Tech News Today 389
Recorded: December 8, 2011
Published: December 8, 2011
Tech News Today 389: Gorilla Glasses In The Oil Mist
Twitter redesigned again, OnLive hits iPad, DHS boofs site seizure, and more.
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- Twitter gets major design overhaul for web, iOS, and Android
- Your Ad Here: Twitter’s (Big) Brand-Friendly Makeover
- Twitter Redesigns to Be Simpler and Faster
- Apple iOS 5 Integration Boosted Twitter’s Monthly Signups By 25 Percent
- Twitter's blog post on "Let's Fly"
- Official Twitter vid
- Twitter Unleashes Embeddable Tweets
- Tweetdeck for web and new native XP and OS X apps launched
- Home timeline (browser-style “home” icon). First navigational element. Simple, clean, universe of tweet is now contained within the tweet on multiple platforms. Web site, iPhone, Android, HTML5 mobile, Tweetdeck, etc. Retweets, favorites, etc. all right there. Additionally, click on tweet, copy embed code, stick in the story. Everything follows it in. Wasn’t just a change in the interface. Not just adding a couple features to Twitter. Product engineers, infrastructure engineers focused on making it as fast as possible. Reach everyone?
- Connect (@ symbol). We wanted to create the easiest way to reach others. Enter username. Or retweet. Where you’re being mentioned. Any conversations that you have. Everything that you’re doing socially on Twitter is in here.
- Discover (# symbol). The newest navigation element. When people see a hashtag on a billboard, can click on the symbol, enter the tag they say, and relevant conversations will surface. Come to Twitter and want to see what’s happening in your world. More than 250 million tweets per day, we’ll surface whatever seems relevant to your world. Discover experience is personalized, so the more you engage, the more personalized they’ll become.
- Me (your profile) Appears to only be on Mobil
- Twitter.com saw a boost in traffic (to its web site, this doesn’t include mobile or other clients) in October, with 3.7 billion page views in October, up from 3.3 billion in September.
- New Brand pages as well - Several brands have partnered with Twitter for the launch including Coca-Cola, Disney, Nike and McDonald's.
- large header image for displaying your logo, tagline, and any other visuals.
- You can also control the message visitors see when they first come to your profile page
- You can now embed twitter posts
- OnLive releases gaming app for tablets, phones
- OnLive intros apps for iOS and Android, refreshes its wireless controller, we go hands-on (video)
- Hands-on: OnLive comes to iPad and other tablets
- OnLive is coming to iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, and even the Kindle Fire (Fire only can play a subset of the 200 games)
- OnLive wireless controller, uses Bluetooth to connect to iOS and Android devices,
- The company says the OnLive app should roll out to the Apple App Store and Android Market as soon as it gets approved, and that the new wireless controller will be available to order soon. $50 for the controller.
- WaPo has list of devices.
- Facebook reorganizing to focus on privacy, communications?
- Facebook Confirms Reorg, Names Five Product Heads
- Facebook Confirms Corporate Reorganization, Focusing On Mobile, Ads, Product, Engineering, Profile
- Exclusive: Facebook Does A Major Reorg Around Key Products
- Facebook Countersues Timelines.com
- We can confirm that in order to streamline the product development process, we have reorganized our technical teams into product groups that report into Mark. These groups will be lead by Bret Taylor, Chris Cox, Greg Badros, Mike Schroepfer and Sam Lessin.
- The new structure integrates design, product and engineering teams around key product areas such as privacy and communication.
- TechCrunch guesses: CTO Taylor – mobile, VP of Product Cox – general product, Badros – ads engineering, VP of Engineering Schroepfer **engineering, and Lessin – Timeline / profile.
- Facebook filed a counter lawsuit against Timelines.com. Timelines.com originally sued Facebook and delayed the launch of Timelines. A hearing has been delayed until January.
- Facebook's new filing asks the court to strip Timelines.com of its trademarks. The claim asks the court to declare that Facebook is not infringing and to cancel the marks because they are generic.
- Amazon Launches $6M ‘Fund’ To Boost Kindle Direct Publishing, Lending Library
- Amazon Expands Kindle Owners’ Lending Library To Self-Published Authors
- Rumor: Amazon Retail Stores Coming & Predatory Pricing Channel Destruction - Calacanis is the source of this one.
- $6 million annual fund set up to fund KDP Direct
- December will make $500,000 dollars available to indies.
- Must make books available to Kindle exclusively for 90 days to the Kindle Owners Lending Library
- based on that book’s share of the total number of borrows of all participating KDP books in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
- DHS abruptly abandons copyright seizure of hip-hop blog
- DHS seized DaJaz1.com Nov. 26 2010 as part of a seizure of 81 sites accused of copyright infringement.But DaJaz1 shared emails with NYTimes showing they had permission.
- ICE then filed court documents under seal. Kept filing for extensions also under seal.
- Today DHS abandoned the action and the site is back.
- The Dajaz1 Web site, back in the hands of its rightful owner, is now sporting a temporary note saying it will return "shortly."
- Oregon judge rules bloggers aren't journalists
- Blogger not eligible for media shield law, hit with $2.5M judgment
- Montana woman named Crystal Cox started several websites accusing Obsidian Finance Corp. and its principle Kevin Padrick of misconduct in their handling of a bankruptcy case. "obsidianfinancesucks.com," "bankruptcytrusteefraud.com," and "oregonshyster.com,"
- In January, Padrick filed a defamation lawsuit against Cox, charging that her accusations were false and asking for $10 million in damages. Last month, a jury found Cox guilty and awarded Padrick and his firm $2.5 million.
