Tech News Today 399
Recorded: December 22, 2011
Published: December 22, 2011
Tech News Today 399: Way To Go Daddy
Is RIM a liar? Does it matter? SOPA boycotts get complicated, Mozilla makes it rain with some Google Bucks, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- MG Siegler
- BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won’t be able to compete, company source says
- RIM: Rumors About BlackBerry 10 Problems “Simply False”
- RIM CEOs lied about BlackBerry 10 delay, report says
- There May Be More Than One Reason Why RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Phones Are Late
- Re BB10 delay Anonymous source told BGR
- "RIM is simply pushing this out as long as they can for one reason, they don't have a working product yet,"
- Co-CEO Mike Laziridis previously said the chip they need (dual core LTE) won't come out until mid-year.
- “Email and PIM [is better] on an 8700 than it is on BlackBerry 10,” our contact said while talking to us about RIM’s failure to make the company’s new OS work with the network infrastructure RIM is known for.
- RIM said the post was “inaccurate and uninformed,”
- GoDaddy Faces boycott over SOPA support
- Paul Graham: SOPA Supporting Companies No Longer Allowed At YC Demo Day
- Cheezburger’s Ben Huh: "We will move our 1,000 domains off @godaddy unless you drop support of SOPA"
- The Stop Online Piracy Act: what SOPA is, what it does, and how it works
- List of SOPA supporters
- To properly boycott SOPA supporters....
- In an op-ed published in Politico shortly after SOPA was introduced in the House, GoDaddy applauded the bill and called opponents "myopic."
- Internet users at reddit (which, like Ars, is owned by Condé Nast) have organized a boycott of the registrar.
- redditor selfprodigy on Thursday morning proposed that December 29 be declared "move your domain day," with GoDaddy customers switching to competing registrars.
- The House Judiciary Committee has released a list of 142 companies that support SOPA. GoDaddy appears to be the only domain registrar, or Internet company for that matter, on the list.
- Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh has announced that they will be moving their array of over 1,000 domains away from GoDaddy unless the registrar recants their support of the act.
- In a thread on Hacker News about boycotts, user Solipsist posted a link to the list with the comment, “While I understand your sentiments towards SOPA, are you really going to distance yourself from all of these companies?”
- YCombinator founder and investor Paul Graham replied, “Actually that’s exactly what I thought when I saw the list yesterday. Several of those companies send people to Demo Day, and when I saw the list I thought: we should stop inviting them. So yes, we’ll remove anyone from those companies from the Demo Day invite list.” Further told TechCrunch - “If these companies are so clueless about technology that they think SOPA is a good idea, how could they be good investors?”
- Google paying Mozilla $300 million per year for search deal
- Google Triples Its Spending To Keep Default Search Spot In Firefox
- Mozilla: We're more than just Firefox, you know
- AllThingsD reports that the payoff, $300 million per year, close to $1 billion for all three years, “was the minimum revenue guarantee for delivering search queries garnered from consumers using Firefox.”
- Google contributed approximately 84 percent of Mozilla’s $123 million in revenue last year.
- Mozilla Messaging CEO David Ascher restated yesterday Mozilla is about more than just Firefox
- Boot2Gecko, a root-level approach that could potentially result in a kind of 'Firefox OS' for smartphones (kinda see the direction in lapdock)
- BrowserID, a project that aims to provide a safer alternative to Facebook Connect and Google account logins
- Mozilla-powered Apps initiative, which aims to make Web technologies the best way to create apps that work on all devices, and to propose a standard for app purchase and installation that fosters competition.
- AMD Claims Major Gains in Graphics Chips
- AMD announces next-gen Radeon HD 7970 for $549, says it 'soundly beats' rivals
- AMD Radeon HD 7970 review roundup: supremely fast, relatively efficient
- Radeon HD 7970 on sale Jan. 9 $549
- 28-nanometer process 925MHz engine clock that can be readily OC'd to 1.1GHz, 2,048 stream processors and an uncommonly muscular 384-bit memory bus serving 3GB of GDDR5.
- Power draw less than 300w draws almost no power (3w) when a Windows PC puts its monitor into sleep mode
- Gardens of Time beats Cityville in Facebook games list
- Playdom's Gardens of Time as the most popular game on its social network in 2011.
- Cityville no. 3 behind The Sims Social
- "This list was compiled by looking at the top games on Facebook with more than 100,000 monthly active users and giving priority to those games with the highest user satisfaction scores," it said. "The result is a list of the games that received the most user recommendations in 2011."
- Snub or Promo?
- independent metrics firm Appdata suggested that Zynga's games Cityville, Castleville, Farmville and Texas Holdem were the four most played games on Facebook. Appdata said Gardens of Time was the 14th most played title.
- Study: Apps Are For Android, Games For the iPhone
- iOS Apps Generate 6 Times the Revenue of Android Apps
- A study done by Xylogic shows that of the top 25 app publishers for iOS, only one does not produce games. On the flip side, of the top 25 for Android, only about half are game publishers.
