News Roundup: Google, Michael Phelps Apologize

By Edward Cone  |  Posted Monday, February 02, 2009 22:02 PM

Guest Blogger: Don Sears

Funny to imagine the PR people for both Google and Michael Phelps simultaneously running around trying to put out media fires this weekend and today. But it's happened. Somehow I imagine Google's not gracing the cover of the New York Post.

Over the weekend, Google had a little malware glitch going on with its search results that caused some to get annoyed, some to ponder the pitfalls of monoculture (good piece), and some to think that is was annoying, but hardly worthy of uproar.

Yes, Google has the monopoly on search and it's certainly an issue when you can't access what you need, but it's common experience in third party partnerships, especially one where the service they are providing is from independent research on which sites have known, established malware. This is an acceptable situation for an efficient and free service that does the good work most of us don't know the first thing about: Web risk.

Google apologized (forgivable). And so did Michael Phelps -- and he didn't even say he did not inhale. At least both owned up to their collective mishaps.

I particularly love Phelps blaming his youth as the excuse (but I cut him a lot of slack... It's not like he hurt anyone). It could be tough to get Wheaties' contracts when you can't stop picking out the Crunch Berries from the Cap'n Crunch box.

I don't think either of these stories were nearly as good as the second half of the Super Bowl. It was a game of two very good teams going at each other's strengths with hat-tipping victory coming at the very end. Thanks Super Bowl. The reason I was watching (the game itself) was worth it. The Boss, however, not so much. Springsteen did not make me put down my guacamole dip, but New Jersey's pride and joy was able to get CHEESE all over the TV screen.

BTW: The MacGruber Super Bowl commercial was my favorite.

More not quite top-of-the-homepage news for you:

Lehman Brothers is hiring (doubtful they give bonuses without TARP money).

A Fannie Mae employee plead not guilty to Federal indictment charges that he uploaded a malicious program in to the Fannie Mae network after losing his job.

A blind phone hacker pleads guilty to doing bad criminal things (props to Wired with the audio examples of blind man Matthew Weigman at work).

And, finally, how Bolivia could be a key player or obstacle in global green initiatives with auto manufacturers. With its large reserves of lithium under its salt mines, Bolivia stands to either profit or become an impediment for the lithium car battery market.