Tech News Today 214
Recorded: April 5, 2011
Published: April 5, 2011
Tech News Today 214: Poke The Prez
House votes down net neutrality, Anonymous attacks Sony folks IRL, Cheap mind control for your limbs, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- House votes to overturn FCC on Net neutrality
- House Republicans voted unanimously today to block controversial Net neutrality regulations from taking effect
---By a vote of 241 to 178, the House of Representatives adopted a one-page resolution of disapprovel that says, simply, the regulations adopted by the Federal Communications Commission on December 21 ""shall have no force or effect.""
- Google’s Page Begins Major Reorg: Engineers, Not Managers, In Charge
- Eliminating Google's centralized functional structure
- Engineers executing instead of going through managers like Jonathan Rosenberg (Chief of Prod. Development, left yesterday)
- Larry Page's role likened to Steve Jobs' role at Apple in the AllThingsD article. "
- Anonymous Splinter Group Targeting Sony Employees
- Anonymous offshoot called ""SonyRecon""
- Gather personal data about individuals working at Sony like names, phone #s, addresses
- Attacks include prank Skype calls, shipments of empty UPS boxes
- Worse: Ads in erotic services section of Craigslist, asking for positive HIV results to be delivered.
- Message board: Gunning for Sony CEO Howard Stringer and Family"
- Nasdaq rebalancing slashes Apple's weighting
- Why Nasdaq is giving Apple less weight, and Microsoft more
- Apple's Weight in Nasdaq-100 to Be Reduced as Microsoft, Cisco Are Raised
- Stock market index Nasdaq 100 changed composition at 3AM Eastern
- Weighting changes:
- Apple was at 20.5%, down to 12.3%
- MS to 8.32%
- Oracle up to 6.7%
- Intel up to 4.2%
- Cisco 3.7%
- Impact: Stock portfolios based on the Nasdaq 100 will buy and sell stock accordion to the weighting. Changes go into effect May 2
- Timing: Prof. James Angel (Georgetown) could be to avoid gaming
- Change to reflect market value. Apple’s weighting in the Nasdaq gauge is currently more than six times that of the second-biggest constituent, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, while its market value is only 46 percent bigger
- Verizon iPhone 4 owners report fewer dropped calls than AT&T
- Apple's iPhone 4 on the AT&T network are more than twice as likely to report dropped calls than Verizon customers - according to Market Research firm ChangeWave. The 4,068 respondents showed that 4.8 percent of AT&T iPhone 4 owners experienced a dropped call on their handset over the past 90 days, compared with 1.8 percent of Verizon subscribers.--Verizon customers were slightly more satisfied, with 82 percent choosing "very satisfied," compared to 80 percent of AT&T iPhone 4 users.
- Windows Phone 7 update tool frees users from carrier tyranny
- Get the update
- On Saturday, Microsoft released the Windows Phone 7 Support Tool, which is designed to re-flash phones with corrupt firmware or that are otherwise having problems with the update process. It downloads the necessary firmware files and flashes to the phone. The Support Tool won't update the firmware to a newer version. Developer Chris Walsh wrote a program called ChevronWP7.Updater which works around that so you can put the newest version on the phone and bypass carrier restrictions. Apparently has issues with Samsung Focuses, whihc have to be hard reset with the original support tool for the Chevron tool to work.
- Wozniak: Tablet is the PC for 'normal people'
- During a keynote session at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, California, Wozniak was asked how tablets would change the computer industry. He compared them to TVs. "The tablet is not necessarily for the people in this room," Wozniak told the audience of enterprise storage engineers. "It's for the normal people in the world."
- Twitter will offer branded pages as a new way to make some money.? Details are sparse at this point, but the branded Twitter pages would be similar to Facebook Pages. So what will make these pages different than current Twitter pages? .... They would make money!
- According to Forbes, Amazon.com is the most reputable company in the United States beating out big names like Kraft and Johnson & Johnson. Yes, you trust Amazon more than cheese and soap. Just don't tell Borders. Meanwhile Comcast was also listed -- but it was on a different list. Comcast is #9 on the Least Reputable list.
- Texas Instruments will became the world's #3 largest chipmaker after closing the deal on its purchase of National Semiconductor for a whopping $6.5 billion. This will help TI in the mobile phone and tablet markets. National Semiconductor specializes in analog chips used in wideband applications.
- Put on your powdered whigs, proclamation fans, France's State Council has issued a decree that personal Internet data be retained for 12 months and be accessible by authorities at any time. Google, Facebook and other are up in arms and will file a complaint opposing this decree. Data that is required to be kept includes names, phone numbers, and passwords. So let it be written, so let it be retained.
- SpaceX announced their new rocket the Falcon Heavy, a 22-story rocket that will be able to carry satellites or spacecraft weighing over 53 metric tons into low earth orbit, which is nearly twice what the Space Shuttle is able to carry. SpaceX says the rocket will be "ready" sometime next year, and the first test flight is planned for 2013. But that's not all! How much would you pay to send something into space on this rocket? Try the low low price of $100 million.
- Trying to speed up the time it takes to get an idea turned into a finished game, 4th & Battery set up an "experimental" studio, made up of PopCap developers. If you're not familiar with PopCap, they are behind a little game called Bejeweled. If you're not familiar with Bejeweled, you must be a very productive person. The first game out of 4th & Battery will be "Unpleasant Horse" meant for mature gamers. I BET it is.
- The site Tech From 10 got its hands on a developer version of Android Market and buried inside was a new version of Google's Music app for phones that mimics the Gingerbread version, but with expanded settings around cloud-based streaming. At this time the app doesn't allow a user to actually sync or upload media to the cloud, but it is even further proof of an upcoming cloud solution by Google.
- You know what's really been getting int he way of the success of Apple's iAD platform? Apps. All that content gets int he way of you seeing the ads! Well Apple's fixed that with a new app called iAd Gallery. A user can flip through the iAds as well as launch the full iAd. The app is free - so if you want ads and nothing else, there's an app for that.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Remember when we said Zediva would get sued for streaming DVDs to users without a license/ Well that day has come. Fox, Warner Bros., Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount and Universal jointly sued Zediva in Federal Court Monday. And so it begins.
- Chumby 8 set to ship for $199 today
- Sprint Nexus S 4G Android smartphone shipping April 6 for $199.99
- Also the Nokia Astound (Symbian!) Ships tomorrow April 6 for $80
- Nokia announces Symbian smartphone event for April 12
- Obama and Zuckerberg to Field Questions From Users at Facebook Live Town Hall
- Facebook Townhall April 20th
- President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will take questions
- Questions can be posted to the Event's wall
- Livestream of event.
- To participate, you have to Like the event, then RSVP."
- Sony's upcoming portable gaming console, code named NGP, may be delayed. Sony America president Jack Tretton told Bloomberg that Sony may stagger the global release of its next portable as the company is hit with disruptions to its production cycle due to the earthquake.
- AMD ships 32nm quad-core Llano APU, expects systems 'later this quarter'
I saw online that people were buying that .69 glee album to get the upgrade to 20gb so I thought I would try it. My Debit card was recently deactivated and I am awaiting a new one but tried to purchase the album with the old card I had on file forgetting that card was no longer good. I quickly received an email saying that the payment didn't go through, but then was surprised to find a e-mail a minute later that said my cloud storage had been upgraded to 20gb for doing this purchase even though I ended up not being able to actually process it. I thought this odd so I logged out and then back in and there it was my 20gb of storage for free.
P.S. I work for helpdesk that works with the ebuy system that was mentioned in the show previously with the who Google and DOJ and the Microsoft thing
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