Tech News Today 291
Recorded: July 25, 2011
Published: July 25, 2011
Tech News Today 291: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Google+
Netflix disappoints more people, Kindle thumbs nose at Apple, why Real names on G+ are like ties, and more.
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- Netflix, DreamWorks Animation in licensing talks, report says
- Netflix rises to 25 million subscribers in Q2, thinks DVD business has already peaked
- Netflix Says Its Price Hike Will Clip Revenues For a Quarter
- Cord cutters not replacing cable TV with online video
- Netflix says it will have a cool integration with Facebook integration up and running sometime in the next three months, but only for subscribers in Canada and Latin Americans
- Netflix: We 'hate' upsetting customers but most won't cancel
- Confirmed they won't bid on Hulu
- Netflix is close to reaching an agreement to license content from DreamWorks Animation and a deal could get done as soon as this week, according to a published report.
- it appears Netflix will take over a distribution deal that the studio once had with cable heavyweight HBO.
- HBO owned the distribution rights until 2014 but it granted DreamWorks Animation's req
- Research from Leichtman Research Group.
- 8 percent of U.S. households subscribe to broadband services without also having a pay TV subscription. That compares to the 70 percent of U.S. households that pay for both broadband and pay TV
- percentage of broadband-only households that watch online video is only slightly higher than those that pay for cable.
- 24.59 million U.S. subscribers, plus another 1 million in Canada. That’s in line with exepectations. Projected subscribers in Q3: Up to 27 million, which is a little lighter than analysts were looking for.
- Q3 revenue guidance: Up to $828 million, which will again disappoint Wall Street.
- Q3 EPS guidance: From $0.72 to $1.07 per share, also lower than expectations.
- Only 5 percent of broadband-only subscribers say they have kicked the pay TV habit because they can find what they want to watch online instead, and just 2 percent cite Netflix in particular as a reason for cutting the cord. A whopping 28 percent of broadband-only households cite cost as the main reason they don’t subscribe to cable, with another 26 percent saying they just don’t watch that much TV. 18 percent claim to have no need for a pay TV subscription.
- iOS reading apps begin ditching outside store links in droves
- Apple Forces Kindle, Nook Kids, Kobo To Yank In-App Bookstores
- Did Apple eject Google Books from the App Store for violating terms?
- Kindle, WSJ, Spotify iOS apps & more lose store links
- This Is Amazon's New Way Around Apple's App Store Subscription Rules
- Amazon, removed the button, has not added in-app purchases. But has added the ability to read newspapers.
- Barnes & Noble tells users to open Safari and visit nookbooks.com
- The Kobo app removed links to the Kobo store from within its app.
- The Wall Street Journal reported on its website that it, too, would stop selling content directly from within its iPad app to customers, though its app doesn't appear to have been updated yet. "People who download the app and want to subscribe will have to either call customer service or visit WSJ.com," wrote the publication.
- Google Books disppeared briefly from the store but has been restored. Google would not comment on why.
- Facebook’s iPad App Is Hidden Inside Of Their iPhone App
- Facebook’s Secret iPad App Exposed [Pictures]
- Facebook blocks access to hidden iPad app *Already disabled says ComputerWorld, Facebook had blocked log-ins through the iPad app, according to Marvin Bernal a Toronto computer engineering student who earlier tweeted how to unlock the new software.
- Hidden in the code of Facebook’s iPhone app was the code for the iPad App
- iPhone app version 3.4.4.
- Canadian engineering student, Marvin Bernal, who calls himself an “iOS Enthusiast” actually noticed this Facebook mistake almost immediately and tweeted about it.
- TechCrunch source confirms this is the app Facebook has been planning to launch
- Street View cars grabbed locations of phones, PCs
- Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) recently contacted CNET and said its investigation confirmed that Street View cars collected MAC addresses of more than just WiFi access points.
- CNET reported June 15 that MAC addresses were avilable in public database
- Google and SkyHook wireless make their location available in a public database
- Google VP: Why Google+ requires real names
- Google Plus Deleting Accounts En Masse: No Clear Answers
- Complaints mount over Google+ account deletions
- Gundotra explained to Scoble that the requirement isn't about real names or legal names. Instead, "it is about having common names and removing people who spell their names in weird ways, like using upside-down characters, or who are using obviously fake names, like 'god' or worse." "like when a restaurant doesn't allow people who aren't wearing shirts to enter."
- Lots of examples of people getting accounts suspended without any clear indication why.
