Tech News Today 457
Recorded: March 14, 2012
Published: March 14, 2012
Tech News Today 457: Patents, Pimps, And Pi
Britannica quietly wins the digital transition, AT&T tries to silence small claims winner, why Google has become too 'corporate', and more.
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- Throttled iPhone user balks at AT&T settlement request, vows to help others (Updated)
- AT&T seeks to settle _ quietly _ with iPhone user
- AT&T Gets Dirty, Threatens Plaintiff With Termination Of Service Unless He Shuts Up (Update: AT&T Responds)
- ATT's letter to the User
- AT&T's wireless customer agreement
- Remember Matthew Spaccarelli who won $850 in small claims court against Apple over throttling?
- ATT reached out to settle: "Looks like #att is threatening to cut off my service if I don't sign a confidentiality agreement to talk about settling. I thought I won!!"
- ATT says Spaccarelli's service would only be terminated if he agreed to the settlement but violated the signed agreement.
- The letter opened with ATT pointing out that they think MS tethered and therefore can cancel his account. But they'd rather discuss a settlement under NDA. They presume he will agree and then point out that if he violate sthe confidentiality, they will proceed to terminate his account.
- Former Googler Rips Company for ‘Corporate-Mandated Focus’ on Google+
- Why I left Google
- Goodbye, cruel Google--an ex-employee's lament
- As ‘Why I Left’ Letters Reach Meme Proportions, Startups Hope Goldman’s Moral Loss Is Their Gain
- James Whittaker, engineering director for Google+, and is now a “web futurist” at Microsoft, posted on a MS blog why he left Google.
- Short version: It's Page's fault.
- He called Google under Eric Schmidt a company that "empowered its employees to innovate." "ads were always in the background" and encouraged an entrepreneurial attitude with its employees with awards which led to things like Chrome and Gmail
- Under Larry Page, social became the focus at the expense of things like Google Labs.
- Whittaker suggests Page felt wronged that companies were willing to give themselves second billing to facebook via URLs like facebook.com/nike when they would never do that for google
- of Google+ he said, " It was an ominous name invoking the feeling that Google alone wasn’t enough."
- Whittaker says that Google+ failed to win users away from Facebook in large numbers.
- "The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus."
- Executive director of Goldman Sachs Greg Smith published his reasons why he's leaving Goldman Sachs calling it a toxic environment where clients' interests are sidelined.
- Smith talked of how when he joined the company out of college that GS's culture was what made it great and that it is now gone due to the way it thought of leadership.
- Tumblr president John Maloney used that letter as recruitment - saying to join the NYC tech startup community if you identify with Greg Smith's piece.
- Android Tablets Gained on iPad in Late 2011: IDC
- Android rules the world?
- IDC report: Android tablets 32.3 percent to 44.6 percent between the third and fourth quarters.
- 4.7 million Kindle Fire shipped in 2011 16.8% of market
- iPad 54.7% of market
- Samsung claimed 5.8 percent of the tablet market in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from 5.5 percent in the previous quarter.
- Nook fell 4.5 percent to 3.5 percent.
- IDC research director Tom Mainelli the sheer number of vendors shipping low-priced, Android-based tablets means that Google’s OS will overtake Apple’s in terms of worldwide market share by 2015.” “We expect iOS to remain the revenue market share leader through the end of our 2016 forecast period and beyond.”
- Encyclopædia Britannica's 2010 edition to be its last
- Change: It’s Okay. Really.
- 244-year-old Encyclopedia Britannica will be going out of print this year. Usually prints new edition every 2 years but company decided 2010 is the last, made decision with 4k copies left.
- Print edition costs $1400, comes in 32-book volume, represents 1% of sales. EB's subscription versions make up about 15% sales, online is $70/year, iOS app version $2/month. Majority 85% from sales of educational products like its online learning tools. Britannica might offer more free tools online to woo more subs.
- The first EB printed in Scotland in 1768. Publication of the 3-volume 1st edition was completed in 1771. 7 million bound sets have been sold since.
- Everything at Britannica.com is free for a full week beginning today.
- 1981: Britannica created the first digital encyclopedia (for LexisNexis)
- 1989: Britannica introduces Compton’s MultiMedia Encyclopedia on CD-ROM.
- 1994: 1st encyclopedia on the Internet.
- 2000: Britannica's 1st mobile version is introduced on the Palm VII.
- 2006: over 50% of revenues now come from digital products
- Cricket signs on with Clearwire for its LTE network
- LightSquared hires Bush v. Gore lawyer to save doomed 4G network
- ClearWire and Cricket Wireless have signed a deal for Clearwire to supply extra capacity for Cricket's own LTE network, which went live in Tucson late last year and should expand to two-thirds of customers over the next couple of years.
- ClearWire's first cell sites go live next year.
- This is ClearWire's second customer after Sprint
- LightSquared has hired lawyer Theodore Olson, who helped President George W. Bush take office by winning the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case, and former Department of Labor Solicitor Eugene Scalia.
- LightSquared has reportedly explored potential lawsuits against the FCC and GPS industry members.
