Tech News Today 266
Recorded: June 17, 2011
Published: June 17, 2011
Tech News Today 266: This Sucker Tweets
Lulzsec's press release, RIM loses a big investor, Spotify possibly close to US release, and more.
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- LulzSec: "We might be brought to justice, but we just don't care."
- LulzSec's Statement
- LulzSec: We Are NOT Attacking Anonymous
- In honor of LulzSec's 1000th Tweet, the hacker group issued a press release
- Release explains its point of view: But what if we just hadn’t released anything? What if we were silent? That would mean we would be secretly inside FBI affiliates right now, inside PBS, inside Sony… watching… abusing…
- "Yes, yes, there’s always the argument that releasing everything in full is just as evil, what with accounts being stolen and abused, but welcome to 2011. This is the lulz lizard era, where we do things just because we find it entertaining."
- "We’ve been entertaining you 1000 times with 140 characters or less, and we’ll continue creating things that are exciting and new until we’re brought to justice, which we might well be. But you know, we just don’t give a living f#*k at this point - you’ll forget about us in 3 months’ time when there’s a new scandal to gawk at,"
- not going after Anonymous nor the whole 4chan, just /b/
- RIM’s Sixth-Biggest Investor Sells Half of Stake on Market-Share Concern
- REVEALED: Why RIM's BlackBerry 7 Phones Are Delayed
- RIM insider: fundamental cultural disconnect to blame
- RIM Co-CEOs to Critics: We’re Awesome and We’re Not Going Anywhere
- RIM's Top Digital Marketer Defects to Samsung Mobile
- Aftermath of RIM's earnings announcement
- RIM's 6th biggest investor, owned 10.2 million shares as of March 30th, sold off more than 1/2 of its holdings. The chairman of Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd, Stephen Jarislowsky said "We are on the way out… They are resting on their laurels, Steve Jobs is a much better marketer than RIM."
- RIMM's down 21.45% today
- Apart from financials, RIM said the first BlackBerry 7 devices would be delayed until August.
- The delay is due to RIM porting the BlackBerry 7 OS to Qualcomm processors according to a note by Morgan Stanley analyst Ehud Gelblum
- 4G PlayBook is expected to arrive sometime in the fall." "Inside the Company:
- Apparently, a former RIM employee is talking saying "The problem is that they brim with hubris regarding their success in the corporate market and are culturally blind to the gaping holes in their armour regarding consumer."
- Earnings call spoke to the unusual co-CEO structure of RIM: “Our co-CEO arrangement is what led to RIM’s success over the past two decades.”
- “RIM has taken a unique path and the reason why we do things might not always be obvious from the outside,” Lazaridis said
- One more thing: RIM's VP of digital marketing and media Brian Wallace is leaving for Samsung Mobile - he'll be VP of strategic marketing for the U.S. there
- Spotify Exec Hints U.S. Launch Is A Couple Weeks Away
- Spotify, Gearing Up For U.S. Launch, Closes Its $1 Billion Round
- Spotify finalized a funding round, gives the co. a valuation of about $1 Billion
- Spotify has US deals with 3/4 big music labels (still talking with Warner Music) - GM for Spotify said that the co is wrapping up negotiations - Spotify GM Jonathan Forster told Silcon Valley Watcher "We won't launch before July 5th"
- Android Tablet Sales Stink So Manufacturers Are Doubling Down On Smartphones
- Handset vendors and ODMs switching focus back to 4- to 5-inch high-end smartphones
- DigiTimes report: handset makers that tried out the Android tablet market have shifted focus back to the development of 4 to 5 inch smartphones due to poor sales of Android-based tablets
- Report is based on a reduction in investments in the development of 7 to 10 inch tablets and an increase in R&D for smartphones
- Spam clogging Amazon's Kindle self-publishing
- Spam "Books" Threaten to Overrun the Kindle
- Kindle spam! The Kindle ebook market is now being overrun with spam books
- Using Amazon's author-friendly tools, scammers are releasing lots of books: some content has been stolen from other authors, others are using templates to auto-generate books
- These "auto-generated books" are built using something known as Private Label Rights, or PLR content, which is information that can be bought very cheaply online then reformatted into a digital book.
