Buzz Out Loud 1236: Let the healing begin (podcast)

Facebook rolls out its new privacy changes live during our show! How nice of them. In a nutshell, near as we can tell, everything is going to be simpler and Facebook is really sorry that they really mean it about the whole privacy thing. And we get that, but we need some time to get over it, you know? Also, the DOJ may be looking into Apple's iTunes monopoly and we have a big discussion about the future of American space shuttle. Get your emails ready now.

Facebook rolls out its new privacy changes live during our show! How nice of them. In a nutshell, near as we can tell, everything is going to be simpler and Facebook is really sorry that they really mean it about the whole privacy thing. And we get that, but we need some time to get over it, you know? Also, the DOJ may be looking into Apple's iTunes monopoly and we have a big discussion about the future of American space shuttle. Get your emails ready now.

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EPISODE 1236

Facebook press conf on privacy
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20005976-38.html

Report: DOJ Opens Inquiry into Apple Tactics
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20005972-501465.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/technology/26apple.html
http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20100526/dont-blame-apple-for-its-music-monopoly-blame-the-big-labels/

NPD report: Amazon ties Wal-Mart as second-largest music retailer, behind iTunes
http://www.npd.com/press/releases/press_100526.html

Apple, Microsoft now on nearly equal footing (market cap approx 230b each)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20006003-56.html

Apple, Dell issue statements on iPhone factory suicides
http://9to5mac.com/whats_depressing_about_production_lines
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20006010-260.html

Zynga Continues To Expand Beyond Facebook, Forges Major Partnership With Yahoo
http://techcrunch.com/2010/05/26/zynga-continues-to-expand-beyond-facebook-forges-major-partnership-with-yahoo/

Navy plans to use Wii Fit, DDR to get recruits fit
http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/05/navy_videogame_bootcamp_052610w/
Do Video Games Equal Less Crime
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/24/do-video-games-equal-less-crime/

Sony unveils ultrathin rollable OLED
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20006000-1.html

Shuttle Atlantis lands after its final flight
http://news.cnet.com/8301-19514_3-20005995-239.html

Reporters’ Roundtable: The Patent Mess
http://www.cnet.com/8301-30976_1-20005061-10348864.html

Today’s featured Buzz Out Loud remix at the end of the show:
Nicholas Mensch!
http://podcast-files.cnet.com/podcast/BOLremix_NicholasMensch.mp3

Voicemail (800-616-2638)
Tim on FB privacy

Email (buzz@cnet.com)
Hey Buzz crew

I feel you’re missing the points regarding the patents and genome story.

1. All that work is very, very expensive. The time and/or effort spent into the research and application is beyond the scope of a few months in a shop. The researchers should be able to recoop any costs on the initial research on the findings, if they see fit.

2. Patents, while they seem to be granted terribly (complete other topic), can help prevent unauthorized usage. If research team X patents a specific coded genome, they now can control the usage of this genome. This information can be licensed to any project they feel fit; dependent on their ethics and codes. If a company was trying to make mutant super soldiers or some other ill conceived morally questionable side project, these patents would allow the research team to authorize or prevent it.

Patent law sucks, they are handed out faster than candy during Halloween and they can absolutely crush innovation. Patents should only be granted on final outcomes and new, innovative procedures that aren’t common sense and/or the best practice method. In this case; patent the genome produced synthetically, not the method to produce the genome. If company B wants to come in and create the genome research team X produced, they then must produce it on their own or license for the end result from research team X. This process then keeps companies innovating for new and improved processes, in order to develop the best practice for the method.

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Hey Buzz crew, its Thomas Canada, or as Ive now been dubbed T.Cain. First off, I attended a school here in Atlanta and during my last class, a discussion about facebook and their privacy woes came up. Our professor says that she, as well as the rest of the staff, are MANDATED to create and maintain a facebook profile!! Yes, the staff can be selective with the information they choose to put into their profile, but this just seems like its begging for trouble.

Secondly, little did you guys know that Monday, when you played one of my entries to the remix contest, it was my birthday. That was by far the coolest present ever and it forever secured your place as my favorite podcast.Keep up the awesome work.

 

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