Our top stories of the week:
- Samsung is out with a new smartphone -- while it's not revolutionary, it certainly looks pretty good, with some "wow" factor in the form of the power for the user to control how the screen scrolls through websites without having to touch the screen.
- Google is getting really flaky these days -- announcing plans this week to cancel the Google Reader service mid-year. Nobody paid for the service, so we can't really complain about it being taken away...but it's just flaky to offer a service, then take it away even though it's pretty deeply popular. Google may be shooting itself in the foot with this kind of behavior: Business users can trust that if they use products from Google's rival, Microsoft, that even though they may need to upgrade in the future, they'll still be able to use the things they create and buy and use inside the Windows ecosystem. With Google, who knows? Maybe they'll just stop offering Google Docs at some point in the future. That's too great a risk to take.