Tech News Today 390
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Recorded: December 9, 2011
Published: December 9, 2011
Tech News Today 390: WeBeOS?
WebOS where the OS stands for open source, DoJ tired of AT&T mind games, Twitter post releases murderer, and more.
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- HP's decision means webOS could end up more open than Android
- HP: webOS to live on through open source, hardware lineup still dead (for now)
- HP's press release - HP to Contribute webOS to Open Source
- webOS hacked together for HTC's EVO 3D, a proof of concept for the time being
- Meg Whitman and Marc Andreessen on webOS: 'We will use webOS in new hardware... in tablets'
- "webOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected, and scalable," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. "By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices."
- "pure open source project"
- HP wants to involve community in making governance and license decisions
- Meg Whitman and Marc Andreessen on webOS: 'We will use webOS in new hardware... in tablets' Whitman: "4 or 5 year timeframe for success"
- Justice Dept. Asks Judge to Delay AT&T/T-Mobile Trial
- DoJ: Take AT&T/T-Mobile trial off the fast track
- The Department of Justice has told a Federal judge that the government plans to ask the court for a motion to stay or even withdraw in the trial
- WSJ that a DoJ attorney is arguing that a fast track for the case is no longer necessary; after all, AT&T and T-Mobile withdrew their merger application from the Federal Communications Commission several weeks ago.
- Joseph Wayland of the Justice Department calls a stay or withdrawal of the proceeding appropriate until the companies bring their merger request back to the FCC
- Judge Ellen S. Huvelle of the US District Court Judge WSJ quotes her as saying "the landscape has changed, it has clearly changed." "You could change the deal in a month and everybody's time will be wasted."
- Judge Huvelle gave the Justice Department until Tuesday to file its motion, and will render a decision on December 15.
- "We're not playing some strategic game," one of the telco's attorneys argued before the judge.
- Spotify Radio conducts music with Pandora-like app
- Spotify Radio feature turns into an app, offers Pandora-like stations with unlimited skips
- At Le Web Spotify co-founder and Chief Executive Daniel Ek announced a Pandora-like radio app
- Enter an artist or drag a track to the radio menu
- Unlimited skipping
- Need a preview build to see it.
- Apple Loses Appeal, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Coming to Australia
- Samsung to Apple: Victory Is Mine
- Galaxy Tab 10.1 "will be available in Australia stores in time for the Christmas shopping period."
- Australian High Court denied Apple's appeal of the November 30 decision
- Australia’s High Court dismissed Apple’s bid to have a ban on the sale of the 10.1 extended. And it denied the motion “with costs,” slapping Cupertino with the bill for all the legal wrangling.
- Motorola wins Apple wireless patent fight in Germany
- Motorola wins injunction against Apple, could spell trouble for EU sales
- Apple: Motorola Patent Win Won’t Keep iPhones From German Holiday Shoppers
- Motorola wins German patent case against Apple, can ban sales of iPhone, iPad (update: holiday sales unaffected)
- Mannheim regional court has ruled in Motorola Mobility's favour in a patents dispute with Apple. Motorola accuses Apple of failing to license a patent.
- Apple responded: "We're going to appeal the court's ruling right away. Holiday shoppers in Germany should have no problem finding the iPad or iPhone they want."
- "method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system". Essential for 2G and 3G service
- Apple had offered to pay a Frand-set fee going forward and was willing to pay a similar rate for past infringements. But it lost the case because it tried to retain the right to contest the validity of the patent with a view to past damages. (Motorola wants to charge Apple above the FRAND rate for the past 4 years)
- "In Germany you get a first ruling by a regional court rather quickly - this litigation started in April this year. Usually between companies of this stature the disputes go to the higher regional court and that could take a couple of years," Mr Mueller told the BBC.
- Mr Mueller advises Microsoft and others and has campaigned for patent reform in Europe.
- Motorola can post a €100m ($133m) bond and enforce an injunction against sales of Apple's products in Germany. --- Current inventory of iPhone sand iPads would not be affected by a potential ban
- Tweets cause US death row conviction to be overturned
- A juror's tweets have caused the murder conviction of a death row inmate to be overturned by a court in the US.
