links for 2010-01-15

  • Apple Inc.’s latest iPhone will probably be available as early as June, include a more advanced camera, and may feature a touch-sensitive casing, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Robert Chen said in an interview, without identifying who gave him the information.
    “Apple’s going to put a lot of innovation, not just on the hardware, but also on the software of the new iPhone,” said Taipei-based Chen, a member of Asia’s top-ranked technology hardware research team. The handset will feature a new plastic casing similar to that used for Apple’s touch-panel Magic Mouse released last year, he said.
    “We’re not going to comment on rumors and speculation,” said Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman.
    (tags: apple iphone)
  • Goldman Sachs believes the next-generation iPhone will pack a 5 megapixel camera and a touch-sensitive casing, similar to Apple’s Magic Mouse. It will begin its life in manufacturing facilities some time in April, in time to hit store shelves by June.
    iPhone 2010 reports, rumors and predictions are likely to come in a steady stream for the foreseeable future. The latest comes from analyst firm Goldman Sachs. In an interview, analyst Robert Chen said that the next version of the iPhone will include not only a better camera, but a touch-sensitive case. “Apple’s going to put a lot of innovation, not just on the hardware, but also on the software of the new iPhone.”
    (tags: apple iphone)
  • Good for Google. The company’s decision to stop censoring its Chinese search engine is more likely to mean the end of its China-based service than a breakdown of Beijing’s political firewall. But more important than the question of whether Google.cn survives is the larger issue that Google has now raised for other Western companies and democratic governments — which is whether China’s gross and growing abuse of the Internet should be quietly tolerated or actively resisted.
    Google cited a major instance of that abuse in announcing its policy change: “a highly sophisticated and targeted attack” on Google and more than 20 other large companies aimed at stealing software code. “A primary goal of the attackers,” Google said, was breaking into the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.
    This is shocking but unsurprising.
    (tags: google china)

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