Tech News Today 512
Recorded: May 31, 2012
Published: May 31, 2012
Tech News Today 512: Flaming Crazy Books
Windows 8 Release Preview is here, Google or Facebook to buy Vevo? iPhone goes prepaid, and more. US conducting cyberwar, Google tries to out-map Apple, Microsoft pisses off advertisers, and more.
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- Google wins crucial API ruling, Oracle's case decimated
- Hands On With Windows 8 Release Preview: It’s All About the Apps
- Download Windows 8 Release preview
- Microsoft reveals Windows 8 upgrade path
- Microsoft reportedly working to block apps that re-enable the Windows 8 Start button
- Win8 Release Preview is available for download today (originally expected in June)
- Wired tested it out using a PC MS loaned them and says its smoother than the CP
- What's different:
- Updates to RP include new apps for Sports, travel and news pinned on the start screen. Apps are still in beta according to Jensen Harris Director of Program Management for the Windows User Experience,
- Mail, Calendar, Photos, and IE get updates. Photos is snappier and accesses photos from your drive and other apps incl. Facebook and Skydrive, Mail gets a 3 pane view
- Multitasking via the Snap View (2 apps up at once) is improved
- Still buggy multitouch, brings reverse scrolling (which cannot be turned off in RP)
- “The way that we think about the desktop is as this wonderful additional app that you have on your PC,” Harris said. Wired showed an img of the desktop taking up the majority of the screen while another app was split on the side
- Cannot boot directly into desktop
- Paul Thurrott reports that the company has been "furiously ripping out" legacy code in Windows 8 recently that lets third parties bring back the Start button, Start Menu, and other legacy parts of the desktop interface.
- Thurrott claims that several well-known UI hacks that enabled the Start Button in the Consumer Preview do not work on the Release Preview.
- If you buy an eligible Windows 7 computer between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013, you'll be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.
- Cricket Becomes First Pre-Paid U.S. Carrier to Land iPhone
- iPhone officially goes prepaid in the US via Cricket
- Sign-up page: www.mycricket.com/iphone
- Leap Wirless announced it's Cricket brand will be the first pre-paid carrier to off the iPhone
- iPhone 4 and 4S go on sale June 22 16GB $500 - 8GB $400
- Plan is $55 unlimited talk, text, data, though data is throttled after 2.3GB
- Cricket is CDMA, so no 3GS.
- Ars points out the StarightTalk SIM from TracFone and Wal-Mart works in locked iPhones because AT&T runs the backend for StraightTalk. Plan is $45 unlimited.
- Intel formally launches Ivy Bridge laptop chips, slightly revises ultrabook requirements
- Intel redefines ultrabooks for the Ivy Bridge era
- Intel to show third-gen Ultrabooks at Computex, makes USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt a necessity
- Intel's dual-core and ULV Ivy Bridge processors are official
- Revised Ultrabook requirements as well. Requires USB3.o or Thunderbolt and Intel's Anti-Theft and Identify Protection be built in
- Also must be "responsive while active" as measured by PCMark Vantage Storage and Video Editing sub-scores
- Core i3 processors won't be updated to Ivy Bridge until Q3 at the earliest, and Celeron will stay on Sandy Bridge for the time being.
- 110 Ultrabooks in the pipeline 30 are touch screens, 10 are convertibles (21 on the market now)
- Intel promises to show off new models at Computex in Taiwan next week
- Ari Emanuel: Let's change the paradigms in Hollywood
- RIAA Accuses Google Of Not Doing Enough To Fight Piracy, But May Be Guilty Of Not Doing Enough Itself
- Google execs on piracy: It's not a technical problem
- RIAA wants to issue unlimited takedowns to Google
- Ari Emanuel at d10
- Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor spoke at ATD and lashed out at Google for piracy "They filter child pornography. Because that's not right. That's a bad thing." They should do the same for content theft.
- Susan Wojcicki (SVP of ads) of Google addressed the issue calling Emanuel "Very misinformed."
- "Identifying copyright is very difficult. It's not child porn, where you see it and you know it." "Ask a bunch of lawyers, who owns this content, and I'm sure they won't agree."
- Sundar Pichai (SVP of Chrome) added "It's a tough thing to scan through a video and know if it's copyrighted. We've spent $30 million on this project."
- RIAA Executive VP Brad Buckles said in a blog post that Google places artifical limits on the number of queries that can be made by copyright owners to identify infringements
- Google throttles suspicious search activity no matter where it's from. It's a security measure.
- Google Limits the number of links they can be asked to remove each day
- Google denies ever imposing limits according to SEL. They do have safeguards against accidental flooding of the system. IN the transparency report Google issued RIAA was 5th in claims with 44,000, less than 10% of Microsoft.
- Ars point sout how one of Google's Webmaster tools allows only for 1,000 URLs per copyrighted file, and allows ten such files per notice (for a per-notice total list of 10,000 URLs).
- Sean Parker: Apple may have tried to block Spotify in U.S.
- Parker: Apple tried to keep Spotify out of the U.S.
