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Episode 497

Tech News Today 497: Don't Worry, I'm In My Pod Sack

Ultrabook? So over. SLEEKBOOK! The great Zuck hood scandal, A Bioshocking delay, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Zuckerberg’s Hoodie a ‘Mark of Immaturity,’ Analyst Says
  • Wall St. Analyst Defends Criticism Of Facebook Founder’s Hoodie
    • Facebook's doing its Roadshow to get investors excited about its IPO
    • Mark Zuckerberg has been making the rounds - first on Monday in NY wearing his hoodie
    • Michael Pachter, analyst for Wedbush Securities, says that wearing a hoodie to a meeting is a sign of Zuckerberg's lack of seriousness
    • “Mark and his signature hoodie: He’s actually showing investors he doesn’t care that much; he’s going to be him,” Pachter said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. “I think that’s a mark of immaturity. ...I think he’s got to show them the respect that they deserve because he’s asking them for their money.”
  • Pachter said Zuckerberg “is well-suited to be the chief product officer, the chief user-experience officer, to manage the design of the user interface, to decide every feature that goes in.”
    • “I personally could care less what Mr. Zuckerberg wears and when he wears it,” Pachter told TPM.
    • Pachter and Wedbush issued the first “buy” recommendation for Facebook at a price of $44 per share, nine dollars over Facebook’s own upper-limit pricing recommendation.
    • Pachter did compare FB to Apple, talking about a genius running a company

Discussion Stories

  • Netherlands first country in Europe with net neutrality
    • The Netherlands adopted legislation to safeguard an open and secure internet in The Netherlands, first country in Europe to put net neutrality into law
    • NN prohibits IPs from tampering with the traffic of their users. The law allows for traffic management in case of congestion and for network security, as long as these measures serve the interests of the internet user. A technical error in the law might still be corrected in a vote on 15 May.
    • also the law has an anti-wiretapping provision, restricting IPs from using wiretapping technologies, such as deep packet inspection (DPI). They may only do so under "limited circumstances", or with explicit consent of the user, which the user may withdraw at any time. wiretapping requires a warrant
    • law also includes a provision that internet providers can only disconnect users in a very limited set of circumstances, like in the case of fraud or when a user doesn’t pay his bills.
    • provisions are part of the implementation of the European telecommunications rules
    • Chile was the 1st country in the world to adopt net neutrality law
    • The technical error is an exception in the law that lets users request an ISP to filter their Internet traffic by blocking certain services and applications based on ideological grounds. It's a clause added to the proposed law last year when the Dutch Labor Party accidentally voted in favor of an amendment proposed by the Reformed Political Party. Parliament wants to nullify this religious exception clause by adding it to an unrelated law concerning traffic regulation on May 15, which nobody expects to pass. so the religious exception shouldn't become law.
  • Bioshock Infinite’ won’t be shown at E3 this year, gets new release date
  • Bioshock Infinite's won't be coming until February 26, 2013, in order to make a number of "tweaks and improvements"
    • The original Bioshock was also delayed for several months as its original ship date drew near, Studio head Ken Levine says. "Because the Big Daddies weren't the Big Daddies you've since come to know and love. Because Andrew Ryan's golf club didn't have exactly the right swing. Because Rapture needed one more coat of grimy Art Deco."
    • You won't see any of the game at E3 or GamesCon either
    • "That way, the next time you see our game, it will be essentially the product we intend to put in the box" - Levine
  • Sprint's Tri-Fi Hotspot will do LTE, WiMax, 3G on May 18
  • The 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot, made by Sierra Wireless, will support three of Sprint's data networks: 4G LTE, 4G WiMax, and 3G.
    • a microSD slot that enables file sharing, and its use as a digital media server. It also has a 3600mAh battery.
    • The hot spot will cost $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a two-year service agreement. Monthly data plans start at $34.99 for 3GB, and ratchet up to $49.99 for 6GB, and $79.99 for 12GB.
    • Coming May 18

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Video Message:


"Tom and Posse,

One way they could massively increase a potential carrier Wi-Fi network is to utilize the huge home router install base for a carrier like AT&T (which at least in Cleveland seems to be the de facto choice for cheap high speed). Imagine if you opted in to a program that gives you a discount on service, and in exchange you download an update to your router to allow it to be a Passpoint hotspot. There would have to be some limits, probably capping bandwidth and limiting the number of overall connections so your home service doesn't stink, but I think it would be a great way to rapidly deploy a very usable Wi-Fi supplementary data network.

Rich in Lovely Cleveland"

"In my opinion, [Toll Free Data] could go one of two ways. The first is a net neutrality concern, However what if it was like a toll free number where in an ideal situation, it is free to all users. Therefore, if Facebook is a free data service, then Facebook will pay the appropriate fees to the appropriate carriers just as a toll free number owner pays the appropriate fees to the appropriate carriers.

Just my 2 cents, Frank"



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