- Arkansas Supreme Court judges said it was inappropriate for a juror to have posted
- The judges have asked a panel to consider whether jurors' access to mobile phones should be limited during trials.
- Erickson Dimas-Martinez was convicted of murder in 2010 for shooting and robbing a teenager, Derrick Jefferson, after a party in Arkansas four years earlier.
- Mr Dimas-Martinez's lawyers appealed against the conviction after Randy Franco tweeted: "Choices to be made. Hearts to be broken... We each define the great line." ALSO Other tweets sent included: "The coffee here sucks" and "Court. Day 5. here we go again"."Because of the very nature of Twitter as an... online social media site, Juror 2's tweets about the trial were very much public discussions," wrote Associate Justice Donald Corbin.
- "Even if such discussions were one-sided, it is in no way appropriate for a juror to state musings, thoughts or other information about a case in such a public fashion."
- Rightsflow, a music licensing and royalty payment company, just got snapped up by YouTube. The acquisition will give Google another way to pay its content producers. Eric Schmidt did say that Google was buying a company a week. Looks like they're trying to maintain that average.
- BoyGeniusReports says that Samsung will introduce a new Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich with an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 along with a super thin bezel that makes the form factor about the size of the Galaxy 10.1. BGR also says we'll likely see this new Tab at Mobile World Congress in February.
- Marc Andreesen wanted to explain where he stands with Yahoo and on his personal blog wrote "To be crystal clear, neither Jeff [Jordan, nor I, nor any of our partners at Andreessen Horowitz, are in the running for, or would accept, any operating role at Yahoo, including CEO, acting CEO, chairman, or executive chairman." Ouch.]
- Google+ just added its own version of "Photo Tag Suggest," called "Find My Face." The feature tags a person's face and asks the user if its guess is correct. The big difference in Find My Face is that is an opt-in service.
- After T-Mobile got YouMail's visual voicemail app kicked from the Android App Market, YouMail has returned. YouMail posted on its blog that T-Mobile did try to contact them via its free customer support email address, but YouMail didn't notice. The bug in YouMail actually caused lots of bandwidth consumption. YouMail's next release will fix the issue.
- According to Sarah Houghton's LibrarianInBlack.net blog OverDrive, the digital book distributor used by many libraries, offers different catalogs of eBooks for different libraries. To back this up, Ryan Claringbole, a librarian at the Chesapeake Public Library in Virginia, included screenshots showing the inconsistent offerings at OverDrive. Apparently, OverDrive has never bothered to disclose this information to its customer libraries.
- According to UBS analyst Maynard Um's revised estimates, Apple will sell 30 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of this year. Um originally predicted sales of 28 million units, but he's not the only one increasing estimates. JP Morgan's Mark Moskowitz also increased his estimates by around 3 million, but he thinks Apple will move 28 million iPhones.
- Google's getting serious about gaming by partnering with a several game companies including Square Enix to get their games to play in the Google Chrome browser. Tweaks to Chrome allow it to run games using your PC's graphics processors. The game makers announced several games that will run in Chrome including Bastion and Mini Ninjas. Kotaku tried out Bastion on Chrome and said it was amazing.
- According to Trend Micro, Twitter discussions about political protests in Moscow were drowned out due to a botnet inundating Twitter with spam. Those spam messages included a hashtag used by protestors and were posted at a rate of 10 tweets per second.
- The Motorola Xyboard tablets are available right now at the Verizon online store. Brick and mortar locations officially get the LTE tablets on December 12th, but reports say some stores already have them now.
- Nokia's Lumia 710 is now available in Taiwan and should hit stores in several countries including India and Russia over the next week. The global launch is scheduled for "the coming weeks."
- The Nintendo 3DS slide pad add-on is official and it ships in Japan Saturday December 10
- Also on December 10th, the Sony Android Walkman Z launches. That's the Tegra 2-powered PMP with a 4.3-inch screen running Gingerbread.
- Starting December 14th, you can get a White Galaxy S II on T-Mobile. It'll only be available online, though.
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