Tech News Today 350
Recorded: October 14, 2011
Published: October 14, 2011
Tech News Today 350: Redundant Array Of Expensive iPhones
Microsoft and Skype tie the knot, owners can't quit Hulu, Google is a service killer, and more.
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- Darren Kitchen
- Microsoft Closes $8.5 Billion Skype Deal
- Skype for Windows updated to remove Google product bundling
- Skype's future under Microsoft: integration everywhere?
- Microsoft said late on Thursday that it has completed its deal to acquire Internet calling leader Skype for $8.5 billion.
- Skype will become a new business unit within Microsoft, with Skype CEO Tony Bates becoming the president of the newly created Skype division
- “The acquisition remains under review in a few countries, and will be completed in those countries when such reviews are closed,” Microsoft said."
- Skype no longer includes the Google toolbar installer in Skype 5.5 and 5.6
- Xbox Live users suffering hacked accounts, FIFA 11 and 12 purchases
- Xbox Live Accounts Targeted in FIFA DLC Scam
- Ars Technica has received a number of reports from Xbox Live customers complaining about hacked accounts,
- The pattern is weirdly specific: gamers notice that unauthorized purchases have been made using their credit card information or existing points, and FIFA Soccer 11 or 12 has been played on their account.
- Disney, Fox Commit To Hulu; Halt Sale Talks
- Why Hulu’s Owners Couldn’t Find A Buyer
- Hulu is no longer for sale
- The offers were not good enough (rumored $1.9B from Dish, a $4B bid from Google with conditions, Amazon was another serious contender)
- Disney, News Corp, and Providence Equity will work on making Hulu better
- Comcast doesn't take an active part in managing Hulu b/c of conditions of the NBC acquisition
- TechCruch says that Hulu's owners wanted over $2B, they didn't get it, so the sale's off
- Hulu's statement: "Since Hulu holds a unique and compelling strategic value to each of its owners, we have terminated the sale process and look forward to working together to continue mapping out its path to even greater success. Our focus now rests solely on ensuring that our efforts as owners contribute in a meaningful way to the exciting future that lies ahead for Hulu."
- Sprint clarifies iPhone 4S unlocking policy
- iPhone 4S first weekend sales could hit 4 million
- Spots in iPhone 4S lines across America are being sold on Craiglist
- Activation Issues Slow Down iPhone 4S Buyers
- Sprint cleared up its policy regarding international roaming on the iPhone 4S Thursday, announcing its intent to lock the phone’s micro-SIM slot and then unlock it for good customers only by request.
- iPhone 4S Sales estimates:
- Bloomberg found that most are eyeing sales ranging from 2 million to 3 million starting today through Sunday.
- But Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe believes the number could reach as many as 4 million.
- The choice among three different carriers should bring in new buyers, according to Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf, who said that the iPhone 4S is "going to easily outpace any previous launch," Bloomberg noted.
- Dutch court turns down Samung's request to block Apple products
- Samsung loses Dutch bid to ban Apple products
- Samsung Avoids Galaxy Tab Injunction In U.S., But Said To Infringe On iPad
- How Do You Tell the Difference Between an iPad and a Galaxy Tab? Don’t Ask Samsung’s Lawyers.
- Reuters: A court in The Hague dismissed Samsung's claims of patent infringement (cover 3G tech) by Apple and also rejected Apple's counterclaims in the case.
- On Friday, the Dutch court found that Samsung's 3G patents were part of essential standards which should be open to license under FRAND and that the two companies should negotiate an agreement.
- a U.S. judge has ruled that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 likely infringes on patents held by Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) but avoided taking the extra step of imposing a preliminary injunction. Means the case continues.
- Judge Lucy Koh at one point held up the iPad and Tab in the air and asking Samsung’s lawyers to identify which one was which, reply acc'g to Reuters "Not at this distance your honor." 10 feet away.
- “Took them a while to do so,” Reuters reporter Dan Levine tweeted
- Google Axes More Services: Jaiku, Buzz, Code Search & More
- A fall sweep
- First steps Towards MMS support
- Google Buzz and the Buzz API will be shut down In a few weeks. You will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.
