What happened last night, between counting sheep and opening your eyes? Innovation, that’s what.
1. President Obama, who’s cancelled a trip to Asia because of the Gulf oil disaster, has been using his solar-powered calculator overtime: He presented BP with a $69 million bill for the initial cleanup caused by the Deepwater spill. A cap is now in place over the leak, says the Beeb, but no guarantees it will work.
2. Meet Japan’s new Prime Minister, Naoto Kan. He’s plain-speaking and prone to anger–note his nickname “Ira-Kan”. Other features: loves women, likes the environment, and once shaved his head after a minor political scandal.
3. EasyJet, the budget airlines’ Agent Orange, has launched AVOID,
an infrared ash detector. It stands for Airborne Volcanic Object
Identifier and Detector and begs the question: Which came first–the
acronym , the technology, or the empty marketing concept?
5. Everyone’s favorite iPhone chip maker, ARM Holdings, has launched a not-for-profit company called Linaro, alongside five other firms, including IBM, Samsung, and Texas Instruments, to create open-source software for mobile devices. The target of this initiative is Intel.