Tech News Today 493
Recorded: May 3, 2012
Published: May 3, 2012
Tech News Today 493: Your Drawings Will Die
Samsung announces 500,000 new things and the Galaxy S III, Facebook cheaps out on stock, judge rules IP address not a person, and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Lindsey Turrentine
- Samsung Galaxy S III packs 4.8-inch display, "S Voice" control
- Samsung’s New Galaxy S III by the Numbers
- Samsung Galaxy S III is official: 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, quad-core Exynos processor and gesture functions
- Galaxy S III vs. Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II: what's changed?
- Samsung Galaxy S III software impressions (video)
- Samsung's first Galaxy S III TV commercial: 'it follows your every move'
- Samsung Galaxy S III to be sold in Mobile Pin pop-up stores
- Samsung Galaxy S III (pebble blue, unlocked)
- JK Shin head of mobile communications division
- 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, 8-mpxl camera on back (1.9 on front), 2100 mAh battery
- 16 and 32 GB version first, 64 GB later, Quad-core Exynos processor
- 8.6mm thin 133 grams weight, Colors: Pebble Blue and Marble White
- Recognises eye movement and stays on while looking at it, gesture and facial recognition as well
- Pauses for calls, Adjusts volume based on ambient noise
- S-Voice - voice recognition
- S-Beam - The ability to shoot files wirelessly through a combination of NFC and WiFi
- 50 GB free dropbox storage
- C Pen stylus, AllShare streaming hub
- Early exclusive on Flipboard for Android
- Sources say coming to Sprint
- Available starting in Europe May 29, with other markets to follow, LTE and HSPA+ versions of the product to arrive in the U.S., Japan and Korea this summer.
- Will open Mobile Pin locations, or glass-housed pop-up stores, to help showcase its new flagship phone
- Confirmed: Facebook Prices Shares At $28 To 35, Raising $5 To $6.3B
- Facebook’s Road Show Kicks Off Electronically With Zuckerberg in a T-Shirt (Video)
- Facebook reportedly seeking IPO valuation of $85B to $95B
- Zuckerberg will continue to control 57.3 percent of the company’s voting power
- Facebook’s Early Shareholders Will Sell Up To $5.5 Billion Along With The IPO. Here’s Who’s Selling What
- Why Is Facebook's IPO Price So Modest?
- Facebook set the price range for its IPO by amending its filing
- Shares will be $28 to $35 a share, and 337.4 million shares will be available. 180M of those shares are Class A common stock.
- Current shareholders are selling off 157M shares
- FB could get as much as $5 to $6.3B, shareholders could be looking. Current shareholders could get $4B to $5.5B
- The price range also means FB is valuing itself at $77B to $96B, which would make it America’s richest ever IPO, exceeding Google’s 2004 valuation of $24 billion. Okay, so why not $100B or over?
- FB mentioned in the filing that it had to spend half a billion on patents to defend itself from Yahoo's suit
- FB warned of future Yahoo suits
- CNET's theory: Additionally, its first quarter results showed a 12% drop in net income compared to the previous year. Total revenue was also down 6% compared to Q4 of 2011. Average revenue per use fell 12% compared to Q4 of 2011
- Spent $1b in cash in stock for Instagram, $300M was cash
- Atlantic Wire's theory: Facebook's having a hard time showing how FB ads are translating into product sales- Lower valuation could get more investors for the roadshow
- Kindle Fire shipments drop sharply as Apple's iPad takes 68% tablet share
- Apple hoards tablet share while market falls off a cliff for first quarter
- IDC numbers released Thursday for tablet marketshare
- iPad increased to 68% from 54.7% in Q4
- Kindle Fire dropped from 16.8% to 4% and fell to third place
- Samsung took the No. 2 position in worldwide tablet shipments. Lenovo finished fourth, Barnes & Noble, fifth
- "We expect a new, larger-screened device from Amazon at a typically aggressive price point, and Google will enter the market with an inexpensive, co-branded ASUS tablet designed to compete directly on price with Amazon's Kindle Fire. The search giant's new tablet will run a pure version of Android, whereas the Fire runs Amazon's own forked version of the OS that cuts Google out of the picture."