- Oregon law requires victims of defamation by journalists to first request a retraction. It also protects journalists sources. Cox asked the judge to set aside the verdict as she was a journalist.
- Judge Marco Hernandez disagreed. "Although defendant is a self-proclaimed 'investigative blogger' and defines herself as 'media,' the record fails to show that she is affiliated with any newspaper, magazine, periodical, book, pamphlet, news service, wire service, news or feature syndicate, broadcast station or network, or cable television system," the judge wrote. "Thus, she is not entitled to the protections of the [Oregon journalist shield] law."
- Cox intends to appeal.
- Google debuted its news reader product, called Google Currents. The new product, will be available on Android and iOS devices. Like Flipboard, Yahoo Livestand and AOL Editions, it's an attempt to make news feeds more pleasurable to read. Google Currents will debut with 150 partners.
- CultofMac reports AT&T wireless has started enforcing it's throttling policy on the top 5% of users with unlimited accounts. A text message arrives informing the offending user "Your data usage is among the top 5 percent of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced." ATT announced the policy in July. Subscribers with limited data plans are unaffacted. If they hit their limit, they just get charged more.
- Rumors of Miyamoto's retirement are somewhat exaggerated. Wired published an interview where the famouse inventor of Mario told how he always tells people he's retiring as a way to prepare them to take his place. He separately indicated he wants to start working on smaller projects in the future. Nintendo has hurried to combat the headlines reporting Miyamoto is quitting. He's not.
- You may have heard about Amazon's price check deal that gives shoppers who perform a “price check” using Amazon's bar-code scanning app a $5 discount on Amazon up to $15. The Retail Industry Leaders Association is not too happy, as you might guess, and put out a statement accusing Amazon of evading the payment of taxes..
- Google has pulled the visual voicemail app YouMail from the Android Marketplace and YouMail says they were given no notice about why but only told that T-Mobile requested the action because it felt the application was adversely affecting the network. No other carriers have complained and the app is still available in the Amazon Android marketplace.
- How dare Apple not release things on the same date every year! Citi analyst Richard Gardner claims the iPad 3 will launch sometime in February. That’s a month earlier than Apple showed off the iPad 2 and a month later than the original iPad. John Paczkowski at ATD points out Steve Jobs birthday is Feb. 24th.
- The City of Cupertino published more details on Apple’s enormous new circular headquarters Tuesday. Forbes reports that much of the new details are about when the trees will blossom. The campus will be covered in Cherry, Plum and Apricot trees which will blossom in carefully scheduled coordination to accompany press to a new corporate auditorium, probably sneezing and covered in dead plant.
- The Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris has denied Samsung's request for a preliminary injunction against the iPhone 4S. Samsung now owes to Apple 100,000 euros. And so the patent wars go.
- Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese hardware vendor ZTE will debut a new line of high-end smartphones in the US next year. ZTE America President Lixin Cheng said “By 2015, we expect the U.S. to be the largest market for handsets for ZTE.”
- Kotaku reports that Razer's Blade gaming laptop - that's the one with the a couple OLED keys and touchscreen touchpad - will be available for pre-order in the next few days and will be delivered by Christmas
- Tomorrow, December 9th is the status hearing on the Department of Justice's case against AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile.
- Grand Central Terminal’s Apple Store opens tomorrow December 9. Journalists got a sneak peak of it, take a look at the store in a few pics.
- Attention dissatisfied Jawbone UP owners - Jawbone is offering a refund between December 9th and December 31st. You don't even need to return the band if you don't want to.
If the Apple TV is rumored to cost twice as much as a current TV, what are the chances that Apple will use an advanced display technology (like AMOLED or another technology) that would justify the higher price?
I can see Apple producing hardware with an absolutely gorgeous screen that includes special features (like Siri, AirPlay, Apps, and the iTunes store), but still keep the current Apple TV set-top box to provide some of the same features for older TVs or cheaper sets.
Apple likes to control the high-end of any market it enters, so I think this rumor of an expensive line of TV sets is very probable if they include an advanced display technology along with Apple iOS features.
Keep up the great work.
Bob Cuyahoga Falls, OH"
"Hey TNT crew!
Just my own thoughts on the Verizon/NFC mess. I joined Verizon 2 years ago with a Palm Pre Plus (yes, pity me). Loved the phone, actually, but found that none of the GPS apps would work (Google Maps, Foursquare, etc). After much consternation, I found that the fix was to start the Verizon Navigator app (a paid app for $9.95 / month), but then close it without accepting the Terms & Conditions to pay the monthly fee. The GPS would work for a while before it would shut down again. Many months of finger pointing between Verizon & Palm, with Verizon claiming it was a phone issue (even though other Palm Pre carriers never had this problem) and Palm blaming Verizon Navigator. Looks like another case of Verizon crippling a feature that competes with its own.
2 year later, waiting for my contract to end so I can buy the Galaxy Nexus, and now I'm afraid I'll just be climbing into a new crap-ware wagon. Maybe I'll just go with a Droid RAZR.
Mike the Tech Manager, S.E. Wisconsin"
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