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The Early List – April 19, 2011

April 19, 2011

Happy Portal 2 day!  Its the early list for April 19’th.

I have never been a fan of technology copyright lawsuits, and I am on record as saying Apple’s lawsuits over the use of the term “app” are completely frivolous.  But I have to say, “Really, Samsung?”  As a fan of the standard Android interface, to see it modified into something so less flexible is kind of sad. (via Ars Technica)

The big privacy fight over Googles wifi packet sniffing is moving into the courts.  Ars Technica has a nice breakdown of the legal side of the issues.  I am kind of torn in that I think that a person using an unsecured wireless link is kind of asking to be snooped upon.  However, Google’s pickup of the communications was done intentionally, not incidentally.

Do customers actually know what they want?  Walmart de-cluttered its aisles and lost over a billion in sales.  Customer happiness went up, but spending went down.  (via Consumerist)

I am linking this article from Mother Jones with a little bit of trepidation, as it definitely has a political bias, but its coverage of the various research done on preset ideas and whether people are actually capable of unbiased opinions on subjects they already believe  is very interesting.

Finally, (via Ars Technica again) churches are asking you to give up your electronics for Holy Week.  I would be be happier with this if they were picking on all the other activities that people can fill their time with too.  How would it go over if they asked people to give up books for Holy Week?

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