Tech News Today 221
Recorded: April 14, 2011
Published: April 14, 2011
Tech News Today 221: You Can Learn A Lot From A Squirrel
The PlayBook is killing RIM, YouTube uses a squirrel to teach copyright, Apple TV coming this year, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Larry Page Grabs the Wheel for Google’s Q1 Earnings
- Google's cost-surge unnerves Street, shares dive
- Google’s Q1: An Earnings Miss
- Google’s Sales Jump 27 Percent But Profits Fall Short Of Estimates
- Larry Sends in the Troops for First Earnings Call
- Analysts Drill Google Executives On Big Increase In Expenses
- Google sees a sharp rise in first-quarter earnings
- Google’s revenue rose 29% was $6.54 billion, up from $5.06 billion during the same period a year ago. Earnings per share came in at $8.08, up from $6.76 during the comparable period. On average, analysts had expected sales of $6.32 billion and earnings per share of $8.11. Analysts drilled Google over 54% increase in expenses. Executives said they would not slow down marketing efforts, mentioning Chrome specifically, but noted hiring expenses were up because of an across-the-board 10% pay increase. "I’m very excited about Google and our momentum, and I’m very optimistic about our future," adding his new team has “really hit the ground running,” with the changeover from long-time CEO Eric Schmidt “working very well, exactly as we have planned.”
- RIM Declines to Five-Month Low After Critical PlayBook Reviews
- RIM Playbook tablet is Palm Foleo killer
- RIM Stock took a hit after mixed reviews of the PlayBook
- Stock started at $53.88 this morning, dropped as low as $52.73, but recovered nicely - closed at 53.80
- Lots of sites have PB review out today
- PB weakness: needs a BB to do email (or else you have to use webmail)"
- DoJ, FBI set up command-and-control servers, take down botnet
- It's hard to combat botnets, because the good guys have no more right to run unauthorized software on users' machines than the bad guys. A federal judge has authorized the non-profit Internet Systems Consortium, working in conjunction with the FBI, to go beyond taking down the command-and-control servers: the ISC has installed its own command-and-control servers. The command the servers are sending? Shut down the botnet malware. The servers were swapped out on Tuesday evening, and the kill command was duly sent. It does not remove the malicious software. IP addresses for infected computers will be sent to ISP's who can inform their users and provide instructions on using Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool to remove the Coreflood malware.
- Spotify cuts back on free music
- Pressure from big labels seen driving Spotify free music cutbacks
- Spotify's blog post
- Free monthly allotment goes from 20 hours to 10. Also there is now a limit of five plays per track. If you sign up between November and today you'll get completely unlimited service for 6 months. If you signed up before Nov. 1 changes will go into effect May 1. Paid tiers remain unaffected.
- PC Market shrinks for the first time in 6 quarters
- Gartner: tablet hype fueling worldwide dip in PC sales
- First PC market contraction in 1.5 years. IDC says it shrunk 3.2 % Gartner 1.1 % In the US it was more pronounced IDC -10% Gartner -6%. Asia grew IDC +5.6% and Gartner +4.1%. Gartner's Mikako Kitagawa (she) pointed to iPad 2. Bob O'Donnell from IDC blamed the consumer market being "complex". Also pointed out that PCs last longer these days and new PC's aren't revolutionary.
- Worldwide (IDC/Gartner) HP 15.2/14.8, Dell 10.3/10 Acer 9/10.9 Lenovo 8.2/8.2 Toshiba 4.8/4.8. US (IDC/Gartner) HP 4.3/4.2 Dell 3.7/3.6 Toshiba 1.6/1.7 Apple 1.4/1.5 Acer 1.3/1.8
- Report: Apple TV set could be coming this year
- What is 'ix.Mac.MarketingName' and why is it listed as a supported device for iOS apps?
- App Store placeholder hints at another iOS device
- Copyright Outlaws Will Now Get Schooled By YouTube’s Animated Squirrel
- TV broadcasters ask CRTC to look at regulating Netflix
- If we receive a copyright notification for one of your videos, you’ll now be required to attend “YouTube Copyright School,” which involves watching a copyright tutorial and passing a quiz to show that you’ve paid attention and understood the content before uploading more content to YouTube. So, today we’ll begin removing copyright strikes from user’s accounts in certain limited circumstances, contingent upon the successful completion of YouTube Copyright School, as well as a solid demonstrated record of good behavior over time. Expiration of strikes is not guaranteed.
