Good afternoon.

Reuters has an interesting story about the RIM Playbook.

Google is showing off some fascinating before and after shots of Japan with regards to the recent devastating tsunami. Just in case it wasn't obvious how awful this is.

Speaking of Google, the company is alegedly ready to ship an "anti-Facebook." I assume that means that it will respect user privacy by default and make it easy to change those settings.

Peter Bright over at Ars Technica reiterates my recent points about the Windows Update update fiasco. Kudos for somehow managing to not mention my name in that at all, thanks for that.

Verizon's first LTE phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, will ship this week for just $250. The bad news: It's yet another Android handsets. (YAAH!)

I normally think Jon Bon Jovi is, well, a sissy, but I give him some credit for this little move: He said this week that "Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business." I'm guessing they were shooting for the opposite of that effect.

Say what you will about Windows Phone ("inept," or whatever) but I do respect one thing they've done recently: They've denied a game called Chicks'n'Vixens from having Xbox LIVE status because it's "too much like Angry Birds."

Apple is so dominant in digital media that it took a whopping 4 percent of the US digital video market in the most recent... wait, what? 4 percent?? Apple?? Turns out this market is dominated by Netflix, with 61 percent of all viewings. But Apple isn't even in second place: That title goes to cable provider Comcast, which controls 8 percent of the market. And Apple isn't even the clear number three: It's in a tie with DirecTV and Time Warner (also a cable provider). Someone should tell Microsoft before it prematurely kills off Zune. Oh, right.