- Jaiku will shut down on January 15, 2012. We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku.
- Several years ago, we gave people the ability to interact socially on iGoogle. With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle’s social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are.
- The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012.
- GV users will receive pics and mms from Sprint customers, working to bring that to any carrier.
- In Singapore, Dr. Joel Yang of the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering found a way to apply sodium chloride to a disk platter that increases efficiency so the disk can be packed more densely. Modern hard drives max out at 3TB, but with Yang's table salt technique, those same drives could hit 18TB. Apparently, this could be coming sooner than later because Yang's method uses equipment and tech that are currently used to make hard drives.
- There's been a TV show based on a twitter account which was weird already, but now a comment from Reddit is being turned into a movie. Warner Bros. purchased the rights to "Rome Sweet Rome," which started its life as, yes, a comment thread. The story was penned by James Erwin, a two-time "Jeopardy" champ, when he responded to the question "Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?"
- The U.S. Commerce Department will not let Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei help build the U.S.'s new first responder wireless network citing national security concerns. Huawei's co-founder was a an engineer in the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Huawei and the Commerce Department are old friends - Huawei tried to buy 3Com in 2008 and that was stopped due to… national security grounds!
- Box.net is offering iOS users 50GB of cloud storage for life. All a person has to do is go to Box.net/iphone which directs the user to the free Box.net iOS app. The promotion runs for 50 days, but the 50GB will be free for life. The app supports Airplay of photos, videos, and music.
- Two Congressmen are asking the right questions for all the wrong reasons about Amazon's Silk browser. Representative Joe Barton said "They're going to collect all this information on each person who does that without that person's knowledge." Ed Markey wants to know "if and when their personal information is being used and for what purpose." Amazon has told people they would collect information, why, and how to turn off the tracking. Personally, I want to know how Amazon will handle SSL. And then I want to know how these people get in office.
- According to JP Morgan the recent interruption of BlackBerry services will cost RIM $100 million. That's the cost to the company over the three day outage - not some vague long term prediction. Rod Hall of JP Morgan said that he believes that "a 5% impact to service fee revenue is plausible though likely worst case," but he did hedge saying there is a large margin of error because RIM's fees to wireless carriers are private.
- Sony Ericsson delivered their earnings report today. They had some good news and some.... news. The good news was the company broke even. Quite an improvement on losing 50 million Euros last quarter. The other news was the announcement that Sony Ericsson will only make smartphones in 2012.
- In a move that might help the adoption of electric cars, a bunch of auto makers have agreed to an international standard on charging systems. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, GM, Porsche and VW have agreed to one system for the U.S. and Europe. They also agreed to use HomePlug GreenPHY - a communication protocol that will let the cars work with smart grid systems.
- PlayStation Vita pre-orders have started in Japan!
- Samsung’s ChatON is now available in Android Market - you might think of it as the Android answer to BBM and iMessage - it will work cross platform and users will eventually be able to send messages to their friends on iOS and Blackberry devices as well.
- Amazon's selling all Verizon phones for one penny until the 17th - and this includes FREE 2-day shipping (but this doesn't apply to tablets, or the iPhone)
- Get ready for Apple's Q4 earnings call on October 18th
- UK analogue TV signals will end on 24 October 2012, Digital UK has said.
- Motorola Mobility Stockholders To Vote On $12.5 Billion Google Merger On Nov 17, 2011
Was giving some thought to the Apple in the living room story. Microsoft's pushing hard to turn the Xbox and Kinect to become the voice controlled home entertainment system. What if Siri were to come to your living room alongside some multimedia device (music, movies, TV, games, apps, photos)? Apple can potentially take over the TV, stereo, game console, DVR box, smart TV widgets, etc. while truly killing off the remote control.
Love the show, Derrick"
I've just been listening to TNT 349 about the possible apple tv. A thought occurred.....here in the UK a lot of tv's have "apps" built in, mine has YouTube and lovefilm to name a few. What if itunes got access rights to ultraviolet and apple made a tv app? It would save the cost of the r&d for apple and also bring iTunes streaming to the livingroom. Your thoughts?
Love the show
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