Tech News Today 265
Recorded: June 16, 2011
Published: June 16, 2011
Tech News Today 265: Ethernet Powered Post-its
RIM's earnings call is bleak, Facebook's Project Spartan leaks, Lulzsec versus Anonymous, and more.
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Randall Bennett
- RIM implodes: announces layoffs, 500,000 PlayBooks shipped
- RIM’s latest earnings call: 500K PlayBooks shipped, layoffs coming
- break out the pepto- RIM reports earnings today
- O2 passing on the Playbook
- Dolby sues RIM, wants Playbook and Blackberries taken off sale
- Net income is down roughly 10 percent over the same quarter last year — $695 million versus $769 million — and it’s down some $239 million from the quarter prior
- The company posted adjusted earnings per share of $1.33 on sales of $4.9 billion, versus the $1.32 on $5.1 billion analysts were expecting.
- RIM said it shipped 13.2 million BlackBerrys (lower than analysts estimates) and 500,000 PlayBooks. Keep in mind that number is shipped, not sold.
- The company also announced a “headcount reduction” to keep costs in line.
- RIMM is down 15% in after hours trading* keep an eye on that
- O2 UK said it wouldn't carry the PlayBook b/c “unfortunately there are some issues with the end to end customer experience.”
- Semi-related: Dolby is suing RIM over audio patents. Dolby is seeking an injunction on the sales of the BlackBerry and Playbooks
- Project Spartan: Facebook’s Hush-Hush Plan To Take On Apple On Their Own Turf: iOS
- Facebook to go head-to-head with Apple via new mobile platform
- TechCrunch reporting on Facebook's Project Spartan,
- It's an HTML5-based mobile platform "aimed squarely at working on the iPhone"
- MG Siegler says he's seen it
- Around 80 outside devs working with FB including Zynga and HuffPo
- Apps could roll out in the next few weeks, would use FB credits as a payment system
- LulzSec leaks 62,000 emails and passwords, also targets CIA
- Lulzsec Hackers Go to War with 4chan
- Hit the Deck: Lulzsec and Anonymous trading blows
- CIA.gov was down for a bit yesterday, LulzSecurity took the credit and said it used a ""very simple packet flood""
- LulzSec then released 62,000 emails and passwords and posted it on Mediafire as a text file (announced via LulzSec's twitter account).
- The original uploaded file has been taken down by MediaFire, but is still accessible elsewhere
- LulzSec is now publicly attacking Anonymous and mocking 4chan
- LulzSec has said that it is not part of Anonymous"
- Why iTunes Match has indie soul label singing the blues
- Chicago-based Numero Group, has publicly stated it has decided to "opt out" of iTunes Match.
- Numero wrote a statement on its blog "our primary responsibility is to our partners—the artists, producers, and songwriters that make up the Numero catalog—we feel that Apple’s pittance is an insult not only to them, but every other musician..."
- Ars Technica contacted Numero co-owner Rob Sevier about the matter: Sevier had concerns about legitimizing piracy. He says that the Numero has seen that there are 10-20 times more downloads than legit sales. "But for Apple to say that all your bootlegs are welcome, it just bothers us."
- Sevier was not impressed about the potential revenue that the $25 annual fee would generate for his label.
- Yahoo Launches App-Discovery App for iOS, Android
- Yahoo tackles mobile app discovery, but why?
- Yahoo launched AppSpot app for iOS and Android
- It's an app search engine with daily personalized recommendations
- Yahoo's mobile app will scan your device (with permission) so it can make recommendations
- Yahoo also introduced App Search so you can find apps on the web, then scan a QR code to get the app on your phone"
- Is it time for a mobile TV comeback?
- In its new global entertainment and media outlook report, PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that mobile TV subscription revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13 percent over the next five years in the U.S.
- That means mobile subscriptions will bring in $900 million of revenue by 2015, compared with $486 million in 2010.
