Microsoft’s Pink phone project may be on the verge of falling apart even before its first product ships, according to a controversial set of leaks supposedly confirmed today. Backing a scoop from earlier in the week, a source for AppleInsider says Microsoft has poorly managed the project and squandered the acquisition of Sidekick creator Danger from 2008. Rather than implement Danger’s advice, the larger company has watched the majority of the team either fired or leave in frustration as the majority of their advice is ignored.
No surprise, really, if you know see how Microsoft advertises phones.
President Sarkozy caused embarrassment among his political allies yesterday with news that his 23-year-old student son is to be handed the powerful post of boss of Europe’s biggest business district.
As the Opposition cried nepotism, stalwarts of Mr Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement said that the President was going too far in lining up Jean, a third-year student, to head the public agency that runs La Défense, the island of corporate towers in the west of Paris.
Patrick Devedjian, a Cabinet minister and the current Défense boss, is being moved aside for the President’s second son. He reacted bitterly yesterday with a quotation from Corneille, the 17th-century dramatist: “For souls nobly born, valour does not await the passing of years.” Privately, other UMP officials said that Mr Sarkozy was exposing himself to accusations of dynasty building.
Former Nortel CEO Mike Zafirovski is seeking more that $12 million from the bankrupt company, according to a filing in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Zafirovski, who failed to turn around the once venerable telecom giant after an accounting scandal, a series of financial restatements and the economic recession, wants no less than $12,250,543.48 from Nortel. Nortel filed for bankruptcy in January, began liquidating assets in June, and saw Zafirovski resign in August.
The Senate Finance Committee has taken up the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009 which has an amendment titled “Religious Non-discrimination in Healthcare. The provision bans insurance companies from denying patients “benefits for religious or spiritual healthcare. Similar legislation, the Affordable Health Choices Act, has already cleared the U.S. Senate, and has a similar provision.
I think I’m going to become a witch doctor…
In July a Dutch court banned Swedish filesharing website The Pirate Bay from operating in the Netherlands by granting an application brought by a copyright lobby group Stichting Brein.
On Wednesday the case was appealed, Torrent Freak writes in an article indicating that evidence presented by the Dutch anti-piracy group was faked in an attempt to mislead the court.
Brein brought in documents linking one of the founders of The Pirate Bay to Reservella, the company that planned to sell The Pirate Bay to Swedish gaming company GGF, Global Gaming Factory, via a UK company called Experian.
“The report is an attempt to mislead the Court,” defense lawyer Ernst-Jan Louwers said during a hearing, adding that the documents should rejected as “fake, deceptive and completely unreliable.”
For example, the lawyer pointed out that company ID numbers in the report is incorrect and dates of registration don’t make sense. The report also claims that Fredrik Neij, one of the founders, is a citizen of the Seychelles.
Did you know there’s now a prize for “not being George Bush“?
Fox News: War munitions magnate Alfred Nobel’s (D) prize committee today has…