- Burbn, makers of Instagram the only non-game iOS top app
- Sony's announced 25 titles that will be available when the PS Vita launches in the U.S. On Februrary 22nd, you'll be able to get Uncharted: Golden Abyss, EA FIFA soccer, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 among other titles. Other games like Lego: Harry Potter Years 5-7 and MLB 12 the show will be available in what Sony calls the "launch window." Titles will range from $10 to $50. Memory cards will be from $20 (4GB) to $100 (32 GB).
- 17 House representatives sent a letter to ICANN asking it to delay introducing generic top level domains. ICANN is scheduled to accept applications for gTLDs on January 12, 2012. The reps say they are "concerned that there is significant uncertainty in the process," but did not specify how long a delay they are asking for.
- A German court said the redesigned version of the Tab 10.1 is different enough from Apple's legally protected design of the iPad so the Galaxy Tab 10.1N will be available for sale in Germay. The Tab 10.1N features a slightly larger silver bezel than the original 10.1. The new look was designed to avoid issues with Apple.
- Details over Microsoft exiting CES as of 2013 are surfacing. (get it?) GigaOm reported that the CEA asked Microsoft to hit the bricks, but the Verge reports that Microsoft just didn't renew its deal with the CEA. Apparently, Microsoft and the CEA normally have 3-year deals, but Microsoft extended their deal for one year up to 2012. The break-up was "amicable."
- Video sharing site Veoh just won a legal battle with Universal Music Group in a case that started back in September 2007. UMG sued over copyright infringement, but the court ruled that Veoh fell within the safe harbor provision of the DMCA. This should be little consolation to Veoh because the company filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and sold its domain to another company.
- An EFF volunteer put together a program to read a Carrier IQ profile that demonstrates that the profile doesn't need to be decrypted before converting it to an XML file. Carrier IQ profiles contain instructions about what data to collect. So while Carrier IQ has been forthcoming with how its software works, this kind of software will likely fill in any gaps.
- The FCC approved the first device to operate in the white space between TV channels, but the approval is limited to Wilmington, North Carolina. White space devices have the ability to perform well indoors and work over a long range. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the move is "an important step towards enabling a new wave of wireless innovation."
- Motorola Mobility just purchased itself SetJam, a company that works on video recommendation technology and curates video content from places like Netflix and Hulu. Google is still in the process of closing its purchase of Motorola Mobility - so maybe one day you'll see the tech in a new GoogleTV or Motorola set top box.
- This week, a video circulated around the web showing a FedEx delivery guy throwing a monitor over a fence. FedEx has issued a statement saying that the "the situation has now been resolved to the customer's satisfaction, and we are handling the employee according to our disciplinary policies" and called the delivery man's behavior an "aberration."
- Star Wars, the Old Republic, has launched in Europe. May the force be with you.
- Razer's Blade gaming laptop has been delayed, a last-min SSD swap has left the company short on parts. New date is mid to late January for North American customers. All customers a free custom-designed green and black Razer Orochi gaming mouse which will ship with the laptop. Razer's Tiamat 7.1 surround headset has also been delayed till late January, customers can get a Razer-branded t-shirt and flask.
- Xerox PARC founder Jacob E. Goldman died on Tuesday at the age of 90. Goldman was recruited from Ford to Xerox in 1968 as SVP of research and development. in 5 years the company's R&D budget grew from $60 million to $165 million.
- The Queen's annual Christmas speech is to be released as a free download for Amazon's Kindle e-book reader following its broadcast.
"Hey Tom and TNT Crew,
Just to amplify the comment you read on Wednesday -- I've been doing enterprise SA for many years and on all of the properties I've worked on we go to great lengths to make sure there are never alternate paths to content. The primary reasons for this are:
1) Security: You don't want people accessing content outside of a vhost branch as that alternate path might expose information the vhost would not expose.
2) SEO: Google's pagerank algorithm frowns on alternate paths to content so every property I work on is very diligent to ensure this never happens.
Thanks -- love the show.
Bill from Jacobstown, NJ"
"Hey TNT crew!
Wanted to give a couple of thoughts on yesterday's continued discussion on the Super Bowl.
NCAA March Madness has already moved to free online streaming, with ads sold in large bundle sponsorship packages by Turner and CBS Sports. World Cup is also free online. We're definitely seeing the big games more now, the bigger question is when regular season sports will be online.
What scares me more is stuff Verizon is pulling where sports access may become exclusive to one carrier, especially for mobile.
And yes, the online ad sponsorships, while extremely pricey for online budgets, pale in comparison to the dollars still made on TV.
For the Super Bowl though, it tends to be such a communal event, I'd imagine many would still prefer watching it with friends alongside a large screen TV, at times to watch not the game, but the even more popular Super Bowl TV ads.
- Derrick Chen"
"I was pulling up yesterday's TNT on YouTube and when I noticed that there was a snow flake button on the YouTube control bar. I clicked it and I'm guessing though the magic of HTML5, it's started to snow on top of the video! Look what happened while I let it continue to snow while I watched yesterday's TNT!
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