Friday, May 20, 2011

Morning Brief: Rapture could slow down tablet sales; Google shuts down newspaper archiving project

They'll be partying it up in Fayetteville, North Carolina tomorrow as Harold Camping, an 89-year-old pastor, holds what he describes as "the best damned party in NC."
Camping, you see, as once again predicted the end of times, or more accurately, the rapture. Camping and his followers expect that on Saturday they will be swept up into heaven, and that tomorrow begins the destruction of the world (with all non-believers dead by the fall).

If true, the event may have a significant impact on the plans of developers currently working on new tablet projects. Unfortunately, Camping is silent concerning the whole iOS versus Android debate. Will iOS developers be saved, or will it be the Android folk who rise to heaven.

"On the first day of the Day of Judgment (May 21, 2011) they will be caught up (raptured) into Heaven because God had great mercy for them," the BBC quotes paster Camping. To me this seems a little vague, better launch for both platforms.

It was a great idea, digitize thousands of newspapers for posterity. But Google has called a halt to its plans to scan millions of pages of print newspapers, telling Search Engine Land's Matt McGee that Google doesn't plan to introduce any further features or functionality to the Google News Archives and we are no longer accepting new microfilm or digital files for processing."

No word as to whether this all has something to do with the first story above.