Josh Halliday 

Boot up: Police ‘assisted’ Apple in lost iPhone hunt, and no US launch for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 or Galaxy note

Plus Robert Scoble has a minor falling out with Google+, and TechCrunch gets a sneak peak at upcoming Amazon Kindle tablet
  
  

A quick burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team

I am asking Google to remove me from the Google+ suggested user list >> Robert Scoble - Google+

"...Anyway, I totally understand why Google did this list. It just isn't a well curated list and so I don't want my name associated with it."

Lost iPhone 5: Police 'assisted' Apple investigators in search of SF man's home >> San Francisco News

For those who doubted the original report was correct: "The bizarre saga involving a lost prototype of the iPhone 5 has taken another interesting turn. Contradicting past statements that no records exist of police involvement in the search for the lost prototype, San Francisco Police Department spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield now tells SF Weekly that "three or four" SFPD officers accompanied two Apple security officials in an unusual search of a Bernal Heights man's home."

Police don't get involved in publicity stunts.

The proliferation of mobile platforms >> Asymco

An intriguing stack chart of the ever-growing number; the lifespans are interesting to compare.

How much does your slow machine cost your company? >> Folding Air Blog

"For example, you're doing TDD, you write a test, do some coding and hit run test but have to wait 30 seconds+ for it to run. This takes long enough to break your flow, you have a quick think about something else and then you realise the test has run and you need to switch you attention back. You might have a quick chat about something else with your pair.
"We know it's hurting our velocity but without numbers it's difficult to convince management of the true costs.
"So what did we do?
"We took a stop watch, kept it with us all day and recorded all the time that where we were waiting for the computer to do something - from opening apps, running builds and tests, searches and refactorings in visual studio - any time at all where the developer had to wait for the machine to work, be it 5 seconds or 5 minutes the stop watch was running. It took quite a lot of discipline. The results were startling."

Worth buying the fastest possible if the project lasts more than a month.

Samsung: 'no plans' to launch Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note in the U.S. >>Gottabemobile

"The Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note are two devices that are generating quite a bit of buzz here at IFA 2011 in Berlin. There's a lot to like about these devices, but unfortunately you might not be able to buy one stateside. According to Samsung, there are currently no plans to ship either of the devices in the U.S."

Simplifies the questions of whether to stock or not for retailers.

Amazon's Kindle tablet is very real. I've seen it, played with it >> TechCrunch

MG Siegler, visiting Seattle, doesn't have pictures but has been trying it out - a 7in tablet with multi-touch.

32GB and 64GB PlayBook prices at Best Buy: identical >> Best Buy

The 16GB version is $450 (save $50!), the 64GB is $550 (save $150!) and the 32GB version is... $550 (save $50!).

Explanations for this pricing regime where 32GB of Flash memory costs nothing welcomed.

"Don't be a dick" - the golden rule of news website comment threads >> Martin Belam

Martin Belam, writing in a purely personal capacity (you understand): "[if you're moderated] ask yourself, "Was I being a bit of a dick?".
"I'd define dick-ish behaviour on a news site as including, but not restricted to: personal attacks, using 'amusing' clichés like EUSSR and Tony Bliar, making the same off-topic point day after day, being rude and grumpy and unwelcoming to newcomers, mocking other people's spelling, bullying and hectoring staff and journalists appearing in the comment threads, asking 'is this news?' on a story you are not interested in and which nobody forced you to read, hate speech, 'ironic' hate speech, anything that might now or in the future potentially land the publisher in legal hot water, and any comment which includes the phrase 'I don't suppose the moderators will publish this but...'"

Labour pledges to reverse section 29A's three strikes... >> Stuff.co.nz

Three strikes filesharing rule comes into play in New Zealand: "The three-strikes regime is not expected to be widely used by rights holders, however, because of the high $25 fee they must pay to internet providers to forward those warnings to internet users and a $200 fee for bringing cases in front of the tribunal."

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