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Episode 325

Tech News Today 325: You Are Eaten By A Kindle

Windows 8 boots in 8 seconds, why you can't trust the cloud, AOL starts dressing slutty, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Microsoft Recovering From Hotmail, SkyDrive Cloud Outage
  • Hotmail, MSN outage sparks doubts about Microsoft cloud
  • Google explains its Google Docs outage
    • Is the cloud safe?
    • Microsoft's Hotmail, SkyDrive and other cloud services crashed on the night of Sept. 8. Services now appear restored.
    • By 11:49 PT, he provided an update to his posting: “We have completed propagating our DNS [Domain Name System] configuration changes around the world, and have restored service for most customers.”
    • In August, Office 365 and Microsoft CRM users were hit with downtime that a company spokesperson attributed to a “networking issue” at “one of our North American data centers.”
    • Google Docs had an outage on Wednesday. The outage was caused by a change designed to improve real time collaboration within the document list. Unfortunately this change exposed a memory management bug which was only evident under heavy usage.
    • 8/19, 3 hour outage of Microsoft Office 365 and Skydrive blamed on a networking interruption

Discussion Stories

  • German court bans Galaxy Tab 10.1: looks too much like iPad
    • Samsung is prohibited from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany.
    • judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said that to an informed consumer, the Galaxy Tab looks like Apple’s protected design.
    • “The court is of the opinion that Apple’s minimalistic design isn’t the only technical solution to make a tablet computer, other designs are possible.”
    • Apple was granted a preliminary injunction against the 7.7 on September 2nd forcing Samsung to pull its demonstration models and ads from the show floor of IFA.
    • Apple could potentially use the Germany case to bolster its arguments against Samsung in other European courts, or even in the US. A hearing for the US case is coming up in mid-October
  • Google announces Dart programming language
    • On October 10, during the keynote speech of the Goto conference in Aarhus, Denmark, two Google developers will unveil Dart, a new programming language for “structured web programming.”
    • Gilad Bracha, a veteran of SAP, Sun, and the co-author of Java is one of the speakers — and Lars Bak, the creator of Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine, is the other.
    • likely to be some kind of interpreted, in-the-browser language — so more like JavaScript or Python
    • designed to explicitly solve Googlecentric issues

News Fuse



  • Monday 9/12 Star Wars Blu-Ray ships to the world


"Hi guys,

Loved today's show as always but can't resist commenting about the Google purchase of Zagat that you referred to on show #324 as being a 'premium service.' We studied Zagat as a case example in grad school as an example of how NOT to collect meaningful data. Zagat Rated has nothing to do with any curated reviews by any trained professionals. Ratings are based on restaurants providing ballots and a ballot box so that anyone who dines there can rate their meal. In fact, they can stuff the ballot boxes if they really want to. They have indeed been in the business for more than 3 decades and probably are a model of crowd sourcing before we had the term in that anybody at all can just add their opinion(s) and do so as often as they want.

Sorry, Zagat is not a PREMIUM is no "Guide Michelin." This is not something people visiting google should ever be made to pay for when you look at other modern rating services like Urbanspoon that combine crowdsourcing along with links to professional reviews.

Keep up the great work with TNT!


"I just wanted to clarify something that has been coming up in the past couple shows.

Windows Phone 7 is coded on top of Microsoft's .NET platform (mainly in C# targeting Silverlight or XNA). One of the main advantages of .NET is that it's an abstraction layer like Java and will run code the same on different platforms. In fact, the Windows Phone 7's emulator is mostly a thin layer that uses the .NET installed on the computer. So basically, it would take almost nothing (mainly scaling or WP7 specific API) to make any app run on Windows.

So all in all, this is pretty much a non-story... (I just wish MS would open up .NET for other platforms so it could just replace Java... ~_~ )

Keep up the great work! ^_^

Sean Cornett (Sacrin Niobe on your brick wall)



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