Tech News Today 270
Recorded: June 23, 2011
Published: June 23, 2011
Tech News Today 270: Do Not Look Directly At The Sea Ray
Goodbye Tesla Roadster, Netflix teams up with Facebook, Google gets subpoenaed, and more.
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- Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster
- Automaker Tesla Motors (TSLA) will stop taking orders for the car in the U.S. in about two months as the car maker focuses on its Model S electric sedan.
- Tesla reported sales of 1,650 Roadsters worldwide by the end of April, 2011. The car is sold in North America, Europe and Asia. Price was around $109,000
- The first sales of the Model S sedan are expected to begin around the middle of 2012. $58,000 range of 160 miles
- The first ones sold will have an estimated driving range of 300 miles with a price tag closer to $80,000.
- Besides building its own cars, Tesla has a business partnership with Toyota Motor Co (TM) to produce a plug-in electric version of the RAV4 SUV and a deal with Daimler (DDAIF) to provide batteries for an electric version of the Smart ForTwo minicar.
- Netflix CEO Reed Hastings joins Facebook's Board of Directors
- Reed Hastings Joins Facebook Board
- He also serves on the board for Microsoft (which owns a stake in Facebook)
- Hastings joins other board members Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, Jim Breyer of Accel Partners, Washington Post CEO Donald E. Graham and Peter Thiel of Clarium Capital and Founders Fund.
- Netflix said earlier this year that “an extensive Facebook integration” is on the way.
- Google Faces Senate Subpoena Threats to Get Testimony From Page, Schmidt
- FTC launching antitrust probe over Google search, ad businesses
- The Federal Trade Commission is on the verge of serving Google as part of a formal antitrust investigation into Google's Web dominance, according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, with the requests for more information expected to be sent to Google "within days."
- will focus on Google's advertising business and whether Google has been directing search users to its own services over the competition.
- Similar to complaints currently being investigated in the EU
- In May Comscore estimated Google US search share at 65.4%
- Nokia's first Windows Phone: images and video, codenamed 'Sea Ray'
- Nokia’s Elop unveils ‘Sea Ray,’ its first Windows Phone — shh, don’t tell anyone (video)
- Speaking to a crowd of people, video shows Stephen Elop asking everyone to turn off cameras before he shows them something
- Pictures identify the something as "Sea Ray" a Windows Phone for Nokia
- Looks almost identical to the N9 with a different LED placement on the back and an additional button on the back
- Top ISPs poised to adopt graduated response to piracy
- Big Content, ISPs nearing agreement on piracy crackdown system
- Danish police proposal: Ban anonymous Internet use
- Major US ISPs set to limit repeat infringers with throttling, limiting access to 200 websites, and copyright reeducation school
- Four of the largest ISPs in the USA are on the verge of approving a deal with the RIAA and MPAA that'll require ISPs to limit people who repeatedly infringe copyright to visiting only 200 websites, throttled bandwidth, and/or sending them to copyright re-education school.
- The sources cautioned that a final agreement has yet to be signed and that the partnership could still unravel but added that at this point a deal is within reach and is on track to be unveiled sometime next month...
- The story suggests that AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Motion Picture Association of America are key negotiators. The White House is also involved in the discussions. Ars has been able to confirm the discussions with an industry source.
- The Danish police had proposed abolishing all anonymous Internet access, under the rubric of fighting terrorism. ISPs and companies would be required to gather strong proof of identity (official ID cards and similar) before connecting users, and would be required to retain records.
- FBI targets cyber security scammers
- FBI Busts International 'Scareware' Rings
- FBI Stole an Instapaper server in an unrelated raid
- Shutdown two scareware organization - Operation Trident Tribunal.
- Led by FBI, Raids in 12 including Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Netherlands, Cyprus, France, Lithuania, Romania, Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom
- Seized 40 computers, Raid in Latvia resulted in seizing five bank accounts
- Only arrests were in Latvia arrest of Peteris Sahurovs and Marina Maslobojeva who are alleged to be its operators.
- One scam was the old "Free virus scan" website trick, the other was malvertising
- Apparently took one of INstapper's servers that was hosted in Swiss hosting company DigitalOne's Virginia data center
- There Oughta Be a Standard: Laptop Power Supplies
- UPAMDTM / P1823TM
- Universal Power Adapter for Mobile Devices
- Universal Power Adapter for Mobile Devices (UPAMD) Working Group is developing a new standard that will not just address the needs of laptops and tablets, but will be intended to work with just about any electronics device that required between 10 and 240 watts of power
- Reported by Alfred Poor's Green Horizon blog at HP
- According to U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton, Apple will probably not be able to stop Amazon from using "Appstore." What does Judge Hamilton know? Well, she's the judge hearing the case, so she probably has an idea. However, that hasn't stopped Apple from sending another cease and desist letter - this time to Amahi for using "App Store." Ah, the nature of trademark law - sue people or lose your rights.
- Audio and ebook versions of Harry Potter are finally coming. JK Rowling has announced that the story will become a part of "an online reading experience unlike any other" called "Pottermore." There, Rowling will spill some information about the Harry Potter universe as well as interact with readers. The audio and ebooks will be distributed via Pottermore, which opens this October.
- Point and shoot cameras have become super tiny, but cameras with interchangeable lenses have tended to be quite large. Pentax has announced its solution, the Pentax Q. It shoots pics at 12 megapixels and while the Q can change lenses, its image sensor is usually found in point and shoot cameras.
- Rumor has it that Asus is working on a 13-inch Android powered laptop. Considering the company already has 10.1-inch Android tablet with a removable keyboard, this doesn't seem like it'd be that large an engineering feat for Asus. The 13-inch laptop is rumored to cost under $300.
- Shareholders may still have questions about Carol Bartz leadership of Yahoo! But the board is backing her. Speaking at the annual shareholder's meeting, Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock said “We are confident that Yahoo is headed in the right direction,” adding that Bartz has the board’s full support. Hopefully it's different than the full support Terry Seml received at the 2007 shareholder's meeting. He was replaced a week after that year'sexpression of confidence.
- When people get bored, they read website code. Florian Rohrweck was looking at some Google Profile code and noticed a label with a note "Show people who have added you to circles" and several other references to some kind of "circles" in relation to contacts. What could these "circles" mean? Perhaps Google's social circle? Or maybe Google is responsible for all those crop circles.
- Viacom can't make up it's mind. On the one hand it has asked for a pause in its lawsuit against Time Warner for streaming cable TV to iPad's in a paying subscriber's home. That seems positive. But right after that Viacom filed suit against Cablevision for doing the exact same thing. If we had to guess, we're assuming any deal with Time Warner will be forced on Cablevision immediately. Viacom loves a lawsuit.
- Plants vs. Zombies maker, PopCap Games, is about to be bought at over a billion dollars by Electronic Arts. PopCap is rumored to earn about $100 to $150 million a year, so EA must see something long term to justify its purchase price. Hopefully this means crossovers like Bejeweled, now with more John Madden.
- It would have been Alan Turing's 99th Birthday - the grandfather of modern computing
- Sonic the Hedgehog turns 20 years old today
- Hulu Plus app launches for Android
- HTC EVO View 4G (Flyer) headed to Sprint tomorrow June 24
- AND WiFi only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hitting Sprint tomorrow June 24
- LA Noire is coming to the PC this fall
- An Apple Television Is Coming In 2012 says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster
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