- Sony Pulls Movies From Netflix Streaming Thanks To Starz Dispute
- Temporary Removal of Sony Movies through StarzPlay [Netflix blog]
- A dispute between Sony and Starz means that you can't watch Sony movies on Netflix
- Starz content is playable on Netflix's streaming service via "StarzPlay"
- Netflix called the removal of Sony's movies "temporary" on its blog
- Average U.S. Smartphone Data Usage Up 89% as Cost per MB Goes Down 46%
- Nielsen reports: the average smartphone user uses 89% more data each month than one year ago
- On average, users ate 435 MB of data each month for the first quarter of 2011
- For the 1st Q: Android users: 582MB/month, iPhone users 492MB/month, Windows Phone 7 users: 317MB/month, Windows Mobile 174MB/Month, BlackBerry users 127MB/month
- Cost per MB is down this year. Now it's 8 cents/MB, last year it was 14 cents/MB
- Nielsen analyzed the cell phone bills for 65,000 smartphone owners
- A new piece of malware is taking aim at Bitcoin. A Trojan horse program called "Infostealer.Coinbit" was discovered by Symantec and it steals Bitcoin wallets. Right now, Infostealer only targets Windows machines. Symantec suggests you encrypt your wallet and choose a strong password.
- The New York Times reports that Facebook will finally release an iPad app. The app has been in development for close to a year and Mark Zuckerberg has been very hands on with the project. The app ought to be avalable in the next couple of weeks, but there's no official word from Facebook on the matter.
- ICANN is expected to approve some new rules on top level domains Monday that will allow for URLs like iPad.apple or Android.google to come into existence. It will cost $185,000 to apply for the domain and the person or company will have to prove they have a claim to the name they want in a move to dissuade squatters.
- Consumer Reports has crowned a new ebook champion and it's the Barnes and Noble newest Nook, the Simple Touch Reader. The Nook narrowly beat out Amazon's Kindle by 1 point. This is the first time the Kindle has been knocked off its perch. No word if riots broke out in Amazon's Seattle headquarters over the upset.
- For those of you who are psyched about Nokia's Windows Phones, we've got some information for you. The first Nokia devices carrying Microsoft's mobile OS will launch in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK. So if you're anywhere else - including Nokia's home country of Finland, you'll have to wait.
- Apple and Samsung's patent dispute just got bigger because Apple amended its complaint saying that even more Samsung products infringe on more Apple patents. Some of the new products that are allegedly Apple-clones are the Nexus S 4G, the Galaxy S II, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The complaint also uses stronger language like Samsung makes "products that blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple's products to capitalize on Apple's success."
- Make a virus, go to jail. New legislation enacted in Japan says the creation or distribution of a computer virus without a reasonable cause is punishable by up to 3 years in prison or 500,000 yen in fines. The same legislation also makes it illegal to send email with pornographic images to a random number of people.
- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted and agrees that illegal streaming of video should be a felony in most cases. The Commercial Felony Streaming Act focuses on illegal streaming of video for commercial purposes. Unsurprisingly, the Act is supported by a lot of the folks in the entertainment industry. The bill will move on to the Senate for consideration.
- $2 video game rentals begin today at Redbox
- June 18th is Free RPG Day
- Developers for the Wii U, the rumor is you'll get hardware prototypes so you can make games this July
"Hi TNT Crew!
On the subject of venemous reviews, what immediately springs to mind is the BBC's TV show Top Gear and, in particular, it's lead presenter, one Jeremy Clarkson, who has made something of a name for himself through delivering exactly the type of review that Duke Nuke 'em's PR people take exception to.
I accept that stylised, abusive prose isn't as helpful as constructive criticism, but it's a lot more entertaining to read/listen to. It seems to me that if f you believe in your product, you should be able to stand by it, defend it against inaccurate assessments and strengthen it through taking on board constructive criticism. But then again, I don't work in PR.
Love the show!
Ralph from Hull in the UK"
" TNT crew.
Last week on episode 258 you talked about that the average age of the gamer is 37 years.
I don't find it as any surprise that the average gamer is that old. If you think about it, that's about the age of those who started playing games when the Personal Computer era started. Many 37 years olds had a Commodore 64 when they where kids.
I am 38 myself, and had no computers at home, but my computer gaming experience started with the Nintendo Game & Watch. (I still have a working copy of ""Tropical Fish""). And later I had a Nintendo Entertainment System, with Super Mario Bros. Later I got a PC in 1994, when teh old man gave me an old computer from his office. And it was great.
So 37 is about the right age for those who grew up with computer games. Just because one grow up does not automatically mean that one stop playing games. The frequency of playing might have going down, but the number of players haven't gone down nearly as much.
I really do love the show. Sometimes it makes my day. :-)=
Greetings from Solbu in the chatroom.
-- Johnny A. Solbu"
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