Tech News Today 289
Recorded: July 21, 2011
Published: July 21, 2011
Tech News Today 289: Google Shuts Down Sesame Street
Skype wants to put ads in your calls, does congress want to kill WiFi? Google shuts down Sesame Street, and more.
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- Skype CEO Teases In-Call Ads
- Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Tony Bates discussed ways he might monetize Skype after the Microsoft acquisition.
- “Obviously, there’s a very rich long-term advertising play. The one I want to tease right now is in-call advertising. The average length of a video call is going up — it’s about 27 minutes now — and you’re doing a lot of things in that time. If we’re talking, you’re not just looking at me, so we have a lot of opportunities there.”
- Bates became Skype CEO in October
- Google Removes Mashable, Sesame Street & Other Prominent Accounts From Google Plus
- Almost all non-personal profiles seem to have been removed from Google +
- Mashable was, according to SocialStatistics.com, the No. 4 most popular account on Google+ with more than 103,000 followers. Ford, Breaking News and Sesame Street were also removed
- Google had been removing non-personal profiles for over a week, but some high profile brands were ignored.
- Google invited businesses to apply to be part of a test program and accepted applications through last Friday.
- Google will be “selecting a diverse set of business partners for the test period” and notifying them this week.
- Mashable & Ford accounts are back, Seasame Street still a 404
- Mashable's Cashmore posted he's been talking to Google today, he'll use the Mashable account personally
- Anonymous Releases Restricted NATO Document
- Anonymous & LulzSec issue joint statement to FBI
- Anonymous: We Hacked NATO
- Anonymous tweet about irresponsibility of release
- Anonymous on Sun emails not being released
- LulzSec says it will partner with media on Murdoch emails
- Today Anonymous released a 36-page NATO budget and equipment outlay document dated August 27, 2007
- "We are sitting on about one Gigabyte of data from NATO now, most of which we cannot publish as it would be irresponsible. But Oh NATO...."
- "We think actually we may not release emails from The Sun, simply because it may compromise the court case," according to a Twitter post from Anonymous.
- "We're currently working with certain media outlets who have been granted exclusive access to some of the News of the World emails we have," according to Lulzsec on Twitter
- Anonymous and LulzSec posted a statement on Pastebin directed at Steven Chabinsky, a deputy assistant director FBI cyberdivision, **"Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea," the statement said. "Any attempt to do so will make your citizens more angry until they will roar in one gigantic choir."
- Microsoft Beats Earnings Expectations
- Microsoft Q4 FY11: revenue, earnings, and profits all up, beating expectations
- Q4 Profits rose 35% EPS 69 cents (up from 51 cents a year ago)
- Q4 Revenue rose 8% to $17.4 billion (expectations were $17.23)
- For Fiscal 2011 earned 23.15 billion up 12% from FY2010
- Entertainment & Devices Division saw a 30 percent revenue jump in the quarter, 45 percent over the year
- Bing and Online Services also had good news, 17 percent revenue growth in the quarter
- Windows-related revenue staying flat down 2% yoy
- after hours stock down: 0.42%
- Nokia commits to launching first Windows Phone device in 2011 amidst ‘greater than expected’ challenges (update: €430m likely from Apple patent licensing fees)
- Nokia reports big Q2 losses, but CEO notes progress
- Official: Apple sold more iPhones than Nokia’s entire range of smartphones in Q2 - based on earnings report
- Charts and stuff from the call good for screenshots
- Analyst reactions
- Nokia posted a loss of 368 million euros, or $523 million in Q2 compared with a profit of 227 million euros, or $323 million a year ago
- Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO, said, “step by step, beginning this year, we plan to have a sequence of concentrated product launches in specific countries, systematically increasing the number of countries and launch partners.” Ray Haddow, Nokia spokesman confrimed to TIMN that this meant a Windows Phone by end of 2011.
- Apple shipped more iPhones during the second quarter than all of the different varieties of smartphones that Nokia shipped in the quarter. Apple shipped 20.3 million iPhones compared to 16.7 million smartphones from Nokia.
- Nokia’s reporting some €430m ($616m) in patent-related licensing revenue this quarter could be from a one-time licensing fee Apple agreed to pay. There is also a different ongoing licensing relationship.
- AT&T Revenue up on Mobile Data Growth
- AT&T Surprises Wall St. With Subscriber Gains, Slight Revenue Increase
- AT&T sales tick up on continued iPhone strength
- AT&T says T-Mobile Deal Remains on Track to Close Early Next Year
- AT&T reported revenue of US$31.5 billion up 2.2% over last year
- AT&T added 5.6 million smartphones
- added a record 545,000 branded computing subscribers -- people using tablets, tethering plans, mobile Wi-Fi routers and other data-only devices
- added 3.6 million iPhones 24% new to AT&T.
