Tech News Today 215

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Episode 215

Tech News Today 215: Tech Nudes Today

YouTube gets more TV-like, Toyota gets more Ford-like, Motorola Xoom sales not Apple-like enough, and more.


Top Stories

  • Dish Buys Bankrupt Blockbuster
    • Dish buys Blockbuster for $320 million in Bankruptcy Auction
    • Blockbuster locations to market Dish TV Service
    • Dish to continue the video rental chain
    • Dish was owned by Echostar until 2008. Echostar owns Sling and still maintains satellites for Dish"

Discussion Stories

  • Google to Revamp YouTube With 'Channels'
    • WSJ reporting Google spend up to $100M for original content
    • YouTube to get 20 or so premium channels
    • Changes to be phased in
    • Next New Networks was bought up by YouTube in March "
  • Bashing Microsoft 'like kicking a puppy,' says Linux Foundation chief
    • With the one glaring exception of the desktop computer, Linux has outpaced Microsoft in nearly every market, including server-side computing and mobile, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin claims.
    • "I think we just don't care that much [about Microsoft] anymore,"" Zemlin said. ""They used to be our big rival, but now it's kind of like kicking a puppy."
  • The next Napster? Copyright questions as 3D printing comes of age
    • Ulrich Schwanitz printed a Penrose Triangle in 3D.
    • Arther Tchoukanov figured out how to print the same thing, pub's the instructions to Thingiverse
    • Schwanitz sues the site over copyright, claimed DMCA, then rescinded complaint.
    • Brought questions of 3D copyright
    • Bigger questions of what happens when we can print anything?"

While officials have said the crack in a maintenance pit plugged early Wednesday was the only one found, they have not ruled out that radioactive water is leaking into the sea from another point. "Right now, just because the leak has stopped, we are not relieved yet," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. "We are checking whether the leak has completely stopped, or whether there may be other leaks." Fortunately, indications are that the contamination is largely a short-lived isotope of iodine that will decay to background within a matter of months. The sheer volume of the Pacific will also ensure that it will be diluted out to low levels relatively rapidly.

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science




"Tom & the gang,

In all this discussion over dropped calls I rarely hear one of the biggest reasons mentioned: the CDMA technology is simply less prone to dropped calls than GSM.

Using iPhone 4 as a brief example (since that's always the hot topic), the CDMA version has a more robust dual antenna design. With the consistency you mentioned call drops between Verizon & AT&T on episode 214, I'm guessing the same is true of CDMA & GSM versions of most phones. Also, in reading a few CDMA vs. GSM articles I saw it stated that CDMA is usually better at handing off between towers.

Love the show,

Tom Schmidt, New Hope, MN"

"Ryan pointed us to an odd Facetime bug.

Over at the Apple discussion board: FaceTime shows random, old pictures when initiating a call

My boyfriend and I have both recently experienced this problem several times - when one of us is calling the other via FaceTime, an old picture freezes on our screen, while the person receiving the call only sees a black screen. It's kind of creepy, because it brought up photos of both of us at work, where I have used FaceTime a few times but he never has. We're just wondering how/why this is happening, and if there is a fix. It's not terribly inconvenient, but it's definitely unsettling, where is seems that even if we haven't taken a picture or used FaceTime, the camera is keeping images. If anyone else is experiencing this, we'd love feedback. Thanks!"

"Though I am sympathetic to your argument that it is your music and you should be able to stream it, I think you will hurt me. Right now I would think the music labels are pricing their albums with the assumption that they sell you a copy for your device and another copy to stream it elsewhere. If they get forced to sell one copy that can be used everywhere, they are going to include that in the price of the original sale - and you know whats going to happen? Morons like me who buy a copy and can afford only one device are going to subsidize all you rich streaming guys with a 100 devices. Pay your own bills. And that argument applies to unlimited data on your wireless and wired networks.





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