Tech News Today 88
Recorded: October 4, 2010
Published: October 4, 2010
Tech News Today 88: It's Better When It's Free
Google TV gets more real, Twitter gets a CEO, FSF's birthday, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Darren Kitchen
- Here Comes Google TV
- How Google TV stacks up to AppleTV, Roku, Boxee
- New Google TV ad shows how apps look
- Logitech's Google TV offering to also handle HD video conferencing, challenge Cisco's upcoming solution?
- Twitter Names Costolo CEO
- Cisco's Tony Bates named new CEO for Skype... IPO on the way?
- Apple Challenges $625.5 Million Mirror Worlds Verdict
Cover Flow may cost Apple $208.5 million in damages]
- A number of major advertising associations have banded together to announce a self-regulatory program that would allow users to opt out of ad tracking. The program revolves around the "Advertising Option Icon" that websites could place on their site. By clicking on it, consumers will be able read a statement about the company's data collection practices and opt-out of that collection.
- Iranian state media report that the government there have arrested nuclear spies on suspicion of being responsible for the recent stuxnet cyber attacks. Iran did not clarify how many people were arrested or what their rople in the cyber attack was.
- Two thirds of windows users still use XP. The overall market share of Windows has begun a slight decline. While Windows 7 is gaining it can't make up for the loss of XP and Vista users. Meanwhile, XP users seem resistant to please to upgrade to Windows 7.
- Cataclysm is coming December 7. Blizzard confirmed the date today of the third expansion to the World of Warcraft MMO although they only included the price of 35 Euros in their Paris datelined press release. Initially the Collectors Edition, at 70 Euros, will only be available in retail stores.
- T-Mobile settled out of court on Friday with EZ Texting over T-Mobile's discontinuation of EZ Texting's access to text messaging services. EZ Texting provided text message marketing to several companies including a medical marijuana service. Full terms of the settlement were not disclosed, however lawyers said T-Mobile would be required to stop blocking EZ Texting's clients.
- Qualcomm is canceling Consumer-Direct FLO TV service. The mobile TV service will wind down by the end of the year. FLO TV allowed consumers to receive major broadcast and cable TV channels wirelessly on their phones or specially-purchased FLO TV devices. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs said the company might be better served using the FLO TV spectrum to distribute other content.
- Unsurprisingly, Korea took home the most medals at the World Cyber Games this weekend. The UK and Brazil tied for second. The competition took place in Los Angeles and featured competition in several video games including StarCraft, Guitar Hero 5, Warcraft III Fifa 10 and more.
- The on-again off-again Hobbit movie is apparently on again. The New York Times reports that Warner Brothers and MGM are on the verge of an agreement that would allow Peter Jackson begin shooting The Hobbit early next year. The plan has been to release the movie in two parts.
Kickers and Weird Science
- The Social Network topped weekend box office with $23 million
- Steve Ballmer and AT&T's Ralph de la Vega to headline Windows Phone 7 launch event in NYC on October 11
Found this interesting. Videotron, Quebec's newest wireless carrier, is selling the Nexus One for 99.99 on contract.
Guess that's where they all disappeared too.
"Hi TNT Crew,
On the Microsoft suing Motorola story that you guys mentioned Friday...
A while ago I heard of a team that was building an app on iPhone for their product (Like Bing did). I asked about Android, and the person mentioned that when they consulted the Microsoft Legal team, they were told NOT to develop on Android, with no further explanations. Now it makes a bit more sense, it would be bad to launch Android apps while suing Motorola for Android use.
The suit is clearly a try to stop Android market share growth and a payback to Motorola for ditching WinMo on their phones. As the saying goes ""If you can't compete with them, sue them.""
The culture of patents in Microsoft is interesting (and I can send another email about that), but this is a ""bad loser"" move, and I wish Microsoft haven't done that.
Love the show! <The Microsoft Anonymous>"
- Edited by: Tony
|This area is for use by TWiT staff only. Please do not add or edit any content within this section.|