written haiku industry.
NASA announced this week that the Curiosity rover had used a drill and chemical analysis to find evidence that Mars could have once supported life. Wait, no, I'm sorry - not Mars, they were talking about Larry King.
Google has agreed to pay $7 million for the unauthorized collection of personal data over Wi-Fi networks. Google will just go ahead and deposit that money directly into the personal accounts of the people affected, since they have all of that information.
The number of people following Burger King’s Twitter account have more than doubled since its account was hacked last month. They said their number of Twitter followers is going up faster than their customers’ cholesterol.
Have a great weekend and try not to get too loaded on green beer on Sunday!
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