Tech News Today 251
Recorded: May 26, 2011
Published: May 26, 2011
Tech News Today 251: Zuckerpredator
Amazon starts a Mac Store, The end of purchase privacy: Google Wallet, Senator Wyden stands up for Net Freedom, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Peter Cohen
- Amazon launches Mac Download Store
- Link to store
- Amazon launches Mac Download Store with more than 250 titles
- Amazon says its store has 250 of the biggest software and game titles available for Mac.
- Has MS Office for DL
- "Plus, downloads are conveniently backed up in your Games and Software Library where you can download an unlimited number of times for personal use."-Amazon
- Google Wallet and Google Offers announced
- Google Wallet video hands-on
- Motorola, HTC, and Samsung all building Google Wallet NFC-enabled Android phones for Sprint
- Special Stickers Will Bring Google Wallet To Android Phones That Lack NFC
- Google Wallet (120,000 merchants ready to go/ Citi, MasterCard, First Data, Sprint are partners/ Automatically supports Citi MasterCard, more to follow/Field Test starts today official release this summer/ Works with PayPass/ San Francisco and New York are first markets/ Toys R US and Subway listed as parnters/)
- Google Offers (Contextual/ Real product with real merchants/ like American Eagle, Subway, and Macy's/)
- Stephanie Tilenius, VP Commerce opened the announcement
- Open platform
- Demo app looks for discounts and apply all loyalty programs
- IN fall digital receipts that transfer back to your phone
- Tried to coin the phrase "MoLo" for Mobile Local Commerce
- Can individually activate and de-activate cards, manage multiple cards
- First Data is the "trusted services manaer" handling account info
- Comes with GCard, a prepaid account you can load with cash
- Card data only stored on NXP PN65 chip that is tamper and laser resistant. Google says the service is “more secure” than a credit card because of screen locking, use of PIN, and the fact that the full card number is never revealed.
- If the screen is off, NFC is disabled
- “In terms of iPhone, RIM, Microsoft — we will partner with everyone,” Google VP of Commerce Stephanie Tilenius said.
- For older, non-NFC phones: Google’s Osama Bedier was intentionally vague about the details, users will be able to obtain special NFC stickers with a single credit card associated with them (such stickers already exist, but these stickers will apparently be able to communicate with the Google Wallet app)"
- Hedge fund star calls for Microsoft's Ballmer to go
- Microsoft board backs Ballmer over Einhorn
- Ballmer Details China Piracy Problems
- Speaking at the annual Ira Sohn Investment Research Conference in New York on Wednesday, Greenlight Capital Hedge fund President David Einhorn called for Steve Ballmer to step down.
- Microsoft shares shot up 0.87 percent in after-hours trading, the most of any Dow Jones industrial average component.
- An investor who put $100,000 into Microsoft stock 10 years ago would now have about $69,000 worth.
- "It's time for Microsoft's board to tell Steve Ballmer, 'All right, we see what you can do, let's give so-and-so a chance,'" Einhorn said. as quoted in a Bloomberg story. "His continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock."
- "Ballmer's problem is that he's stuck in the past," Einhorn said, according to Bloomberg. "He's allowed competitors to beat Microsoft in huge areas, including search, mobile-communications software, tablet computing, and social networking."
- Einhorn owns about 9 million shares of the company, or 0.11 percent of its outstanding shares, according to Reuters.
- "Charlie Brown Management"-Microsoft's nine-person board, including Chairman and co-founder Bill Gates, supports Ballmer, a source close to the board told Reuters on Thursday.------Microsoft stock price is up today.
- Blacklists, ahoy! PROTECT IP Act sails on to Senate floor
- Senate passes controversial antipiracy bill
- Law Giving Feds Power to Blacklist Piracy Sites Advances
- Sen. Ron Wyden to place a "hold" on the PROTECT IP Act
- Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced the Protect IP act to the Senate floor
- Gov't could bring lawsuits against sites "dedicated to infringing activities"
- Obtain court orders to require search engines to stop displaying links to such sites
- DoJ can get court orders demanding ISPs stop rendering DNS for a website
- Rights holders (as well as govt) could seek court orders instructing online ad services and credit card companies to end paretnerships with infringing site
- Critics, who include Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, have said the legislation threatens free speech by providing the government with a simple, effective way of silencing critics: brand them copyright pirates.
- Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon will put a hold on Protect IP as he did with the similar COICA bill. Wyden said today he’s “not willing to muzzle speech and stifle innovation and economic growth” in the name of fighting online piracy."
- Defintion of infringing site: the term ‘‘Internet site dedicated to infringing activities’’ means an Internet site that:
- (A) has no significant use other than engaging in, enabling, or facilitating the—
- (i) reproduction, distribution, or public performance of copyrighted works, in complete or substantially complete form, in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement under section 501 of title 17, 10 United States Code;
- (ii) violation of section 1201 of title 12 17, United States Code; or
- (iii) sale, distribution, or promotion of goods, services, or materials bearing a counterfeit mark, as that term is defined in section 34(d) of the Lanham Act; or
- (B) is designed, operated, or marketed by its operator or persons operating in concert with the operator, and facts or circumstances suggest is used, primarily as a means for engaging in, enabling, or facilitating the activities described under clauses (i), (ii), or (iii) of sub-23 paragraph (A);
- (A) has no significant use other than engaging in, enabling, or facilitating the—
- Europe issues alert over "more or less potentially harmful" cell phone radiation
- Council of Europe issued new draft resolution and report on device radiation safety.
- Wants its 47 member nations to adopt a "precautionary principle" when it comes to cell phone safety.
- resolution 8.3.2 of the draft: "ban all mobile phones, DECT phones or WiFi or WLAN systems from classrooms and schools, as advocated by some regional authorities, medical associations and civil society organisations."
- "waiting for high levels of scientific and clinical proof can lead to very high health and economic costs, as was the case in the past with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco." - Quote from the summary of the draft. ---These devices "appear" to have "more or less potentially harmful, non-thermal, biological effects on plants, insects and animals, as well as the human body when exposed to levels that are below the official threshold values."
- Sony makes good, doles out identity protection activation codes for PSN and Qriocity users
- Survey: PSN Outage Hasn't Impacted PlayStation Network Loyalty
- Short form on PlayStation website distributes activation codes for a free year of Debix AllClear ID plus identity theft protection
- Offer good for all US PSN and Qriocity account holders.
- You have until June 28th to activate
- Each user is insured for up to $1 million
- GameSpot Trax surveyed 2,285 GameSpot users
- 35% said trust not affected, 28 percent said they'll change info they share, 23% said they trusted Sony more, 14% don't trust Sony at all, 81% very or somewhat likely to continue using PSN. 10 percent undecided, 9% somewhat or very unlikely
- EVO 2 console will bring Android gaming to your TV
- Envizions Computer Entertainment Corporation announced today the planned fall release of its EVO 2 console, which repackages Android for a significantly larger small screen.
- will retail for $249
- Samsung 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB of DDR2 memory and a modified Android 2.2 operating system.
- EVO TV remote, a game controller and an HDMI cable
- Pre-order now at http://store.envizionsinc.com/
- Points system can be converted to tokens to purchase premium Android games
- Developers can get a jump now, ordering a free console dev kit to work with provided they’re will to commit to an annual $149 support fee for each.
- As indicated earlier this week, Sony announced a fiscal year 2011 loss of $3.2 billion on revenue of $88 billion. But they expect a much rosier 2012, hoping for revenue of $90 billion and profit of $963 million. The loss in 2011 is attributed to a write-down of expenses and the effects of the March earthquake. The positivity for 2012 is based on LCD TV sales and the new NGP portable game console. Sony said the expect their music division and the network division to take hits.
- "Plaintiff is an inveterate scam artist whose misconduct extends across decades and borders." Who is this statement talking about? If you guessed Paul Ceglia, the guy who claims that he owns 50% of Facebook, you're right. The statement is part of Facebook's response to Ceglia's lawsuit. Also in the response, Facebook unsurprisingly disputes Ceglia's claims of ownership.
- Nothing can stop the Samsung Galaxy S from taking over Japan, not Godzilla, not Mothra, and not even the Apple iPhone. The Android-powered smartphone outsold the iPhone in the first quarter of this year. This is the first time an Android device has toppled the iPhone in Japan.
- Alright, so Barnes & Noble said their newest Nook had better battery life than the Kindle. Then Amazon changed its math to show the Kindle had similar battery life to the Nook. Now, Barnes & Noble says that the Simple Touch Reader's battery life, under continuous usage, lasted twice as long as a Kindle 3. Amazon, your move.
- The invite for the Sprint/Motorola event scheduled for June 9th was sparse on details, but TechnoBuffalo reports that the two will launch the Photon 4G. It will run Android using a Tegra 2 processor along with a 4.3-inch qHD display. Oh, and it's also rumored to be like the Atrix, so you'll be able to dock the phone to use as a laptop.