- PwC predicts that mobile TV will mostly be free, with only a smaller subset of viewers subscribing to extended premium offerings.
- PwC predicts that this uptake will be driven by wireless network upgrades and a mobile DTV standard, which could kick in by 2012 or 2013.
- FloTV info:
- In October 2010, Qualcomm announced it was suspending new sales of the service to consumers. In December 2010, AT&T announced that it will purchase Qualcomm's FCC licenses in the 700 MHz band. FLO TV discontinued service on March 27, 2011.
- report: Facebook users have a higher degree of social well-being
- From the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life project, Facebook users are more trusting of other people, have larger #s of close friends, higher civic engagement
- Counters the idea that people on social networks are more isolated
- People who are not online have the smallest social networks, are more socially isolated, get the least amount of social support and are least likely to vote according to Univ. of Penn. prof. Keith Hampton, lead author of the report
- Someone who logs into Facebook multiple times a day is 43% more likely than other Internet users and more than three times as likely as someone who does not use the Internet to feel that most people can be trusted.
- Someone who uses Facebook several times per day averages 9% more close, core ties in their overall social network compared with other Internet users.
- Someone who visits the site multiple times a day was two and a half times more likely to attend a political rally or meeting, 57% more likely to persuade someone to vote for a candidate and 43% more likely to have said they would vote.
- Looks like we're going to need another Chief Information Officer in the United States because Vivek Kundra is leaving the position in August. Kundra will serve as a joint fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society researching cloud computing and the "implications of digital media and technology on governance."
- Lawsuit time! This time Apple is being sued over the term "iBooks." John Colby says that a publishing company he owns started using the name ibooks in September 1999. Apple's has several trademarks on iBooks including those related to hardware (back when MacBooks were called iBooks).
- If you've been wondering when Apple will refresh its hardware, it might be as soon as next month. According to Apple Insider, Apple is holding back new hardware until after Mac OS X Lion is finalized. Apple has announced that Lion will be available in July. So that would mean if you get a Sandy Bridge MacBook Air, it should have iCloud built right in.
- Mass Effect developer BioWare has been hacked. Over 18,000 accounts have been compromised. The standard identity information was stolen like usernames, passwords, email addresses and birth dates. On the plus side, no credit card info was taken.
- Last week we told you about a bill that could kill Wisconsin's WiscNet. WiscNet is a co-op network providing ISP services to libraries, schools, local government, and the University of Wisconsin system. Good news! After the legislature received a large volume of calls, that bill has been revised so WiscNet would continue to receive funding.
- The next time you receive a phone call, it could be a scammer. The scheme works like this: a scammer calls you pretending to be a security expert, warns you of a security threat, then the scammer says he can take care of it remotely. This requires the victim to install software and then all kinds of personal data can be stolen. Microsoft took a poll of 7000 PC users and found that 15% had received calls like this.
- Around the month of May, there was a hack of Citigroup's credit card accounts. Yesterday, Citigroup said that the hack affected more than 360,000 accounts. That's approximately 1% of Citi's North America Citi-branded credit card accounts. Citi has sent out letters and reissued cards to those affected.
- These days, smartphones all kind of look the same, so LG decided to try something different. Pocket-lint has a photo of an LG slider phone that has two screens and a split keyboard. The second screen is what actually splits the keyboard. It appears to be an Android powered device and has T-Mobile branding. Pocket-lint says the build quality of the phone is a bit unfinished so it may just be a prototype.
- 3M Ethernet-powered TV ditches conventional plug
- It has to be a powered Ethernet port, which requires PoE or Power over Ethernet - a defined standard, but not a commonly found feature on home routers.
- IBM turns 100 today
- Kinect for Windows SDK beta launched today, wants PC users to get a move on
- HP Pre3 tips up in UK pre-order with July 8 release
- Sony S1 and S2 tablets hitting Europe in September?
- 5th Ave Glass Cube Apple Store will bum out tourists for a while
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