Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Morning Brief: NYT updates its apps, will be doing so again; Italian media, opposition claim measure hidden inside austerity bill will save Berlusconi millions

The New York Times began the Independence Day holiday weekend by launching updated apps if iPhone and iPad users.
Unfortunately, users of the apps, especially the iPhone app, have been complaining about the new apps performance. As of this morning, there lots of complaints inside the App Store of slow load times and crashes.

My update went fine without any crashing, and while the initial launch was a bit slower, due no doubt to the added sections, every else seems normal. It is possible that some uses continue to reboot their devices occasionally. This is a common issue among iPhone and iPad users as they tend to see their devices more like old fashioned feature phones and not like mini computers that need to be rebooted every once in a while to keep them running quickly.

The Associated Press is reporting this morning that Italian media companies, as well as the political opposition, are upset with measures hidden inside a 47€ billion austerity bill that would allow the holding company of Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s family, Fininvest, to avoid paying 750€ million to a competitor. The payment was ordered following the takeover of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy's largest publishing house.

The AP story fails to mention dirty details of the Fininvest acquisition of Mondadori,you can read the details here.