Tech News Today 399

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Episode 399

Tech News Today 399: Way To Go Daddy

Is RIM a liar? Does it matter? SOPA boycotts get complicated, Mozilla makes it rain with some Google Bucks, and more.

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Top Stories

  • GoDaddy Faces boycott over SOPA support
  • Paul Graham: SOPA Supporting Companies No Longer Allowed At YC Demo Day
  • Cheezburger’s Ben Huh: "We will move our 1,000 domains off @godaddy unless you drop support of SOPA"
  • The Stop Online Piracy Act: what SOPA is, what it does, and how it works
  • List of SOPA supporters
  • To properly boycott SOPA supporters....
    • In an op-ed published in Politico shortly after SOPA was introduced in the House, GoDaddy applauded the bill and called opponents "myopic."
    • Internet users at reddit (which, like Ars, is owned by Condé Nast) have organized a boycott of the registrar.
    • redditor selfprodigy on Thursday morning proposed that December 29 be declared "move your domain day," with GoDaddy customers switching to competing registrars.
    • The House Judiciary Committee has released a list of 142 companies that support SOPA. GoDaddy appears to be the only domain registrar, or Internet company for that matter, on the list.
    • Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh has announced that they will be moving their array of over 1,000 domains away from GoDaddy unless the registrar recants their support of the act.
    • In a thread on Hacker News about boycotts, user Solipsist posted a link to the list with the comment, “While I understand your sentiments towards SOPA, are you really going to distance yourself from all of these companies?”
    • YCombinator founder and investor Paul Graham replied, “Actually that’s exactly what I thought when I saw the list yesterday. Several of those companies send people to Demo Day, and when I saw the list I thought: we should stop inviting them. So yes, we’ll remove anyone from those companies from the Demo Day invite list.” Further told TechCrunch - “If these companies are so clueless about technology that they think SOPA is a good idea, how could they be good investors?”
  • Google paying Mozilla $300 million per year for search deal
  • Google Triples Its Spending To Keep Default Search Spot In Firefox
  • Mozilla: We're more than just Firefox, you know
    • AllThingsD reports that the payoff, $300 million per year, close to $1 billion for all three years, “was the minimum revenue guarantee for delivering search queries garnered from consumers using Firefox.”
    • Google contributed approximately 84 percent of Mozilla’s $123 million in revenue last year.
    • Mozilla Messaging CEO David Ascher restated yesterday Mozilla is about more than just Firefox
    • Boot2Gecko, a root-level approach that could potentially result in a kind of 'Firefox OS' for smartphones (kinda see the direction in lapdock)
    • BrowserID, a project that aims to provide a safer alternative to Facebook Connect and Google account logins
    • Mozilla-powered Apps initiative, which aims to make Web technologies the best way to create apps that work on all devices, and to propose a standard for app purchase and installation that fosters competition.

Discussion Stories

  • Gardens of Time beats Cityville in Facebook games list
    • Playdom's Gardens of Time as the most popular game on its social network in 2011.
    • Cityville no. 3 behind The Sims Social
    • "This list was compiled by looking at the top games on Facebook with more than 100,000 monthly active users and giving priority to those games with the highest user satisfaction scores," it said. "The result is a list of the games that received the most user recommendations in 2011."
    • Snub or Promo?
    • independent metrics firm Appdata suggested that Zynga's games Cityville, Castleville, Farmville and Texas Holdem were the four most played games on Facebook. Appdata said Gardens of Time was the 14th most played title.

News Fuse





"Hey Tom and TNT Crew,

Just to amplify the comment you read on Wednesday -- I've been doing enterprise SA for many years and on all of the properties I've worked on we go to great lengths to make sure there are never alternate paths to content. The primary reasons for this are:

1) Security: You don't want people accessing content outside of a vhost branch as that alternate path might expose information the vhost would not expose.

2) SEO: Google's pagerank algorithm frowns on alternate paths to content so every property I work on is very diligent to ensure this never happens.

Thanks -- love the show.

Bill from Jacobstown, NJ"

"Hey TNT crew!

Wanted to give a couple of thoughts on yesterday's continued discussion on the Super Bowl.

NCAA March Madness has already moved to free online streaming, with ads sold in large bundle sponsorship packages by Turner and CBS Sports. World Cup is also free online. We're definitely seeing the big games more now, the bigger question is when regular season sports will be online.

What scares me more is stuff Verizon is pulling where sports access may become exclusive to one carrier, especially for mobile.

And yes, the online ad sponsorships, while extremely pricey for online budgets, pale in comparison to the dollars still made on TV.

For the Super Bowl though, it tends to be such a communal event, I'd imagine many would still prefer watching it with friends alongside a large screen TV, at times to watch not the game, but the even more popular Super Bowl TV ads.

Happy holidays!

- Derrick Chen"

"I was pulling up yesterday's TNT on YouTube and when I noticed that there was a snow flake button on the YouTube control bar. I clicked it and I'm guessing though the magic of HTML5, it's started to snow on top of the video! Look what happened while I let it continue to snow while I watched yesterday's TNT!

Dustin Solis"



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