Tech News Today 92
Recorded: October 8, 2010
Published: October 8, 2010
Tech News Today 92: Leave It To Bieber
Jacksonville man kicked off Facebook, Amazon's Android app store, FBI wants it's tracker back, and more.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab launching November 14th on Sprint for $399? Definitely coming to Europe November 1
- As exciting as new phonebooks are new search engine rankings! The new rankings from HitWise are here!!! If you still have your search results scorecard from last month, no need to get a new one. Essentially knock 5 percent off Yahoo and give most of that to Ask.com and the rest to Bing and leave everyone else about even. That means Google is still far and away number one.
- If you're excited for an autumn wedding of Adobe and Microsoft, we're sad to disappoint you. After reports of a clandestine meeting between the two, some folks went off speculating merger. Multiple sources have confirmed with other multiple sources that such a thing is universally considered "nonsense". ... Or is that what they WANT us to think?!?!
- Reuters today reports that Hulu is likely to go public with their stock sometime in the first half of 2011. The company could raise two to three hundred million dollars with a stock offer. The service is an independent company backed by NBC Universal, Walt Disney, News Corp. and Providence Equity Partners.
- Verizon President Lowell McAdam had one nice thing to say about Microsoft today. He said "I like our relationship with Microsoft" Which is an odd thing to say considering the other things he said were that RIM, Google and Apple were the three major mobile OSs and Microsoft was no longer "in the forefront of our mind." Ouch. That's a like a renaissance era courtier style snub. One can assume Verizon is not amused either.
- French ISP has found a clever workaround to the Hadopi law that requires ISPs to turn over info about alleged copyright infringers. Turns out the law doesn't require the ISP to tell the accused infringers. The law also says only users who were alerted by their ISPs can be taken to court and disconnected. So Free is happily complying with the request for user information from prosecutors, but refusing to alert the users themselves. Meaning the users cannot be prosecuted. You clever Frenchies.
- Xmarks, the cross-browser syncing service, may not go under after all. The company now says it has multiple offers to keep the service running, including pledges from almost 30,000 supporters willing to pay $10-$20 a year.
- Call of Duty Black Ops, set to launch November 9 already has higher preorder levels than Call of Duty Modern Warfare did. Guiness World Records lists Modern Warfare as the biggest launch in the history of the gaming business, generating 401.6 million dollars last November on its first day of sales.
- Adobe AIR arrived in the Android Marketplace last night. AIR allows web apps to be installed locally. So now Android has Flash and AIR, making it the most adobe-friendly mobile OS out there right now.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Next version of Ubuntu, 10.10 launches Sunday 10/10- Maverick Meerkat
- AT&T U-verse customers can use Xbox 360 as a set-top box starting November 7th
- Big Windows Phone 7 announcements coming Monday 10/11
"Hi Tom and the gang,
Just to let you know that T-mobile and Orange have joined forces here in the UK, which you may already know as this is not new news, however from the 5th of October 2010 you can now sign up to T-mobile so that if you have no signal your phone will switch to Orange at no extra cost. This sounds great but if you are getting a very poor signal with T-mobile the phone won't change carrier even if there is a better signal from Orange.
Why they didn't just merge the cell towers and make it one carrier I don't know, hopefully they will soon as this would cover all of the UK, well at least the parts that matter ENGLND!!!
Love the show. Big Tom and Jason fan.
Steve Tew. From Rugby in the England."
"I know it was just a joke, but wanted to say that I use the Opera browser except for a tiny minority of websites that aren't compatible.
The built in feature that lets you right click an annoying flash banner and block it forever is extremely useful.
"Hey Tom (Commissioner of Fantasy Sports of the Internet) & all:
I can't help but think that GoogleTV will triumph over Roku, AppleTV, Boxee Box, etc. All of the competition are making single hardware devices, whereas google is making a platform. Just like Android vs. iOS, GoogleTV will start out slow, but as more and more manufacturers of TV's, blu-ray players, DVR's, etc. start making new devices with GoogleTV already integrated, the shear numbers will guarantee a decisive win in the end.
Keep up the good work, Tony from Wisconsin"
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