links for 2010-05-23

  • According to DigiTimes Research out of Taiwan, iPhone-maker Foxconn is prepared to ship 24 million next-generation iPhones by the end of the year. The company expects to ship 4.5 million by June 30. Crazy, or calculated?
    Earlier today, my friend Sascha Segan form PCMag called DigiTimes, “The tech world’s favorite science fiction magazine.” He’s not far off. The publication isn’t known to be the most accurate source in the world. That said, it has an interesting bit of research for us to ponder today.
  • A longtime soccer coach is accused of trying to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. Police say the coach also sent sexually explicit text messages and nude pictures of himself. 32 year old Charles Friedel who goes by “Chuck” has coached kids soccer for a long time.
    He coaches the under 11 girls league for the Greater Baltimore Soccer Club. He’s also a volunteer coach at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Essex. Those who know the married man and father of two say he was a nice guy. That’s why news of his arrest is catching many by surprise.
    Police say Friedel solicited sex from a 14-year-old girl. Neighbor Karen Kehring says, “I’m very shocked because I have a 14-year-old daughter. It horrifies me to know somebody in our neighborhood right down the street is involved in such an awful thing.”
    No one came to the door at his home on Hunting Fields Road in Middle River.

  • Google committed a substantial act of charity on the first day of its annual I/O developers’ conference in San Francisco this week, giving away a piece of intellectual property acquired just three months ago at a cost of more than $120 million.
    The software, free for anyone to use or modify, may not sound particularly special. Called VP8, it is a video codec–software used to compress video for transfer online and decompress it for playback at the other end. Google acquired VP8 in February, when it bought a small New York company called On2.

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