What’s the latest, wildest, newest and wackiest in the wonderful world of high technology? Let’s check the Intertubes…
* New fossil evidence of the earliest complete skeleton of an ancient primate suggests it was a hyperactive, wide-eyed creature so small you could hold a couple of them in your hand – if only they would stay still long enough. The 55-million-year-old fossil dug up in central China is one of our first primate relatives and it gives scientists a better understanding of the complex evolution that eventually led to us.
* Here’s a running rumor roundup from the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.
* Message to my wife: Okay, dear, you can give in now: More than half of American adults now own smartphones.
* In case you were overly worried about the Verizon phone call snooping revealed Thursday morning, here’s another howler: A top-secret surveillance program gives the National Security Agency surreptitious access to customer information held by Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, Google, Facebook, and other Internet companies, according to a pair of new reports. As I first remember hearing back during the Clinton Administration, maybe from the film “Enemy Of The State”: There is no more privacy. Get over it.
* And listen, when you’re harvesting that much data, you need more data centers.
* Happy 80th birthday, drive-in movies! I sure hope I can make it up to the Cherry Bowl in Benzie County this summer…
* Yay for China’s Lenovo, which is now making computers in North Carolina. Might I interest you in a little land in Detroit?
* How many trees does it take to print out the entire Internet? Some environmentalists really, really don’t want to find out. They’re protesting plans by artist Kenneth Goldsmith to print out the entire Internet in honor of programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz — and then display the results in a giant rented art space in Mexico City.
* Google says it can predict movie hits based on search data. The Web giant releases a study asserting that the company can predict how well a film will perform in the box office with 94 percent accuracy.
* Clearing the way for services like Uber, an appellate court Thursday lifted a temporary injunction on New York City’s pilot plan to allow travelers to hail yellow cabs via smartphone. The plan, which challenges the traditional curbside street hail, has faced strong opposition from New York’s livery and black-car operators.
* Rut-ro, Android users (like me). There’s a nasty new virus out there.