Check out this interesting video of Steve Jobs being interviewed in 1990 just after he had moved to NEXT. Here he sets out the computing landscape for the next 20 years and accurately predicts what we take for granted today:
a computer in every home
the revolution of email
data in the cloud
But more interestingly, he describes the work done at NEXT completing the next generation ‘computing platform’, a robust software system that would allow developers to create software in 1/4 of the time typically required. Of course what he’s referring to is Cocoa, the software framework that powers the majority of mobile software in 2011. The object oriented principles pioneered at NEXT, based on Alan Kay’s SmallTalk, became Objective-C which went on to influence generations of programming languages. The Cocoa class hierarchy we use today is still largely unchanged in terms of structure from its first release in 1989.
Google was aware that it was violating U.S. law since at least 2003 and provided “customer support” to some Canadian on line pharmacies until 2009 to help them reach U.S. customers.
If Google had been prosecuted by the government for knowingly endangering U.S. consumers, It could have tainted its famous credo of “Do No Evil.” A criminal conviction can also disqualify a company from bidding for any government contracts.
The settlement had been widely expected. Google said earlier this year that it was setting aside $500 million to resolve an investigation by the justice department but gave few details.
From a recent WSJ piece, via smooth OCR from Prizmo [iTunes link] for iPhone
If you haven’t seen Inside Job and you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of the financial crisis of 2008, head over to iTunes and rent it now.
The BBC had a similar documentary on the subject that aired last year, the Love of Money, but I think Charles Ferguson’s 2010 treatment does a much better job at explaining the subtleties involved and is particularly helpful if you’re not fluent with all the financial industry jargon.
How good are data detectors on Lion? Really good. Check out this example of their integration in Apple Mail:
As in Leopard and Snow Leopard, anything that resembles a date or time is picked up if you hover the cursor over it. But look at the dialog that appears when I accept the offer to add the event to iCal:
The app has read through the entire mail, noted the 2pm, associated it with my chosen date, and combined the two into a calendar appointment. Not bad!