- RIM to Cut 2,000 Jobs on BlackBerry Decline
- RIM to lay off 2,000 employees, shuffle executives
- 2,000 jobs to be cut (about 10% of workforce, across all functions)
- Chief Operating Officer Don Morrison, currently on medical leave, plans to retire. Jim Rowan becomes COO for operations. Thorsten Heins expands to COO for product and sales.
- Will leave company with 17,000 employees
- reassigned some senior managers’ responsibilities and titles.
- Last week, the Internet was ablaze with news of fake Apple Stores in China - not fake Apple products, but counterfeit Apple Stores. Two stores in Kunming have been shut down by Chinese authorities. Over 300 electronics stores were investigated - some stores did have operating permits, but used Apple's logo without permission. According to Bloomberg, Apple did not prompt the governmental investigation.
- Anonymous just received an 8GB present. The organization says it received 8GB worth of stuff from a "source." and say those 8GBs are made up of files taken from Italy's cyber-police, the CNAIPIC. The move is thought to be retaliation for the arrests of Anonymous members in Italy, but Anonymous hasn't officially shared the motive. Anonymous has also targeted the man allegedly responsible for the shooting spree in Oslo.
- Anonymous lashes out at Norway massacre suspect
- AT&T has announced that any post-paid Android phone it releases this year will get Gingerbread! Atrix 4G users will get Android 2.3 today, HTC Inspire 4G users will land Gingerbread "in the coming weeks." The Facebook phone, HTC's Status is the first ATT phone to use 2.3. Device users should know that delivery methods will vary by device. Some will get the updates over-the-air, but others may have to connect to a WiFi network or PC.
- According to Le Parisienne, France has officially kicked several people off of the internet using its three strikes law. The first person to get disconnected is a 54-year old school teacher who claims he does not know how to download unauthorized content and thinks someone used his WiFi network to download the movie "Iron Man 2" illegally. Now it's up to the teacher to prove his innocence.
- Back at the D9 conference, Eric Schmidt said that Google had built and withheld technology capable of recognizing faces. Well, Google just acquired a start-up called PittPatt which can recognize faces in images and videos. So did Google just buy something so they would never use it or perhaps Google's looking to bolster its brand new Google Plus network? Google has previously stated that it would not implement facial recognition unless it has strong privacy protections in place.
- Sandy Bridge is Intel's super-awesome processors with both the CPU and GPU on one die, that just hit the MacBook Air. However, those processors have already trickled down to some inexpensive laptops. HP and Toshiba are selling laptops under $400 that have Intel Sandy Bridge processors in them. So if you want budget and power in your laptop, you can get it soon.
- To compete with the Apple iPad, other tablets need a way to stand out. T-Mobile is making the bold claim that the LG G-Slate's network data speeds are two times faster than the iPad 2 on AT&T or Verizon. T-Mobile also took a shot at the Motorola Xoom on Verizon, saying the G-Slate is three times faster than the Xoom. T-Mobile conducted over three hundred tests before making those claims.
- Around five years ago, Microsoft and Novell struck a deal to collaborate on Windows and Linux interoperability. Today, Microsoft announced it has set up a four-year extension with Attachmate (which now owns Novell). According to the deal, Microsoft will spend $100 million on support certificates for SUSE Linux Enterprise. Also, the companies agreed not to sue each other's customers for patent violations.
YE OLDE RUMOURE MILLE
- Apple looking at 55-inch LG OLED displays for late 2012 Apple Television?
- AT&T preps for early to mid-September iPhone 5 launch
- Verizon CEO on next iPhone: ‘that’s going to be a little bit later in the year now
- Pricegrabber: 35 pct of U.S. consumers plan on buying the iPhone 5
- O'Reilly's Open Source Convention starts today and runs till the 29th in Portland, OR.
- Apple just released iOS 4.3.5 to fix a "security vulnerability." it's worth noting this updates comes just 10 days after 4.3.4, which addressed a security hole related to PDF support
- Sprint's CDMA-based Direct Connect alternative is officially slated to launch this winter, and old fasioned iDEN push-to-talk users will have to switch to something new when iDEN cells are phased out in 2013.
"Hello TNT team,
According to what I've read in defense of soldered memory it is slightly more power efficient and faster because of better quality direct connections, rather than through some slot, therefore being soldered it takes less space on the motherboard. This probably saves money in manufacturing and assuming you replace the laptop after 3 years, the durable good limit, is cost efficient.
Jonathan in KY"
- Edited by: Jason
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