Hi TweakTown. We're TechEye.net. Here are some happenings we've noticed over the last week.
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook is finally having to, er, face up to the legal remit of the EU. Or at least that's what it looks like. Some students have taken issue to the social not-working website holding all their data, including deleted messages. Now they're figuring out their next steps. It looks like Facebook could well be in breach of EU data laws. The fine could be as high as €100,000. We think Facebook can probably afford it. The damaging part would be if it had to change its business model.
In other Facebook news, students are worried that the photos of their debauched nights out will scare off employers. One admits to us he would check a prospective employee's Facebook page, but in the end it wouldn't change the decision that counts.
Analysts expect Intel's x86 to begin growing in the tablet segment, eventually. For the forseeable future it's ARM that remains top dog. Windows 8 in the mobile segment won't make a dent, according to analysts at In-Stat, until 2013. That's also when x86 will begin to grow, properly.
A team of researchers managed to crack a centuries-old secret code. First found in the East Berlin Academy, the book, beautifully bound in green and gold, remained remained a mystery. The cipher was a tough one to crack, but after "quite a long time" the researchers did it with the help of a computer. It turned out to be an occult manuscript detailing bizarre rituals, and the full English translation is now available to read online. Now, the same software will be applied to other unsolved ciphers like the Zodiac Killer's taunts to the police and the Voynich Manuscript from the Medieval.
China is revising its policy on social media. And by that, of course, what we mean is the country plans to clamp down even harder. Scared of an escalating 'Jasmine revolution', China's new policy - to be decided on by the party - seeks to curb conversations online. Unfortunately for China, it might well be shooting itself in the foot - some of its pure-play internet businesses are booming. The country is also placing new restrictions on reality TV, which we have to admit isn't a terrible idea.
TSMC boss Morris Chang really does want some R.E.S.P.E.C.T.. And he deserves it, according to a senior analyst, as does the chip industry as a whole. Governments worldwide have to start supporting these industries in the long term, because chips aren't going anywhere. And it "may be only a $300 billion market," Future Horizons analyst Malcolm Penn tells us, "but it drives at least 10 percent of world GDP, and is valued at over $7 trillion. Now that's what I call strategic!"