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Episode 485

Tech News Today 485: Sheep Are Awesome

Intel Ivy Bridge gets real, Microsoft arms Facebook for the patent wars, Cable TV comes to the Internet, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Microsoft and Facebook announce $550m patent deal for patents bought from AOL
  • In Pricey Microsoft Patent Deal, Facebook Delivers Another Smackdown to Yahoo Lawsuit
  • Microsoft’s Top Lawyer: We Never Wanted All of AOL’s Patents
  • Rather Than Pay Yahoo’s Troll Tax, Facebook Built A Patent Fortress
  • Facebook's patent spree: There's more where that came from
  • New S-1: Facebook’s Yearly Revenue Growth Up 45 Percent, But Down Six Percent From Last Quarter
    • Microsoft will pay AOL a billion dollars for ownership of 925 patents plus a license to 300 additional patents AOL isn't selling.
    • Facebook will give Microsoft $550 million for 650 of those 925 patents, plus a license to the remaining 275 patents Microsoft isn't selling. Facebook will not get a license to the 300 patents AOL licensed to Microsoft.
    • It's probably safe to assume Microsoft is getting a license to the 650 patents it's selling to Facebook, but we're trying to confirm that now.
    • ATD reports: Microsoft and Facebook began working on a deal the day after Redmond emerged as the winner of the AOL patents.
    • Facebook general counsel Ted Ullyot: "This is another significant step in our ongoing process of building an intellectual property portfolio to protect Facebook's interests over the long term."
    • Reactions
      • Yahoo! - “Nothing about today’s action changes the fact that Facebook continues to infringe our patents. Companies who purchase patents are often working from a position of weakness and take these actions to strengthen their portfolio. We see today’s announcement as a validation of our case against Facebook.”
    • Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith: “We have a very high regard for the value of the Yahoo patent portfolio. It’s an important portfolio that reflects all of the tremendous value Yahoo brought to this space, and we are very sensitive to the importance of our relationship with Yahoo and our relationship with Facebook.”
    • Josh Constine at TechCrunch points out Facebook has bulked up from 56 patents at the start of the year to 1461
    • Facebook IPOs mid-May
    • Facebook updated it's S-1 filing today. Essentially releasing an earnings report. Revenues 1.058 billion up 45% for the year down 6% from last Quarter. Current private share price estimated at $30.89
  • Creative Cloud: Adobe's new all-access CS6 subscription priced at $50/month
  • Adobe announces CS6 pricing and pre-orders, estimated delivery May 7th
    • Adobe offering Creative Cloud for $50/month on a yearly subscription, or $75 month-to-month.. 14 of Adobe's new CS6 applications. Good for those who need access to Creative Suite products here and there or beyond trial periods.
    • Photoshop and Premiere Pro can be licensed alone for $19.99 per month on a one-year contract, $30 month-to-month
    • version for small business users, called Creative Cloud Team, will be available for $70 a month in the second half of the year.
    • Creative Cloud includes 20GB of cloud storage for saving/syncing files. Free users of Creative Cloud get 2GB storage, 30-day trials of all CS6 apps.
    • Last year CS 5.5 offered Photoshop (not Extended Edition, retail $699) for $35/month, Design Premium Suite ($1,899 retail) for $95 per month, and CS 5.5 Master Collection ($2,599 retail) for US$129 per month w yearly commitment, now no more tiers
    • CS6 now includes the new Adobe Mercury graphics engine for Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere Pro software, and a new application called Muse, "a radical tool that enables designers to create and publish HTML5 web sites without writing code."

