Bits and Bytes

Memphis cops are valiantly fighting crime using….smartphones.

Twitter introduces what is supposedly a simpler new design today.

Department of Justice confirms the launching of an antitrust probe into the pricing of e-books. Was there improper collusion between publishers and Apple to prevent discounting?

“Like My Status” was Facebook’s breakout meme of 2011. There are some advantages to having teenagers because I already knew these. Here are Facebook’s most popular status topics of 2011 as well.

The news keeps getting worse for RIM: the mobile phone maker was forced to change the name of its mission critical next generation mobile platform after losing a trademark case in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “BBX” is out, “Blackberry 10” is in.

Sadly, Barbara Orbison, the widow of rock-and-roll great Roy Orbison, passed away from pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles the day before yesterday, which was the 23rd anniversary of her husband’s death. Ms. Orbison’s Nashville-based music publishing company, Still Working Music, was recently awarded BMI’s 2010 Song of the Year for Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me”. Ms. Orbison shrewdly ran Still Working from all over the world and was able to spot and sign successful and talented songwiters, like  Liz Rose, Billy Burnette and Tommy Lee James — all of whom scored  with No. 1 hits for various country artists.

Mike Jameson, the former Metro Councilman and sitting General Sessions Court judge, will face competition from attorneys Rachel Bell and Jack Byrd in the Democratic Party primary in March.

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