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Episode 346

Tech News Today 346: Netflix's Split Personality

Netflix is really sorry, OK, come back!, Facebook finally releases an iPad app, Windows 8 gets faster and light.

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Top Stories

  • Yahoo Drops Out of Hulu Sweepstakes (Report)
  • Hulu Sale Is Debated
  • Yahoo out as Hulu mulls other bids, report says
    • Wall Street Journal reports Yahoo no longer bidding on Hulu
    • Dish Network, Google and Amazon all still interested.
    • Dish's bid of $1.9 billion is believed to be of the most interest to the sellers
    • Google, on the other hand, is willing to pay more than $2 billion, but has required Hulu to agree to certain conditions before it can complete the deal
    • According to the Journal, the board of directors is unsure if it really wants to sell the company, and could decide against it."
  • Yang eyes Yahoo buyout with private equity
  • Alibaba looks to break away from Yahoo, report says
    • Jerry Yang reportedly pursuing deal with private equity firms that would take Yahoo private.
    • Yang and co-founder David Filo would have to roll over their shares.
    • Silver Lake Partners, Providence Equity Partners, Hellman & Friedman and Bain Capital all mentioned by Reuters. Bloomberg reported last week that Alibaba is in talks with Silver Lake Partners and Digital Sky Technologies to file a joint bid for Yahoo.
    • Talks are reportedly informal and financial info will be sent this week
    • A buyer could sell off Yahoo's international assets, which include a partnership with Softbank in Yahoo Japan as well as about 40 percent stake in Alibaba.
    • According to Bloomberg Alibaba is in talks with Singapore's Temasek Holdings, a state-owned investment firm, to raise the cash to buy back Yahoo's 40 percent stake.

Discussion Stories

  • Facebook’s Mobile App Platform and iPad App Are Finally Here — And They’re Apple-Friendly
  • Facebook iPad app finally available today, iPhone app updated with new features
    • Facebook officially release their new iPad app today.
    • a few new features: ability to chat with friends, play Facebook games in full-screen mode, and watch high-resolution videos in the app. Uses Apple's in-app system.
    • made several improvements to Facebook for iPhone and Facebook’s mobile website, “In your next update, you’ll see a simplified navigation, faster search and access to more games and apps,” Facebook mobile engineer Leon Dubinsky wrote.
    • HTML5 versions of a selection of their apps and game titles others will take yout o native app
    • The combined native and Web app experience is only available on iOS for now. On Android and other phones with Web browsers, users will default

to the Web experience.

    • Ticker not there, but may be coming. No Timeline.
    • Now, when a friend sends you an invitation to play “Words With Friends,” and you view it on the Facebook app on your iPhone, you can click to play and be taken to the Words With Friends app. If you don’t have the app, you’ll be directed to Apple’s App Store. If you’re on an Android phone, you’ll be taken to an HTML5 version in your mobile Web browser.
  • Preorders for iPhone 4S set one-day record
  • iPhone 4S pre-orders are in the mail
  • iPhone 4S antenna furthers Apple/Samsung patent war
    • Apple said the 4S set a record with more than 1 million units pre-ordered online in the first 24 hours.
    • Engadget reports shipping notifications started going out today
    • GSMArena reports Professor Gert Frølund Pedersen, professor at Aalborg University's Institute for Electronic Systems in Denmark believes the iPhone 4S antennae may tread on patents he and colleagues sold to Samsung. Apparatus and method for stabilizing terminal power in a communication system and Apparatus and method for selecting an antenna in a communication system patents.
  • Windows 8 To Reduce Memory Footprint
  • Windows 8 to reduce memory usage
    • Bill Karagounis, group program manager for Microsoft's Performance team
    • Memory combining searches system RAM for duplicate content and then frees up the duplicates to hold just a single copy.
    • Microsoft has removed 13 different services, changed a number of others from automatic to manual, and moved still others into a "Start on Demand" mode so they're not eating up memory
    • Consolidated various core but low-level components
    • Windows 8 will be smarter about which allocated memory to keep and which to free up.

News Fuse





"Hey TNT Crew,

I was just reviewing the tidal wave of information regarding the new iPhone, iCloud and iOS5 announcements yesterday. One thought that struck me as odd was the fact that Apple offers a 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPhone... even after the introduction of iCloud. My question is: why would anyone pay the extra money for more internal storage on an iPhone when you can get 50GB of iCloud storage for $100 per year? Unless you're planning on loading a lot of apps, doesn't it make more sense to buy the 16GB model and then stream your media content from the cloud? I understand that carrier data caps might be a concern, but it makes perfect sense, to me, when you're on wifi. It seems like even more a no-brainer for the iPod Touch. What are your thoughts?


Josh Dill"



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