Tech News Today 320
Recorded: September 2, 2011
Published: September 2, 2011
Tech News Today 320: The Schmidt Schtick
Amazon tablet is real, Netflix and Starz break up, Schmidt says stuff, and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell ( )
- Simon Dingle
- Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real. I’ve Seen It, Played With It.
- called the “Amazon Kindle”. But no e-ink. IT's backlit. It displays content in full color. It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen. And it runs Android.
- looks similar to BB Playbook form-factor
- MG: It is multi-touch, but from what I saw, I believe the reports that it relies on a two-finger multi-touch (instead of 10-finger, like the iPad uses) are accurate.
- 7-inch, available late November. $250. if it's a hit, they'll take a 10-inch version into production
- same price as Nook color
- doesn't look like Android, no Android marketplace links. interface fully customized to Amazon/Kindle. running over android 2.2, they don't care about honeycomb because user will never know
- web browser has tabs, device has no camera
- wifi only at launch, amazon stil has to work 3g out with carriers
- free amazon prime with device - $79 a year, gives users access things like free unlimited two-day shipping, no minimum purchases for free shipping. Prime users get access to Amazon’s Instant Video service.
- Netflix loses Starz Play deal on the eve of controversial price hike (update)
- Did Starz Turn Down $300 Million a Year From Netflix To Make the Cable Guys Happy?
- Hastings: Here's Why We Let Starz Walk Away
- More details on the Netflix/Starz front. Starz content will no longer be available on Netflix Watch Instantly after Feb 28, 2012
- Starz provided newer movies b/c of its deals with movie studios, NF still has Paramount, MGM & Lionsgate movies and a partnership with Epix
- LA Times reports NF offered over $300 million to license Starz, but Starz wanted NF to move to a tiered service.
- Starz didn't want the money upfront, but Starz to be a part of a premium tier. " Reed Hastings to Biz Insider: "Because we’ve licensed so much other great content, Starz content is now down to about 8% of domestic Netflix subscribers’ viewing. As we add more content in Q4, we expect Starz content to naturally drift down to 5-6% of domestic viewing in Q1. We are confident we can take the money we had earmarked for Starz renewal next year and spend it with other content providers to maintain, or even improve, the Netflix experience."
- Samsung Electronics Would ‘Never’ Pursue Purchase of WebOS, Says CEO Choi
- Samsung in transition game with Apple
- Samsung CEO Choi Gee Sung told a group of reporters at IFA that the company would "never" pursue a webOS deal, and bemoaned the trend of "acquiring an operating system."
- "One thing clear is that Samsung will never buy HP’s webOS patent portfolios and I think that’s not important. We have over 20,000 software experts and Samsung prepares beyond normal imaginations. We are open to strike small M&A deals, though," - Choi Gee Sung
- "It’s not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion,” Choi said."
- Eric Schmidt on Competing With Microsoft, Buying Motorola for "More Than Just Patents"
- This is what Eric Schmidt really said about leaving Apple’s board
- Eric Schmidt talked at the Dreamforce conference and (like usual) made notable remarks
- Schmidt said that Google bought Moto for more than just patents & Google will use the Moto brand to create integrated hardware and software
- Speaking to his time as board member at Apple, Schmidt said "I was on the board until I couldn't stay on the board anymore."
- That was widely misreported as "I was on the board until I couldn't stand it... anymore"
- Schmidt on Jobs: "it’s certainly the best performance of a CEO in 50 years. We’ve all benefited from the tremendous innovation at Apple"
- AT&T willing to make concessions to save T-Mobile merger, sources say
- AT&T prepares two-track plan to save T-Mobile deal
- Former FCC chairman: 'AT&T is certain to lose' DOJ lawsuit
- If AT&T Prevails at Trial, It Faces Battle with FCC
- DOJ filing suit to stop the AT&T-T-Mo merger
- ATT isn't dead yet, sources say that ATT is willing to make concessions to allow the merger in hopes to appease the DOJ
- Reuters reports ATT has a two-track plan, but there are no details on what exactly the tracks are
- An anonymous source says that ATT is pretty confident the company can find a solution.
- Former FCC chairman Reed Hundt spoke to SNL Kagan on the Department of Justice’s decision to sue AT&T in an effort to block its planned $39 billion merger with T-Mobile USA. “AT&T is certain to lose"
- Apple investigator accused of leading fake police iPhone 5 search
- A story was floating around that an iPhone 5 was lost in a bar and Apple was looking for it.
- Sergio Calderón says that six officials claiming to be San Francisco Police officers questioned him and searched his family's home in July for a lost iPhone 5 prototype
- The San Francisco Police Department told Gizmodo it has no knowledge of the search.
