Tech News Today 226
Recorded: April 21, 2011
Published: April 21, 2011
Tech News Today 226: Amazon's Judgement Day
Truth about iPhone's "secret file", Google + Linux guilty in court, augmented reality Tetris uses Kinect and Wiimote and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Sascha Segan
- Alex Levinson
- Texas jury finds against Google in Linux patent case, determines damage award of $5,000,000
- Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict
- In 2006, Bedrock Computer Technologies sued Google and several other outfits – including Yahoo!, Amazon.com, PayPal, and AOL – claiming they infringed on a patent filed in January 1997. Filed in Eastern District in Texas
- Patent owned by Bedrock Computer Technologies LLC covers ""methods and apparatus for information storage and retrieval using a hashing technique with external chaining and on-the-fly removal of expired data"".""
- Google argued the patent was invalid, jury didn't agree
- Award $5M for past damages
- Google would have to change Android Linux kernel to avoid patent infringing (or pay licensing)"
- Amazon fault takes down websites
- Amazon’s Cloud Crashed Overnight, And Brought Several Other Companies Down Too
- Amazon Service Health Dashboard
- Foursquare, Hootsuite, Reddit, Quora and more were down early morning starting around 1:41AM PT
- Amazon data center in Northern Virginia took a hit around 1:41 a.m. PDT on April 21, disrupting the company’s EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) service.
- Amazon's status site shows Amazon battling with the problem "
- Researcher: iPhone Location Data Already Used By Cops
- 3 Major Issues with the Latest iPhone Tracking “Discovery”
- iOS location tracking file likely a bug, Apple could address issue with next udpate
- Rep. Ed Markey wants privacy answers from Steve Jobs (again)
- Mobile phone users wary about privacy, says Nielsen
- 3 issues with iPhone Tracking Discovery:
- Apple not harvesting data
- Hidden file is not new or secret
- "Discovery"was published months ago (2010)
- Nielsen poll 59% of female app users and 52% of male ones are concerned about location privacy on their mobile devices.
- Only 8 percent of female users and 12 percent of male users marked themselves as ""not concerned"" whatsoever, with the remainder being indifferent.
- Apple to beat Google on cloud music: sources
- Reuters reports Apple Inc has completed work on an online music storage service and is set to launch it ahead of Google. Apple's plans will allow iTunes customers to store their songs on a remote server, and then access them from wherever they have an Internet connection. Apple has yet to sign any new licenses for the service and major music labels are hoping to secure deals before the service is launched, three of the sources said.
- Amazon's tablet is coming, but what will it be?
- Amazon updates Kindle app for Honeycomb, shows that tablets really do exist
- Peter Rojas, GDGT post
- Open secret Amazon is working on Android Tablet
- He's 99% certain that Samsung is Amazon's partner
- Speculates that Amazon would use a stripped down Android like B&N's Nook
- Speculates usage of music and video services
- Suggests a price point of $250"
- Nokia market share falls but Microsoft deal confirmed
- Microsoft-Nokia pact signed, success by no means assured
- Apple: The World’s Largest Handset Vendor By Revenue
- Nokia will also be opening a new application store built on top of the Windows Marketplace infrastructure, creating a single store through which developers can sell to Windows Phone, Symbian, and Series 40 devices. As expected, Nokia will bring its considerable mapping and navigation expertise to Microsoft's platform. The Finnish company will also guide the platform's hardware design, and contribute towards improving the operating system's language support. Microsoft, in turn, will provide Nokia devices with Bing-powered search and access to Redmond's productivity, advertising, gaming, and social media services.
- Verizon reports 'strong' Q1 earnings: $27 billion revenue, 2.2 million iPhone activations
- Verizon CFO suggests next iPhone will be a 'global device'
- Verizon, AT&T sold less than 30% of iPhones shipped in 1Q 2011
- Verizon CFO Fran Shammo during earnings call: The fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from Apple is launched, whenever that may be, and that we will be, on the first time, on equal footing with our competitors on a new phone hitting the market, which will also be a global device. Profit numbers in Engadget Story, note 2.2 Million iPhones sold comapred to 3.6 million ATT sold
- Neowin is reporting that Chrome notebooks will be released in June/July for purchase, but there's a twist. The Chrome notebooks will also be sold in a subscription-based model for $10-$20 a month. You'd even get hardware refreshes as they are released with a subscription.