- "What happened to LightSquared is 'an egregious example' of the government encouraging a company to invest an enormous amount of money to meet a national objective and then 'pulling the rug out from under them capriciously and precipitously,'" Olson said, according to Politico. “'On the face of things, it looks to me like the government has acted arbitrarily after inducing the expenditure of an enormous number of resources.'”
- RIAA chief: ISPs to start fighting piracy by July 12
- Post-SOPA, Industry Execs Pretty Sure ‘Engaging’ Key To Copyright Challenge
- Association of American Publishers annual meeting
- Panel: “Content Industries in Digital Transformation,” Moderator and AAP president and CEO Tom Allen, Fritz Attaway MPAA, Business Software Alliance’s Robert Holleyman and Recording Industry Association of America’s Cary Sherman
- Attaway: “Our industries do something that no one else can do. We create content that people want to have.”
- Allen: How in this environment can our respective industries do more to defend the principles of copyright when we’re confronting this wave of the public that goes every day to the Internet and downloads and reads all sorts of stuff for free?”
- Attaway: “Education is key. It is absolutely ridiculous that a movie that cost $100 million to create, a copy of which you paid $20 for, to say that you own that movie and should make any number of copies you want to. The intellectual base of the Copyleft is pretty flimsy, and we need to do a better job of pointing that out to the public. We need to do it from a grassroots base of the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on copyright protection. [Paying $20 for a movie] doesn’t mean you have the right to make all the copies you want and share them with all of your friends.”
- Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, said most of the participating ISPs are on track to begin implementing an anti-piracy notification program by July 12. ----- requires that ISPs send out one or two educational notices to those customers who are accused of downloading copyrighted content illegally. If the customer doesn't stop, the ISP is then asked to send out "confirmation notices" asking that they confirm that they have received notice.
- The DOJ has deemed AU Optronics guilty of fixing prices of TFT-LCDs. AU Optronics and its US subsidiary made over half a billion dollars from its price fixing. The scheme lasted for five years and affected Dell, HP and Apple.
- HTC announced 16 of its phones are getting Ice Cream Sandwich including the Droid Incredible 2, the Thunderbolt, and the Sensation. What about timing? HTC says its rolling out Android 4 for the Sensation and Sensation XE already. The Sensation 4G and XL will get the update next. Unfortunately, HTC didn't give any hard dates.
- Big red Verizon is about to get bigger. Verizon Wireless announced that it is doubling the number of LTE markets from 200 to 400 by the end of the year. Dow Jones Newswire says that any upcoming smartphones from Verizon will be LTE capable to get subscribers to move away from 3G. The full list of where you can get LTE is at verizonwireless.com/lte
- A federal judge decided he's seen enough of Righthaven and ordered the company to forfeit all copyrights and other intangible property to settle its debts. If you've blocked out memories of Righthaven, it's that company that sued a bunch of blogs and sites that posted content from newspapers without permission (fair use or not). Righthaven will have to auction the 278 news articles it has copyrights to.
- The New York Times reports that AOL laid off 40 employes from its AOL West Coast team. The AOL Instant Messenger team too most of the damage; an AOL employee says the unit now comprises of support staff only. AOL pulls in $50 million from AIM, but almost $25 million of that was used to pay off the unit.
- Amazon bolstered its "Prime Instant Video" lineup by adding shows from Discovery. Amazon is touting titles like "Dirty Jobs," "Whale Wars," and my favorite show "Say Yes to the Dress." The deal builds the Amazon Prime catalog to a total of over 17,000 titles.
- Dante Dears knows to secure his Android phone - so he used a pattern lock. This isn't making the FBI too happy because it would like access to Mr. Dears' phone. Oh, did I mention that Dears has already been sentenced to prison for starting and running a group called "Pimpin' Hoes Daily" - he's a pimp. The FBI tried patterns to unlock, but ended up locking the phone and Google account credentials are necessary to access the device. The FBI is now asking for a warrant to be served on Google to get user data, web behavior data, all texts and more.
- At SXSW, Pintrest CEO Ben Silbermann announced that Pintrest profile pages are getting redesigned and a roll out is coming soon. Influential user content will be displayed more prominently. Also, Silbermann mentioned an iPad app is coming, but did not give a release date.
- The Nokia Lumia 900 has been assumed to be arriving April 18th. A user at TheVerge's forum posted that AT&T will be launching the Nokia Lumia 900 April 8th - but that date is tentative. The person claims to be an assistant manager with an AT&T store in California. He says to expect only black and cyan options and a white version if the phone does well in sales.
- Web TV service Aereo launched today on schedule despite ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, & PBS all filing lawsuits against it claiming copyright infringement. A court proceeding on May 28 will address the broadcasters' preliminary injunction request. If granted, Aereo service would be suspended while the case plays out in court.
- The new iPad Will Be Available at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart as well as Apple stores on Friday
- Microsoft launching Windows Phone Tango in China on March 21st. The HTC Titan ("Triumph" in China) with 7.5 recently went on sale, 1st Tango device AND first official Windows Phone in China.
- The Oink website is shutting down on March 31st. You'll be able to download all your content by entering your username and password.
- Oracle's patent and copyright suit against Google to determine whether the Java-based code on Google's Android platform violates patents and copyrights owned by Oracle, will start on April 16th.
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