Tech News Today 173
Recorded: February 4, 2011
Published: February 4, 2011
Tech News Today 173: It's Me Mario, In Your Face
Verizon goes all Amazon on sales numbers, cut and paste comes to WP7 (sort of), should Nokia team up with Microsoft, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Stephen Johnson
- Microsoft gives Windows Phone devs copy, paste
- Verizon stops taking iPhone pre-orders after setting unspecified 'record'
- cut off pre-orders at 8:10 (Eastern?) last night. Existing customers must be 20 months into contract to get subsidized price. Otherwise $650 for 16 GB and $750 for 32GB.
- 54% of Verizon's Android, Blackberry users to switch to iPhone, survey from uSamp says
- Verizon iPhone now shipping to select customers: 'it begins'
- The Latest Verizon iPhone Commercial Strikes At AT&T: “Yes, I Can Hear You Now.”
- Nokia, Microsoft announcing partnership next week, possibly involving Windows Phone 7?
- Stephen Elop will speak at Nokia's Capital Markets event next Friday. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet says there's no way they'll go Microsoft. Chris Ziegler at engadget says they have sources who say it will happen. Monday analyst, Adnaan Ahmad of Berenberg Bank in Hamburg, urged Nokia to partner up with Microsoft.
- Nokia Considering Windows Phone 7 Adoption: Rumors
- Shares have risen 4% since Monday
- Nokia Shouldn't Give Up And Switch To Windows Phone 7
- World leaders meet to discuss cyberwar rules of engagement
- The influential EastWest Institute is due to present proposals for the cyberspace equivalent of the Geneva convention at the Munich Security Conference today
- Told in tweets, Egypt conflict riveting, confusing
- Google Chrome developers have announced the availability of a new version of Chrome 9 in the stable channel. It features support for WebGL and Chrome Instant.features. If you want to try it out download it from google.com/chrome. The rest of you will have it automagically appear in Chrome sometime later this year.
- Last month, Facebook told developers they’d be able to get users’ current address and mobile-phone numbers. People freaked, and Facebook put the plans on hold until they could tweak the user control of the information. Now US representatives Edward Markey and Joe Barton have sent a letter to Facebook asking 11 questions about Facebook's plans for this policy. Zuck's homework is due to COngress Feb. 23
- Nintendo is working on S uper Mario Bros. title for the Nitendo 3DS. During a conversation with developers of the original Super Mario Bros., Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that he is working on a new Super Mario Brothers title for Nintendo's 3DS, a handheld console with the ability to show 3D images without glasses.
- Capcom is up their old Internet-based piracy control games again. This time they're at least warning people about it before they buy the game. If you were so unlucky as to obtain a copy of Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, the game will authenticate itself with Capcom's servers each time it launches. No Internet, no playing. My recommendation? No buy.
- The Associated Press Board of Directors today approved the formation of an independent entity, the News Licensing Group, to track and police the online use of content from AP and its members and to make sure the publishers get paid. The new company will build on the licensing, distribution and tracking duties of AP’s existing News Registry, and is expected to launch this summer.
- To make a point that putting trust in Facebook comes at a price, a media artist and media critic created a "dating" website where they placed 250,000 Facebook profiles — without asking for any permission. Facebook claims this is a violation of their terms of service though the critics only used public profile information. They've pranked Amazon and Google before in order to raise awareness about privacy.
- Want an alternative to Scroogle in order to keep your Google searches from being logged? Say hello to startingpage.com. They claim to serve as a middle-man between you and Google that keeps no records or data on their own at all. So even if they were subpoenaed by they'd have none of your search data to hand over. And all Google knows is someone made a search from Starting Page.
- A new open technology report card shows that only a third of federal agencies get a passing grade on open source usage and contribution, with the Defense Department leading the way. Savio Rodrigues explains what both government and business can learn from the DoD's open source prowess.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Internet Chatter: The Green Bay Packers Will Win the Super Bowl
- Motorola teases the real Xoom Super Bowl ad: George Orwell, flowers, iPhone-using automatons in white hoodies all involved
- Audi Super Bowl Ad Claims First Use of Twitter Hashtag
- Happy 7th birthday Facebook
- Facebook holding Feb. 8 event to announce new headquarters
- Greenp0ison finally unleashes iOS 4.2.1 untethered jailbreak
- A Grand Rapids Best Buy Facebook page says February 24th For Motorola XOOM, HTC Thunderbolt On The 14th
- Palm Pre 2 launching on Verizon February 17th?
"TNTCrew; Don't know if it's because I'm Old-School or just Old, but whenever I hear about someone shutting off the Internet and then people not being able to communicate via their computers one word that comes to mind is ""FIDONET"". We were able to share messages, discussions, files and email from all over the world, just not as fast. BBS's may be dead, but not forgotten.
Great show TSandayu an ex-SYSOP"
"Tom, Not so quick on the atrix. You missed the fine print on the pricing. It's 500 plus signing up for the 45 tethering plan. You aren't actually tethering though. And 300 or 500 for an empty shell is not a good price. Why not just buy a full laptop and use pdanet? The folks on every single motorola android forum are mad as hell.
- Edited by: Jason
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