Tech News Today 249
Recorded: May 24, 2011
Published: May 24, 2011
Tech News Today 249: The Nth Estate
Google's mobile wallet, Sarkozy chides Internet, Windows Phone 7... POINT ONE!!! and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Google Will Reveal Mobile Wallet Ambitions on Thursday (And Will Demo More at D9)
- Google will introduce a mobile-payment service on May 26th according to Bloomberg, anyway. The service will work with Sprint
- Google to debut new mobile payment service on Thursday
- Google event on Thursday in New York, will unveil a mobile wallet, Eric Schmidt will give a thorough Demo at D9 in a week. (Tuesday 31)
- Digital wallet for mobile services centered around Android phones
- Bloomberg reports partnership with Sprint
- Supposedly based on NFC
- The service will reportedly launch in 5 cities at the start, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Chicago.
- MS announces Windows Phone 7.1
- Romanian press release about Mango
- Windows Phone 'Mango' will be used on first Nokia WP device
- Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7.1 'Mango' update, coming in autumn
- Windows Phone 7 Marketplace app count bests BlackBerry?
- Good explanation of Local Search vs. Quick Cards
- Qualcomm confirms its Snapdragon processor will power 'new generation of Windows Phone' devices
- Some new announcements since MIX back in April. Mango will be called Windows Phone 7.1 out in ""autumn""
- Three main areas, communication, applications, Web connectivity.
- Text to speech and speech to text.
- Unified messaging - SMS, Facebook, IM (Live Messenger) merged into a single thread
- 1 inbox for all email accounts
- Contact group tiles w/ ability to send to entire groups.
- "Local Scout" on Bing finds things to do nearby, interior maps work inside buildings, like malls and airports
- Bing Vision demo shows off app integration (view a book, can take you to Amazon's app)
- IE9 hardware acceleration for graphics, does not support Flash. Supposedly the same browser as Windows 7 though." "- Freely available to all handsets
- New hardware partners Acer, Fujitsu, ZTE join Nokia, Dell, HTC, Samsung and LG.
- Beta SDK available within 24 hours
- Nokia will call its WP7 phones ""Nokia with Windows Phone"" devices
- WP7 marketplace 18k apps (500 are ebooks), Apple's App Store hit 500k, RIM has 25k (7500 are visual themes, 9000 are ebooks)
- Qualcomm announcement goes against statement by STMicroelectronics that it would power certain Nokia WP7 devices. "
- Barnes & Noble’s new Nook goes back to basics
- Barnes & Noble new Nook hands-on
- Barnes & Noble announces new touch-enabled Nook for $139 (video)
- Would You Like A $49 Electronic College Textbook With Lifetime Updates?
- Nook Simple Touch Reader - 2months battery life (based on half hour of reading every day) -- $139, 80% less flashing -- 2GB on board upgradable to 32 GB with micro SDHC, one button, WiFi, read any book you want while in a BN store, MyNook.com, allows you to "share" twitter facebook, share books---customize screen savers with your own pictures --- pre-order now, Shipping around June 10, available in BN, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Staples.--- 800 MHz TI OMAP3 ---- First Nook gets a price drop $119 WiFi and $169 for 3G
- French President Nicolas Sarkozy's e-G8 internet warning
- Sarkozy questions 'neutral' net at e-G8 forum
- Internet Needs Government Role to Avoid ‘Anarchy,’ France’s Sarkozy Says
- Look Out, Pearson; Murdoch Is Serious About Online Education
- France attempts to "civilize" the Internet; Internet fights back
- First e-G8 forum convened today to discuss the impact of the internet
- Zuckerberg, Jimmy Wales, Eric Schmidt, Rupert Murdoch all speaking
- France has the 3 strikes law for copyright infringement (alleged?)
- Jeff Jarvis challenged President Sakozy to sign an oath to "do no harm" to the internet.
- "Transcript of video: "The universe that you represent is not a parallel one free of the rule of law, free of morals, and more generally of the fundamental principles that govern social life in democratic countries. From the moment that the internet becomes a part of the lives of the majority of people it would be a contradiction to keep governments away from this immense forum. Nobody can or may forget that governments are in our democracies the legitimate representatives of the general will."
- "To forget this is to risk democratic chaos and hence anarchy.” (next line of speech from Bloomberg article)
- "I was invited to the e-G8 and declined," said author and activist Cory Doctorow recently. "I believe it's a whitewash, an attempt to get people who care about the Internet to lend credibility to regimes that are in all-out war with the free, open 'Net. On the other hand, I now have a dandy handwriting sample from Sarkozy should I ever need to establish a graphological baseline for narcissistic sociopathy."
- Apple Risks IPad Production Loss of 500,000 After Blast
- Last Friday an explosion in a Foxconn factory in Chengdu killed three and injured at least 15. On the business side, the shut down of the factory may impact iPad 2 production. IHS Isuppli believes that Apple will lose half a million iPad 2s due to the blast. This will put greater pressure on Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen to make up for the deficit.
- Foxconn closing polishing workshops for inspections
- Foxconn Blast Could Cost Apple a Half Million iPads
- IHS iSuppli says may face a production loss of 500,000 iPad 2 tablets
- The total could be even greater if the suspension of operations at the facility lasts longer than a month
- Shaw Wu (Sterne Age) disagrees and says concerns are “overdone” and that production at other facilities is being ramped up to make up for the shortfalls.
