Steve Jobs Authorizes Biographer, Tom Ditches MySpace
Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
- The first authorized Steve Jobs biography is reportedly in the works, and Jobs has apparently (and somewhat surprisingly) cooperated with the man tabbed to chronicle his life. Jobs has invited writer Walter Isaacson, who has previously penned biographies of Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein, to take a tour of the Apple mogul's childhood home. [From: The New York Times]
- As Facebook's popularity has continued to grow, MySpace has been left behind as the forgotten former flame. The dwindling interest also apparently applies to everyone's oldest MySpace friend, the sheepishly smiling Tom. Tom Anderson, the co-founder of MySpace, is unceremoniously dumping the site, as he has reportedly not posted since Christmas and hasn't signed in since January 24th. [From: The Consumerist]
- Worldwide cell phone usage has skyrocketed over the last 10 years. According to the U.N. telecommunications agency, that explosion of growth has resulted in a total of 4.6 billion cell phone subscriptions, a number which is expected to hit 5 billion within the next year. [From: CBS News]
- Back in 2006, Floyd Landis became only the third U.S. cyclist to conquer the Tour de France, but his reign as champion was brief; he was quickly dethroned due to accusations of doping. A French judge has now issued a national arrest warrant for Landis because of a 2006 hacking incident at the drug lab where Landis's samples were being analyzed. Landis categorized it as "another case of fabricated evidence." [From: The Associated Press, via: Slashdot]
- The infancy of Google Buzz has been marked by fluidity and mild controversy, and the company recently revealed why its social networking service has needed such constant tinkering. Google reportedly never offered a beta version of Buzz for public testing, so the company has been forced to adapt as people become more familiar with the service's features (and failures). [From: The BBC]