Booting Up: Happy Birthday to You, 2013

Cerf. (Wikipedia)

Vint Cerf is wishing the modern-day Internet a happy 30th birthday today. [Google]

Reddit had 37 billion page views and 400 million unique visitors in 2012. [Reddit]

If the New Year left your brain feeling like this GIF looks, we sympathize. [Daily Dot]

Here’s a trend to watch for in 2013: Companies are pretending they want employees to spend some time away from their electronic devices. [NYT]

The new year will bring documentaries that aim to tell the history of Silicon Valley on public television. Again. [AllThingsD]

Lost in the hubbub over Hewlett-Packard’s $8.8 billion loss on Autonomy was word in the company’s 10-K—filed quietly during the last week of 2012—was a hint that CEO Meg Whitman may start spinning off businesses. [Bloomberg]

Did we mention that New York City’s techies have New Year’s resolutions? [Betabeat]

Legal Matters

The HP Fraud Kerfuffle Gets Even More Embarrassing As Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch Starts a Blog

Ms. Whitman. (Photo: Max Morse)

The nuts and bolts of HP’s $11.1 billion acquisition of Autonomy are pretty wonky. But we know a good scandal when we see one, and this $8.8 billion loss and the whole “fraud” debacle are shaking up to be one for the record books.

After losing all that money, HP pointed the finger at its subsidiary, alleging that cooked books had made Autonomy appear more valuable than it really was. If the HP thought the former Autonomy team would go quietly into that good night, the Silicon Valley giant was sadley mistaken. Former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch has loudly maintained his innocence, and now Business Insider reports that he’s started a blog to defend against the allegations. Read More


Booting Up: Is Your News Feed About to Get More Crowded?

Zuck listening to the Black-Eyed Peas' "I Got a Feeling." (Photo: In the Capital)

The FTC is said to be wondering whether it can actually pull off an antitrust case against Google, as consumers don’t seem too bothered by the company’s putting its own services before those of competitors. [Bloomberg]

Facebook is testing adding upcoming events and recently released albums–not sponsored posts, but not shared by friends, either–to the News Feed. [The Next Web]

A government advisory committee has filed objections to many of ICANN’s new top-level domains, from .islam to .wtf to .navy. [ZDNet]

HP says it’s lost almost $9 billion on the purchase of Autonomy because of shady accounting. But there are doubts about whether that really adds up. [Bloomberg]

Now whirring away in the computing museum at England’s Bletchley Park: the world’s oldest working computer, dating from 1951. [Extreme Tech]

Serious Fraud

There Are Two Narratives on Hewlett-Packard’s $8.8 Billion Loss; Which One Should You Believe?

Lynch. (The Telegraph)

In the hours since Hewlett-Packard stunned investors by announcing an $8.8 billion loss on its acquisition of Autonomy, competing narratives have emerged to describe just what went wrong.

H-P spoke first, explaining that “accounting improprieties” and “outright misrepresentations” committed before it acquired the British search engine maker for $11.1 billion last year led to Read More