Tech News Today 339
Recorded: September 29, 2011
Published: September 29, 2011
Tech News Today 339: Amazon's Silk Road
Samsung and Google's hot announcement, Amazon Silk browser for more than just Kindle, Facebook may show up at Apple announcement, and more.
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- Samsung’s October Event Could Be An Ice Cream Social
- Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 at CTIA’s fall show on October 11th
- this one is called the “Google Episode,”
- Ina Fried says she's heard that Andy Rubin could be there
- Rumored to be the Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich
- Google Calls Justice Department Second Request on Motorola Deal “Pretty Routine” (If Four Percent Is Routine)
- DOJ Puts Google/Motorola On Hold With Request For More Info
- DOJ asks Google for more data about Motorola deal
- An update on our Motorola acquisition [Google's blog post]
- The US DOJ is making a second request for information from Google.
- “This is pretty routine,” wrote Google’s Motorola integration exec Dennis Woodside. “We’ve gotten these kind of requests before.”
- Only four percent of transactions got such a follow-up request from regulators, according to WSJ.
- the move will delay the closing of the deal by several months.
- It happens to Google a lot. Admob, ITA, DoubleClick, Yahoogle partnership
- Amazon's 'Silk' Browser Probably Coming to a PC Near You
- Amazon Silk: not just for Fire tablets?
- List of URLs
- Amazon has gone on a URL buying spree, snapping up domains like silkfordroid.com, silkformac.com, silkforpc.com, silkfortablets.com, and silkforwindows.com
- Fusible noticed the Long list of the domains
- domains were acquired through MarkMonitor, a "brand protection agency,"
- If you use Amazon Silk on a Kindle device, your device will automatically send Amazon Silk crash reports to Amazon. You may choose to send these reports when using Amazon Silk on other devices. Crash reports help us diagnose problems with the browser and improve its performance.
- Windows Phone makes up 30% of HTC’s sales, will give Android a ‘run for its money’
- Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate Microsoft makes in total, $444 million annually off Android.
- OEMs) are paying Microsoft between $3-$6 per device.
- estimates for the number of Android-based devices that will be sold by Microsoft’s licensees between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
- HTC, Acer, General Dynamics Itronix, Onkyo, Velocity Micro, ViewSonic and Wistron, and Samsung,
- Compare to $74.5 billion in revenues this year made from Yahoo deal
- Florian Mueller of Foss patents called the estimate "reading tea leaves"
- In court B&N claimed that Microsoft was demanding more for Android royalties than it was charging for a Windows Phone 7 license. WP7 license is believed to be between $8 and $15 per device.
- Melvin Chua, HTC’s manager in Singapore said “We believe that Windows Phone 7 will eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money,” Sayd WP7 makes up 30% of HTC sales."
- Facebook’s Spartan And iPad Projects Set To Launch Early Next Week
- Facebook Tracking Probe Sought by Washington Privacy Groups
- Facebook Pushes Back Against ‘Super-Cookie’ Charges
- Alexia Tsotsis found a screenshots of Facebook's HTML5 apps project sometimes referred to as "Project Spartan"
- It's been done for awhile and been waiting for Facebook's iPad app to launch
- Mashable reports new Facebook app will launch at Apple annoucnement on Tuesday. Facebook and Apple doing a back and forth.
- Ten public-interest groups asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook Inc.’s tracking of Internet users after they log off
- The Electronic Privacy Information Center and nine other groups, in a letter filed with the FTC today, also asked it to examine whether Facebook’s new Ticker and Timeline features boost privacy risks for users
- Said more plainly, our cookies aren’t used for tracking. They just aren’t. Instead, we use our cookies to either provide custom content (e.g. your friend’s likes within a social plugin), help improve or maintain our service (e.g. measuring click-through rates to help optimize performance), or protect our users and our service.
- Best Buy's cutting prices of the BlackBerry Playbook.
- "Rumors suggesting that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued are pure fiction," RIM spokeswoman Marisa Conway said in an email to Reuters. "RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market and the future of QNX in its platform."
- Collins Stewart analyst John Vihn said in a note: "We believe RIM has stopped production of its PlayBook and is actively considering exiting the tablet market."
- RIM two weeks ago had said it planned to show updated software for the PlayBook at its October analyst conference. The updates would allow email to run natively in the device, among other things.
- The BlackBerry PlayBook price cuts have arrived in the US, without any messing around with gift cards: the tablets now start at $299.99 for 16GB at Best Buy, a $200 discount.
- PlayBook sales are on a downward spiral, with 200,000 devices shipped in the second quarter after 500,000 shipped in the first.
