As many of you may have noticed – on Friday, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, Google turned its logo into a mini-version of the much loved video game…
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The idea came during a brainstorming session from one of Google’s senior designer and the Doodle Design team… that’s the group that’s in charge of the ever changing Google logo… The game was built from scratch in one day… The senior designers father actually was a arcade repair man in Poland.
A bunch of goodies were hidden in the game.. for example tapping the Insert Coin button allowed you to play as Ms. Pac-Man for two-player fun. If you manage to get to the 256th level, you’ll be greeted with the infamous killscreen.
The response to the game was so high that Google created a page — Google.com/Pacman — to keep the game going. Instead of being presented with the typical Google logo, visitors get the Pac-Man game, which comes to life when you click Google’s “Insert Coin” button.
So Google is getting gold stars from its users, mean while Facebook is getting the finger…
Yesterday Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted that they “missed the mark” over recent privacy concerns. In a column in the Washington Post Zuckerberg said the social network would soon make changes to users’ privacy options
“Our intention was to give you lots of granular controls; but that may not have been what many of you wanted. We just missed the mark,” Zuckerberg wrote.
Mr Zuckerberg’s admission also comes after Facebook said on Friday 21 May that it had changed how it shared data with advertisers on the site. News broke that the under certain circumstances Facebook had been sending the user name or ID of the person clicking on an advert to the relevant advertiser. Mr Zuckerberg did not offer a date on which the new settings would be implemented, but said the social network was “working hard to make these changes available as soon as possible”.
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Bad news coming out of H.P. today. Hewlett-Packard, H.P. has announced a recall of it’s laptop batteries. The flawed batteries have caused minor injury and minor property damage occurred in 31 of the reports.
The rechargeable batteries are used in various models of laptops under the HP, Pavilion, Compaq and Compaq Presario brands. The computers were sold directly by HP or through electronic retailers from August 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000.
HP has set up a Web site that provides serial numbers of affected products and instructions for getting replacement batteries. Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a replacement at no charge.
AT&T announced that it is raising its early termination fee for smartphones (a.k.a. the iPhone) from $175 to $325 effective June 1. AT&T insists that the hike is not in any way related to any single device or any impending change in iPhone exclusivity. Rumors has it though that Verizon will be introducing their version of the IPhone before year end,,..
The iPhone is AT&T’s biggest wireless growth driver, but the company’s contract as Apple’s sole U.S. partner is expected to end over the next year. The loss of exclusivity could enable iPhone customers—particularly those frustrated by the carrier’s network issues—to go to rivals, although high early termination fees could serve as a deterrent.