FCC to Fine Google $25K; PSN Down Today; Apple Prepping Gaming Console?
Topping tech headlines over the weekend: The FCC proposed Google be fined $25,000 for allegedly delaying an investigation, evidence surfaced that Apple could be working on a gaming console, and the Sony PlayStation Network will be down today for maintenance.
Didn’t check out the tech headlines over the weekend? Here’s what you missed: The Federal Communications Commission proposed that Google be fined $25,000 for allegedly obstructing a probe into the search giant’s data-mining activities for its Street View project. The FCC alleged that Google “deliberately impeded and delayed” an investigation into the way it collected data from non-password protected Wi-Fi networks in the United States and abroad.
Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly met recently with representatives from Valve Software, the company behind the popular Steam digital distribution platform, igniting rumors that Cupertino is working on a gaming console. While the concept of an Apple-based gaming console might seem out of place in the ongoing arms race between Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, it’s not completely out of the question.
In other gaming news, the Sony PlayStation Network will be down for 13 hours today, although most of the downtime will take place during work hours. The PSN will be down for routine scheduled maintenance beginning at 6:00 am PDT/ 9:00 am EDT.
And, Lumia 900 owners take note; Nokia has developed a fix for the data connectivity problem that had affected the smartphone. Customers can either visit the dedicated Nokia page to address the issue, or can exchange the phone for a brand-new Lumia 900 at any AT&T store before April 21.
In other tech news:
- Canceled ‘Star Wars’ Google Doodle Now a Comic Book: Unfortunately, Google thought that a Father’s Day Google Doodle featuring Darth Vader and his son, Luke Skywalker, wouldn’t work.
- Skitter Quietly Launches TV Streaming over Broadband: Add another name to the list of companies trying to provide local television service via the Internet: Skitter.
- Google’s Brin Bashes Hollywood, China, Facebook as Enemies of Internet Freedom: Google co-founder Sergey Brin unloaded in an exclusive interview with the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper published Sunday.
- Sony, Rowling Launch Harry Potter Portal Pottermore.com: The books have run their course and the last movie has already been released on DVD, but Harry Potter junkies should know by now that there’s always another fix to be doled out from the mega-merchandising empire that is the Potterverse.
- Report: White Label ICS Tablets on the Rise in China: Small and mid-sized computer makers in China are ramping up production of off-label tablets running Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system.
- Pew: Mobile Helping Narrow Digital Divide, But Not For All: Some 63 percent of U.S. adults now access the Internet through a mobile device like a cell phone.
- Soldier Crabs Used to Create Computing (Sort-Of): No, the next computer you purchase isn’t going to be powered by slow-moving crustaceans.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag