May 11, 2006

Morning Notes: May 11, 2006

More in an irregularly occurring series...

Apple rumors used to be the realm of sites like MacRumors, AppleInsider and Think Secret, and Apple has notoriously had an adversarial relationship with such sites, claiming they don't have the right to leak unannounced product plans, prices or photography. But this morning, respected Wall Street Journal reporter Walt Mossberg does just that, claiming that Apple, in the "Post-PC Era", is working on a media cell phone, as well as a media center for the living room.

Steve Rubel, after a morning alone with his computer, announces the Top 25 things he's learned so far with Google Trends, including the fact that Democrats are more frequently searched for than Republicans and other insights.

With veteran catcher Jason Kendall out four games with a league-mandated suspension, his backup, Adam Melhuse, has produced, with two home runs in two games so far in Kendall's absence. Despite this, the A's faltered against the Blue Jays yesterday, falling by a score of 9-7. Somehow, the team is in first place in the early AL West race, leading Texas by percentage points.

Oh yeah... and to no surprise for us, it turns out the government is keeping phone records for tens of millions of Americans, even for just domestic calls that don't involve foreign participants. The NSA has solicited and obtained the cooperation of AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth to fork over customer detail. The NSA claims no eavesdropping or recording is happening, but at this point, can you trust them?

Listening to ''Float Away (Rivera Mix)'', by Robbie Rivera (Play Count: 1)