Tech News Today 500
Recorded: May 14, 2012
Published: May 14, 2012
Tech News Today 500: Game Of CEOs
Yahoo's latest CEO, New Apple MacBook and Windows 8 rumors, Plus a new solution to piracy that breaks BitTorrent, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Chad Johnson ( )
- Brian Brushwood
- Yahoo names interim CEO in light of Thompson's credentials scandal
- Ex-Yahoo Chief Told Board He Has Cancer
- Yahoo’s Parting With Thompson Will Be for “Cause” (a.k.a. CSLie)
- Here’s New Yahoo CEO’s First Note to Troops! (The Leaking-Internal-Memos-to-ATD Policy Remains in Effect As Usual)
- Yahoo: Who is Ross Levinsohn?
- Scott Thompson stepped down as Yahoo CEO on Sunday "for personal reasons" (lasted 4 months) Reportedly told the board he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He received the diagnosis after the investigation began.
- ATD reported Thompson will be dismissed with cause, which means no severance.
- Ross Levinsohn, head of global media, named interim CEO
- named Fred Amoroso as Chairman of the Board of Directors
- Daniel S. Loeb, Harry J. Wilson, and Michael J. Wolf – will join the Yahoo! Board, effective May 16, 2012.
- Roy Bostock, along with Patti Hart, VJ Joshi, Arthur Kern and Gary Wilson, all of whom previously disclosed their intentions not to stand for re-election, as well as Mr. Thompson, have decided to step down from the Board immediately.
- Apple readies revamped 15-inch MacBook Pro: Retina Display, ultra-thin design, and super-fast USB 3
- Stars aligning for June Ivy Bridge Mac launch alongside Mountain Lion
- New Macbooks incoming with retina display and Ivy Bridge
- 2012 Ivy Bridge MacBooks, iMacs may soon reach consumers
- Unreleased 2012 MacBook Pro and iMac Models Showing Up in Benchmarks
- Next MacBook Pro
- 9to5Mac reports the new MBP is coming in summer with a thinner design, which would be a slimmer version of the current version, not a wedge shape like the Air
- Cites: trusted sources in Apple’s supply chain, who have handled prototype components and casings for the new Apple notebook
- Specs: Ivy Bridge, retina display, USB 3.0, two Thunderbolt ports. Gone are the optical drive, ethernet port and maybe FireWire. Graphics card information is currently unconfirmed.
- Backing this up: MacRumors Forums noted new GeekBench reference to a MacBookPro9,1 has appeared. (current MBP is 8,x). Shows an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3820QM quad-core processor running at 2.7 GHz. - In addition, the Geekbench result lists the test machine as running OS X Mountain Lion build 10A211 (seeded May 2)
- GeekBench reference to iMac 13,2 -- listed as running an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770 quad-core processor running at 3.4 GHz. Also running a version of Mountain Lion
- These types of benchmarks have appeared in Geekbench's database in the past before the new machines actually hit the market.
- Best Buy has also cut prices for all Macs, which usually means it is clearing out inventory.
- Apple upgrading iCloud with new photo-sharing features, says the Wall Street Journal
- WSJ reporting iCloud will get new features probably to announce at WWDC as part of iOS6
- A way to share galleries of photos with other iCloud users
- photos would be open to comments by other iCloud users you share with and would be separate sets outside of a user's standard Photo Stream
- Web interface will begin to sync reminders and notes
- A video-sharing feature is also expected
- Intel Windows 8 tablets to hit retail stores in November
- Windows 8 Pro PC Upgrade Cost Is Just $15
- Windows 8 Tablet OS Draws Antitrust Attention
- Senate Committee Probing Windows on ARM Browser Complaints
- Sources tell CNET the first wave of Windows 8 tablets will arrive in stores in November
- More than 50% are expected to be hybrids, and the ones known by the source use Clover Trail
- The sources added that Intel has a chip called "Bay Trail" in the works -- the company's future 22-nanometer follow-up to Clover Trail.
- Paul Thurott reports starting June 2 if you buy a Windows 7 machine, you'll be able to upgrade it to Windows 8 later for $15
- The upgrade will only be available to Windows 8 Pro, and the 'upgrade packs' we mentioned last week will also be available.
- The US Senate Judiciary Committee plans to investigate Windows RT browser options. No plans for a public hearing at this time, just exploratory.
- Buffalo beats others to the 802.11ac WiFi punch, ships 1.3Gbps router and bridge
- Dawn of a new wireless: first 802.11ac router available today
- We've got the first 802.11ac WiFi product that's actually shipped and available: The Buffalo Airstation router & matching bridge. uses new ac wireless standard but backwards compatible with 802.11 devices
- theoretically 3x 802.11n, hits 1.3Gbps peak speed on the 5GHz band for computers or mobile devices that can handle it. Also supports 2.4GHz/450Mbps WiFi option, has 4 Ethernet jacks. Both the router & bridge are $180.
- Buffalo based in TX, previously announced these products for summer, but beat Netgear who also announced 802.11ac product for May.
