Tech News Today 378
Recorded: November 23, 2011
Published: November 23, 2011
Tech News Today 378: Interlocking Directorates
Microsoft to buy Yahoo? Apple TV in production? China passes up US in smartphones, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Paul Thurrott
- Microsoft Signs Nondisclosure Agreement With Yahoo
- Why Yahoo!'s Board Wants A Deal Before January 7th
- Microsoft Appears Closer To Making Formal Yahoo Bid
- NYTimes reports (and credits dealreporter) Microsoft has signed an NDA with Yahoo in order to make a bid on the company
- Reportedly Microsoft would chip in billions of dollars in financing as part of a consortium led by Silver Lake and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.
- Could integrate Skype into Yahoo
- Nominations for new board seats can happen starting Jan. 7 -- Forbes reports Dan Loeb’s Third Point intends to nominate a slate of directors.
- Update: HTC’s S3 Graphics Buy In Question As HTC Revises Down Forecasts
- HTC considering Chrome OS for Internet-access devices - would actually be a combined Chrome OS & Android device
- HTC told paidContent that the company will conduct a "holistic re-evaluation of the S3 Graphics acquisition.
- revising its Q4 revenues to be flat compared to the same quarter a year ago. It is still pushing the idea of growth in the first half of 2012:
- the wife of the CEO of VIA is none other than Cher Wang, the current chairperson of HTC.
- HTC is evaluating the feasibility of combining the advantages of Chrome OS and Android for use in Internet-access devices, products between tablet PCs and netbooks, according to component makers
- Confusion Center: Feds Now Say Hacker Didn’t Destroy Water Pump
- DHS denies report of water utility hack
- Department of Homeland Security asserts that information released by the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center earlier this month about the water pump was based on raw and unconfirmed data, implying that it should never have been made public.
- Joe Weiss, a control system expert told Wired “This smells to high holy heaven, because when you look at the Illinois report, nowhere was the word preliminary ever used,” Weiss said, noting that the fusion center — which is composed of Illinois state police, as well as representatives from the FBI and DHS — distributed the report to other critical infrastructure facilities in that state. “It was just laying out facts. How do the facts all of a sudden all fall apart?”
- DHS is investigating a claim by a hacker who goes by "pr0f" who claimed to have compromised a Texas water utility last week.
- Apple’s iTV Could Have a Sharp Picture
- Jeffries, analyst Peter Misek suggests that Sharp is retooling a production line at its factory in Sakai specifically to manufacture modified amorphous TFT LCD panels that will be used by Apple in a TV
- “Based on our discussions, interestingly other TV manufacturers have begun a scrambling search to identify what iTV will be and do,” says Misek. “They hope to avoid the fate of other industries and manufacturers who were caught flat footed by Apple.”
- Microsoft embraces Kinect hacks, readies PC hardware
- RIP mice and keyboards: Kinect for PCs incoming
- Is Microsoft planning to integrate Kinect with next-gen TVs?
- In a blog post, Craig Eisler, general manager of Kinect for Windows, said the company is shortening the USB cable and adding a dongle so that multiple devices can tap into the same USB port. New Kinect hardware for PC.
- They're also working on a firmware update that will support recognition from 50 cm called ""near mode""
- "'Near Mode' will enable a whole new class of 'close up' applications, beyond the living room scenarios for Kinect for Xbox 360," Eisler wrote.
- Kinect PC hardware will be available in early 2012 when the Kinect for Windows commercial program launches.
- The BizSpark Kinect Accelerator will select 10 tech-oriented companies using Kinect on Windows or Xbox360 for a $20,000 award each. Submissions for Kinect Accelerator are open until 25 January, 2012.
- Microsoft plans to integrate the Kinect into next-generation televisions, according to The Daily's anonymous sources.
- Strategy Analytics: China leapfrogs US to become world's top smartphone market
- US Probes Huawei, ZTE Spying Link
- Q3 figures from Strategy Analytics, China is now the world's largest smartphone market by volume, overtaking the US for the first time.
- smartphone shipments in China reached a record high of 23.9 million units during the third quarter of this year, up 58 percent from Q2. US, saw shipments decline by seven percent over the quarter, to 23.3 million units.
- Cheap Android phones led by ZTE helped increase the numbers.
- Nokia leads the way within the People's Republic, accounting for 28 percent of all quarterly shipments, followed by Samsung, with an 18 percent share.
- Congressional probe into the spying threat posed by Chinese telecommunications equipment makers including Huawei and ZTE.
- look into “the threat posed by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the United States, and the government’s response to that threat”, citing “serious national security concerns” about Huawei and ZTE in particular. ---- Huawei said its products have been deployed by 45 of the world’s 50 largest telecommunications service providers, including BT, which chose Huawei to supply a new network backbone.
- Reports surfaced this week that a volume bug in the Galaxy Nexus would cause the phone's volume to drop to zero. Google says "we are aware of the volume issue and have developed a fix. We will update devices as soon as possible." The Verge confirmed with Google that the fix will be accomplished via software. Let's see if Google can get that fix out before the Galaxy Nexus hits North America.
