Shigeru Miyamoto, the genius behind hit Nintendo games such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 2 and many more, has no intentions of retiring or stepping down from his current position, Nintendo said in a statement Thursday. The comments were made after Wired published an interview in which Miyamoto suggested he was going to retire from his current position to focus on smaller projects and allow a new generation of Nintendo programmers to take the spotlight. “What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position,” Miyamoto told Wired. However, Nintendo said there was a misunderstanding in the interview. “This is absolutely not true,” a spokeswoman for Nintendo told Reuters. “There seems to have been a misunderstanding. He has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation. He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned.”
ARM president Tudor Brown announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election during a May 3rd shareholder meeting. ARM does not currently have any plans in place to replace Brown. “[Brown] played an important role in the creation and successful development of ARM over the past 21 years and has made an immense contribution in a wide range of positions,” ARM chairman Doug Dunn said. According to The Wall Street Journal, ARM has shipped more than 15 billion chips “based on ARM-processor technology” since the company was founded in 1990. “[I am] very proud to have been so closely involved in building ARM to be the highly successful and respected company that it is today,” Brown, who helped co-found the company with 11 other founders, said in a statement. “[The company is in a] very strong position and I look forward to watching it grow further in the future.”
AT&T has confirmed to BGR that it will retire its Video Share service later this year. AT&T was the first to offer the option on its camera phones — when it launched Video Share in 2007 — but AT&T-branded mobile video calling may not be dead forever. An AT&T spokesperson shared this official comment: “AT&T is discontinuing our Video Share service. As we look ahead to the next generation of live, mobile video calling services, we’re evaluating new platforms and other ways we can evolve our mobile video calling offers. We’ve already begun to notify subscribers directly and will work with them to adjust their monthly charges accordingly. The service will be retired later this year.”
In a statement released at 12:00AM ET this morning, T-Mobile announced that Microsoft’s Danger Services — the service that powers T-Mobile’s Sidekick — will be shutdown on May 31, 2011. The announcement was brief, and noted that T-Mo will be providing offers to Sidekick customers, incentivizing them to transition to a new device before the end of May. A web tool has been created that will allow users to export their personal data from the Danger service — including contacts, photos, calendar, notes, to-do lists, and bookmarks — for importation onto a new device. The full statement from T-Mobile is waiting for you after the break. More →
Today, Microsoft announced that chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, would be stepping down from his CSA role as he transitions towards retirement. In a company-wide memo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote:
He [Ray] will remain with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing strategic projects within his organization – bringing the great innovations and great innovators he’s assembled into the groups driving our business. Following the natural transition time with his teams but before he retires from Microsoft, Ray will be focusing his efforts in the broader area of entertainment where Microsoft has many ongoing investments. We have tremendous opportunities in the entertainment space overall, and I’m excited about what we can accomplish. Beyond that, Ray has no plans at this time. While he’ll continue to report to me during the transition, the CSA role was unique and I won’t refill the role after Ray’s departure. We have a strong planning process, strong technical leaders in each business group and strong innovation heading to the market.
The rest of the memo gives thanks to Mr. Ozzie for his service and leadership at Microsoft; especially his work in cloud computing. Hit the read link to see the full memo. More →
Yesterday, Google announced that it would discontinue development of its futuristic real-time communication tool known as Wave. The post reads:
Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.
The post continues by saying the Wave taught the company quite a bit, and that Google was proud of the Wave team for pushing the limits of computer science and the browser. RIP Google Wave 2009 — 2010. More →