Tech News Today 333
Recorded: September 21, 2011
Published: September 21, 2011
Tech News Today 333: Cry Of The Monopolist
Why Google is not a monopoly, could HP CEO Leo lose his job, Windows might keep Linux off the desktop, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Peter Ha
- Schmidt: Google Dominant? Heck, We’re Just One Slip Away From Oblivion!
- Live Blog: Google CEO Eric Schmidt At The US Senate Hearing
- Is Google a monopoly? Should Google be regulated like a utility?
- Competition is "a click away" "The cost of going elsewhere is zero, and users can and do use other sources to find the information they want."
- Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman wondered if he could even start Yelp in the current environment.
- Jeffrey Katz, CEO of Nextag "Google doesn't play fair," Katz said. "Google rigs its results."
- Marissa Mayer quote came up a few times: “We do all the work for the search page, so we put [a Google Maps link] first.”
- Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Being Considered for HP CEO Job to Replace Apotheker
- HP Shares Soar on Apotheker Ouster Possibility by Board
- What Will Léo Apotheker Walk Away With if He’s Fired?
- Ousting Apotheker may add to disruption at HP, say analysts
- Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman rumoured to be considered to replace Leo Apotheker as CEO of HP. Whitman joined HP board in January.
- HP stock jumped 6%
- the board has been meeting by phone and in person this week to talk about a range of issues, focused in part on how to spin the company out of its current cycle of bad news and what to do about the situation.
- Apotheker has an excellent severance package
- Concern about acquisition of Autonomy for $10 billion and possibkle spin-off of PSG. Neither of these things is done.
- "What bugs me a little bit about this," said Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT, "... Apotheker was [not] making these announcements in a vacuum. The board had to be deeply involved."
- Apple’s Next Event to Be Held on October 4, Starring Its New CEO
- If iPhone 5 is unveiled Oct. 4, when will it go on sale?
- Sources close to the situation say within a few weeks. History suggests earlier.
- Apple Board Member Al Gore Says iPhones (Plural) Coming in October
- Sources tell ATD Apple's Tim Cook will lead a presentation of iPhone 5 on Tuesday, October 4
- Marketing head Phil Schiller, iOS chief Scott Forstall and Eddy Cue, recently named SVP of Internet Software and Services.
- Release of phone will come in ""a few weeks"" Saturday October 15 anyone?
- At the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit, taking place today, Al Gore said "Not to mention the new iPhones coming out next month.”
- How Microsoft Can Lock Linux Off Windows 8 PCs
- To meet "Designed for Windows 8" standards, OEMs must ship computers with UEFI secure booting enabled. (UEFI -- Unified Extensible Firmware Interface -- replaces BIOS)
- Secure Boot helps combat rootkits, bootkits, ransomware, and other firmware level malware
- Vendors can firmware support for disabling secure booting, if the user wishes to install an unsigned OS like Linux
- Providing a digitally signed version of Linux poses problems with the GPL license, the open license that governs Linux bootloaders.
- Windows 8 will support BIOS for upgrading current dual-boot machines.
- Amazon launches Kindle book-lending service with 11,000 US libraries
- Beta period over, that was fast.
- Amazon press release
- esterday we announced Kindle lending began in Seattle. Today, THE WORLD!
- Users will be able to check-out and read Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States.
- Kindle users can visit their local library’s website, look up the book they wish to borrow and then choose a “Send To Kindle” link, which will deliver the book to their reading device.
- Pandora rolls out HTML5 redesign to everyone, drops 40 hour listening cap
- Pandora's HTML 5 redesign has everyone buzzing.
- No more limit on number of hours you can listen per month without paying.
- Simplified Station Creation, Discovery of Music with Friends, Improved Control, Enhanced Artist Information
- Oracle was chastised for asking for over $6 billion to settle their lawsuit with Google over the use of Java. So they've come back with a more reasonable offer. $2.2 billion. That's around ONE THIRD of what they perviously wanted. But is Google satisfied? No! In a Tuesday letter to the judge, Google lawyer Robert Van Nest said Oracle speculated did a bad job calculating damages, and failed to show revenue implications. Try again Oracle.