Discussion Stories

  • NimbleTV to Offer Cloud-Based TV, DVR Anywhere
  • Start-Up Aims to Stream Pay TV Onto Web Devices
  • NimbleTV
    • A startup called NimbleTV plans to offer packages of television channels that a customer buys through a distributor like Dish Network, then streams the package onto the Web,
    • Instead of just paying NimbleTV for the service, like Aereo, you have to pay for a cable subscription first, then an additional charge to NimbleTV for the place-shifting and unlimited storage DVR service
    • Beta testing begins today, with NimbleTV paying for 26 channels itself and not requiring a subscription package for testers.
    • NimbleTV says it has the same functionality as a Slingbox and DVR, but without the actual boxes.
    • NimbleTV itself will include a monthly fee, probably around $20, though the company would not comment.
    • NimbleTV will launch a pilot program in New York City this summer, which will let users buy satellite service.
    • Its site says it will offer TV packages from the US or any other country
    • NimbleTV is backed by the Tribune Company, owner of 23 TV stations, as well as Greycroft Partners and Tribeca Venture Partners, two venture capital firms.
  • Samsung teases its ‘Next Galaxy’
  • Samsung sing-up website/teaser video
  • Samsung Galaxy S III gets first confirmed carrier
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S III sign up page goes live
    • Samsung released teaser videos for the next Galaxy phone
    • reports: Samsung launched a sign-up page for those that want up to the minute details as soon as they are available, along with teaser videos.
    • One of the teaser videos advises smartphone buyers not to act like sheep. “With technology that fits in this easily, you can now stand out from everyone else,”
    • CNET reports that an unnamed person in the British telecom industry has said that the new phone could be a relatively small update, with a 4.7-inch screen, 1 GB of RAM and is likely not going to be called the Galaxy S III. Its main new feature, according to the report, is called “Human Interaction,” a feature that will be able to tell when a user is looking at the phone and lock when he or she looks away.
    • Slashgear reports: Vodafone UK has confirmed it will carry the next Galaxy

News Fuse





"I have been watching the Google, Oracle law suit and I wanted to throw in my two cents. First off, I am not a professional programmer. Most of the programming I do is for the controls of my robot (plug:, but I do know Java for the desktop as well for Android, AS3, and C/C++ which is my language of choice. I liked Tom's explanation of what is happening, but I felt that API's implantation, rather then use may better help people understand Oracle's absurdity in this case. The implementation of API's change across languages, but they can all be boiled down to one specific fact. API's are just an agreed upon location in memory were a programmer can call upon it and either give data, receive data, or both.

Think of it like this. There are two neighborhoods. Lets call one G and the other O. Neighborhood O has a specific place for an ice cream truck to park. It sit right across from the school. If the neighborhood kids want to get chocolate, they need to go to this specific location. Neighborhood G wants to allow there kids similar access, but doesn't feel like retraining their kids since most of the them came from Neighborhood C. So neighborhood G parks a chocolate ice cream truck in front of their school.

Basically, Oracle is suing Google for parking Google's ice cream truck in front of the school. The fundamental fact is that APIs are meant to be shared. If that changes, it will have a grave effect on programming. But to be honest, I don't know what frightens me more. The fact that Oracle is willing to cause massive collateral damage because they are mad at google, or that the fate of programmers everywhere is in the hands of a jury that probably doesn't even know the first thing of programing.

Josh Cawood"

"Hello TNT Crew, I have been a huge fan of google since day one and have never had a problem until today. About a month ago I took a picture with my android phone. The picture involved myself killing a spider and performing an inappropriate gesture towards it (giving it the bird), I'm petrified of spiders so when I had my glorious moment I proceeded to email that picture (from my android phone as an attachment through my personal gmail account) to my wife in hilarity. So it's a month after that situation, and today I sent my wife an E-mail, totally unrelated to previous events. She opened the email (From her personal Gmail account), the Contact information that shows up on the top right corner showed a ""Recent Pictures"" showing a picture of me flipping off the spider. That picture was never posted as a profile picture, added to any library, album, NOTHING (Double Checked in case I did it on accident). It was only sent from that one email. I wasn't even aware gmail did that. Depending on the situation that could turn out bad. I would hate for someone to be looking over her shoulder whom I would not want to see that inappropriate picture. Worst part is I have no control over it what so ever. This is now changing my feelings towards Google. Google + advertisments EVERYWHERE, were already testing my nerves.


P.S. Feel free to summarize as you please on the air

Trevor Smith"



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