Tech News Today 249

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Episode 249

Tech News Today 249: The Nth Estate

Google's mobile wallet, Sarkozy chides Internet, Windows Phone 7... POINT ONE!!! and more.


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Discussion Stories

  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy's e-G8 internet warning
  • Sarkozy questions 'neutral' net at e-G8 forum
  • Internet Needs Government Role to Avoid ‘Anarchy,’ France’s Sarkozy Says
  • Look Out, Pearson; Murdoch Is Serious About Online Education
  • France attempts to "civilize" the Internet; Internet fights back
    • First e-G8 forum convened today to discuss the impact of the internet
    • Zuckerberg, Jimmy Wales, Eric Schmidt, Rupert Murdoch all speaking
    • France has the 3 strikes law for copyright infringement (alleged?)
    • Jeff Jarvis challenged President Sakozy to sign an oath to "do no harm" to the internet.
    • "Transcript of video: "The universe that you represent is not a parallel one free of the rule of law, free of morals, and more generally of the fundamental principles that govern social life in democratic countries. From the moment that the internet becomes a part of the lives of the majority of people it would be a contradiction to keep governments away from this immense forum. Nobody can or may forget that governments are in our democracies the legitimate representatives of the general will."
    • "To forget this is to risk democratic chaos and hence anarchy.” (next line of speech from Bloomberg article)
    • "I was invited to the e-G8 and declined," said author and activist Cory Doctorow recently. "I believe it's a whitewash, an attempt to get people who care about the Internet to lend credibility to regimes that are in all-out war with the free, open 'Net. On the other hand, I now have a dandy handwriting sample from Sarkozy should I ever need to establish a graphological baseline for narcissistic sociopathy."
  • Apple Risks IPad Production Loss of 500,000 After Blast
    • Last Friday an explosion in a Foxconn factory in Chengdu killed three and injured at least 15. On the business side, the shut down of the factory may impact iPad 2 production. IHS Isuppli believes that Apple will lose half a million iPad 2s due to the blast. This will put greater pressure on Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen to make up for the deficit.
  • Foxconn closing polishing workshops for inspections
  • Foxconn Blast Could Cost Apple a Half Million iPads
    • IHS iSuppli says may face a production loss of 500,000 iPad 2 tablets
    • The total could be even greater if the suspension of operations at the facility lasts longer than a month
    • Shaw Wu (Sterne Age) disagrees and says concerns are “overdone” and that production at other facilities is being ramped up to make up for the shortfalls.
    • Hon Hai, the parent corporation of Foxconn, has announced the closure of all their polishing workshops pending inspections

80% of Mobile Video Views Happen on Apple Devices "- report by video monetization startup FreeWheel. ""Q1 2011 Video Monetization Report"" - 80% of mobile video views happen on Apple iOS devices. The iPhone and iPod touch each account for about 30 percent of all video views that happen on mobile devices, with the remaining 20 percent being attributed to Android - iPad accounts for 20% - mobile video viewing accounts for just one percent of all online video views - Mobile views peaked during Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, and also during the March Madness tournament " "The data in this report comprises 10 billion video views and 5.5 billion video ad views in Q1 2011 "

News Fuse

Sony Hack of the day



"Hi TNT crew,

I just like to clear up something about foxconn suicides. Foxconn has about 920,000 , or almost a million employees.

In 2010, foxconn had 14 suicidal death out of 920000. In comparison, the US in 2007 has 11.3 suicidal death per 100000 people, or about 100 people when translated to the foxconn size.

Not to say that suicide is not a terrible thing, I'm just saying that foxconn's suicide controversy is a little bit overhyped by the media

Love the show,


"I've been using Skype for Asterisk (Digium's native Skype client for their PBX software) since it was in beta 2 years ago. Today, I received an email from Digium stating that Skype (read: Microsoft) has decided to end the agreement that made the integration possible, and Digium will stop selling the module on July 26th. Support for us existing users will be there for the next 2 years, with Skype's option to renew at that time, but I'll believe that when I see it. - Brian Smith"



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