- Hon Hai, the parent corporation of Foxconn, has announced the closure of all their polishing workshops pending inspections
- Report: Twitter buys TweetDeck for $40 million
- Twitter Adds A New Feature, Another Blindside for Third Party Developers? [email notification when RT'ed]
- Twitter to Leave Empty CTO Post Unfilled
- CNN reports purchase agreement signed between TWeetDeck and Twitter
- $40 million cash and stock
- Twitter has just announced that it will begin sending email notifications to users when they're retweeted by someone they follow or when someone favorites one of their tweets.
- CTO position unfilled, could someone from TWeetDeck take the job?
80% of Mobile Video Views Happen on Apple Devices http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2011/05/23/23gigaom-80-of-mobile-video-views-happen-on-apple-devices-85930.html "- report by video monetization startup FreeWheel. ""Q1 2011 Video Monetization Report"" - 80% of mobile video views happen on Apple iOS devices. The iPhone and iPod touch each account for about 30 percent of all video views that happen on mobile devices, with the remaining 20 percent being attributed to Android - iPad accounts for 20% - mobile video viewing accounts for just one percent of all online video views - Mobile views peaked during Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, and also during the March Madness tournament " "The data in this report comprises 10 billion video views and 5.5 billion video ad views in Q1 2011 "
- The Russians have a way to make you talk - sort of. Russian forensics firm Elcomsoft has figured out a way to break the 256-bit encryption of Apple's iOS, but it requires physical access to the iOS device. Encrypted software backups on your computers are not subject to this crack. So the next time someone wants to borrow your iPhone, you might want to think twice.
- Apple's building up its patent stockpile. The company picked up 200 patents and pending patents from Freescale. What do the patents cover? Details are almost nonexistent, but Ars Technica thinks the patents are related to wireless communication hardware technology.
- Since so many people visit YouTube daily, YouTube has come up with another way to make money. The video site will sell the first preroll ad that viewers see per day to advertisers. YouTube is calling this "First Watch" and has already tested it with Virgin Mobile and Hotels.com. According to Baljeet Singh, senior product manager for video monetization at YouTube, millions of people are watching the First Watch ads with a 1% click-through rate - in the industry, that's a high rate (even though it sounds tiny).
- Way back in 2008, the EU slapped Microsoft with a $1.3 billion fine for failing to comply with a European Commission order. Well, Microsoft is like an elephant - it's big, moves sort of slowly, but never forgets. The company has told an EU court today that the antitrust fine was excessive and "most undeserved"! You tell 'em, Microsoft!
- Cisco is on the defensive after being sued by a group from the Falun Gong spiritual movement. The group claims that Cisco helped the Chinese government create and maintain "Golden Shield," otherwise known as the Great Firewall of China. The Falun Gong movement is banned by the Chinese government. Cisco says it doesn't operate networks in China and does not customize products to "facilitate censorship or repression."
- Amazon's 99 cent Lady Gaga album had some unintended side effects. Apparently, a huge amount of demand overloaded Amazon's servers. This led Amazon to tweet "We're currently experiencing very high volume. If you order today, you will get the full @ladygaga album for $.99. Thanks for your patience." Today's deal is on Jay-Z's "Reasonable Doubt" for $3.99. Good luck, Amazon
- Want to know how ISPs are messing with your traffic.? ShaperProbe, a research tool from a team at Georgia Tech detects "traffic shaping" and determines who does it and how it's done. They've published a paper on their findings, which indicate that cable ISPs do much more "shaping" than telcos, with Comcast and Cox being the most aggressive, even slowing down uploads. AT&T and Verizon do not traffic shape in either direction.
- is making a new Ghost Recon game free-to-play called "Ghost Recon Online." To make money, because companies like to do that, the game will have plenty of microtransactions. You won't be able to play the game until the beta hits in a few months, but you can apply for the beta at Ubisoft's site by either signing up for a UPlay account or just forking over your email address.
Sony Hack of the day
- Update: Sony Ericsson online store, Sony BMG Japan hacked - video by Tim Witters in Belgium
- Stop us if you've heard this one - the Sony Playstation Network is down. This time, there are no malicious hackers involved. Sony says its PSN is undergoing maintenance from 8AM to 5PM pacific time. During that time, you can't change your passwords or register for PSN.
- T-Mobile's new Bobsled sub-brand has returned to Facebook a month after it was "voluntarily and temporarily" pulled during its first week of operation.
- Fedora 15 was released today, featuring Ga-NOME 3 and switches from OpenOffice to LibreOffice.
- Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold- means that the work on the game has finished, and a master copy has been sent out to the duplication plants to be pressed, packaged, and shipped out to consumers.
- Speaking in Japan yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the next version of Windows would arrive next year. So yes, right along with world destruction in 2012 we get Windows 8.
- T-Mobile's 4G network got a boost today. 55 markets will have access to download speeds of up to 42Mbps using HSPA+
- Firefox 5 beta has arrived for desktop and Android
- Tomorrow Wednesday May 25 is Geek Pride Day, started in Spain in 2006 now celebrated worldwide. It marks the day the first Star Wars movie was released.
- Yahoo Preps for Investor Day Tomorrow May 25 - will likely need to address things like the Alibaba spinoff, managment, layoffs, etc.
"Hi TNT crew,
I just like to clear up something about foxconn suicides. Foxconn has about 920,000 , or almost a million employees.
In 2010, foxconn had 14 suicidal death out of 920000. In comparison, the US in 2007 has 11.3 suicidal death per 100000 people, or about 100 people when translated to the foxconn size.
Not to say that suicide is not a terrible thing, I'm just saying that foxconn's suicide controversy is a little bit overhyped by the media
Love the show,
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