Tech News Today 63
Recorded: August 27, 2010
Published: August 27, 2010
Tech News Today 63: Paul Allen vs. The World
Paul Allen sues everyone, Diaspora challenges Facebook, and 'Face' getting trademarked?
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Leo Laporte ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Erik Lanigan ( )
- Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix, YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Staples, OfficeMax and Office Depot over patents
Interval Research Corp. is a defunct Palo Alto, Calif.-based lab and incubator that Allen invested $100 million in during the internet bubble. He still owns the patents.
- Apple has ended a decade-long partnership with engineering-design firm SurfaceInk, after the latter showed off a tablet prototype of its own, according to The New York Times. SurfaceInk recently unveiled a 12.1-inch, Linux-based tablet which CEO Eric Bauswell says Apple viewed as a threat.
- On Friday morning, Dell announced that storage company 3Par had accepted Dell's third acquisition offer, this one at $27 per share. That bid matched a counteroffer from HP, which came Thursday afternoon. Two hours after that HP upped its offer to $30 a share. That would put the total value of a 3Par acquisition at about $2 billion. 3Par must feel so loved.
- What do you get for your $10 a month Hulu Plus subscription? Research firm One Touch Intelligence says the paid service has 14 percent more full-length episodes than the free version. That number crosses all shows. Some fare better than others. There's no Law and Order for free but you get 191 episodes int he paid version. That's a divide by zero error percentage more!
- A project called NITDroid has created a version of Android compatible with Nokia's Internet Tablets. Android 1.6 can run on a Nokia N810 and a stable version of Android 2.2 has been developed for the Nokia N900. Everything i spretty much functional on the N810. The N900 can't make calls or change screen brightness. The N770 and N800 have also been attempted.
- Children in China and Japan suffer from 'character amnesia' when asked to write the complex characters they are so used to inputting via alphabet-based systems. China Youth Daily polled 2,072 people and found that 83% have problems writing characters. A young woman who was interviewed by AFP explained her workaround: "When I can't remember, I will take out my cellphone and find it (the character) and then copy it down."
- The LA Times reports that executives from Blockbuster met with the six major movie studios last week to discuss a “pre-planned” bankruptcy in mid-September. Blockbuster hopes to restructure a debt load of nearly $1 billion and escape leases on 500 or more of its US stores. Blockbuster needs the support of Hollywood's film studios for an uninterrupted supply of new DVDs during the bankruptcy process.
- Lenovo has developed a game console, called eBox, that will launch in China by the end of the year, according to the Wall Street Journal. Lenovo recently split off a team of employees into a newly formed game company, Beijing Eedoo Technology. According to the Journal, those employees built the eBox with Microsoft Kinect-like functionality.
- Warner Bros. and Disney have teamed up to sue Triton Media, accusing the company of both contributory and induced copyright infringement because Triton provides sites with advertising and referral income to nine sites that the studios consider "one-stop-shops" for illegal copies of the studios' work. The list is made up of mostly no-name sites.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Tomorrow is International Read a comic in public day
- MalCon coming in Mumbai December 3, also on December 5 at Clubhack in Pune, India. Bruce Schneier wil speak at the December 5th event.
- TWiT at Dragon*Con. Meetup Saturday night September 4 - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony from New Zealand: Caller from Gmail chat outside US
The difference between net neutrality and connection choice
With the recent discussion about the ISP providing gamers with a lower latency connection it led me to think about the differences, if any, between net neutrality and my ability to choose my connection preferences. Today we commonly have a difference of speeds we can choose from. This ISP offering lower latency is a choice that their customers can choose. How is that different than the choices between speeds? If I want higher speeds I can choose a faster service and if I want lower speeds I can choose a slower service. How is this different than saying, I would like lower latency?
For me I want to have more customization of my connection. Choosing the difference latency, up and download speeds, etc. that I want. But how does that play into having a open Internet?
Email from Samir:
I'm guessing the music downloads (deezer) are not included on the 1gb internet cap because its not the internet. Cell tower, telecom wired infrastructure and music servers that they now own is similar to a intranet. its a music service not that different from tv on copper (adsl+) based triple-play, its all data but iptv, voip telecom services are not counted. i prefer telecoms playing the game with their own media services than trying to change the rules of the game (verizon of course).
Email from Phill from Sydney:
when Google rolled out their free calls from gmail to any number in the US and Canada it got me thinking. Firstly they get their android phones out into the market as broadly as possible. Then they provide a way for gmail users to get free calls. What's stopping them taking the next step and provide ""data only"" phone plans to their US customers. This would be perfect for people that spend most of their time in wifi areas that seldom make phone calls, and Google can sell the plans cheaply.
- SB #3
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