- Sprint Nexus S 4G owners eager to try out Google Wallet may have to wait. It turns out the Google Wallet update is being rolled out and won't be available to all Nexus S 4G phones until Friday. It isn't known if Google or Sprint is causing the hold up. Until then, feel free to keep checking if there is an update to your phone.
- Adobe announced Flash 11 and AIR 3 while letting us know some details about their future. They both will have an emphasis on 3D gaming because Flash 11 and AIR 3 can take advantage of hardware acceleration. Adobe's announcement also came with endorsements from EA, Zynga and Ubisoft. Both products will probably be released during Adobe's Max conference in the first week of October.
- In news that should surprise no one, yesterday's Facebook redesign has raised the ire of many. It even spawned the hashtag NewFacebook on Twitter with colorful messages like "the #NewFacebook is wack" and "#newfacebook is awful, they need to stop changing it." Maybe whatever Facebook announces at tomorrow's F8 conference will please absolutely everyone.
- ThinkProgress noticed that Yahoo was apparently blocking messages about the "Occupy Wall St." campaign. Once alerted to the problem, Yahoo claims an external spam filter was to blame. It's not the spam filter finds protests to be a problem, it was an inadvertent filtering. The problem has since been resolved.
- Discovery and Netflix have signed a deal where shows from a number of its networks will be available for streaming. Discovery owns TLC, Animal Planet, and of course, Discovery. Soon you'll be able to watch programs like "Man vs. Wild" via Watch Instantly. Maybe Netflix should have bundled this news with its well received apology.
- The launch of LightSquared's LTE network has been delayed because of concerns that the network would interfere with GPS. Now LightSquared says that it together with Javad GNSS have developed a receiver that will cause no interference. In a conference call, an executive VP of LightSquared said "We did it. And it didn't cost billions of dollars or 10 years to do it. We did it." Tests will begin in October to see if they really did it.
- President and CEO of Verizon Lowell McAdam has weighed in on the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. He said that if the government wants to block the merger, it should do so as long as the government can get spectrum "in the hands of people." McAdam made the statement at an investor conference, but officially Verizon remains neutral on the matter.
- OnStar, the navigation and emergency service company, is letting its users that even if they cancel their OnStar subscription, OnStar will keep tabs on them unless the customer opts OUT of being tracked. Now before you start freaking out, OnStar says that it doesn't sell the information and that the continued tracking is so that customers can re-enroll easier if they choose to. Okay, now you can start freaking out.
- Diablo III Beta Began last night. If you opted-in, you can log in to your battle.net account for access. The beta is limited in terms of content — it only includes the first couple hours worth of play in Act 1 — but all five classes are available for play & there's no NDA so people are free to speak freely about the game.
- The Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update will start rollout in ‘next week or two’ - that's the announcement from Microsoft.com. They say they'll update the “Where’s my phone update?” page as the exact date gets closer.
- New RED Scarlet camera will be announced November 3rd says CEO Jim Jannard. This just happens to be the same day as Canon's mysterious new announcement.
"Hello TNT folks, I just watched your show from last night and wanted to remind you that Google Plus is not available for everyone. All of us using Google Apps can not use plus without creating a separate non-apps account.
I've attached a screenshot of what an apps user gets when going to plus.google.com
Awaiting the bliss that is plus, Tod Detre"
"Dear wonderful Tom, Sarah, Jason, OMG_Chad, Iyaz, and any guests,
Insert adverb here, TSSaloic
Postscript - The wonderful at the top carried over to all of you. And JammerB, Tony, and Leo as well.
Sent from my Windows Phone (with a physical keyboard, thank you LG for placing that on the Quantum, instead of a speaker like HTC's Surround)"
- Yes you can code in all those languages using XAML. XAML/UI layer on top of Windows 8 that enables Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) apps to work on the platform. Microsoft to developers: Metro is your future
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