Tech News Today 178
Recorded: February 11, 2011
Published: February 11, 2011
Tech News Today 178: Two Steves Don't Make A Wright
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Capitulation: Nokia adopts Windows Phone 7
- Windows Phone 7 becomes Nokia's smartphone platform, Microsoft Web services stack, including Bing - Nokia’s content and application store will be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.
- Symbian becomes "franchise platform" meaning it will eventually be phased out
- Nokia posts video of Microsoft partnership announcement online
- MeeGo to become R&D platform for mobile devices (tablets?) Will launch one Meego device later this year. Elop - "not as part of another broad smarpthone platform strategy, but as an opportunity to learn." Nokia Maps will be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience.
- Why not Android? - Nokia did talk with Google about adopting Android but decided that it "would have difficulty differentiating within that ecosystem" and the "commoditization risk was very high -- prices, profits, everything being pushed down, value being moved out to Google which was concerning to us." Microsoft presented the best option for Nokia to resume the fight in the high end smarpthone segment.
- Nokia's Elop responds to Google's 'Two turkeys' tweet
- Massive Layoffs Expected at Nokia (20,000?)
- Nokia workers mourn death of Symbian, thousands walk out
- "iPhone nano" rumor comes back to life, now with $200 unsubsidized price tag
- BusinessWeek reporting Apple working an an iPhone 1/3 smaller, that would sell for $200 without subsidy or contract
- Original Bloomberg story
- Wael Ghonim: If You Want To Liberate A Government, Give Them The Internet
- Social Media Sparked, Accelerated Egypt’s Revolutionary Fire
- The Internet Explodes As Egypt’s Dictator Finally Quits
- Startup Provides Secure Calls For Egypt
- Iran jams BBC's Persian TV service
- Sony hints it could pull its music from iTunes in ongoing war with Apple
- Michal Ephraim, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment, spoke with Australia's The Age about the impending launch of its Music Unlimited service in that country. """If we do [get mass take-up], then does Sony Music need to provide content to iTunes?"" he said. ""Currently we do. We have to provide it to iTunes as that's the format right now.""
He continued: ""Publishers are being held ransom by Apple and they are looking for other delivery systems, and we are waiting to see what the next three to five years will hold."""
- Twitter Tells Advertisers to Dig Deeper: “Promoted Trends” Get a Price Hike
- industry sources say the going price for a one-day promoted trends purchase has settled between $70,000 and $80,000. Twitter has started telling buyers the coming price hike will consistently push the ads into the $100,000 to $120,000 range.
- George Hotz, the man who released code to let people hack their PS3s to play pirated games and run other OSes, has to turn over his computers to Sony according to a Federal court in California. Sony also wanted information about any person who commented on Hotz's YouTube videos and info on anyone Hotz talked to over Twitter - but the court did not let that happen.
- Apple stock took an unexpected dip BUT to the rescue came the Wall Street Journal report that Steve Jobs continues to take business meetings at home and by phone, and has also been spotted at the company's headquarters and out in public with company executives. So it's not all 30 Rock reruns and pints of ice cream for Jobs these days, OK stock market! Oh wait, that was my medical leave.
- Chinese hackers who were "incredibly sloppy" still managed to steal gigabytes of data from Western energy companies, a McAfee executive said today. The attacks, which McAfee has dubbed "Night Dragon" and had tracked since November 2009, may have started two years earlier and are still occurring. McAfee declined to identify the 5 targeted firms.
- Hitachi has announced a new 4.5-inch display capable of 1280 x 720 resolution at 329dpi. Apple's Retina Display has a resolution of 960 x 640 at 326dpi so Hitachi is bringing the heat. Hitachi's display won't be available until October which means phones are going to look great next year.
- AT&T is doing its best Oprah impression for its iPhone users. You get a thousand minutes, you get a thousand minutes, and you all get a thousand minutes! If you're an AT&T iPhone user, you can text "yes" to 11113020 and you'll get the rollover minutes added to your account. The downside is you're still on the AT&T network.
- Apple has issued a patch for the Verizon iPhone which fixes how the iPhone reports data usage when it's in hotspot mode. Verizon charges $20 for 2GB and then $20 each additional GB, so Verizon iPhone users, update your phones to iOS 4.2.6 with iTunes ASAP!
- Amazon is pulling the plug on one of its distribution centers in Irving, Texas because of a dispute over $269 million in sales taxes that Texas says Amazon owes. Texas's argument is simple - if you're located in Texas, you pay taxes to Texas. Amazon says they don't own the distribution center, but a subsidiary does - which actually looks to be a tax loophole.
- Dr. Alex Karp, the Co-Founder and CEO of Palantir Technologies, one of three data intelligence firms who appear to have developed dirty tricks attacks against WikiLeaks and their supporters, has severed all ties with HBGary Federal, who led the plan, and issued an apology to Salon reporter Glenn Greenwald.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Kournikova worm marks 10th anniversary
- AT&T adding an extra 2GB to phone tethering plans, launching Mobile Hotspot app
- Samsung will announce dual-core smartphones, new tablets at MWC 2011 9 AM PT - a 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2 with Honeycomb?
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Play launching
- IBM's Watson takes on Jeopardy champs through 2/16
- LG's Press Event 2 AM PST - World's first 3D smartphone, LG Optimus 3D, to debut
- Microsoft's Keynote with Steve Ballmer 7 AM PST
- Samsung US' Press Conference 9 AM
- Ruling in Assange Extradition Case Expected Feb. 24
- Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs inbound
"Obviously, this story is at least as important as the Nokia/Microsoft announcement... :-) - CurtisB" http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110211/lf_afp/lifestyleusitinternetanimaltelecomappleretrevo
"Hey Tnt Crew, (Tom, Sarah, Jason, Becky ect...) On Episode 177 you discussed the cloud phone by Inq dubbed the Facebook phone, My problem with this phone is that why do they keep meddling with android to a point that is loses its true nature. They are mutating the interface and skinning into another morphed frankenstein phone kinda like touch wiz 3.0 on Samsung Phones. I personally like some skins because they enhance the android experience like HTC sense, but some companies tweak their interface to the extreme like Samsung and Sony Ericson.... So when it comes to an update thier interface is so garbled that they cannot keep up with the Google Android updates. Inq keep your interface clean, don't make a mess out of thingsand Your trying to hard trying to make a facebook phone.] Luis from Murrieta California"
- Edited by: Jason
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