Tech News Today 205

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Episode 205

Tech News Today 205: Chumby Part 8: The Reckoning

Government wants control of app store, Japan's earthquake affects tablet wars, fighting file-sharing may kill music biz, and more.



  • Firefox 4 soars, thanks to Microsoft's Luddite customers
    • Firefox 4 cleared 4.7 million in the first 24 hours, according to the Mozilla Glow site that logs downloads. Firefox 3 topped 8 million downloads in its first 24 hours. IE9 clocked in at 2.35 million downloads in its first 24 hours.Johnathan Nightingale, the Firefox engineering director, said that their metrics say 40-50% of the Web uses Windows XP, so it's too big to abandon. IE9 does not run on Windows XP.
  • Senators to Apple: Ditch the DUI Checkpoint Apps
  • Apple Yanks 'Gay Cure' App
  • RIM says it will pull drunk-driving apps
    • In a letter to Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone Software, Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Tom Udall (D-NM) stated: "We write today with grave concern regarding the ease with which downloadable applications for the iPhone, iPad, and other Apple products allow customers to identify where local police officers have set up DUI checkpoints. With more than 10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to iPhone and iPad applications that alert users to DUI checkpoints is harmful to public safety."
  • "Exodus International. It comes from a Florida-based organization of the same name that describes itself as "the world's largest ministry to individuals and families impacted by homosexuality." ---- The application disappeared from the App Store Thursday evening. "We removed the exodus international app form the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people,"" an Apple spokesperson told PCMag."

Discussion Stories

  • EA free-to-play exec: $60 games are 'exploitative'
    • Ben Cousins, general manager of Electronic Arts' Easy Studios, told Rock, Paper, Shotgun it's simply awful that consumers must shell out $60 for a game they may or may not like. "I can't think of anything more exploitative than gating all of your content behind having to pay someone $60," Cousins told the U.K.-based gaming blog in an interview posted yesterday. "That's a really harsh business model if you think about it objectively."
  • Apple considering accepting price hikes to secure supply of touch panels, say Taiwan makers
  • Adobe Warns of Japan Weakness
    • With wafer supplies likely becoming tight, major chip suppliers' intentions to give priority to the long-term contracts from first-tier brands, production is likely to be impacted by tight supply of components and materials used to produce memory chips. There is growing concern about possible interruptions in the supply of blank wafers, photoresists, polishing slurries, target materials and nitrogen gas, because major suppliers of these upstream parts locate their production lines within the earthquake-ravaged areas.
  • Did file-sharing cause recording industry collapse? Economists say no
    • Creative Destruction and Copyright Protection, a paper by the London School of Economics' Bart Cammaerts and Bingchun Meng. Copyright enforcement won't bring back consumer spending on music -- but it will strangle new business models built on file-sharing, robbing the next generation of musicians without paying the current generation.
    • A 2004 US Consumer Expenditure Survey showed that even spending on CDs by people who had no computer (and were therefore unlikely to download and use BitTorrent) dropped by over 40 percent from 1999 through 2004. In 2009, for the first time, earnings from live music events outstripped music sales in the UK. The music recording industry was worth £1.36 million (about $2.21 million); the live music scene was estimated around around £1.54 million. Ticket sales rose by 5.8 percent, "secondary ticketing revenues" shot up 15 percent, and receipts for related services at concerts came to £1.54 million.
  • UK ISPs Hatch Plan To Block the Pirate Bay and Other File Sharing Sites
  • Did Piracy Drop When Limewire Vanished?

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science



David Hansberry: A way to use that iPad 2 cover

Alex: Amazon Android AppStore outside of US


"TNT Team,

I was excited to install and use the new Android App Store earlier today on my Epic 4G. I downloaded and installed the app store application and entered in all of my Amazon account information. From the main menu on the phone app I clicked the ""Games"" category and wanted to filter the list by user reviews so I attempted to click the ""Refine"" button. Apparently I inadvertently clicked the ""Buy App"" button directly under the ""Refine"" button for the first game in the app list and the application immediately started installing. I had a gift card balance on my account from the holiday season and the purchase was deducted with no confirmation screen! I sent an e-mail to Amazon and they were good about refunding my money (less than 8 hours to respond) but I think the application interface is laid out poorly and this could happen to other people. Amazon told me that purchases in the app store require 1-Click (even though I had it disabled in my web account settings) and this can not be disabled in the app.

Keep up the good work on the show!

-Steve from O'Fallon, IL"

"Hi, guys (and girl)!

I'm from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I'm writing just to rant about the new Amazon Android App Store (covered in TNT 204) being ""US-Only"". I can't play the new Angry Birds Rio because... I LIVE in RIO!!!!

Come on! I can order a physical, real, volume-and-weight-owning object in Amazon, and they will charge my credit card, put the thing in a package and send it to me via some UPSish company - but I can't order (or download for free!) a virtual, byte-only, 5 seconds downloadable app fro the App Store?


Thanks for the great show!





Production Information

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