The Google Chairman is one angry dude.
Eric Schmidt expressed clear outrage during our interview here in Hong Kong about the revelation that the National Security Agency had spied on the company’s data links.
"I was shocked that the NSA would do this,” Schmidt tells me. “Perhaps it’s a violation of law, but it is certainly a violation of mission.”
It's safe to say few saw this coming: Nintendo's latest version of the popular 3DS handheld game console is ditching the 3D screen.
The Nintendo 2DS will play all 3DS (and DS) games - they just won't be in 3D. The upside? The 2DS will cost just $129 in the United States, $40 cheaper than the existing 3DS.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is in Hong Kong for Wikimania, the annual gathering that charts the future of the popular website.
Speaking at the conference this morning, he addressed another high-profile visitor to the territory – Edward Snowden.
Wales called the NSA leaker “awesome,” and that “he’s done something remarkable and really important.”
Jimmy Wales said Snowden’s leaks led to Wikipedia’s decision to encryption more quickly.
But why is it important to keep what we’re reading on Wikipedia a secret?
Click on to hear his response… as well as his thoughts on the Lavabit shutdown and efforts to bring more contributors into the Wikipedia fold.
Want to be a magazine publisher? There's an app for that.
Popular news aggregator Flipboard has launched a new version with a "curation" feature that allows anyone to run their own magazine inside the app.
Sounds cool. But why would an average joe with a smartphone want to do that?
"A lot of people have a lot to say. There is a desire to curate and organize content," says Flipboard co-creator and CEO Mike McCue.
"They don't want to create a blog, it's too technical. This gives them a very easy way to do that."
McCue says there have been "hundreds of thousands" of magazines created so far by Flipboard readers around the world on topics ranging from profesional equestrian sport to the latest research in cancer genetics.
It's a development that's prompted one media commentator to call it a major threat to established publishers akin to "a giant iceberg lurking in the path of the media."
But McCue insists he wants high quality journalism and content to thrive online, adding that "the future has never been brighter for publishers."
The Flipboard chief says the company works with over a thousand different publishers to help them reach a new generation of readers on mobile devices to "take their media operations into a new realm."
But could the smartphone-wielding news junkie supplant the publisher in both news creation and spinning money from the business?
"We are thinking about how to let individuals, the people who are curating magazines, to be able to generate revenue," admits McCue.
"But the first priority is to enable publishers whose content can get curated inside these magazines to get revenues. That's priority one, and then we will look at how individual readers can participate in that economic scenario."
Traditional media execs, you have been warned.
"This is for everyone."
That was the tweet from Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee which was displayed to the world during the London Olympics opening ceremony.
I spoke to Berners-Lee about his commitment to a World Wide Web that is both open and accessible. Although he defended the removal of unauthorized online video by the International Olympics Committee, he didn't mince words about countries where active online censorship takes place.
Berners-Lee said, "Censorship is generally a bad thing. Weak governments worry they need to control information."
Dear Marissa Mayer:
First off - congrats on a double dose of incredible life-changing news!
I know you're incredibly busy adjusting to life after Google, cranking up your new CEO gig at Yahoo!, and finalizing your go-bag for the birth of your son in October. But please consider a few thoughts from a well-intended geek mom and journalist.
Well ahead of today's expected launch of the latest iPad, one Chinese tech blog claims to already know what it looks like.
Over the weekend, Hong Kong-based MIC Gadget released this video of what it says are authentic supplier parts of the new Apple device. The blog's 21-year-old founder Chris Chang says the components reveal a bigger camera, thicker case and more tapered edges for the next-generation tablet.
But how did a young Chinese blogger apparently scoop Apple with an early exposé of the new tablet?
Chang tells me he scored the alleged leak by working his supplier contacts in Shenzhen, China.
For Apple watchers and fans of Steve Jobs, there's a lot to digest today.
There's the just-released official biography by Walter Isaacson, new audio recordings of Steve Jobs on "60 Minutes," and and a video of Apple's memorial for the late co-founder.
Apple has released the video of its company-wide service. Available on Apple.com, it's simply called "A Celebration of Steve's Life."
In it, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals Jobs' parting advice to him: "Don't ask what I would do. Don't ask what I would want. Just do what's right."
The official biography is now available for download via iTunes and Kindle. And already, some juicy highlights are getting posted online.
In fact, he offered Google guaranteed iPhone access and home screen icons to NOT develop Android.
And finally, there's the "60 Minutes" interview with Jobs' official biographer Walter Isaacson (a former chief of CNN). He conducted over 40 interviews with Steve Jobs over two years, and has just released some of the audio recordings from those interviews.
One remarkable story is how Steve Jobs accidentally met his biological father at a Mediterranean restaurant in Silicon Valley. Not knowing the tech titan was his own son, Abdulfattah John Jandali had boasted that Jobs "was a great tipper."
Steve Jobs said he shook hands with Mr. Jandali and that was it. The two men never spoke again.