- Sean Parker at d10 regarding Apple and Spotify
- At ATD Sean Parker was on stage with Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, Spotify and said "There was some indication that might have been happening."
- "We are always in negotiation. We're in constant renegotiation. In that process, you hear things. There's a sense that Apple was threatened by what we were doing."
- It took Spotify two and a half years to enter the U.S. market amid complicated licensing discussions with record labels, and Apple played a role in trying to keep the company out of the country
- Ek reinforced this. "The music industry has declined from $45 billion to $15 billion," he said. "But consumption of music is at an all-time high. There are half a billion people illegally file-sharing music. That's a huge addressable market."
- Greg Sandoval at CNET reported in 2010 that Apple was talking smack about Spotify’s business model in discussions with record companies, implying that it could hurt sales of downloaded music.
- Google, Facebook vie for stake in Vevo
- Vevo — a joint venture of Universal Music Group and Sony Music along with the Abu Dhabi Media Co. — is valued at about $1 billion on revenue of $150 million, according to industry sources.
- NY Post says: Both Google CEO Larry Page and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are exploring an investment in Vevo as part of a broader partnership with the music-video service
- Vevo licenses its content to a number of partners, including Google’s YouTube and MTV.com, in addition to streaming videos at Vevo.com and through mobile apps.
- Vevo’s current deal with YouTube to host its videos in exchange for roughly one-third of the ad revenue is up at year-end. While it negotiates with YouTube to accept a smaller cut of ad sales, Vevo also has opened talks with Facebook.
- Vevo has hired investment bank Allen & Co. to explore its options, including bringing in a new investor, selling outright or going public.
- Vevo is YouTube’s top partner channel, garnering 48 million unique viewers in April, according to ComScore. Overall, Vevo is the third-biggest online video destination, trailing only Google and Yahoo!, while Facebook comes in fourth.
- Larry Ellison did some talking at D10 and says Sun has already paid for itself. In talking about Oracle's ongoing battle with Google, he said "We won on infringement." He wouldn't say if Oracle would appeal until current litigation ended. On working with HP again after being sued by the company, Ellison took some shots in at Leo Apotheker and says he likes current CEO Meg Whitman.
- The SpaceX cargo ship, Dragon, returned to Earth by making an on-target splashdown 560 miles off of the Baja California peninsula. The ship's next destination is McGregor, Texas where nearly 1,4000 pounds of equipment from the International Space Stations will be removed.
- Alright Skyrim fans, listen up. Bethesda has released the official trailer for Dawnguard. The plot goes like this - a vampire's working on covering the world in darkness so vampires can go anywhere they want. The company calls Dawnguard an add-on and not DLC. It should hit the Xbox 360 in the summer and will cost $20. More information is coming at next week's E3.
- Facebook's changed something! Don't panic - the site added five different levels of admin privileges for Facebook pages. Previously, all admins of pages had the same abilities to manage admin roles, edit pages and more. The five categories bring limits to four of the five roles. The all powerful category is labelled "Manager" (not Overlord like I'd been pitching). The feature was first announced in February.
- At D10, Skype CEO Tony Bates says that the service has 250 million monthly users. Bates also said that Skype's priority is mobile and that was one of the reasons Skype picked up Qik. So what about deep integration with Windows Phone? Bates said he hopes that Skype can "add value." When asked if he'd like to run the entirety of Microsoft, Bates said "Steve has been great, but it hasn't come up in discussion…."
- A study by PageLever shows that around the same time Google launched its "Search, plus your World" feature that referral traffic from Google to Facebook is down! Now before you go all conspiracy theory on the falling referrals, referrals from Bing were also down for the same time period. The study looked at referrals to a sample of 500 Facebook fan pages but did not look at Facebook internal referral traffic. Now that you know that, you can start your conspiracy theories.
- Hey, you know how Microsoft and Nokia are all buddy buddy? Google filed a complaint in Europe saying those buddies are colluding by using proxy companies to hurt Android. A company called Mosaid are enforcing patent rights and it raises costs of mobile devices for consumers. Currently, Mosaid isn't suing Google, but Google says its move is pre-emptive.
- The litigation between the broadcast networks and Aereo are on. The broadcasters say that Aereo is violating copyright laws by reprocessing broadcast signals to make them available over the Internet. They are also arguing that Aereo is publicly performing their works because it is transmitting programs live (that's another copyright claim).
- Let's check in with the world's favorite treaty, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, lovingly nicknamed "ACTA." Already rejected by the Dutch government, three different committees of the European Parliament voted not to recommend adoption of the treaty. The full and final European Parliament vote will take place in July.
- Sprint's HTC Evo 4G LTE launching June 2
- Intel's First Smartphone Goes on Sale in Europe June 6 - San Diego smartphone, previously known as Santa Clara - Intel's Atom Z2460 processor at 1.6 GHz. The phone also has a 4.03-inch screen with a 1024-by-600 pixel resolution and an 8-megapixel camera that will be able to take 10 images in one second, and shoot video at 1080p.
- CEA will hold SinoCES from July 5 through the 8th in Qingdao. It's Chinas largest tradeshow about consumer electronics.
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