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Not Necessarily News: Ma Bell or Ma Gray?

Else the Bell a Liar Call

With the name Bell, youd think Alexander Graham was destined to invent the telephone. However, a new book, “The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bells Secret” by Seth Shulman, casts doubt on Bells role in the invention of the telephone based on Bells own laboratory notebooks and voluminous correspondence. Author Shulman says he discovered a “smoking gun” that points to Bell plagiarizing his initial telephone design from his competitor, Elisha Gray, and then hiding this illegal act as the telephone took the world by storm. According to the author, “The Telephone Gambit challenges the reputation of an icon of invention, rocks the foundation of a corporate behemoth, and offers a probing meditation on how little we know about our own history.”

Whos Your Wi-Fi Daddy?

The IEEE Standards Association in December named Vic Hayes, the “father of Wi-Fi,” as the recipient of its 2007 Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award, recognizing his leadership in the development and global acceptance of IEEE 802.11 WLAN standards. From 1990 to 2000, Hayes lead the group of engineers whose work resulted in a new set of technology standards that became the basis for wireless data transfer, Wi-Fi. Presently, he is a senior research fellow at the Delft University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands.

OVERHEARD…

“Were not pre-announcing anything. But if you were to build a gPhone, you would build it out of the Android platform. One way to think about it is there will be not just one Google phone, but hundreds or thousands of gPhones, thanks to Android.”

Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a press conference on Nov. 5 on whether Google will launch its own handset.

Links

Google Inc. www.google.com
IEEE www.ieee.org
Seth Shulman www.sethshulman.com


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