- AT&T is moving forward with its purchase of T-Mobile by filing its paperwork with the FCC. This is just step one in the process for the merger as the deal has to pass FCC regulations. If you've been living under a rock, AT&T is paying $39 billion to acquire T-Mobile. Sprint is working to block the deal.
- Yesterday, we talked about the ACLU taking issue with Michigan State Police extracting data from cell phones during routine traffic stops. The Michigan State Police is says the ACLU is off-base - in a statement, the police said it only uses the extraction devices if a search warrant is obtained or if the person who owns the phone give consent.
- According to a RBC Capital Markets analyst, the BlackBerry PlayBook sold as many as 50,000 units on day one of its release. RBC checked with 70 retail stores like Best Buy and RadioShack to find hard facts to support its estimate. Due to these strong numbers, RBC expects RIM to ship 500,000 PlayBooks by the end of May.
- We don't know if this will make the service cheaper, but GameFly received a favorable ruling from the US postal commission that might save the company $730,000 a month in mailing costs. Essentially the commission ruled GameFly should receive the same deal as Netflix if they play by the same rules as far as having an easy-to-see envelope and such. The rules will apply to anyone who wants to send DVDs by mail.
- There is no online business too successful to prevent Google from attempting to imitate it. Google’s coupon service Offers, is live, starting in in Portland, Oregon. You also have the ability to subscribe to deals in areas within New York City, Oakland and San Francisco. The sign-up is live but the service is launching “soon.” Citizens of Portlandia can participate in the BETA and get 50% off places thay allegedly love.
- The New York Times says digital subscriptions “have surpassed 100,000″, less than a month after the publisher put up its Web paywall. If all of those subs stick around for a year, that’s at least another $19.5 million in revenue for the paper. An it looks like it will need it. Revenues are down 3.6 percent, with ad revenue down 4.4 percent and circulation dollars down 3.7 percent.
- Ivan Kaspersky, the son of Russian software giant Yevgeny Kaspersky has disappeared in Moscow, and may have been kidnapped. According to the BBC, authorities, including Russia's secret service, have been searching for Kaspersky for at least two days. Russian news website Life News reports that the kidnappers are demanding nearly $4.3 million for the 20-year-old's safe return.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Verizon Fascinate users get he Froyo update today
- Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth day. Citizens of other planets are advised to stay indoors during this shameless display of planetism.
- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (laptop, not alien robot) hits US on April 26th for $399
- Droid Charge on Verizon LTE goes on sale April 28
- Google AdWords says HTC Sensation 4G launching on June 8th on T-Mobile
- Report: Next Xbox, PlayStation launching in 2014
" Hi TNT!
Just wanted to share some information that is somewhat related to the brief Net Neutrality discussion form Tuesday's show (sorry, I'm running a show behind this week).
Here in Maine there's been a project underway called the ""Three Ring Binder"" project that may be a good first step for ways of fostering more competition with ISPs. The company doing this is Maine Fiber Company and they provide vendor-neutral ""middle-mile"" fiber-optic facilities. They can also provide other organizations with fiber optic facilities for what ever business need that they my have.
It's a very interesting story how the company was formed as a result of a federal grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment act of 2009. More information is available on their ""About"" and ""History"" web pages.
Here's a link to the home page for Maine Fiber Company: http://www.mainefiberco.com/
Just thought you guys may find this an interesting story.
Love you guy's show...... keep up the great work, cause God knows I rely heavily on you to keep current on everything that's going on in this crazy Information Age! :)
-- Brian Horne"
"We shouldn't act surprised that the PSP Go was treated as a consumer unfriendly experiment. Sony did a really similar thing with the PSX in 2003. While a commercial failure, they took the interesting parts (the XMB) out to reuse, much like they've done with the Go's design.
Dan from AZ"
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