Congress is already questioning Apple’s motives for tracking user’s location information on the iPhone. Leading the charge is Senator Al Franken who wrote a letter to Steve Jobs, demanding that Apple clarify why and how the tracking is happening. Apple has yet to respond to any of the accusations. In other news, Amazon’s cloud hosting service recently experienced errors that took down several big websites including Foursquare and Reddit. Amazon is among the leaders in cloud-based hosting, having made $68.3 billion in 2010. The outage is making companies realize the need for a backup plan when the cloud fails. And finally, Greenpeace released a study that analyzed the energy efficiency of tech companies’ data centers. Apple and Facebook received very poor scores for relying heavily on coal-generated electricity, while Twitter failed across the board. Greenpeace hopes the study will make startups energy-aware when constructing future data centers.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 22, 2011
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).