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Episode 415

Tech News Today 415: CES: I Want To Want The Windows Phone

From CES 2012: China's egg-throwing iPhone launch failure, Google caught stealing leads in Kenya, last thoughts on CES, and more.

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  • Chinese iPhone 4S launch turns into egg-throwing melee
  • Egg-throwing
  • Crowd too big, Beijing Apple store cancels sale
    • Apple suspended the launch of the iPhone 4S in all of its mainland China stores
    • Large crowds gathered and became unruly when the stores didn't open on time at 7 AM. Police ordered the stores to remain closed.
    • Then people started throwing eggs
    • Apple spoksperson Carolyn Wu told AP: "We were unable to open our store at Sanlitun due to the large crowd, and to ensure the safety of our customers and employees, iPhone will not be available in our retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being, Customers can still order iPhone through the Apple Online Store, or buy at China Unicom and other authorized resellers."
  • Under pressure, PIPA author to propose 'further study' on DNS blocking
  • Sen. Leahy bows to pressure, pledges to amend Protect IP bill
  • Internet blacklist power to be stripped from Senate's PROTECT IP Act
  • Author of U.S. online piracy bill vows not to buckle
    • Sen. Patrick Leahy said he would recommend more study be done on domain name provisions of Protect IP
    • "I'm going to set aside these domain name provisions," Leahy told Vermont Public Radio. "That we'll hold back on, because I've listened to some of the concerns on those. I think there [are] easy answers to it, but let's set it aside, let's spend a year or so studying that part."
    • Protect IP would still target financial transaction providers, Internet advertising services, and providers of "information location tools," or ILTs, including search engines and other Web sites.
    • Senator Wyden: "Beyond the DNS provisions, the bill still establishes a censorship regime that threatens speech, innovation, and the future of the American economy. I remain firm in my intent to block consideration of the PIPA bill until these issues are addressed"
    • Rep. Lamar Smith speaking on SOPA to Reuters: "It is amazing to me that the opponents apparently don't want to protect American consumers and businesses. Are they somehow benefiting by directing customers to these foreign websites? Do they profit from selling advertising to these foreign websites? And if they do, they need to be stopped. And I don't mind taking that on."
  • Google Kenya accused of illegally scouring rival's database, stealing customers
  • Facing Another PR Disaster: Google Accused Of Fraudulently Undermining A Kenyan Startup
  • Updated: ‘Mortified’ Google To Act On Those Who Poached Rival’s Clients
  • Google, what were you thinking?
  • One of the recorded calls
    • Kenyan startup Mocality CEO Stefan Magdalinski said in a blog post it discovered Google knowingly and systematically accessed its database in order to steal its customers after carefully monitoring internet traffic and setting up a successful sting operation to catch Google in the act.
    • Mocality is a crowdsourced operation that built up a large directory of over 170,000 Kenyan businesses over the years. Google recently set up Getting Kenyan Businesses Online
    • First Mocality started fielding calls from Kenyan business owners with questions about a supposed partnership / joint-venture Mocality had set up with the Internet search and advertising giant.
    • Mocality noticed database calls from a single IP address, changed code so that IP got a special number, then started receiving calls from Google that tried to get them to sign up for a competing product by lying about a partnership with Mocality that doesn't exist.
    • Google told TechCrunch “We were mortified to learn that a team of people working on a Google project improperly used Mocality’s data and misrepresented our relationship with Mocality to encourage customers to create new websites. We’ve already unreservedly apologised to Mocality. We’re still investigating exactly how this happened, and as soon as we have all the facts, we’ll be taking the appropriate action with the people involved.”


Discussion Stories

  • RIM rumours resurface
  • Has RIM Hired Goldman Sachs To Explore A Merger Or Sale?
    • Rumour makign the rounds According to Fox Business news: RIM has hired Goldman Sachs to explore strategic options.
    • “There are several roadblocks that make an acquisition of RIM unlikely,” Morningstar analyst Michael Holt recently wrote. “We believe RIM should entertain all options at this point, given the serious challenges facing the firm, but there is little evidence to suggest RIM’s board is open to offers at this point in time.”
    • Stock initially rose 5% on the rumour but has flattened out
    • Amazon and Microsoft among the usual suspects; PaidContent asks what about LG or Dell?

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