- steep decline in worldwide tablet shipments during the first quarter of 2012—a 38.4 percent unit decline to 17.4 million units from the previous quarter's 28.2 million units. This was actually lower than IDC's already pessimistic projection of a 34 percent decline.
- Zynga's New Ad Pitch for Draw Something: 'Draw This Brand'
- Is the OMGPOP Acquisition Haunting Zynga?
- Draw Something' losing steam rapidly
- banner ads in its free mobile app. Free+paid versions got 50M downloads in 5 months. New sales force from Zynga, Draw Something now inserting advertisers' paid terms into the game for players to literally draw brands.
- Draw Something's new ad product came from testing recognizable brand terms like Nike, KFC and Doritos. (Visine). Now The National Hockey League is among the 1st advertisers to buy terms related to hockey, like puck, Zamboni, hat trick and slap shot, now that the playoffs are in swing.
- According to App Data, Daily active users have dropped from 14M at the beginning of April to about 10M. On April 30, “Draw Something” had dropped to #5 in the paid iPhone app chart after being #1
- The original “Angry Birds” stayed in the Top Three for a year and a half after it hit #1 for the first time in April 2010. More importantly, “Tiny Wings” remained in the Top Three for eight weeks after hitting #1 in February 2011. Disney’s rather pedestrian “Where’s My Water?” clung on to a Top Three slot for three weeks after claiming the #1 spot in October 2011.
- Zygna's homegrown offerings, such as "Farmville," have suffered declining numbers as well, so nabbing the competition was seen a strategic move to keep them competitive.
- Judge: An IP-Address Doesn’t Identify a Person (or BitTorrent Pirate)
- Furious judge decries "blizzard" of copyright troll lawsuits
- New York Magistrate Judge Gary Brown explains in great detail why an IP-address is not sufficient evidence to identify copyright infringers. According to the Judge this lack of specific evidence means that many alleged BitTorrent pirates have been wrongfully accused by copyright holders.
- On Tuesday, ruled against plaintiffs in several porn copyright trolling cases. His 26-page ruling is a devastating critique of this entire litigation strategy.
- labels mass-BitTorrent lawsuits a “waste of judicial resources.”
- “The assumption that the person who pays for Internet access at a given location is the same individual who allegedly downloaded a single sexually explicit film is tenuous, and one that has grown more so over time,” he writes.
- “An IP address provides only the location at which one of any number of computer devices may be deployed, much like a telephone number can be used for any number of telephones.”
- “Thus, it is no more likely that the subscriber to an IP address carried out a particular computer function – here the purported illegal downloading of a single pornographic film – than to say an individual who pays the telephone bill made a specific telephone call.”
- “While a decade ago, home wireless networks were nearly non-existent, 61% of US homes now have wireless access. As a result, a single IP address usually supports multiple computer devices – which unlike traditional telephones can be operated simultaneously by different individuals,”
- Timothy Lee at Ars Technica wrote: We're willing to bet that copyright trolls will steer clear of Judge Brown's courtroom in future, as they have when past judges have taken a firm line against their actions. And Brown's impassioned opinion may cause judges elsewhere in the country to take a harder look at copyright trolls' tactics.
- 13 million US Facebook users don’t change privacy setting
- Consumer Reports surveyed 2,002 households, fully covered in June 2012 issue
- estimated 13 million U.S. Facebook users choose not to change, or are not even aware of the service’s privacy settings. That's 7.69 percent of US Facebook users
- Facebook has over 169 million monthly active users in the U.S. as of March 31, 2012, and over 901 million monthly active users in total.
- Only 37 percent of users say they have used the site’s privacy tools to customize how much information apps are allowed to see.
- other notes about location and health could apply to any online posting service
- Consumer Reports recommended 9 tips, the last of which is to deactivate your account
- If you think you're sick of the ongoing Apple/Samsung lawsuits, just imagine how one of the judges feels about these cases. Imagine no further because Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of CA told the companies to simplify the case so a jury can understand the case and to decide a fair outcome in one trial. Both companies announced they would remove some patents and claims, but both blame the other side for not being able to drop even more. Koh said if the two don't come to a manageable set of claims, the trial could be pushed to 2013.
- Amazon told gaming site MCV that preorders for Black Ops 2 are triple those of the original Black Ops. Amazon UK's video games manager Graham Chambers said the sequel is "set to be one of the biggest games of the year.
