Tech News Today 487

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Episode 487

Tech News Today 487: Linux Not Left 4 Dead

Valve coming to Linux? Zune dies one more time, Google Drive's terms of disservice, and more.

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Top Stories

  • WWDC 2012 sells out in two hours: Resales forbidden
  • Apple's WWDC 2012 will be June 11-15, focusing on iOS and OS X (Update: sold out)
  • WWDC Scholarship page
  • Apple Design Awards 2012 nominations open
    • WWDC announced, will take place from June 11-15 in San Francisco, where developers will "learn about the future of iOS and OS X."
    • Tickets for WWDC 2012 went on sale this morning and sold out in two hours. Apple updated their site to announce sellout.
    • In 2011, it took around twelve hours to sellout. In 2010, it took 8 days.
    • $1599 per ticket. Developers as young as 13 can attend WWDC if parent/guardian that is also a registered developer purchases the ticket.
    • Apple also offering a limited number of scholarships for young developers. Deadline is May 2.
    • According to Apple’s new policies, “WWDC tickets (including activation codes) are non-transferable and may not be sold, resold, or auctioned in any way.”
    • Organizations can buy up to 5 tix & can change who's going before show with Apple approval.
    • No refunds or returns; if you lose your pass, you'll be charged full $1,599 to replace it.
    • Apple has begun accepting nominations for the 2012 Apple Design Awards for well-designed, state of the art, and innovative apps, The app must be available on the App Store or the Mac App Store by May 1, 2012 to qualify. Apps don’t necessarily have to be nominated in order to win an Apple Design Award and neither does the number of nominations decide the winner. The winning apps will be announced at this year’s WWDC 2012.
  • Google clones Dropbox: lock, stock, and privacy gaffe
  • Who owns your stuff in the Google Drive cloud?
  • Side by side comparison of terms of service G Drive, Sky Drive and Drop Box
  • More comparison with Apple. Microsoft, SugarSync and Box
  • Sundar Pichai: Google Drive Is About Context, Where Competitors Are About Files
  • Google Set to Meld GDrive With Chrome OS
  • Google Drive for Linux incoming
  • Terms of Service for Google Drive - (Applies to Google Service generally)
    • "When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content."
    • The rights that you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps).
    • “Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.”
    • Statement from Google given to LA Times: "As our Terms of Service make clear, 'what belongs to you stays yours.' You own your files and control their sharing, plain and simple. Our Terms of Service enable us to give you the services you want — so if you decide to share a document with someone, or open it on a different device, you can."
    • Wired quotes Google SVP of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai “We’ll…effectively integrate [Google] Drive into the native file system of Chrome OS,” says Scott Johnson, Google’s Google Drive product manager. “All the core OS functionality will use [Google] Drive as a place to store data — if that’s what you opt in to.” Google Drive will integrate will version 20 of Chrome OS
    • Google Docs community manager Teresa Wu, who when questioned on Google+ about Linux support told users to “hang tight” as the version for their open-source based machines was being “worked on.”

Discussion Stories

  • Android chief: We didn't believe we needed a license from Sun
  • This was the original 'Google Phone' presented in 2006
  • Google wanted to subsidize a $9.99 unlimited data plan for Android phones
    • In World Series coverage, Andy Rubin wrapped up his testimony this morning in the Oracle-Google trial. His big line: "We did not believe that we needed a license from Sun."
    • Meanwhile the Verge is showing off some choice findings from the court. One involved Google wanting to subsidize the T-Mobile data plan to make it $9.99 2006. to subsidize the reduce cost, the company would forgo the commission it earned from T-Mobile for referring Android buyers to its online store.
    • Also a mockup of the proposed Google phone from the same year.
    • At the time, Google bemoaned that "basic phone user interfaces and the ability to integrate as a 3rd party are still a barrier," telling T-Mobile that Mountain View's expertise combined with the carrier's unlimited data plan would be a win-win.
    • At that time, touchscreen support wasn't a requirement — in fact, the baseline specs required two soft menu keys, indicating that touchscreens weren't really in the plan at all.

News Fuse







Just an FYI, I found out this morning. You can't put Skydrive on a PC that has Windows XP ( I know, but both my PC's have XP, which runs very well on them) I then read a review on Google Drive, and it will work on XP.

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