Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 22, 2011

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Congress is already questioning Apple’s motives for tracking user’s location information on the iPhone. Leading the charge is Senator Al Franken who wrote a letter to Steve Jobs, demanding that Apple clarify why and how the tracking is happening. Apple has yet to respond to any of the accusations. In other news, Amazon’s cloud hosting service recently experienced errors that took down several big websites including Foursquare and Reddit. Amazon is among the leaders in cloud-based hosting, having made $68.3 billion in 2010.  The outage is making companies realize the need for a backup plan when the cloud fails. And finally, Greenpeace released a study that analyzed the energy efficiency of tech companies’ data centers. Apple and Facebook received very poor scores for relying heavily on coal-generated electricity, while Twitter failed across the board. Greenpeace hopes the study will make startups energy-aware when constructing future data centers.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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