- Apple's iPhone PR team is reaching out to journalists telling them to attend WWDC. Of course, that started a whole set of rumors that there will be an iPhone at WWDC. The consensus is that Apple will unveil the iPhone 4S with the internals (like the processor) getting upgraded while the design will stay relatively the same.
- Less than ten days ago, Intel's CEO said they won't produce ARM chips because the royalty fee would eat into the company's profits. Apparently, he didn't tell Intel CFO Stacy Smith about that. Smith said Intel would be open to making non-Intel chips if the right client came along. Let the speculation restart that Intel will make ARM chips for Apple.
- According to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, advertisers bought $7.3 billion worth of online advertising in the first quarter of this year. That's an increase of 23% year-over-year. Bad news for Yahoo though, IDC reports that Google is now the leader in the online display market knocking Yahoo off the throne for the first time.
- Amazon repeats the Lady GaGa album for 99 cents deal, this time with proper server allocation.
- Today, Executives from AT&T and T-Mobile visited Capitol Hill for the second time in a month. Shockingly, they have not changed their minds. They still think the merger is a good idea. They didn't convince everyone though. Rep. Ed Markey said "AT&T and Verizon have divided the nation into Bell East and Bell West."
- Microsoft Windows chief Steve Sinofsky will show Microsoft's upcoming tablet software, based on Windows 8, at the AllThingsDigital D:9 conference next week, according to sources who spoke to Bloomberg
"Hi TNT crew,
Tom asked me to email this link about the latest WHO figures for suicide rates in China (and other countries) compared to the rate within Foxconn.
The link gives you the figures for 2009 (most recent figures available.)
Great show by the way, I listen and/or watch every day on TWiT.tv!
Many thanks, Paul Clements Exeter, Devon, UK"
- CHINA (Selected rural & urban areas): 99-13.0-14.8 (male/female/ 100,000)
- CHINA (Hong Kong SAR) 06-19.3-11.5
- In 2010, foxconn had 14 suicidal death out of1 million employees. That is a rate of 1.4.
"Dear TNT team,
I heard many times on twit that ""Social Network"" movie is factually inaccurate so my question is where can I find a real story or what is the most accurate book?
Looooove the show and say hi to Leo! Best regards, Semyon Khanovych
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- (The answer: The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich)
"Hi TNT crew,
A few months ago, I, along with many others, emailed you to let you know about some of the ISP's wanting to put even more restrictive data caps on their internet plans in Canada. Shaw was one of those ISP's attempting to cap their plans at 60 or 100GB for the plans that most of their customer base subscribes to. The backlash on this was huge, and in late January Shaw said it was going ot crap that plan and go back to the drawing board.
In the interim the company had 34 customer consultation sessions where they invited customers to come and voice their opinions and beliefs, and come up with ideas to help shape what their future plans should look like. Many people, myself included, thought this was just going to be window dressing and that at the end not much would change.
Well, last night Shaw held a second round of Customer consultation sessions where they unveiled their new internet plans that take effect next month. And Shaw has just won at the internet. The old plans still exist, but have had their data caps doubled, and they are introducing new plans with caps that *start* with a 400GB data cap, going all the way up to unlimited. The speeds are also significantly increasing, they are immediately offering speeds of 50 to 100 megabit per second, and by august of 2012 will offer a 250 megabit per second plan. The best part of this, the cost. the 50mbit plan with a 400GB cap will cost $59/month when bundled with TV, and the 100Mbit plan with unlimited data will cost $120/month, and that plan will eventually be increased to 250mbit for the same $120.. Compare that to the old plans where 50mbit with a 175GB cap cost $100/month and 100mbit with 350GB was $150, or to some other ISP's who offer 25mbit and 75GB of data for $55/month.
Shaw is going to achieve this by switching the the majority of their TV channels from analog to digital only. They say that this will free up from 3x-10x network capacity, depending on location. This will take about a year to complete and is the reason why the 250mbit plan will not be offered immediately.
This is a wonderful example of a company making a mistake, admitting they made a mistake, and instead of just trying to do what everyone else is doing and actually went to the drawing board and innovated. These new plans are head and shoulders above anything else offered in Canada right now, and even Make Verizon FIOS in the US look a little bad.
here is a link to all of the new plans. http://shaw.ca/newpackages/?WT.mc_id=C995A2047S98
And a link to my article that I wrote that breaks everything down in more detail: http://www.thewunderbar.net/2011/05/25/shaw-presents-new-internet-packages/
-- Tyler Hardeman"
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