Tech News Today 324
Recorded: September 8, 2011
Published: September 8, 2011
Tech News Today 324: Bartz And Android Forked Over
Windows 8 tablet, Google buys Zagat, Amazon gives up tax fight in California, and more.
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- Microsoft, Samsung may unveil first Windows 8 tablet next week
- Korea Economic Daily reports Samsung will unveil a Windows 8 tablet at Microsoft's BUILD conference next week.
- Developers who attend the conference may receive a free quad-core tablet. Last year, devs received free Windows Phones.
- Microsoft’s BUILD conference for developers in Anaheim Sept. 13-16.
- Google Acquires Zagat to Beef Up Local Reviews
- Google dives deep into content-generation business with Zagat purchase
- Google just got ZAGATRated!
- Google Acquires Zagat. Will The Service Now Become Free?
- Does Google want to own or organize information?
- Google has acquired Zagat. Moving forward, Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering—delighting people with their impressive array of reviews,
- Marissa Mayer, who is VP of Local, Maps and Location Services, made the announcement in a blog post.
- Zagat was founded by Tim and Nina Zagat more than 32 years ago. Tim and Nina say they will continue to be active in the business as co-chairs, and that the merger of resources and platforms “will give us the opportunity to expand.”
- Google plans to collaborate with Zagat to integrate its content with Google search results and Google Maps—likely, Zagat content will begin appearing on the Places pages of all the locations it has covered.
- A source familiar with the plans said that Zagat’s content pricing—$24.95 per year or $4.95 per month—will not change for now.
- Amazon to give up the fight in California
- Amazon cuts deal on California sales taxes
- Amazon and State of California agreed on a deal. Amazon will not have to collect taxes until September 2012.
- Amazon will drop its battle to overturn the state's new law that required it and many other out-of-state online retailers to collect the taxes.
- If Congress acts by next summer to settle the contentious issue of how online retailers should be taxed, that decision would override Amazon's deal with California.
- US Congress is currently mulling over a National Internet Sales Tax Bill that was introduced at the start of August. Any decision Congress makes in the next year would over-rule state laws.
- No indication if Governor Brown will agree
- Court documents reveal failed Google deal with Sun to open source Java, share Android revenue
- Judge Wants Ellison, Page to Sit Down and Settle Differences
- Court documents from the Oracle vs. Google lawsuit reveal that in 2005 or 2006, Google was in ambitious discussions with Sun Microsystems to open source Java and partner on Android
- Judge Wilson Alsup overseeing the dispute between Oracle and Google ""strongly recommends"" that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Google CEO Larry Page be ordered to attend mediation.
- Now it's up to the magistrate judge, Paul Singh Grewal, to decide which executives should appear.
- Trial is set for October 31 if no agreement is reached before then
- Sony’s VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theater projector signals the end of 1080p
- Sony Unveils Ultra High-Def 4K Projector: So Long 1080p!
- Sony announced the VPL-VW1000ES, the company’s first projector designed explicitly for home theater aficionados.
- new SXRD 4K panel ( 4096 x 2160 pixels.) and Iris3 technology 1,000,000:1 contrast. 2,000 lumens of light onto a 200-inch diagonal screen while upscaling SD or HD, and 2D or 3D content for 4K playback.
- integrated IR transmitter drives Sony’s TDG-PJ1
- TechLand reports shipping in December for $25,000
- HTC sues Apple for patent infringement… using patents purchased by Google
- HTC: We Paid For Patents We Got From Google
- Apple Takes Samsung Patent Fight to Japan - Now suing Samsung in Japan in Tokyo District Court.
- Microsoft pushes Acer, ViewSonic into Android licensing deal - The deals will see each pay royalties for their Android devices, such as the Iconia Smart and ViewPads.
- HTC filed yet another patent infringement suit against Apple
- 9 patents were all acquired by Google over the past year from Palm, Motorola, and OpenWave, and they were all transferred to HTC on September 1st.
- first time Google’s openly and directly assisted an Android OEM in a lawsuit,
- HTC told ATD that it did pay for the patents but wouldn't say how much
- MEANWHILE: Apple files suit against Samsung in Japan (Samsung Galaxy S smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablets)
- Microsoft got new patent licensing deals through Acer and ViewSonic. The deals will see each pay royalties for their Android devices, such as the Iconia Smart and ViewPads.
- Google just beat iCloud. “Music Beta”, Google's cloud locker service, now works on Apple’s mobile devices, through a new website designed to work on iOS. Amazon’s Cloud Player only works on iPads. Google Music Beta is well, beta and still in a semi-private trial phase, which does mean it's free.
- For you budget conscious smartphone users it turns out that Sprint gives you the most megabytes per dollar compared to the other major wireless carriers according to a new study by Validas. For $1 you get 12.5MB of data from Sprint, which is 8 cents per MB. T-Mobile only gives you 4.3MB for that same dollar. In the middle were AT&T and Verizon - they give you 5.6MB and 5 MB respectively.
- Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced that Twitter has 100 million active monthly users. An active user in this case is someone who reads and/or creates content on Twitter. Approximately 40% of Twitter's users don't create posts. The site gets over 400 million visitors a month. Costolo says that these numbers weren't announced because Twitter wanted to get the company's infrastructure up to snuff first.
- Security researcher Moxie Marlinspike presented a technology called "Convergence" at Black Hat that uses crowdsourced 'notaries' to doublecheck security certificates, thus avoiding the problems recently experienced with DigiNotar and GlablSign. So why not add it to browsers? Google security researcher Adam Langley said he didn't think it “is something we would add in Chrome.”
- Chumby wants to sell you the NeTV, a new set top box that allows you to access internet content on your TV. However, the NeTV has some tricks up its sleeve - the Chumby box gives you pass through video so you'll be able to watch something while the Chumby information like your Twitter stream appears as an overlay. Additionally, you can control it with an IR remote or an Android app. iOS support is coming. Since it's a Chumby, the device is open source. Pricing and availability information aren't known yet.
- Because Nokia and Microsoft are BFFs, the two released a joint announcement touting that Microsoft Apps are coming to Symbian. So you Symbian users will get Lync, Powerpoint, OneNote and Document Connection which is a viewer for documents. In 2012 Word, Excel and PowerPoint will also be coming as native apps.
- Invensas came up with a new way to make memory. By mounting integrated circuits upside down and in a staggered configuration, Invensas is able to cram more memory in a smaller space than fits on DRAM. This space efficiency is supposed to increase speed and reduce power consumption. Since it's so small, it's meant for smaller form factors like tablets and smartphones. The company will demonstrate the tech at the Intel Developers Forum next week.
- Yahoo's top brass isn't safe - ask Carol Bartz. An investment fund called Third Point just bought up a little over 5% of Yahoo and immediately called for an overhaul of the board. The fund's chief executive said the board demonstrated "serious misjudgment" in hiring Bartz in the first place, then showed a lack of competence by waiting so long to get rid of her. Third Point is now Yahoo's third largest outside investor, but will they make a difference?
- New Zealand introduced a law on the 1st of September that would punish people who download copyrighted content illegally with up to a $15,000 fine and the potential to have their internet access cut off. Orcon, a major ISP in New Zealand, has already seen a difference - peer to peer traffic has dropped by around 10% according to its CEO Scott Bartlett. He also said that he's unsure if this is the beginning of a trend or not.
- Scientists develop blood swimming microspider nanobots to heal injuries, deliver drugs
- Made of half gold, half silica, these microspiders are self-propelled by a molecule called the Grubbs catalyst,
- On this day, Sept. 8, in 1966: Star Trek debuted on NBC. Our cult leaders from the Starship Enterprise were cancelled after 3 seasons because of low ratings.
- Michael S. Hart, the inventor of e-books has died at age 64. In 1971, he digitized and distributed his first text and founded Project Gutenberg "an online library that "encourages the creation and distribution of eBooks" and "breaks down the bars of ignorance and illiteracy". Quite the impact he's made.
- A German Court will rule on Samsung Galaxy Tab Community Design infringement tomorrow, September 9 - last Friday the court ordered the Samsung to stop selling Galaxy Tab 7.7 on Friday, right when IFA was happening. Remember there was an earlier ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 by the a German court in late August
- The Ohio Linux Fest Free and Open Software Conference and Expo kicks off in Columbus, Ohio tomorrow and tuns through Sunday AT&T Offering Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Sept. 18 for $49 and a new contract
"Hey tnt crew :)
I was thinking about Spotify the other day , and you guys always used to say Europeans are so lucky to have Spotify , well i live in Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M) and we dont get Spotify and i belive more than 50% of the countries dont get it ... And it sux , only GB, Spain and some three other countries get it ... So yeah now u guys have it and we still dont ... I know work-arounds via proxies but the takes away the fun of using it ....
Also , im hearing that Netflix is trying to launch in "Europe" , well my guess is they're only gonna launch in GB , Germany, France and Pobably just two more countries ... And although u think of Europe as a whole Market , its not , we dont get anything in Macedonia not even PayPal ... So when u guys refer to "Europe", i think u should refrase that to limited part of Europe is getting the service ... Cause remember more than 50% is left behind ....
Love the show ...
I just got this email this morning and three things made me forward it to you:
1) I'm happy that Diaspora isn't dead, but is actually going to launch a product (alpha) soon. 2) I noted the "we-thought-of-Circles-first" point they're tying to make. 3) They say they have "hundreds of thousands" of people signed up to try it out.
Here's to hoping that distributed, open-source, social networks have legs!
Julian in San Diego"
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