Tech News Today 362
Recorded: November 1, 2011
Published: November 1, 2011
Tech News Today 362: Allergies Killed The Courier
Did HP just kill AMD? Why Microsoft forfeited the tablet war early, Google Reader makes me stabby, and more.
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- Nilay Patel
- HP's First ARM Server for Testing Only
- If HP/ARM rumors are true, AMD might be the big loser
- Hewlett Packard to build servers using ARM-based chips
- Rumors were true, HP plans to make serves on ARM chips. PLans to offer Atom processsors as well.
- Pitching it as cheaper to run. Energycore server-on-a-chip would use as little as 1.5 watts. A tenth of current servers.
- Chips will be manufactured by Calxeda
- Because of heat, pack more chips in, equipment may take up 94% less space (288 Calxeda chips into a 4U rack-mount server, or 2,800 in a full rack)
- HP says they are not a replacement for all Intel-based serves. Better as Web servers not number crunchers
- First half of 2012 will ship to 30 or 40 of its biggest customers for testing. First "Discovery Lab" will open in Houston
- Yahoo Buys Ad Network Interclick for $270 Million
- No Yahoo CEO Job for Me, Says Yahoo Board Member David Kenny
- The Law Firm of Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Announces Investigation into Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by the Board of interCLICK, Inc. in Connection with the Sale of the Company to Yahoo Inc.
- The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of interCLICK, Inc.
- Yahoo wants to buy ad network Interclick for $270 million. $9 a share.
- Yahoo intends to use the company’s tech and relationships to help it sell more of the remnant inventory that it currently hands over to ad networks.
- Yahoo board member David Kenny told Ad Age: “I am not — and will not be — a candidate for the CEO position.
- Second Life Founder Tries Bringing Aspects of the Virtual World to Real Life
- Second Life founder launches Coffee & Power, an online market for real-world tasks
- Second Life founder Philip Rosedale has launched Coffee & Power, an online marketplace where people can buy or sell small tasks and services
- Tasks and Hobbies. Larger scale than Mechanical Turk. Uses virtual currency
- a Coffee & Power-funded coffee shop in San Francisco where people can meet up to exchange things. Has free coffee!
- Went live in April but relaunching today more broadly
- The average value has been $15.
- Coffee & Power will charge people 15 percent to cash out whatever they earn
- Welcome to The Verge
- With Launch Of The Verge, SB Nation Parent Rebrands As Vox Media
- The Verge launched. Nilay will explain.
- in-depth reviews and longer-form magazine-style articles a la Wired. Other features include a products database integrated with the news, comparison tools, and an emphasis on community.
- Jim Bankoff, CEO plans to expand beyond Sports and Tech
- SB Nation parent Sports Blogs Inc. now called Vox Media
- Google Gives Google Reader a ‘+1’ Makeover
- Google Reader Backlash: 10,000 Users Sign Petition to Save Old Version
- Google rolls out new look for Gmail
- Google Docs begins to get Google Drive integration. Here’s how enable the hidden option.
- Google Reader gets a minimalist redesign and sharing now integrated with Google +. Previous sharing options have been removed.
- 10,000 Sharebros have signed a petition to Google created by Washington, D.C.-based grad student Brett Keller.
- Google Reader is the most visited site in Iran
- New look Gmail also rolling out. Look for a ""Switch to new look"" link in bottom right corner.
- With a little dev console hackery you can see an option for GDrive. Though it doesn't do anything yet.
- r Brazilian technology website Gemind managed to unlock hidden references to the service in Google Docs, detailing steps to enable a “Download Google Drive” option within the website itself."
- The inside story of how Microsoft killed its Courier tablet
- In 2010 MS had 2 tab efforts 1 J Allard with the Courier, another Sinofsky with a tablet version of Windows 2 years out
- Ballmer asked Gates to meet with Allard (Bach and 2 others) about Courier. Allard said no email client, use Web for email, Gates hated that
- 2 Weeks later Courier canceled. (near original iPad launch) Bach and Allard announced plans to move on.
