Tech News Today 264
Recorded: June 15, 2011
Published: June 15, 2011
Tech News Today 264: Get Virtually Pregnant
Google's next Nexus, Facebook secret photo app, Duke Nukem PR snafu, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Darren Kitchen ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Exposed: Facebook’s Secret iPhone Photo Sharing App (Which Looks Amazing)
- Behold: Facebook’s Secret Photo Sharing App
- Co-Founder/President Peter Pham leaves Color
- TechCrunch's MG Siegler reports Facebook will soon release a photo app
- Possibly called "Hovertown" or "With People"
- combination of Instagram, Color, Path, and even Path’s new side project, With.
- Peter Pham, the president and a cofounder of mobile social startup Color, is no longer with the company
- Google ‘Nexus 4G’ rumored for Thanksgiving launch with 720p display, LTE, and Ice Cream Sandwich
- Exclusive: Google Nexus 4G detailed – 720p display, 4G LTE, Android 4.0
- Leaked specs for beastly Google Nexus 4G may win carriers' hearts
- BGR reports next Nexus phone to be called the Nexus 4G
- likely run either a TI OMAP 4460 or Qualcomm Krait-based Snapdragon core (says TIMN), plus 1 GB RAM
- 1280 x 720? ""True"" 720p
- 5 megapixel sensor?? low-light performance, 1080p capture
- Ice Cream Sandwhich
- Made by HTC or LG guesses TIMN --- Available around Thanksgiving
- "One of the most interesting changes is the handset's apparent lack of the four standard physical Android buttons, previously required by the OS on all phone models. The button's functionalities will be moved to software-based interactions." - Ars Technica
- Pandora Pulls a LinkedIn, As Tech-Starved Investors Gorge on IPO
- Pandora shares jump in initial trading
- some good Pandora history, intvw with CTO
- Pandora stock opened at $20 (set yesterday at $16) a share got as high as $25 a share within the first hour of trading this morning.
- Closed at $17.42
- LinkedIn has settled at about $75
- 9 million of the approx. 15 millions hares came from insiders, Company raised $235 million from its 6 million shares
- For the nine months that ended April 30, Pandora lost $6.8 million on sales of $51 million, compared to a $3 million loss on sales of $21.6 million in the same period a year ago
- Duke Nukem’s PR Threatens To Punish Sites That Run Negative Reviews
- Duke Nukem flack eats words over threat to reviewers
- TheRednerGroup Twitter "#AlwaysBetOnDuke too many went too far with their reviews…we are reviewing who gets games next time and who doesn’t based on today’s venom,” the company tweeted. “Bad scores are fine. Venom filled reviews…that’s completely different,” another tweet read.
- Ben Kuchera from Ars got this response from Jin Redner "I have had a wonderful relationship working with you in the past. I plan to continue working with you in the future on all projects, if you will allow me. I believe reviews are completely subjective. Everyone is welcome to their own opinion and opinions are never wrong. It is not my intention to bully anyone. I over reacted. I just voiced an opinion. I have poured my heart into this project and I just want it to succeed. It is my hope that you understand."
- Then this was posted to RednerGroup Twitter "I have to apologize to the community. I acted out of pure emotion. I will be sending each of you a private apology."
- 2K Games has officially weighed in on the issue. "2K Games does not endorse the comments made by Jim Redner and we can confirm that The Redner Group no longer represents our products. We have always maintained a mutually-respectful working relationship with the press and do not condone his actions in any way."
- Americans watching more TV in more places
- TV or Web Video? Now, Finally, We’re Starting To Choose.
- Cable operators to Netflix: Bring it on
- Diffusion group released a study that says the number of Netflix streamers considering downgrading their pay-TV service doubled year-over-year from 16% to 32%. Those who said they are likely to downgrade or eliminate their pay-TV service, 61% of moderate to heavy Netflix streamers cite online video usage as the top reason for doing so (with two-thirds of these citing Netflix specifically), while just 24% point to economic issues as their top reason.
- According to Nielsen, the average American spends 159 hours watching television in the home, along with 4.5 hours of content on the Web. They watch another four hours of video on their mobile devices.
- A total of 107 million Americans time-shifted during the last quarter, representing a gain of 13.2 percent, compared with the first quarter of 2010
- Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 spend the most time watching television shows on the Web with nearly 8 hours of total viewership each month. Nielsen said that 142.4 million Americans watched video content on the Web last quarter, up 4.8 percent compared with the first quarter of 2010.
- The organization said that in the first quarter, 28.5 million Americans watched video on a mobile device, representing a whopping 41 percent gain over the 20 million who did the same in the first quarter of 2010.
- HOWEVER the more Web video you watch, the less time you spend on traditional TV.
