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Episode 339

Tech News Today 339: Amazon's Silk Road

Samsung and Google's hot announcement, Amazon Silk browser for more than just Kindle, Facebook may show up at Apple announcement, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Samsung’s October Event Could Be An Ice Cream Social
    • Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 at CTIA’s fall show on October 11th
    • this one is called the “Google Episode,”
    • Ina Fried says she's heard that Andy Rubin could be there
    • Rumored to be the Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Amazon's 'Silk' Browser Probably Coming to a PC Near You
  • Amazon Silk: not just for Fire tablets?
  • List of URLs
    • Amazon has gone on a URL buying spree, snapping up domains like,,,, and
    • Fusible noticed the Long list of the domains
    • domains were acquired through MarkMonitor, a "brand protection agency,"
    • If you use Amazon Silk on a Kindle device, your device will automatically send Amazon Silk crash reports to Amazon. You may choose to send these reports when using Amazon Silk on other devices. Crash reports help us diagnose problems with the browser and improve its performance.

Discussion Stories

  • Windows Phone makes up 30% of HTC’s sales, will give Android a ‘run for its money’
    • Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate Microsoft makes in total, $444 million annually off Android.
    • OEMs) are paying Microsoft between $3-$6 per device.
    • estimates for the number of Android-based devices that will be sold by Microsoft’s licensees between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
    • HTC, Acer, General Dynamics Itronix, Onkyo, Velocity Micro, ViewSonic and Wistron, and Samsung,
    • Compare to $74.5 billion in revenues this year made from Yahoo deal
    • Florian Mueller of Foss patents called the estimate "reading tea leaves"
    • In court B&N claimed that Microsoft was demanding more for Android royalties than it was charging for a Windows Phone 7 license. WP7 license is believed to be between $8 and $15 per device.
    • Melvin Chua, HTC’s manager in Singapore said “We believe that Windows Phone 7 will eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money,” Sayd WP7 makes up 30% of HTC sales."
  • Facebook’s Spartan And iPad Projects Set To Launch Early Next Week
  • Facebook Tracking Probe Sought by Washington Privacy Groups
  • Facebook Pushes Back Against ‘Super-Cookie’ Charges
    • Alexia Tsotsis found a screenshots of Facebook's HTML5 apps project sometimes referred to as "Project Spartan"
    • It's been done for awhile and been waiting for Facebook's iPad app to launch
    • Mashable reports new Facebook app will launch at Apple annoucnement on Tuesday. Facebook and Apple doing a back and forth.
    • Ten public-interest groups asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook Inc.’s tracking of Internet users after they log off
    • The Electronic Privacy Information Center and nine other groups, in a letter filed with the FTC today, also asked it to examine whether Facebook’s new Ticker and Timeline features boost privacy risks for users
    • Said more plainly, our cookies aren’t used for tracking. They just aren’t. Instead, we use our cookies to either provide custom content (e.g. your friend’s likes within a social plugin), help improve or maintain our service (e.g. measuring click-through rates to help optimize performance), or protect our users and our service.
  • Best Buy's cutting prices of the BlackBerry Playbook.
    • "Rumors suggesting that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued are pure fiction," RIM spokeswoman Marisa Conway said in an email to Reuters. "RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market and the future of QNX in its platform."
    • Collins Stewart analyst John Vihn said in a note: "We believe RIM has stopped production of its PlayBook and is actively considering exiting the tablet market."
    • RIM two weeks ago had said it planned to show updated software for the PlayBook at its October analyst conference. The updates would allow email to run natively in the device, among other things.
    • The BlackBerry PlayBook price cuts have arrived in the US, without any messing around with gift cards: the tablets now start at $299.99 for 16GB at Best Buy, a $200 discount.
    • PlayBook sales are on a downward spiral, with 200,000 devices shipped in the second quarter after 500,000 shipped in the first.

News Fuse



  • Starting Monday, October 3rd, Microsoft will drop the price of a Zune Pass to $9.99 (down from $14.99), but you won't be able to download 10 free songs a month any more. The new service will be live in the U.S. and for the first time - Canada.


"What I find funny, is that everybody was complaining about the lack of features of the ipad, no usb, no memcards etc, compared to android. But now with the Kindle Fire everybody is suddenly all excited, and it has even less features then the original ipad.

Oh yee ghumans


"Hey TNT people! I love in the UK and have to deal with the same package based television selection you talked about in TNT 338. We have so many combinations available from Sky or Virgin Media that in the end I have just lived without channels like FX and Discovery HD. It's all too expensive and we desperately wait for better cord cutting options to arrive to these ye olde lands.

Great shows!

Keiran Blackwell"

"Tom and Posse,

I was just going over more of the Amazon coverage from yesterday and one thing stood out to me. Amazon said WhisperSync would work for TVs and movies, but ultimately they are not controlling the experience of those two outside of the Kindle Fire. Do you think Amazon would be in the market to acquire Roku to fill this void? It seems like a logical acquisition, it's a company with a devoted (if small) user base that has hardware and software on par with the best, all its waiting for is a big name like Amazon to really promote it. Amazon has a successful history of acquiring companies that consumers love (Zappos, Woot) and not losing that consumer goodwill after purchase. I could understand if Amazon wants to follow the Netflix model and be everywhere, but they seem to be keen to control their user experience recently, but maybe they don't want a product that will compete with Apple on price so closely. Just a thought.

Love 'da sho'

Rich in Lovely Cleveland"


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