Tech News Today 350

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Episode 350


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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  • 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."


Discussion Stories

  • 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.

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"Hey TNT,

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"


"TNT gang,

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

Simon"

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