Tech News Today 140
Tech News Today 140: Body Browser
- Level 3 may be paying Comcast for interconnections in order to deliver video to Comcast customers, but they still aren't happy about it. Level 3 Communications Inc asked U.S. antitrust officials to set conditions on Comcast Corp's planned acquisition of NBC Universal that would assure "unfettered access" to all internet content.
- As we hoped, it doesn't look like Yahoo is just going to up and shut down bookmarking website Delicious. "We are not shutting down Delicious," a post on the Delicious blog read. "While we have determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo, we believe there is [an ideal home for Delicious outside of the company where it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive."]
- Know where the spleen is located? How about the appendix? Kidney? Thankfully now you don't need to remember. Google released the beta of Body Browser, a three-dimensional model that lets users zoom in and out of the human form, remove layers, and explore the body. Get your anatomy on at http://bodybrowser.googlelabs.com/
- Apple's dropping some cool billion on screen factorys. Japanese news organization Nikkei reports Sharp will get $1.2 billion from Apple to build a factory to punch out iPhone screens. That'ss in addition to a separately reported Toshiba factory investment, which lwill also produce screens for Apple devices.
- Wish movie downloads came with special features? Paramount aims to satisfy yout with the launch of it's first Silverlight-enhanced movie app, School of Rock, for Windows Phone 7 devices this week. 10 more flicks will be released before the end of the year, with a range of extras including trailers, DVD-style special features, a Scene It? pop-up trivia mode, and the ability to create custom movie clips.
- Amazon's updating their Kindle apps to include the ability to read magazines and newspapers and make purchases from within the app. Android users are the first to get it. The Android app can also be stored on a MicroSD card. It also lets you post your reading progress to social networks.
- Australian police used an iPhone GPS app and a helicopter to track down an iPhone thief. Police pulled out all stops to nab the thief who stole a woman's iPhone from a hospital in suburban Heidelberg, in Melbourne's northeast, on Tuesday afternoon. The police air wing was already in the area and, using the GPS coordinates, managed to spot the thief on a stolen bike, police said.
- Blockbuster rental kiosks can't brag about release dates anymore. NCR, the company that owns and operates Blockbuster Express kiosks (it licenses the name from Blockbuster), announced yesterday that it will get Warner Home Video films 28 days after they're released. NCR said the deal will help it reduce acquisition costs The agreement between the parties kicks off in January.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Rupert Murdoch’s “Daily” iPad Newspaper Set for January Launch
- BlackBerry PlayBook will ship in March, assuming inertial momentum
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread's source code now available
- XBox Live Marketplace holiday sale starts December 21
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That's how Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) -- who also happens to be W7EQI -- tweeted the news to his ""followers"" today that he had been named Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Among other things, the subcommittee's responsibilities include oversight of the FCC.
In a follow-up Twitter message, Walden explained that ""The last tweet was Morse code! Just the ham radio operator in me having fun. It says""Will chair the communications and tech subcommittee."" Walden is one of two ham radio operators in Congress. The other is Rep. Mike Ross, WD5DVR (D-AR).
The full text of Walden'sTwitter message, for those who are not Morse-conversant, is: ""Will chair comm and tech sub 73s w7eqi"" - Pete"
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