- Robert Marcus, COO of Time Warner Cable, and Michael Wilner, CEO of Insight Communications, a cable operator based in Kentucky, said that without live programming and sports Netflix and other over-the-top video providers will never be able to compete head to head with them
- Bipartisan bill would end government's warrantless GPS tracking
- Senators propose new mobile data privacy law
- Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT) announced a new bill dubbed the ""GPS Act"" Senator Ron Wyden (OR) sponsored the bill
- Under the new bill, geolocation data obtained from devices like tablets, smartphones, and GPS trackers would be held to the same standard as a wiretap request; police can go to court, show probable cause, and obtain a warrant if they need access to such information.
- Without a warrant, companies would need consent in order to share a user's geolocation data with anyone else. The bill would also criminalize those who stalk other people by inserting stealth apps on their phones or computers.
- ON THE OTHER HAND Sen. Al Franken, Minn., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Conn., co-sponsored a bill, which is called the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011.
- The lawmakers said the bill "would close loopholes in current federal law to ensure that consumers know what location information is being collected ... and allow them to decide if they want to share it."
- The bill introduced Wednesday would require device makers and app developers "to receive express consent" from mobile users "before collecting or sharing information about those users' location with third parties."
- LulzSec opens hack request line
- LulzSec Phone-Bombs FBI and Blizzard
- Callers to the US number are met with a recorded message, in a heavy French accent, by an individual calling themself Pierre Dubois
- Call us: 614-LULZSEC (now accepting calls) | Join the party: irc.lulzco.org (port 6697 for SSL channel #LulzSec or http://t.co/Sm5wHjd)
- Yesterday HTC said that HTC Desire owners would have to choose between the Sense UI or Gingerbread because it was impossible to do both. Good news, HTC has done the impossible! On its Facebook page, HTC said it is indeed bringing Gingerbread to the Desire. The lesson? If you dislike something HTC does (like that whole locked bootloader thing), simply let your rage be known because HTC might change its mind.
- Google's been eyeing Nortel's patents from across the room for a while now. All Google needed was the go ahead from the Department of Justice. Well, after review, the DOJ says there are no antitrust concerns with Google buying the patents. Google has bid $900 million for the patents, but there are still other suitors for the patents like Apple and RIM.
- One of Bitcoins strengths as an online currency is it is like cold hard cash - it is hard to counterfeit and also difficult to trace. Unfortunately, like cash, Bitcoins can also be stolen. One user has lost 25,000 Bitcoins because someone gained access to his computer. At current market rates, that 25,000 Bitcoins is about half a million dollars.
- The iOS 5 SDK is a treasure trove of information. This time, someone has found some high resolution images at a resolution of 1536 x 2048 lurking in the SDK. Why would such an image be in the SDK? The prevailing theory is that it points to the next version of the iPad with a retina display. Considering the iPad's display is the same as the first version from 2010, it's a pretty safe bet that the iPad will get a bump pretty soon.
- A source at Crytek has told VideoGamer.com that it is developing a new TimeSplitters game for the next versions of the Xbox and the PlayStation. On top of that, that source says the next Xbox will be announced within the next 12 months - possibly at E3 2012. That doesn't mean Microsoft will release the device next year, but it might show off a prototype.
- Sony and Microsoft want you to use their consoles as your one box for everything, but Nintendo doesn't agree. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said the Wii U will not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities and wants the game console to focus on games. Oddly, the original Wii, if hacked, could play DVDs. Who knows what capabilities will be hiding in the Wii U?
- There are a lot of hacker stories floating around these days, so how can it be stopped? Justice Ministers from the EU have a proposal: make the creation of "hacking tools" a criminal offense. See the logic? If the tools are illegal, people won't make them, and all the hacking will stop. Beyond the obvious problems, the Justice Ministers haven't given a full definition of "hacking tools" and could make a lot of legitimate software illegal.
- If you haven't heard of Righthaven, it's a company that goes around suing blogs and other sites for infringement, on behalf of the copyright holders. U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt is none to thrilled with Righthaven saying the company has no standing to sue since Righthaven is not the copyright holder. Judge Hunt called Righthaven “disingenuous, if not outright deceitful" and also wrote that Righthaven should explain to the court why the court should not sanction it.
- BlackBerry PlayBook hits UK one day ahead of schedule. the retailer Phones 4u has it in two London brick-and-mortar stores today- Tottenham Court Road & Oxford Street
- Samsung Droid Charge, HTC Thunderbolt and LG Revolution users rejoice! Verizon has extended the offer to let you use your phone as WiFi hotspot for free until July 6th.
- AOL's investor day takes place tomorrow, June 16th. Expect a lot of talk about "execution" and "Strategy" and "brand." and "cds" and "mail"
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