Tech News Today 292

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Episode 292

Tech News Today 292: Cloud In The Basement

It's Mango Mania for WP7 (and news on BB OS 7) Wal-Mart enters the online video fray, Pirates are great customers, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Mozilla eyes mobile OS landscape with new Boot to Gecko project
    • Announced experimental project Boot to Gecko B2G
    • Standards-based OS initially targeted at phones
    • Unlike Android, source code released as it is developed
    • Start with existing code from Android then layering on interface and Gecko rendering engine. Intend to use as little Android as possible.
    • Aims to identify holes in current standards and propose new ones.
    • Nothing but a readme at repository on github. { for all info]
  • Google revises Google+ real name management policy
  • Bradley Horowitz post on G+
    • Bradley Horowitz, Google’s VP of Google+, stated on a Google+ post that Google will be changing its naming policies “as soon as possible."
    • Will give users a warning and a chance to change their name
    • Can add nicknames and maiden names to the 'other names' portion of user profile
    • "Please don’t misconstrue the product as it exists today (< 4 weeks since entering Field Trial) as the ‘end state."
    • "it is a myth that “Not abiding by the Google+ common name policy can lead to wholesale suspension of one’s entire Google account...we’re looking at ways to improve the signup process to reduce the likelihood that users get themselves into a state that will later result in review." - Horowitz post

Discussion Stories

  • Watch Out, Netflix. Walmart Now Streaming Vudu Video On Demand On
  • Wal-Mart adds streaming video to its website
    • Wal-mart bought Vudu 18 months ago
    • Vudu service now available on (it was already available on
    • Available in 300 consumer electronics products, including Internet-connected television sets, Blu-ray disc players and the Sony PlayStation 3 game console.
    • Walmart said it would stream many movies on the same day as they come out on DVD
    • On-demand with rentals available from $1 to $5.99 and purchases starting at $4.99.
    • Wal-Mart's website attracts about 40 million monthly visitors.
  • YouTube responsible for 22% of all mobile bandwidth
  • No wonder we watch: 48 hours of footage uploaded to YouTube every minute
    • Report from network management vendor Allot Communications.
    • 22% of all global mobile bandwidth is consumed by people watching YouTube 1H 2011 (up from 17% 2H 2010)
    • YouTube now accounts for 52 percent of all global mobile video streaming
    • Overall, video streaming now accounts for 39 percent of all mobile traffic
    • File sharing, a distant second, accounts for 25% --- All in all, mobile data grew 77 percent over the past year.
    • Over 3 billion videos are viewed each day on YouTube. The Pew Internet & American Life Project --- 48 hours of footage uploaded to YouTube every minute---- Parents are also 20 percentage points more likely to have used a video sharing site than non-parents.
  • Ousted EMI boss: pirates are our best customers, suing is bad for business
  • Story about Merrill being ousted
    • Dr. Douglas C Merrill, who left his job as Google’s CIO to be EMI’s Chief Operating Officer of New Music and President of Digital Business, now a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur
    • keynoting the CA Expo in Sydney when he said that LimeWire users were the biggest iTunes customers, and that the record industry’s strategy of suing downloaders “is like trying to sell soap by throwing dirt on your customers.”
    • said EMI’s own research confirmed that P2P music downloaders were the label’s best customers.

News Fuse




"Hey Sarah,

This may be old news but I just heard about fluid pro. It let's you make apps from webpages. Not sure why that's impressive but the pro version does keep a separate set of cookies for each app. So you could have a app launcher just for your TNT google accounts and another for iPad today... This way you could have them all open in separate windows with separated cookies etc. Instead of incognito or what ever other tricks you use.

Anyways, the shows are great. Keep up the good work.


"Hi Guys,

I'll keep it short. I just wanted to pass on the latest episode of "This American Life" which discusses Patent Wars. I doubt I'm the first to mention this to you but I just wanted to make sure you knew about it. I highly encourage everyone to take the time and listen.

Thanks and keep up the great work, James"

"I was reading the hateful reviews of the iOS Kindle app this morning and almost all of them blame Amazon for the removal of the Kindle Store button. One even said he was switching to iBooks which is just silly since iBooks is owned by the company that got greedy and wanted the 30% cut from in-app purchases.

Amazon lists one of the changes to v2.8 of the Kindle App as being ""This update removes the Kindle Store button from the app."". Maybe they should have added ""because Apple wanted a 30% tax on all book purchases.""

Or maybe Apple edited that out before they approved the new version of the app.

- Andrew McDonald "



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