Tech News Today 264

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Episode 264

Tech News Today 264: Get Virtually Pregnant

Google's next Nexus, Facebook secret photo app, Duke Nukem PR snafu, and more.


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Discussion Stories

  • 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 "2K Games does not endorse the comments made by Jim Redner and we can confirm that The Redner Group no longer represents our products.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."

News Fuse




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