- The Mac clones are deader than ever. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling that Psystar could not sell its Hackintosh computers. Psystar called its machines "Open Macs" and argued that a person should be able to do anything he or she wanted after purchasing OS X on a DVD. The court said, nope - a person buys a license to the OS and that has restrictions. It wasn't a total victory for Apple as the appellate court said the lower court erred in allowing Apple to seal documents related to the case because when it comes to court documents, there is "a strong presumption of access."
- T-Mobile has submitted a court filing supporting Samsung in the ever-continuing patent battle between Samsung and Apple. T-Mo said the ban on Samsung products would "unnecessarily harm" T-Mobile and its customers. Hey, here's a hint for T-Mobile: if you want to get the iPhone, you probably don't want tick off Apple in court.
- According to the Wall Street Journal, Nokia is developing a new operating system for low-end phones called Meltemi. The cheap OS will be based on Linux. Windows Phone will still power most phones in the Nokia lineup. Meltemi seems to be aimed at replacing supercheap Series 40 based phones which dominate the emerging markets. So if you're keeping track, Nokia ditched both Symbian and MeeGo to partner with Microsoft then decided to try its hand at another OS.
- The iPhone 5 announcement is coming up in less than a week so this is the last call for sketchy information. An executive from China Unicom, a carrier of the iPhone, said that the next iPhone will have HSPA+ to download things at a speed of 21Mbps. There's even a China Unicom slide floating around the internet that says the same thing. What does that mean for the U.S.? Even though iPhone 5 is rumored to land on Sprint, only AT&T has an HSPA+ network. Maybe that'll be AT&T's big hook?
- Some good news or bad news depending who you are at Nokia. The bad news: if you worked at Nokia's manufacturing facility in Romania, in its supply chain or its commerce and location business, you might be out of a job by the end of the year. Nokia will cut 3500 jobs across those divisions. The good news? If you're a Nokia shareholder, Nokia's stock price increased on the news.
- HP might have fired Leo Apotheker because of Larry Ellison. Bloomberg reports HP was worried about the stock price falling low enough that Oracle could perform an unsolicited buyout. Although, other sources tell Bloomberg Oracle had no immediate plans to acquire HP. Sharesof HP were $42 when Leo took over and fell to $23 the day he was ousted. Shares are still about $24. So it doesn't seem to be working.
- That Kindle Fire looks super-expensive next to India's $35 tablet. The low cost tablet will be available to students and is launching next Wednesday, October 5th. Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said,"This is not just a dream, it is a reality." The tablet has been delayed several times, but we'll see next week if it's the real deal.
- Near Field Communication will get a lot more useful. A new spec by the NFC Forum standardizes a way to share data between machines in a peer-to-peer mode called "Simple NDEF Exchange protocol." This spec means that you wouldn't need a special app to exchange data - your NFC device would be able to share right away. This ought to allow devices from different manufacturers to work together easily - sort of like Bluetooth.
- The Financial Times says its HTML5 app has over 700,000 subscribers and has decided to pull its iPad and iPhone apps from the Apple App Store. FT had made the HTML5 site to avoid paying Apple a cut of its subscription fees. The mobile version of the site accounts for 15% of FT.com's subscriptions.
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray drops tomorrow September 30th. But it's not the 3D version. That one still doesn't have a release date.
- Starting Monday, October 3rd, Microsoft will drop the price of a Zune Pass to $9.99 (down from $14.99), but you won't be able to download 10 free songs a month any more. The new service will be live in the U.S. and for the first time - Canada.
- January 2012 - Star Trek: The Next Generation is coming to Blu-ray. The whole series will be remastered in 1080p and 7.1 audio.
"What I find funny, is that everybody was complaining about the lack of features of the ipad, no usb, no memcards etc, compared to android. But now with the Kindle Fire everybody is suddenly all excited, and it has even less features then the original ipad.
Oh yee ghumans
"Hey TNT people! I love in the UK and have to deal with the same package based television selection you talked about in TNT 338. We have so many combinations available from Sky or Virgin Media that in the end I have just lived without channels like FX and Discovery HD. It's all too expensive and we desperately wait for better cord cutting options to arrive to these ye olde lands.
"Tom and Posse,
I was just going over more of the Amazon coverage from yesterday and one thing stood out to me. Amazon said WhisperSync would work for TVs and movies, but ultimately they are not controlling the experience of those two outside of the Kindle Fire. Do you think Amazon would be in the market to acquire Roku to fill this void? It seems like a logical acquisition, it's a company with a devoted (if small) user base that has hardware and software on par with the best, all its waiting for is a big name like Amazon to really promote it. Amazon has a successful history of acquiring companies that consumers love (Zappos, Woot) and not losing that consumer goodwill after purchase. I could understand if Amazon wants to follow the Netflix model and be everywhere, but they seem to be keen to control their user experience recently, but maybe they don't want a product that will compete with Apple on price so closely. Just a thought.
Love 'da sho'
Rich in Lovely Cleveland"
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