- Motorola is appealing a Ninth Circuit decision that granted Microsoft a temporary restraining order that prevented Motorola from enforcing an injunction that Motorola could win in a German case. Got all that? Now Motorola did win that injunction in Germany that could cause a ban of Windows 7 and Xbox 360 in the country, but enforcement is held up for now (assuming Motorola wanted to do that).
- According to Game Informer magazine, Elder Scrolls is going massive - massively multiplayer, that is. The game will give you access "across the entire land of Tamriel" with coop dungeons, solo play and player-versus-player fighting.
- Discovery Communications picked up a little something nice for itself - Revision3. While rumors popped up of the sale this week, Discovery made it official today and AllThingsD reports the deal is worth about $30 million. All 50 of Revision3's employees are on board. What does this mean for programming? Discovery's JP Perrette said "We want them to continue doing what they're doing."
- Have you wanted to buy things with your phone and have the amount charged to your phone bill? No? Well then ignore this. Boku says that Sprint is coming on board to join the three other major U.S. carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile in the Boku service. It will still be another year or so before you can buy jeans or computers with Boku. Carriers will have to drop the rates even lower than what they are charging today in order to be on par with Visa or MasterCard before the service moves on form digital goods.
- ARM is getting more powerful! Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Comp., Ltd. today announced an important milestone, achieving a stable core clock of 3.1 gigahertz with a Cortex-A9 dual-core chip. The air-cooled chip, built on TSMC's new 28 nm process, typically operates at lower clock speeds. It's capable of overclocking to over 3 GHz when performance demands it -- much like Intel's Turbo chips.
- Time to check on the latest grist for the Apple rumour Mill....iLounge editor Jeremy Horwitz claims to have details on the next iPhone. He reported the device would sport a longer 4-inch screen, metallic backside, and smaller and rounded dock connector. In a separate rumour, JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz thinks we won't get an Apple Television for a couple years. A more advanced Apple TV would launch first, sometime in 2013 at the earliest. Then Apple would unveil a full-blown TV with a display and speakers in 2014 or later.
- And finally, let's take a look at the Oracle-Google lawsuit of amazingness. Today, the jury asked the judge who the audience for the Java software platform was -- programmers or the general public. That question is related to whether copying is de minims - "Copying is ‘de minimis’ only if it is so meager and fragmentary that compared to the work as a whole, the average audience would not recognize the appropriation." Judge Alsup told the jury that the "average audience" is limited to those who can actually read software code. Sounds like that's one for Google's side.
"Hey TNT crew,
I just wanted to toss in a few experiences from the inside as an advertiser. In my past experiences as well as stories I still hear from friends in other agencies, there's definitely a hit or miss when it comes to Facebook. Believe me, all advertisers want to work with Facebook. The problem that I've personally seen is, oftentimes if you're not ""big enough"" in their view (when it comes to budgets), it's incredibly hard to get any form of contact from them (phone, email, etc.). Yes, there is the self-serve platform, but social is still a tricky platform to figure out and when an advertiser is trying to manage their client's budgets correctly, they'd like to learn how best to utilize Facebook for maximum results (e.g. What's the best type of image/creative? Suggestions on copy? What's the ideal mix of premium vs marketplace ads? Are there industry benchmarks to measure success?).
To be honest, even in its early years, I've seen Facebook come in with quite the swagger and I know advertisers that have been turned off from spending money with them because they're not getting any service from the company. It's a tough position for Facebook, as there's probably far more advertisers than they're staffed for. Still, with all that money pouring in, you'd think they'd put a little bit more effort towards the hand that feeds them.
I just got caught up, but when you were discussing the possible greatness of Ubuntu for Android over the last couple of shows, the first thing that popped into my head was how possibly great this would be for Android developers. This could take a couple steps out of the equation each time I want to test a new version and make the whole process more streamlined. No more build, deploy, grab phone and test. Simply, build, deploy and change windows to view the app you just deployed. Obviously, at many points you want to test actually interfacing with the device itself, but this could eliminate the emulator for lots of scenarios and create a much better development environment.
Always look forward to the show - thanks!
Jeff Pomona, CA"
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