Tech News Today 188

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Episode 188

Tech News Today 188: Drowned In Likes

PS3s held hostage in the Netherlands, Should you fear the Mac trojan? Thieves bring down Vodafone, and more.


Top Stories

  • PlayStation 3 shipments to Europe now being seized after LG wins injunction against Sony
    • The civil court of justice in the Hague granted LG a preliminary injunction that will see all new PlayStation 3s imported into Europe confiscated by customs for at least ten days. Starting last week the items were seized and stockpiled in a Dutch Warehouse. Guardian reports Retailers generally have 2-3 weeks stock.--- LG can ask for an extension or even ask that the devices be destroyed.

Discussion Stories

  • Verizon CEO claims Apple LTE products are coming, doesn't specify when
    • Dan Mead, Lowell McAdam's successor at the helm of Verizon Wireless, has told the Wall Street Journal that we'll "see more coming from Apple on LTE. They understand the value proposition of LTE and I feel very confident that they are going to be a part of it." "Specifically, a C Block licensee may not block, degrade, or interfere with the ability of end users to download and utilize applications of their choosing on the licensee’s C Block network, subject to reasonable network management,” the FCC continued.
  • Did Google Pre-Emptively Block a 4G iPhone on Verizon?
  • Facebook just changed the way that like button works
    • It used to be if you clicked Facebook's 'like' button it would put a link in your recent activity and hardly be noticeable. Facebook just changed that. Now if you click like, a full story with a headline, blurb and thumbnail will be posted to your profile wall. You'll also be given an option to comment on the story link.
  • Facebook plans to resume address, phone sharing
    • Facebook said in a letter (PDF) released today that it is evaluating different ways to "enhance user control" over information sharing that would go into effect "once the feature is re-enabled."

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science



"Readers everywhere are fighting back today against limitations on eBooks access and use. Proliferating around the interwebs this morning is the eBooks User's Bill of Rights, outlining basic freedoms for digital content users.

My co-author, Andy Woodworth, and I released it in the public domain and hope that other voices and comments add to the discussion, raise awareness, and stimulate some real change in the market.

Those who sign on to the idea are asked to copy the text, with comments and remixes as the urge strikes, and re-post it on their own websites, in email, in podcasts, on walls, and on Twitter (#ebookrights). 60 minutes after launch, we're seeing over a hundred copies already. - Sarah Houghton-Jan"

"Hey Tom and Sarah, just thought I'd bring up an interesting ""issue"" with the new Motorola Atrix from AT&T. We've already heard that the laptop dock is a bit pricey at $300 (after rebate when purchased with phone). It appeared that you had to get the 4GB DataPro plan in order to get this rebate. Not so! You need the expensive, tethering-enabled 4GB DataPro Plan if you intend to use the Laptop Accessory at all!

Per the small print from AT&T: (No direct link to the accessory) ""Full Firefox browser use with AT&T Mobile Broadband requires DataPro 4GB plan.""

And at Amazon: ""(Note: The Motorola Lapdock requires the separately available Motorola ATRIX 4G, and an AT&T 4 GB DataPro with Tethering plan is required to use the Lapdock with your ATRIX 4G.)""

I thought this was just a ""dumb"" accessory that was the equivalent of plugging your phone into a monitor and turning on a bluetooth keyboard? How is this ""tethering?"" As one who would love the idea of clipping on a larger ""dumb"" screen to my phone to better enjoy my eBooks and movies, I'm disappointed that the potential for accessories that ""stretch"" my phone is being squashed by hefty prices and unwarranted service charges.

Can't wait to hear the devil's advocate side to this one. Love the show, guys!

- Jim, Space Systems Engineer, CA, USA"


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