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Episode 355


Tech News Today 355: A Nail In The RIM Of The Coffin

The Steve Jobs biography is leaking quotes, Android's gaining on iPads, RIM's fragile, and more.

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  • Steve Jobs biography will officially be available on Monday, but a bunch of information has been released.
    • On Android: According to Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs' reaction to the January 2010 unveiling of the HTC smartphone lineup was fury. "...I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong... I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
    • Meeting with Eric Schmidt - "I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want."
    • On Bill Gates: "Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he's more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology," Jobs told Isaacson, reports HuffPost. "He just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas."
    • Apps: Jobs at first quashed the discussion of apps on the iPhone partly because he felt his team did not have the bandwidth to figure out all the complexities that would be involved in policing third-party app developers.” [Huffington Post]
    • Al Gore: He used to talk initially about how after Walt Disney died, the company always got in trouble about asking ‘what would Walt do in this situation?’” Gore said. “And he made it very clear — ‘I don’t want that at Apple.’ He made it clear to Tim Cook and everyone else, ‘Don’t ask what Steve would have done. Follow your own voice.’”
  • RIM facing mass defection over BlackBerry blunders
  • RIM: Hate Your Old BlackBerry? Buy a New One
  • RIM runs into trademark dispute over BBX name for future OS
    • Enterprise Management Associates study shows 30% of large scale, enterprise BB users will not buy a BB again. 60 percent of small business workers say the same. 84 percent cite dissatisfaction with Blackberry's OS as a reason for switching. The survey was conducted before BlackBerry's massive outage last week.
    • 16% of users are happy with their BB (compare to 44% of iPhone users)
    • EMA's survey was taken before the BB service outage last week.
    • RIM released a statement "While we haven't reviewed Enterprise Management Associates' (EMA) latest survey, we would be interested in finding out if the customers surveyed have upgraded to RIM's new line-up of BlackBerry 7 smartphones," (announced 5 new models recently)
    • PCMag reinterpreted the message as "Hate Your Old BlackBerry? Buy a New One"
    • RIM also in hot water about its BBX name
    • There's a software company that already has BBx trademarked by Basis International in regards to software. The U.S. Patents and Trademark Office registered the trademark BBX to Basis on July 4, 2006, in the field of "Computer programs and associated documentation providing tools and programming language to enable software developers to create and prepare business, internet, and applications software."
  • Reed Hastings Knows He Messed Up
  • Reed Hastings can't stop talking
  • NYT interview with Andrew Goldman
    • Q: You somehow neglected to secure the Qwikster Twitter handle. Then, facing a backlash from shareholders and consumers, you put the kibosh on the whole idea. Seriously, what’s the deal?
    • A: We know that we need to do better going forward. We need to take a few deep breaths and not move quite as quickly. But we also don’t want to over correct and start moving stodgily.
    • Q: The company’s stock has fallen from more than $300 in July to under $120. More than $9 billion of market capitalization has disappeared. For the benefit of shareholders, have you considered stepping down?
    • A: No, not for a second. I founded Netflix. I’ve built it steadily over 12 years now, first with DVD becoming profitable in 2002, a head-to-head ferocious battle with Blockbuster and evolving the company toward streaming. This is the first time there have been material missteps. If you look at the cumulative track record, it’s extremely positive.
    • Q: Because of your incredible growth and the fact that you’re now producing original content like the series “House of Cards,” Starz and Showtime seem to view you as a competitor. Your hope is to eventually put places like HBO out of business, right?
    • A: We’re not trying to put HBO out of business. I’m an HBO subscriber, and I watch a bunch of great shows on HBO. We did compete with HBO for “House of Cards.” We do compete for viewers’ time, for dollars and content, but they’re larger and certainly the incumbent."

Discussion Stories

  • Android Tablets Gained on IPad in Third Quarter
  • 1 in 4 tablets from last quarter run on Android? Hmmm…..
    • Strategy Analytics: Android-powered tablet computers accounted for 27 percent of global sales during the three-month period, jumping from 2.3 percent a year earlier
    • The iPad’s share fell to 67 percent from 96 percent. Kevin Tofel at GigaOM points out: Apple’s figures are tablets sold, Android's are shipped. which include tablets sitting on store shelves, tablets en route to stores, tablets sitting in a warehouse.
    • When asked to clarify what makes an Android tablet, it's all the pre-honeycomb devices and things like the Nook Color which can run Android.
    • going by activated tablets, Tofel says the number is closer to 3.42m than the 4.5 shipped number reported by Strategy Analytics
  • Google, Facebook go retro in push to update 1986 privacy law
  • Op-ed: The shocking strangeness of our 25-year-old digital privacy law
    • 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, a statute written in the pre-Internet era of telephone modems and the black-and-white Macintosh Plus.
    • A coalition of groups, which include liberal, conservative, and libertarian non-profit organizations as well as companies, hope to convince the U.S. Congress to update the law to include location privacy and to protect documents stored on the Web through services like Google Docs, Flickr, and Picasa.
    • ECPA is notoriously convoluted and difficult even for judges to follow. The groups hope to simplify the wording while requiring police to obtain a search warrant to access private communications and the locations of mobile devices--which is not always the case today.
    • Citing ECPA, the government claims it can track your movements without having to get a warrant from a judge, using the signal your mobile phone silently sends out every few seconds. The government also claims it can read your e-mail and sneak a peek at your online calendar and the private photos you have stored in “the cloud,"" all without a warrant."
  • Do cell phones cause brain tumors? Debate rages
  • Mobile phone brain cancer link rejected
    • study led by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Denmark looked at more than 350,000 with mobile phones over an 18-year period.
    • was published in the British Medical Journal
    • Researchers concluded users were at no greater risk than anyone else of developing brain cancer.
    • After the study was published, researchers from the U.K., U.S., Australia, and elsewhere around the world said that the Denmark study was "seriously flawed" and should not be considered a definitive source for information on the risk of contracting a brain tumor after prolonged mobile phone use.
    • Devra Davis, a cancer epidemiologist and president of Environmental Health Trust said millions must be followed for decades before there is a definitive answer.


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