This column brings you the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on technology from around the Web every day.
Link: Mark Zuckerberg Chris Christie Fundraiser Draws Protest in Palo Alto
"Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the home of Facebook
(NASDAQ:FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday night to protest the Internet prodigy's first political event -- a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
"Demonstrators claimed the Republican governor is anti-women and included nurses, women's rights advocates, progressive network CREDO Action and the infamous Raging Grannies, objecting to Zuckerberg's affiliation with the politician who led $7.5 million in budget cuts for Planned Parenthood and women's health care in New Jersey.
"'Hey, Facebook, shame on you!' shouted protesters. 'Christie hurts women and now you do, too.' Others carried signs featuring Facebook's signature 'like' button in the thumbs-down position."
Link: OLED Displays? They're 'Awful,' Says Apple's CEO
(NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook is definitely not a fan of OLED displays.
"Cook, speaking at an investor conference hosted by Goldman Sachs in San Francisco today, called the color saturation of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays 'awful.'
"'If you ever buy anything online and really want to know what he color is, as many people do, you should really think twice before you depend on the color from an OLED display,' Cook said.
"Conversely, Cook called Apple's Retina Display a superior experience, noting that it is twice as bright."
Link: Adobe's CEO Completely Refuses to Answer Questions About Unfair Pricing
The Wall Street Journal
(NASDAQ:ADBE) is currently receiving flack for selling software at inflated prices in Australia, where Creative Suite costs $1,400 more
than in the US. In this interview, Adobe's CEO, Shantanu Narayen, completely refuses to explain why, Politicians could learn something from this guy. He is more slippery than a fish coated in Crisco." (video included)
Link: Obama Presses Cybersecurity Effort
"The Obama administration pressed ahead Wednesday with its campaign to bolster cybersecurity measures through an executive order while setting the stage for a new battle in Congress over how to ensure computer safeguards at companies that run the electric grid and other key infrastructure.
"Republicans who last year derailed a White House-backed cybersecurity bill were quick to criticize the executive order, which President Barack Obama unveiled in his State of the Union address, and vowed aggressive oversight of the programs it establishes.
Business groups, which helped lead last year's opposition to the cybersecurity legislation, eyed the new executive order warily, and raised concerns that the executive action was planting the seeds for future regulation that would require companies to meet certain security standards."
Link: Surface Pro Teardown Reveals It's Virtually Unrepairable
"The Surface Pro is not a repair-friendly machine. In fact, it’s one of the least repairable devices iFixit
has seen: In a teardown of Microsoft’s tablet-laptop hybrid, the company gave it a rock-bottom score of just one — one!
— out of 10 for repairability, lower even than Apple’s iPad and the Windows Surface RT (NASDAQ:MSFT).
"Let’s begin with its screen. It’s held in place with what iFixit calls 'a metric duckload of adhesive,' meaning it’s pretty much superglued in place. You’ll need a heat gun and some guitar picks to even pry it off the device. There’s more super-sticky adhesive inside. The battery is so strongly glued in place that you’ll need a new back cover if you ever have to replace the battery.
"Not that you’d want to. The majority of people who decide to take apart a Surface Pro will most likely break it. Four cables surround the inside perimeter of the display, so you will
cut one of them unless you’re extremely careful."
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