Tech News Today 194
Recorded: March 8, 2011
Published: March 8, 2011
Tech News Today 194: iPad 2 Or Hernia
Sprint to merge with T-Mobile, Facebook takes on Netflix, Microsoft hints at Xbox 360 successors, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Becky Worley ( )
- Jason Howell
- Ella Morton
- Sprint, Deutsche Telekom Said to Discuss T-Mobile USA Merger
- Bloomberg reports Deutsche Telekom AG has held talks to sell its T-Mobile USA unit to Sprint Nextel Corp. in exchange f or a major stake in the combined entity. Talks centering around valuation of T-Mobile, that seems to be what's holding up the deal. Analysts say DT is selling from a weak market position.
- T-Mobile's new data plans detailed, launching March 13th
- Meanwhile T-Mobile's getting pricier. T-Mo will be offering a monthly 200MB plan for $29.99 (up $5), 5GB for $49.99 (up $10), and a new 10GB choice for $79.99. 20 percent discounts if you also have T-Mobile voice, which bring the cheapest plan down to a more tangible $23.99, 5GB to $39.99, and 10GB to $63.99.
- [Facebook Could ‘Become a Credible Threat to Netflix,’ Says Goldman Sachs
- Warner Bros. Beginning test with "The Dark Knight" Pay with Facebook credits. Costs 30 credits (about $3) to rent the movie. You have 48 hours to watch. Goldman Sachs analyst Ingrid Chung: "Facebook’s foray into pay-per-view does not impact our Netflix estimates," she said in a report. "However, Facebook represents a new potential entrant that few in the investment community were concerned with prior to this announcement, so we believe it does indeed represent an incremental negative for Netflix shares."
- Facebook Fears Hammer Netflix Stock
- Netflix dropped 4% in early Tuesday trading
- Facebook begins movie rental experiment
- Warner Bros. taking movie rentals to its Facebook pages
- Here's where you can watch the movie
- Microsoft job posting hints at Xbox 360 successor
- seeking a hardware engineer in its Interactive Entertainment Business division. The posting indicates that Microsoft wants to hire "a graphics hardware architect" for the company's Xbox Console Architecture group, which its posting claims is "responsible for defining and delivering next-generation console architectures from conception through implementation."
- Spotify’s 1 Million Milestone. Is A U.S. Launch Finally Around The Corner?
- Spotify Has 1 Million Paid Subscribers, But …
- Spotify just announced that they have reached 1 million paid subscribers -- ratio of paying to free is 15%... Wired points out that in September Spotify celebrated having 10 million subs total. 1 million would be 10%... Read closely and you see they say 'active' subscribers. Then do the math and it looks like a total of 6.7 million actives total. PaidContent speculates this announcement could presage a US release.
- Supreme Court Deciding Whether Congress May Copyright Public Domain Works
- Some copyrighted works had become public domain in the US but were still copyrighted overseas. In 1994 Congress took action to move those works back under copyright protection. The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether Congress may take works out of the public domain and grant them copyright status.
- This friday is ipad 2 day! the prediction more devices sold fewer lines. Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray noted Tuesday that the original iPad launched at 221 U.S. Apple retail stores and about 1,100 Best buy stores last year. The iPad 2 will debut at more than 10,000 stores of retail partners in addition to 236 current Apple retail stores. throw in Walmart, Target & the phone stores ATT and Verizon, and it's gonna be too easy to get one of these things- hwere's the comradery where's the star trek like ferver int he lines. where are the sleeping bags????
- ios 4.3 thursday
- When you get 16 million in VC funding- what should you do with it? how about expanding your business overseas and oh yeah- figuring out how to accept payment from your customers. That's what Boxee is doing with it's funding. it's targeting adoption in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands specifically and also launching a way for independent and network content creators to get paid within the system and they say they are already officially partnered with CBS - 2.5 men episodes anyone?
- The Chinese government has issued a report calling for more fiber, more cloud computing, and and more circuit and monitor production. The ""Hey China- let's get geekier"" report was compiled by the country's National Development and Reform Commission. It wasn't actually called that, but the report does call for a million more kilometers of fiber optic cable increasing the number of broadband Internet ports by 35 million to 223 million.