- Courier ran modified Windows with a new GUI
- Worked with several manufacturers including Samsung on hardware prototypes
- Part 1 of Jay Greene's two parter
- Kevin Haley, a director with Symantec Security Response, told CNET that the Stuxnet-like Duqu Trojan is infecting computers via a Word document that exploits a previously unknown Windows kernel bug. Microsoft is working on a fix, according to Jerry Bryant, group manager for response communications at Microsoft Trustworthy Computing.
- Google's introduced GoMo, an initiative to try to get more businesses to build mobile versions of their sites. At HowToGoMo.com, see what your site looks like on a mobile device & find links to mobile site developers. What's in it for Google? Jason Spero, Google director of mobile, told AllThingsD that “Google’s interest here is people being able to do business on mobile phones, and once they can, we can offer a great marketing solution for them.”
- Research firm Canalys says that HTC shipped the most smartphones in the United States in the third quarter of this year with 5.7 million HTC-branded phones with another 70,000 units shipped under the T-Mobile brand. Worldwide, Samsung is still the leader in smartphones for the same time, but second in the U.S. How about RIM? Canalys Senior Analyst, Tim Shepard says "the current outlook for it in the US is certainly bleak."
- Wired is poking holes in the legitimacy of the Anonymous attack on drug cartels we discussed yesterday. Mexican newspaper Milenio reports it interviewed members of Anonymous Mexico where they said that OpCartel is false. Anonymous Mexico also announced via Facebook that it denies responsibility for hacking a website possibly related to a cartel. OpCartel was announced via a YouTube video where it appeared that Anonymous was looking to take on "The Zetas," a Mexican drug cartel.
- On to Patent Wars! In its Australia lawsuit, Samsung wants access to the Apple iPhone 4S source code as well as access to the agreements between Apple and three Australia telecoms. Samsung claims the source code is necessary to see if Apple infringes on its 3G patents. As for the telecom contracts, Samsung says it needs to see how much money is being used to subsidize the iPhone.
- Apple released GarageBand for iPhone (3GS and later) and the iPod touch (3rd gen and higher). The iPad version was released in March and if you already have it, you'll get the other versions for free. Otherwise, GarageBand will cost you $5.
- MG Seigler says a native GMail iPhone app is coming. Seigler cites "multiple sources" without naming names and he believes the app has already been submitted to Apple for approval. The Gmail app would bring push notifications, priority inbox and starring of messages. Google apps in the App Store have had a messy history, so who knows how long it would take for an app like this to get approved.
- Battlefield 3 set some records for EA. In its first week, EA shipped 10 million units - of those 10 million, 5 million were sold in the first week. For some perspective, "Call of Duty: Black Ops" sold 7 million copies on its first day. Battlefield 3 has seen some gameplay problems due to server issues, but EA Games' Patrick Soderlund told Gamespot that those issues are "to a large extent resolved."
- There's a new piece of malware for Mac OS X called DevilRobber which uses your GPU to create bitcoins, take screenshots and copies some of your data like your Safari history. DevilRobber was found by Intego inside a bittorrent version of GraphicConverter 7.4. The malware hasn't been found in other torrents yet, but if you're concerned - run a scan on your Mac.
- National Novel Writing Month (And NaBloPoMo, NaPoPoMo and of course Movember) all kick off today
- Amazon has aunched its Black Friday Deals Site which is more of a countdown to black friday, offering a bunch of deals
- LG's myTouch & myTouch Q will be available on T-Mobile November 2nd for $79
- AT&T: BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 coming November 6th, Curve 9360 on November 20th
- Apple iPhone 4S to Launch in 15 More Countries on Nov. 11 - Malta, south korea, poland, romania to name a few
- speaking of the 4S, wondering when the new iPhone officially comes to the C-Spire network? Wonder no more! launch date November 11th.
- And they'll be offering an unlimited data plan too.
- Lumia 800 arriving in UK on November 16th
- One thing that should have been on the Calendar this month was the launch of iTunes Match because Apple said they were launching by the end of October. But they missed it! when it does eventually launch, t will cost $24.99 a year. That covers 25,000 songs in a user's library against Apple's own iTunes Store library, which currently contains about 20 million songs.
A listener said that his backup was done over 3G and used up his data. It was probably not his backup but his data and documents. They would be about the same size as the backup but they are done over 3G.
Have a great day Alex"
- Other thoughts were jailbreaking, or the app My3G which tricks apps into thinking 3G is wifi
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