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Notes from the Field: Microsoft pushes cells

Notes from the Field: Microsoft pushes cells

What a difference a week makes. Mere moments after I praised Google's refusal to release information about user searches to US investigators, the company rolls over and plays dead for the Chinese government. Google claims that it took more than a year to decide it was kosher for the Reds to take a red pencil to its search results. I understand they reached the decision only after CEO, Eric Schmidt, opened a fortune cookie that read, "He who angers millions will make billions".

Wanted: Really Long Extension Cords: Miffed that MIT's One Laptop per Child program chose Linux and not Windows CE for its upcoming $US100 laptop, Microsoft has floated its own global PC plan using mobile phones, keyboards and televisions. Because, as everyone knows, kids the world over like nothing better than to walk around carrying keyboards and TVs.

Aargh, It's Piracy, Mateys: Despite warnings on its own website about making unauthorised copies, the Motion Picture Association of America apparently did just that to a film called "This Film Is Not Yet Rated", a documentary about how the MPAA rates movies (which itself garnered the too-naughty-for-nice-folks rating of NC-17). The association claims the filmmaker was stalking members of its ratings board, so it made a digital copy and locked it away for legal reasons. Uh huh. I hear that MPAA officials have agreed to not distribute the film as a BitTorrent file, but they were unwilling to give up the eye patch and the peg leg.

But Apparently Not Highway to Hell: Spirituality website, Beliefnet, recently asked its readers what type of music Jesus would carry on his iPod. The results: Christian rock narrowly edged out classic rock, though nearly half of the respondents refused to believe He would carry an iPod at all. I agree; JC has always seemed more like a Windows Media Audio guy to me.

That Clammy Feeling: The phrase "happy as clams" in one of my previous columns should have been "happy as a clam at high tide", says Cringester and bivalve fan Lynn V. It turns out clams are not always happy - just like most of the companies I write about. Many also bury their heads in the sand.

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