FRAMINGHAM, 18 MARCH 2011 - Happy Saint Patty's Day plus one, otherwise known as the day your clothes are their normal shade but your skin looks a little green. What happened this week? Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 to the general public, which reacted more enthusiastically than it did with previous Microsoft browsers. The SXSW digital hipster confab came and went, though the show was more notable for what wasn't announced. Netflix signaled its intent to become the next HBO, while 4chan wants to be the next Facebook. Are you still feeling the luck of the Irish? Spill a little of it onto this quiz and see if you can nab a perfect score. Each correct answer is worth 10 points. Now go out and make us green with envy.
1. Internet Explorer 9 has been released into the wild, and the reviews have been, well, not as bad as you might expect. Which of the following is not one of them?
a. The best browser for Windowsb. Much better than any other version of IE to date c. A great improvement over previous incarnations d. A real pleasure to use
2. Despite rumors to the contrary, Google did not announce another social network at this week's SXSW. What geometrically friendly service did Google fail to unveil?
3. On the other hand, 4chan founder Christopher "Moot" Poole did unveil a community-oriented network at SXSW. What's his called?
4. A new survey by Pew reveals that nearly half of Americans get local news delivered to a mobile device. Which of the following pocket-sized news services is the most popular?
c. News alerts
5. "Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it. ... I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am, and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: 'What happened?' Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business." What rocker is really sounding like an old man these days?
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