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Brian Solis, the “next-gen” PR dude, just got some hot shots of the Dell Adamo. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/03/16/it-begins-the-dell-adamo-spotted-at-sxsw 3/16)


The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the privacy and security measures of Gmail, Google Docs and Google’s other “cloud computing” services for consumers. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/17/the-perils-of-cloud-computing-privacy-group-wants-to-take-your-gmail-away 3/17)

Discovery Communications is filing a lawsuit against Amazon.com, accusing the online retailer’s Kindle of infringing its patent on encryption technology. The e-reading device is already drawing fire from publishers that say Amazon is trying to avoid paying royalties. (http://www.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUSTRE52G5B920090317 3/17)

Hitachi Co. has announced that Takashi Kawamura will step in as its new president and CEO next month and will be tasked with splitting off the manufacturer’s underperforming television and automotive units. The Consumer Business Group, which will manufacture and sell flat-panel TVs, will employ about 750 people. ClipSyndicate/Bloomberg (3/16) , The Wall Street Journal (free content) (3/17) , CRN/ChannelWeb (3/16)

The coolest computers in 10 years will be faster, smarter and more connected to the cognitive abilities of their users, according to PC futurists. Dan Siewiorek, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, predicts they won’t even look like computers. “I’m not seeing people carrying anything that looks like a book,” he said. “It would be like a phone or a ring or watch. It will probably take multiple form factors.” Computerworld (3/16)

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