Techlinks: Ballmer retiring, patent news, who needs waiters?

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It’s been an exciting day in the tech world — lots going on, the least of which is a huge (forced by way of accidental reply all from a Window phone) announcement that Steve Ballmer, current C.E.O. of Microsoft, is retiring “…within the next 12 months…” [Microsoft]

Techdirt, doing what they do best, found some new information on the NSA scandal, including reports that indicated they have paid tech companies to change their products to keep their spying as secret as possible. It just keeps getting better! [Techdirt](http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130823/08001124290/yes-course-nsa-pays-tech-companies-surveillance-efforts.shtml)
With all that talk on companies letting the NSA datamine and keep your information, why not let Google create wearable technology that sees everything you do? Google just purchased more patents from Taiwanese tech company Hon Hai. What’s more notable than the wearable technology patents they bought is Hon Hai is also the assembler for most of the Apple iPhones and iPads out of Taiwan–a strategy buy? [Bloomberg](http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-23/google-buys-wearable-technology-patents-from-taiwan-s-hon-hai.html)
More patent news, Apple has patented a new unibody hinge, that could serve to make their already ridiculously light and small Macbook Air even lighter and smaller. [ExtremeTech](http://www.extremetech.com/computing/164685-apple-patents-new-unibody-hinge-to-make-laptops-even-thinner?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ziffdavis%2Fextremetech+%28Extremetech%29)
In an effort to further ourselves from social interaction, a Dallas, Texas based company is introducing a tablet ordering system for Restaurants. You will be able to order and pay the bill directly from the table without speaking to anyone, and it even offers premium content like games and tv shows to entertain you while you wait. What happened to that idea of giving a discount to give over your smartphone? [Dallas Business Journal](http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2013/08/22/dallas-based-ziosk-brings-technology.html

It’s been an exciting day in the tech world — lots going on, the least of which is a huge (forced by way of accidental reply all from a Window phone) announcement that Steve Ballmer, current C.E.O. of Microsoft, is retiring “…within the next 12 months…” [Microsoft]

Techdirt, doing what they do best, found some new information on the NSA scandal, including reports that indicated they have paid tech companies to change their products to keep their spying as secret as possible. It just keeps getting better! [Techdirt]

With all that talk on companies letting the NSA datamine and keep your information, why not let Google create wearable technology that sees everything you do? Google just purchased more patents from Taiwanese tech company Hon Hai. What’s more notable than the wearable technology patents they bought is Hon Hai is also the assembler for most of the Apple iPhones and iPads out of Taiwan. A strategy buy? [Bloomberg]

More patent news, Apple has patented a new unibody hinge that could serve to make their already ridiculously light and small Macbook Air even lighter and smaller. [ExtremeTech]

In an effort to further ourselves from social interaction, a Dallas, Texas based company is introducing a tablet ordering system for restaurants. You will be able to order and pay the bill directly from the table without speaking to anyone, and it even offers premium content like games and TV shows to entertain you while you wait. What happened to that idea of giving a discount to hand over your smartphone? [Dallas Business Journal]

Randy Shulman is Metro Weekly's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He can be reached at rshulman@metroweekly.com.

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