10 Quick Tech Links: Apple Under Tim Cook, HP Layoffs, Oracle vs. Google and More

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Here’s a handful of interesting tech stories from around the web for Thursday, May 24.

How Tim Cook is changing Apple [Fortune]

A 14-year veteran of the company, Cook is maintaining, by words and actions, most of Apple’s unique corporate culture. But shifts of behavior and tone are absolutely apparent…

Meet the tireless entrepreneur who squatted at AOL [CNET]

For two months last fall, Eric Simons secretly took up residence inside the Internet giant’s Palo Alto, Calif., campus, eating free food, enjoying gym access, and building a startup in the process.

Oracle v. Google jury foreman reveals: Oracle wasn’t even close [Ars Technica]

Oracle—after spending millions litigating this case and dragging in some of the world’s most famous tech CEOs to testify in a federal courtroom—had never even come close to winning.

HP Announces 27,000 Layoffs in Major Restructuring Effort [PC Magazine]

Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday announced that it will lay off approximately 27,000 employees, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a multi-year restructuring plan that will extend to the end of 2014.

Questions of Fair Play Arise in Facebook’s I.P.O. Process [New York Times]

As Washington intensifies its scrutiny of the initial public offering of Facebook, the company’s bankers are facing questions about whether the process — even if perfectly legal — was fair.

Motorola’s New CEO Could Be Google’s Bid to Dominate Mobile Ads [Wired]

So what value could a lawyer and advertising executive — albeit a good one — bring to the helm of one of the world’s most storied cellphone manufacturers?

Intel eyes future with computers that learn [Reuters]

Intel Corp is launching research in Israel into technology that mimics the human brain and develops devices that “learn” about their user.

Conan O’Brien on the ‘symbiotic relationship’ of his audience and new media [The Verge]

The last two years have seen Conan O’Brien undergo a significant reinvention — he’s moved from “sitting behind the desk of one of the most iconic brands in old, traditional network television” to the master of all things social…

SpaceX capsule maneuvers into position near space station [USA Today]

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule flew close below the International Space Station on Thursday, completing tests it needed to pass before attempting to berth at the outpost Friday morning.

Google quizzed AGAIN by French data watchdog [The Register]

French data regulator Commission Nationale de l’Informatique (CNIL) has demanded more answers from Google over its handling of the data of its users.

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