- Google's is putting a bunch of projects out to pasture. The company announced Google Gears will cease to function as of December 1st. Wave will be read only as of January 31, 2012 and will be killed off completely on April 30th. Knol content will go dark as of October 1, 2012. Google's Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative also to the axe, but Google says it will continue work to generate cleaner energy.
- Google has lined up hundreds of Disney movies that will be available for rent on YouTube's premium movie channel. These aren't bottom of the barrel titles, either - YouTube will have movies like "Winnie the Pooh" and Pixar films like "Cars" and "Cars 2." Google already had deals with Columbia, Dimension and Warner Bros - so this continues YouTube's march into movie-land.
- OverDrive announced that eBook lending for some Penguin eBooks has been restored as of this morning. Library goers will still not have access to Penguin's newest ebooks for the time being. Penguin had pulled its ebooks from the lending program as of Monday citing security concerns.
- Speaking to AllThingsD, Seagate CEO Steve Luczo says the impact from the floods in Thailand will make hard drives scarce until late 2012. Those floods did not directly impact Seagate, but did damage factories that make critical parts for hard drives. Luczo says that the impact of the flood on hard drive supply won't be evident until the next few weeks because hard drive companies already had inventory to sell. The CEO also mentioned that both HP and Apple understood the ramifications of the floods before most.
- Reuters reports Western Digital received approval by the EU's competition commission to purchase Hitachi's hard drive business for $4.3 billion. To get the deal through, all WD has to do is sell off a couple of production operations, transfer staff, supply components and license some intellectual property rights. The deal was announced in March and would combine the #2 and #3 hard disk drive makers in the world.
- Cnet has learned that Apple is working on its next gen iPad and according to DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim it will have a QXGA panel at a resolution of 2048x1536. Apple is working with LG, Samsung, and its alleged iTV-buddy, Sharp. These displays would be IPS displays, but sorry no AMOLED here. But wait, there's more. Cnet's sources also say Apple is looking into a 7.85-inch iPad for a future release.
- Apple just approved the first subscription-based video game app on the iPad. Big Fish games will charge users $7 a month so they can stream dozens of games to their iPads. Big Fish's founder, Paul Thelen said it took some time to convince Apple to allow subscription charges in a game.
- Nokia Siemens announced its "Restructuring Plan" in a press release. 7 paragraphs into that release, you'll find that the company is cutting 23% of its global workforce by eliminating 17,000 jobs by the end of 2013. That should mean a savings of 1 billion Euros annually. The CEO of Nokia Siemens, Rajeev Suri said that the network equipment maker will focus on its mobile broadband business
- Want a Nook Simple Touch? How bout a Black Friday $79 limited edition model, one with a special white bezel? Barnes & Noble is going head to head with the $79 4th gen Kindle, but just for one day.
- 12 PlayStation Vita European titles have been revealed in advance of the Vita's February 2012 launch - including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, and Reality Fighters.
- Unlocked Galaxy Nexus has started to hit American retailers - Expansys USA is reporting "100+ in stock now" $750 for the 16GB, pentaband HSPA version of the phone which will work on AT&T or T-Mobile.
- CONFIRMED: Samsung Galaxy Nexus U.S. Launch Is In December. no exact date yet, but they originally said November and that didn't happen.
- Apple’s Black Friday 2011 deals revealed: discounts on iPad, iPod, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and accessories. the discount on the ipad? $41, just like last year
- Steve Jobs exhibit at US Patent Office Museum in Alexandria, Virginia open now - 300 patents that have Steve Jobs’ name on them, all this behind a gigantic set of iPhones.
"I loved the story about the microwave that shows youtube video for the length of time that you are cooking your food. I think I may be the target audience. In my house we call the microwave the "magic tea machine" because my wife and kids keep finding cold cups of tea in it. Apparently my attention span is somewhat less than the minute or two that it takes to heat water.
- Chris Christensen"
"From website comments: Richard Hauser
Great show, but shocked by your dismissal of the Novell/Wordperfect anti-competitive practices. It is a bit tough to remember now, but at the time Wordperfect was a significantly better product than Word. 1-2-3 was debateably still a better product than Excel. I know people who did not upgrade their Win version because they couldn't loose WP. Office is now a significant portion of M$ profits, so if this is true, M$ owes Novell billions. I worked at Fortune 500 company who switched Office suites much because we needed better OSs and the Lotus Suite just didn't exist.
And it's not like M$ is beyond pulling something like this, as they did just this to IBM over OS/2."
"Hey TNT crew, I have a simple solution on what to call a touch screen device of any size...
Take a cue from the media that inspired the tablet: Star Trek!
They are PADDs (Personal Access Display Device)
Thanks and I love the show.
Albert Deschesne (Pronounced Deh-shane) or you can just call me Albert. =) Comicraft (Andy knows who we are. =) )"
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