Some Sunday morning reading to share.
The wrongly named left-handed reception issue on the new Apple iPhone is still creating quite a row. Steve Jobs' responses (as well as Apple's) are threatening to derail Apple's vaunted PR/Marketing machine. The "don't hold it that way" response was a real disaster given all the visuals that showed everyone from jobs to actors "holding it that way." Jobs' keeps insisting that there is no issue, and each time he does so, more evidence mounts against those claims. But his latest missive tells us to "stay tuned." That's interesting advice given that most who experience the problem only want to stay tuned into the network. I happen to agree with the NY Times Bits blog that this probably got overlooked due to Apple's penchant for secrecy. But then again, I'm no engineer. I can duplicate the issue at will when the Bumper is removed from my iPhone in areas where the signal is not that strong. But where I see a strong signal, the issues is not able to be duplicated. Maybe what we'll find out after this is all said and done is that bars on a screen mean diddly squat.
Microsoft looks like it is tired of taking it on the chin. Through the Microsoft Blog, Frank Shaw, VP of Corporate Communications released some numbers that tries to offer some perspective as to why Microsoft isn't flailing and failing. MG Siegler thinks he was too passive aggressive, but then that's corporate speak for you.
The McChrystal/Rolling Stone affair was one for the books. Both in terms of the actions and reactions, and that it actually exposed just how shaky and incestuous the relationship between the media and those they cover really are. Frank Rich talks about this nicely. Damn shame that we waste so much effort trying to find a way to fix something that isn't fixable and ways to make it seem palatable to those who pay attention. I'm talking about Afghanistan here, but it could be the country's economic woes, the oil spill, or any number of things.
Some cops tased an elderly woman lying in her nursing home bed because in their view she was threatening them. Yeah, and we wonder why we worry about human nature.
The Texas Republican Party has come out against oral sex in its platform. Yeah, that'll get votes.