- Hot facebook App news here- first Angry birds IS coming to Facebook, but later rather than sooner Rovio has officially said the release will happen but it will be in May not March, so hold onto your slingshots for another few months, and then if you had to guess the top apps on Facebook, you'd think Zynga had all it's farmville, mafia wars, cityville topping the charts right? well, you'd be partially right, number 1 cityville: 20 million daily users, number 3 farmville over 13 million users, but number 2 - windows messenger for facebook with 14 and a half million daily users. who knew?
- A new technique developed by researchers at Concordia University in Quebec could be used to unmask would-be anonymous emailers by sniffing out patterns in their writing style from use of all lowercase letters to common typos. Their techniques could be used to serve up evidence in court, giving law enforcement more detailed information than a simple IP address can produce. The researchers tested 200,000 emails from 158 employees of Enron, and were able to identify authors 80% to 90% of the time.
- When it comes to fighting the man- Limewire is getting a double dose. The file sharing company has reportedly settled with the music publishers for copyright infringement- the damages have not been specified. But Limewire's main battle with the record labels rages on- the trial over how much damages Limewire will have to pay those companies will happen later this year.
- Annoyed that if you want to use Google Voice to call somebody's voip number you still have to use POTS?!! Worry no more my friends. As of Monday you can now make purely Internet-based phone calls. Making a SIP call with a "sip:" prefix, the Google Voice phone number and @sip.voice.google.com skips the conventional phone network entirely, saving users cellphone minutes. Disruptive Telephony tested it and found that a call worked "great.
- Youtube has acquired Web video production company Next New Networks. They are a strange conglomerate of production company, film school, marketing company all for youtube/web video creators. YouTube says the newly bought production team will test YouTube technologies, as well as acting as an incubator for up and coming video talent. I think they will also train dogs to skateboard.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Charlie Sheen browser blocker- see no sheen online. firefox & Chrome
- 1000 sheen domains registered godaddy
- AMD's New Flagship HD 6990 Tested
- Nokia E7 up for pre-order in the states with presumed April delivery- for $679 ouch
- Adobe is continuing the Flash fight with the release of the 10.3 beta- it boasts new tools to help with noise cancelation and mic levels. also today Adobe releases Wallaby- a tool to help port flash to html 5. Adobe is quick to point out that not all of Flash Professional features are supported in the HTML5 format, so you'll have to do some tweaks but they do stop short of sticking their tongue out at steve Jobs
- Opera launches mobile app store
- Discovery poised for final homecoming tomorrow
- Heads of Google, eBay, Facebook and Twitter may be invited to advise at the G8 summit in Paris in May. Sarkozy reportedly issuing invites to a small group to glean wisdom and share at the larger meeting in May
- Virtual Cafe opens to help New Zealand Earthquake victims
"Hey TNT Crew,
Love the show. Regarding the O2 over 18 content filter, discussed in TNT 192, there seems to have been some miss understanding. I am an iphone customer tech support advisor for O2 and have taken a large number of calls regarding this issue. The 18+ filter has been a service for several years and the filter service database thingy basically died last week and as a result, all those who may have already verified their age will have been prompted to do it again when they go onto a site.
Yes customers are asked to make a one off £1 credit card payment, as under 18's cannot own a credit card. Once this payment is made, on the customer's next bill, a credit of £2.50 will appear, this means that customers are making a profit for verifying their age.
Customers without a credit card can also visit an O2 store with photo ID or call customer services - both of which are free services.
All that said, I agree that it should be opt in.
Love the whole TWiT network, please keep up the good work.
Fred from the UK"
"Sup TNT Troop,
Just in case you're interested in an ""insider's"" view on how Apple is affecting the storage market.
As I found myself lusting over Apple's newly announced hardware, I was interrupted by a frighteningly-titled Outlook invite. ""Emergency Dept. Announcement - Changing Market Environment.""
I work for Xyratex (ZY-ra-tex), recently announced the ""World’s Largest Supplier of OEM Storage Systems"" for the second year running. The company's storage division's strategy is dependent on a well established, ongoing 10% demand growth per annum. The decreased demand for notebooks (and in turn, 2.5"" HDD storage) is being attributed to tablet sales (and per the email, the iPad specifically).
We were advised NOT to speculate on an outcome as ""this trend may not continue."" They have, however, frozen all pay increases and hires.
Funny thing is...I use an iPad to increase productivity at work. Oh, the irony.
Thanks for the show, you make my drives home fun!
- SB 6
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