Tech News Today 288

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Episode 288

Tech News Today 288: Sprint Is The New RC Cola

Is Lion toothless? Senators try to block ATT-T-Mobile merger, Lenovo bests the iPad, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Senate antitrust leader opposes AT&T/T-Mobile merger
  • Key Senator opposes AT&T purchase of T-Mobile
    • Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, head of Senate Judicairy Antitrust subcommittee sent a letter to the department of Justice and FCC opposing the merger of att and T-Mobile
    • Senator Kohl also opposed the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger
    • Separately Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) sent a joint letter to FCC and DoJ asking to scrutinize AT&T's claim but not outright asking to block merger
    • California's Public Utility Commission is examining the merger. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced in March that his office would "undertake a thorough review of AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile" and analyze the merger for "potential anticompetitive effects on consumers and businesses."
    • 26 state governors have sent letter supporting the merger
    • An AT&T spokesman said “We ... feel his view is inconsistent with antitrust law, is shared by few others, and ignores the many positive benefits and numerous supporters of the transaction,"
    • "I have concluded that this acquisition, if permitted to proceed, would likely cause substantial harm to competition and consumers, would be contrary to antitrust law and not in the public interest, and therefore should be blocked by your agencies," Kohl wrote.

Discussion Stories

  • Roku 2 HD, XD, and XS officially launch: same price, smaller size and Angry Birds
    • Roku 2 lineup hits the shelves later this month
    • More energy efficient, upgrading the Netflix experience with support for subtitles, surround sound and 1080p video.
    • Adds new channels like Angry Birds, MLS and Epix
    • $60 (HD), $80 (XD - 1080p, Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for Netflix) and $100 (XS - game remote, includes Angry Birds, ethernet, USB port)
    • Game Remote and 2GB MicroSd card bunled for sale separately at $29.99
  • Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet Sports Optional Pen and Keyboard
    • ThinkPad Tablet - 10.1-inch, Android 3.1, 1.57 pound, 2 cameras, 5-mpxl, and 2 mpxl
    • can add a full-sized keyboard with track button (BB style)($99) and digitizing stylus ($30) 16,32,64 GB options, 3G on Sprint, ATT, Verizon or WiFi only ($499) .
    • IdeaPad K1 roughly the same but with no keyboard or stylus option
    • Both have USB, SD Card slot, proprietary interface, proprietary Android marketplace, Free access to 2GB cloud storage, nVidia Tegra 2 processors.
  • Amazon Beams Up CBS; Major Step In Instant Video Competition With Netflix
    • Amazon Prime Instant (part of Prime) just announced their adding 2,000 episodes of CBS content
    • Amazon's Jeff Bezos and CBS Les Moonves made the announcement
    • No access to past seasons - 18 full series including Star Trek, The Tudors, Numb3rs, Medium, Frasier and Cheers.
    • "dozens" of shows available to buy or rent through Amazon Instant

News Fuse





"Hey all,

I did some research and found this exerpt in a FAQ from Comcast:

"Q: Is data usage from included and streaming video or video downloads, or On Demand and Online service that Comcast is going to roll out included?

A: Yes to both. All data usage, regardless from what Web site or application or device, is counted by the data usage meter. Thus, we are not applying preferential treatment to data usage for Comcast's Internet-based video services over the services of other companies."

Which likely means that their cloud backup service IS included with regards to their data cap. Interesting to note that they set this 250GB threshold per month limit back in October 2008. Were I a comcast user my carbonite subscription would have reached the cap in two separate months last year, effectively terminating my service. Love the show. Keep up the good fight.

-Matt Shaeffer

Comcast link:

"Hello TNT Crew,

This is a minor point, but my guess for why Apple expects the product transition to "negatively" impact revenues is because everyone is currently expecting the new iPhones to come out in Sept., and the quarter *ends* in September, so one would expect iPhone sales to slow leading up to the transition. We didn't get this last year as during the same quarter (July to Sept.), the new iPhone was available during the entire period.

Plus (and this is more financial technicalities), they are now deferring part of each sale of Macs and iOS devices to cover the fact you'll continue to get upgrades to the OS over a number of years and for iCloud. This would also decrease their "stated" revenues.

Also, remember that the "drop" everyone is talking is the "drop" in the amount of increase of revenues from this quarter to the next quarter. Apple is still saying that there will be a 25% increase in sales from the same quarter last year. It's just that that increase isn't as huge as some people would like.

In the end, I'm not sure how important the guidance is because Apple always blows away its estimates quarter after quarter.

Keep up the good work!


"News reports of tickets for pedestrian texters in Philly were probably misreported.

The show is great. keep up the good work.

Allen from NJ near Philly"



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