Nobody likes drug cartels. Even the people who love drugs have no trouble admitting that the cartels are crazy, blood-thirsty murder-faces. No one wants to support these people. But you may be, if you're purchasing counterfeit software from the wrong shady street vendor. Microsoft recently announced that a Mexican drug cartel has been found selling Windows software on "the streets".
Above: Cash seized from the Familia cartel after an unrelated bust.
Berenberg Bank analyst Adnaan Ahmad recently sent an open letter to Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In it, he urged the phone-maker to work with Microsoft to launch a line of WP7 Nokia smartphones. He advised Nokia to kill the MeeGo project and called it "the biggest joke in the tech industry right now".
Verizon Wireless has just sent out a flurry of emails to their current customers. Tomorrow will mark the first day of subscriber-only sales for Big Red's long-awaited iPhone. Sales start at 3 AM Eastern. Only a "Reserved quantity" will be available and everything is on a first-come, first-served basis. Get your coffee brewed now, folks.
The HTC ThunderBolt will hit stores earlier than Verizon initially anticipated. The original launch date was set as February 24, but now Big Red has tweeted that, while many "waited for the Verizon iPhone", the HTC ThunderBolt will be here sooner than expected. This could mean an early February launch, possibly during or before MWC 2011.
The Chinese government has just sent out a joint notice to gaming companies, demanding that they provide parents with a method of monitoring, limiting and- if necessary- cutting off their child's access to the game. The Ministry of Public Security and seven other departments signed on to the notice, which has a deadline of March 1.
One of the great architectural marvels of our time has just been approved by seven out of eight parliamentary factions in Denmark. The state-owned firm Femern A/S will build a tunnel from the German island of Fehmarn to the Danish island of Lolland. Both islands have connections to the mainland. The project's budget has been set at 5.1 billion euros, or $7 billion. Construction will begin in 2014, after teams from Denmark and Germany produce environmental impact reports. The tunnel is expected to be ready for traffic in 2020.
Huge swathes of my childhood were devoted to two things: X-Com, and the X-Files. And now both of those wonderful things are being poured into one mold, called "XCOM". Unlike the original turn-based game, it is an FPS. Made by 2K Games, the same devious bastards who brought us BioShock. It looks to be set in the late-40s, early 50s, which place it much earlier in time than the original X-Com.
Egypt's sudden removal and equally sudden return to the web has given open Internet advocates a stockpile of new ammunition. The first target of this arsenal will be S.3480, a new version of an old piece of (failed) legislation. The "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act" was first introduced in 2010. It didn't work then, but Senators Lieberman (I-Conn), Collins (R-Maine) and Carper (D-Dela) think 2011 is the magic year.