- Calderon talked to SF Weekly: his account raises the possibility that Apple security personnel attempting to recover the prototype falsely represented themselves as police officers -- a criminal act
- or that SFPD employees colluding with Apple failed to properly report an extensive search of a person's home, car, and computer.
- Calderon says he received a card from one of the investigators with a phone number, public profile of the investigator, Anthony Colon, says that Colon is an employee of Apple as "senior investigator."
- Bloomberg reports that Dish will introduce a streaming video service under the Blockbuster name next month. Dish bought Blockbuster back in April for over $300 million. Right now Blockbuster offers rentals of individual movies, but the new service is aimed at being a subscription-based Netflix competitor.
- Apple has quietly begun offering the old Final Cut Studio again, but you'll have to call 1800-My-Apple to order it. It costs a buck under a $1000, but act now, because an Apple spokesperson says that this is a limited quantity of FCS. Don't expect Apple to offer you options in the future.
- Congratulations CloudFlare, you have just been named as a "Tech Pioneer" by the World Economic Forum. CloudFlare is a network operator that unwittingly became LulzSec's best friend because CloudFlare's security allowed the LulzSec site to handle any attacks.
- Remember the Samsung Note, the 5.3-inch phone, and the Tab 7.7? Bad news folks in the U.S. especially Darren Kitchen, Samsung has no plans to launch either one of those in the States. The news was reported by Xavier Lanier who was also heartbroken that neither are coming to America.
- Hey, California - if you change your laws, Amazon promises it will create 7000 jobs. Amazon killed its affiliate program in California after California passed a law that would require Amazon to collect sales tax. Amazon would bring the jobs to California if the sales tax law does not go into effect until 2014. California has the second-highest unemployment rate in the U.S.
- Google properties are dropping like flies. Google Fast Flip, a quick way to scan news, will be removed in the next few days. Aardvark, a social search service that Google bought for $50 million, is shutting down at the end of this month. And for the few remaining Google Notebook users, it'll be killed off in the coming months.
- A new Barnes & Noble Nook is expected this month according to Digitimes. This will be a revised Nook Color that should feature a 7-inch touchscreen and handle apps. So if you were in the market for an ereader or tablet, you might want to wait till the new Amazon tablet pics leak out and then make an informed decision.
- MeeGo is in trouble. Intel will "temporarily discontinue development" of the Linux-based mobile operating system. MeeGo is the successor to Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin. Once Nokia jumped to Windows Phone, Intel claimed it would keep MeeGo going. Guess not.
- [Scotland Yard arrested 2 more people thought to be associated with LulzSec. One of those two is thought to be "Kayla." The arrest was made possible by a concerted effort by the FBI and local police. In Anonymous news: 14 individuals facing who are charged with attempting to DDoS PayPal all plead not guilty, which ought to mean a long courtroom drama. Their next court date is November 1st.]
- Foursquaropoly, A Monopoly Game Played Using Foursquare
- it appears to be a concept app right now.
- Dragon*Con Atlanta @ Fri Sep 2 - Mon Sep 5, 2011
- IFA Berlin @ Fri Sep 2 - Wed Sep 7, 2011
- Nintendo 3DS conference to be streamed live September 13 at 12pm Tokyo time
- Happy 3rd birthday Chrome! - released in August 2008
- Droid Bionic Teaser confirms September 8th Release
"Hey TNT I love the show. I just wanted to mention a merger block that is not too dissimilar from the current AT&T and T-Mobile proposal. In Australia during 1997 there were 3 main operators in the national pay-tv (cable-tv) market. Like the mobile market each of these providers operated their own expensive networks and tied customers into long-term, costly contracts.
Two of these providers were giant telecommunication companies and while Galaxy the 3rd was independent and financially poor. Galaxy together with the leading provider Foxtel proposed a merger but this was blocked by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. It was on the grounds that a merger would significantly lessen competition, which was in principle was true.
But less than a year later the owners of Galaxy went into liquidation. Most of its assets were purchased up by its former merger partner Foxtel at a bargain price and allowed renegotiate some financially crippling contracts. So ironically the merger block made little difference for consumers but significantly helped Foxtel who less than a decade later became the monopoly provider.
Regards, Ben Garrett in Sydney"
"Hi TNT crew!
On yesterday's show Sarah was wondering how important removable batteries are for people. In my case its very important and I won't buy a computer (or most other devices) without one.
I homeschool 5 year-old triplets who love their videos, games and music. When we travel, have down time between classes or one isn't taking the class they work on one of my gadgets. The first day we did this I realized I needed spares and stocked up.
We also took a 17 hour international flight with no dead devices. My husband laughed at me when I pack, buy when his Droid X gets to 10% he is happy.
I imagine other frequent travelers are in a similar boat.
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