- The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) expected to ratify the standar next year, current phones, tablets, laptops don't benefit from the 1.3 Gpbs wireless promised in this router. Companies like Broadcom, Qualcomm, and Quantenna are manufacturing chips to make devices 802.11ac-compatible by the beginning of next year, so this is like an 802.11n router upgrading to an 802.11ac router before your eyes
- Pirate Pay torrent 'blocker' backed by Microsoft
- Microsoft-backed Pirate Pay working with Disney and Sony among others to stop thousands of downloads
- Poses as a bit torrent user and attempts to confuse the network and cause disconnections
- Pirate Pay was awarded one million rubles (£62,000, $100,000) from a seed investment fund set up by Microsoft Seed Financing Fund
- started three years ago when the developers were building a traffic management solution for Internet providers.
- Recently blocked 44,845 attempted illegal downloads of a Russian film “Vysotsky. Thanks to God, I’m alive,” made by Disney
- Richard Clayton from the University of Cambridge told the BBC peer-to-peer networks would eventually adapt, sharing information about "bogus" peers.
- Kaspersky is helping out Apple.. or maybe it wants to help Apple... or maybe it just wants criticise Apple. Here's what we do know. Computing News quoted Kaspersky CTO Nikolai Grebennikov as saying,"Mac OS is really vulnerable, and Apple recently invited us to improve its security. We've begun an analysis of its vulnerabilities, and the malware targeting it. Our first investigations show Apple doesn't pay enough attention to security." Kaspersky told Ars Technica the Computing News article was inaccurate and stated its analysis was independent of Apple but Apple is open to working with Kaspersky.
- Intel CEO Paul Otellini talked about Intel's upcoming processors destined for smartphones. Say hello to the dual-core Merrifield and single-core 6331, which will both debut next year. Both use a 22nm process, but Intel also said it is looking at 14nm in 2014.
- Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal found an API bug at Kickstarter that exposed 70,000 unlaunched projects. Data exposed included descriptions, goals and videos, but not credit card numbers. Kickstarter said only 48 of those projects were accessed.
- Nvidia and Intellectual Ventures picked up 500 patents related to 3G, 4G, and LTE technology from IPWireless. The two companies will split ownership and Nvidia gets a license to the patents it doesn't own. IPWireless also retains access to the patents it sold. Maybe Nvidia's Tegra 3 processors will get some new wireless tech?
- Foxconn wants to clear something up - it isn't making the Apple HDTV unless it is asked to. China Daily reported Foxconn was working on the mythical Apple HDTV. However, a statement by Foxconn's CEO says he "made it very clear that he would neither confirm nor speculate about Foxconn's involvement in the product."
- In a move to appease regulators in several countries, Apple will drop "4G" from the iPad name and use the term "cellular." So now you can get your new iPad with WiFi + cellular. 4G still appears in Apple's webpages describing networks as "4G LTE," but that description is in North America only. Apple ran into issues for using "4G" in the UK and Australia.
- Let's take a look at the world series of IP Cases! Both Oracle and Google want to look in to the "patent infringement willingness" issue in the current part of the trial. The trial is in the second phase, the third focuses on damages. If Google can prove it isn't willfully infringe, that would impact the amount of damages Oracle could receive. Judge Alsup ruled that willingness will be addressed in the second phase.
- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said that a district court erred in ruling that Apple could not block sales of Samsung tablets while their legal dispute proceeded in court. But, it wasn't all good news for Apple - the appeals court also sided with Samsung saying the lower court was right to deny Apple's preliminary injunctions to stop sales of Samsung smartphones based on other patents.
- Bloomberg reports Facebook plans to stop taking orders for its initial public offering tomorrow and TechCrunch reports that the IPO may happen Friday May 18 with Mark Zuckerberg ringing the opening bell for the NASDAQ from Facebook's new HQ in Menlo Park. Among the folks excited is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak who told Bloomberg he would invest in Facebook at any price.
- Diablo III launches tomorrow May 15th.
- New carrier alert! Voyager Mobile starts up service May 15th (MVNO on Sprint network), teasing a "frequent talker program" that gives perks for talking a lot, phone upgrades, free months of service, air mileage, gift cards. Plans start at $19 a month for unlimited voice, $39 for all-unlimited voice, text and WiMAX data.
- GameStop will begin selling Steam Wallet cards for Valve's Steam platform on May 15 in-store, in $20 & $50 denominations
- SpaceX mission gets NASA approval: takeoff set for May 19th
- Wireless emergency alert texts are going live this month, free location-based service that sends an SMS to subscribers who are currently in areas experiencing tornadoes, flash floods, earthquakes, or other disasters on AT&T, Verizon, Cellcom, Cricket, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, US Cellular, all participating
I will say that you missed the real reason that people will want to prioritize their posts. Weddings! Births! Graduations! All those special days that come once (or twice) in a lifetime. Think about your feed, how fast everything flies by. If someone posted an engagement, within hours it could be a screen or two down the line. For just a buck or two Facebook will hold it towards the top so your friends can know what's going on. While I don't think many people will use this, I think that for the special moments it is truely needed.
Thanks and keep up the GREAT show!
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