- The company added 331,000 net subscribers in the quarter, compared with the average expectation for 91,000 from seven analysts contacted by Reuters.
- All sounds good until this: profit of $3.6 billion, or 60 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier profit of $4 billion, or 67 cents a share
- Also AT&T is confident T-Mobile deal will close early next year.
- Congress wants to kill WiFi-like spectrum, sell it off to highest bidder instead
- Public Knowledge posted a call to action today alerting people to draft legislation forbidding the FCC from allocating any more 'unlicensed' spectrum for WiFi and other uses unless they give wireless companies the opportunity to buy exclusive licenses first.
- PK asks citizens to call their member of Congress on Friday, July 22
- Google's Larry Page has been saying Google wants to focus more on making fewer products great. And the axe continues to swing. After killing Google Labs yesterday, today Google announced it would no longer support the Google Toolbar for Firefox 5 or higher saying that a lot of the features the toolbar once provided are already built into the browser. I say, yay for one less stupid toolbar.
- According to Cnet, Sprint may potentially roll out data plans that cover more than one device at a time. AT&T and Verizon have also made comments hinting at the same thing. Imagine a world where you just have one data charge for all your devices. Imagine all the tablets, smartphones, laptops - living all as one.
- We know Harry Potter eBooks can be found on Pottermore, but what about our favorite eBook stores? Yesterday Google announced that you could get the Potter series pushed into its Google eBooks system. And according to TechCrunch, Amazon told it that Amazon will also have the eBooks available. The books will be sold through Rowling's Pottermore site. Barnes & Noble, got any news about this?
- Google just purchased a site called Fridge that allowed its users to share messages, pictures and plan events with groups. The Fridge service will be shut down, but its technology will live on within Google Plus. So if you missed communicating with organized groups since you switched from Facebook to Google Plus, hang tight. The Fridge is coming.
- Over in India, the Department of Telecom has banned a number of filesharing sites including MediaFire, Megaupload, and Rapidshare. According to TechTree.com, these sites were blocked by a movie studio whose upcoming movie was being pirated. Reliance BIG Pictures used a cease and desist order to get ISPs to stop the piracy. Indian ISPs responded by banning a whole bunch of filesharing websites.
- Aaron Swartz is facing charges that he stole documents from online journal archive, JStor. In protest of the indictment, self-professed "technologist" Gregory Maxwell has posted a 32GB file which contains over 18,000 articles from JStor. Maxwell argues that the files are all from works that predate 1923 which should mean the works are in public domain. Whether Maxwell is right is a whole other argument.
- Google, you just lost a patent bidding war with a consortium of your enemies, what are you going to do now? I'm going to patent world! Reuters reports that Google is in talks with InterDigital to procure a bevy of patents. Google is exploring options whether to buy the entire company or just its patents. InterDigital's market value is about $3 billion.
- These days if you're going to be in the tech business, you've got to realize that cloud services are important. Acer is purchasing cloud computing firm iGware for $320 million. The purchase gives Acer the chance to roll some kind of cloud service with its products. One of iGware's high profile clients is Nintendo and apparently Acer is also in talks with Nintendo for some kind of deal after the purchase.
- TNT meetup and live show Tomorrow at 1 PM at the Proper GastroPub in San Diego, right next to PetCo Park. Come by. Have beer. Hear tech news.
- N4BB spotted a link to an early version of Android player for the BlackBerry Playbook in a change log and posted online for all and sundry. The app is not intended for public release, so caveat downloader.
- The SwiftKey X keyboard app is free today on Amazon, be swift or pay $3.99
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Gets A Rather Early Price Cut From Verizon - it now costs $100 down from $200.
- A Fujitsu Windows 7 powered mobile phone will be available July 23. Now pay attention people, that's Windows 7, not Windows PHONE 7.
- AT&T Nexus S coming to Best Buy July 24th, available for $100 with contract. That leaves Verizon as the only major in the US without the Nexus S.
With regard to Apple's upcoming release of Lion on a USB drive: It's easy to see this as a $40 penalty for not using the Mac App Store, but that would only be true for Snow Leopard users. For those running Leopard or Tiger, this is a better deal, and arguably the most cost effective way to upgrade. Leopard users would to need to pay around $60 anyway to first upgrade to Snow Leopard via CD, and then to Lion via the App Store. From that perspective, a $10 to $12 markup doesn't sound so bad.
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-Dan (Chimaera in chat)"
"Subject: Amazon streams NOW on android!
I stream movies from amazon on my unrooted droid x already. It's very easy. Just go to the full amazon website and run the movie stream there and watch it on your phone.
Piece o' cake!"
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