- The FCC has announced it has begun a review of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. In order for the deal to go through, the merger has to pass the requirements of the Communications Act as well as FCC rules. If that goes well, then the question becomes whether the deal is in the public interest. You can read the FCC public notice at your leisure at the FCC site. Separately, the Department of Justice must evaluate the merger for antitrust violations.
- Safari will get a bit more private and we may be on our way to a Do Not Track standard. Apple has added Mozilla's "Do Not Track" option to Safari in the dev version of Lion. IE and Firefox already have this option. Chrome has a different method for do not track of its own. Come on Chrome, get with the Mozilla program why doncha?
- Comcast's 105 Mbps Xfinity broadband service is a go. Although upload speeds didn't get a tweak and remain at a relatively anemic 10Mbps. What does all this speed cost? About $105 a month for the first year if you get one of Comcast's bundled plans. More if you just want Internet, and $370 a month if you're a business customer. Oh yeah - don't forget that there's still a 250GB cap on Comcast data - which means if you were at max speed for a little over 5 hours, you'll hit your cap.
- In an interview with "60 Minutes," airing this Sunday, Paul Allen says his new book is not an act of revenge against Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates but rather meant to serve as a record of what happened. Allen said he feels it's an important piece of technology history and he should tell it like it happened, and he hopes people understand and respect that. He does expect a heated discussion with Gates about it someday.
- E3 is coming up in June and Nintendo may be launching a new console according to Game Informer. The next Nintendo box is rumored to offer HD and might be the equal to or may even surpass the 360 and the PS3 in capabilities. That would also make the rumored price cut to the Nintendo Wii make more sense. The plot thickens.
- How much would you pay for Twitter? Apparently last fall Facebook offered $2 billion for it. Google offered $10 billion. Microsoft pondered an offer, but didn't bother. Considering Twitter isn't owned by any of those companies, w're pretty sure you know how those deals worked out.
- If you want to use Internet Explorer 10, you better have Windows 7. Microsoft has drawn a line in the sand and said that final versions of IE 10 won't run on Vista nor XP. A MS spokesperson suggests that IE 10 is best suited for "modern operating systems" which implies that Microsoft no longer thinks of Vista as a modern OS. Ouch.
- Let the rumors about Apple's cloud services restart. Apple just picked up Kevin Timmons from Microsoft. At MS, Timmons was the GM of datacenter services. Before that he was over at Yahoo where he also took care of data centers. Odds are that at Apple, he'll end up working in the cafeteria -- or taking care of cloud stuff. Or starting a cloud cafeteria. ... or something. GET US OUR GODDARNED CLOUD ITUNES TIMMONS!!!!
Kickers and Weird Science
- Verizon Guy gets let go, turns out that wasn't his name anyway
- First appearance circa 2002
- With tired fans
- Twitter users just got a new option on iOS today called Tweetbot. The app is getting a lot of praise around the web for its clean interface and ability to use lists for timelines. This is kind of odd timing for a Twitter client considering that in March Twitter said in its API Terms of Service that it doesn't want to see any more basic Twitter apps out there. Tweetbot is $1.99 in the App Store.
- Mozilla kicks off Firefox 5, faster release schedule
- Acer's Windows-powered Iconia W500 $549, ships today
- T-Mobile G2X priced at $200, coming online today
- iOS 4.3.2 now available to download, fixes iPad 3G and FaceTime
- Samsung's 11.6-inch Series 9 lands an Amazon pre-order at $1,149
- April 16 Declared @Foursquare Day in NYC
- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer coming at the end of this month: $399 for 16GB, $149 for the dock
- White iPhone 4 reportedly being released in the next few weeks (10 month delay)
- Intel: USB 3.0 in 2012 with 'Thunderbolt': "Intel is going to support USB 3.0 in the 2012 client platform. We're going to support Thunderbolt capability. We believe they're complementary," said Kirk Skaugen, a vice president at the Intel Architecture Group
And thanks to Frank for sending along this from Clare Curran, MP for New Zealand's Labour party: The government's bottom line was to have termination in the Bill. Ours was to not support it. The compromise position was to leave it in but require the Minister to put what's called an Order In Council into effect to switch it on. This is very unlikely to happen. The onus is now on the creative industries to prove there is a case to terminate access and that the notice system is not working. Rather than oppose it outright, we preferred to compromise to ensure New Zealanders are not denied access to the internet.
Account suspension remains in the bill and could theoretically be used in the future, but any Minister who implements termination will have to wear the consequences. It won't be a Labour Minister. Evidence before the select committee strongly indicated that sales of music and movies on the internet were going up, not down, and that the industry remains viable and strong, if needing to change the way it distributes material.
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