BOL 1057: Bridge Out Loud

The monkeys are running the zoo: Rafe Needleman, Brian Cooley, and Brian Tong, with producer Lynn Fu, cover the iPhone finally getting MMS, Google's patent on its home page, Amazon re-delivering 1984 to Kindle, and the closure of the Oakland side of the B

The monkeys are running the zoo: Rafe Needleman, Brian Cooley, and Brian Tong, with producer Lynn Fu, cover the iPhone finally getting MMS, Google's patent on its home page, Amazon re-delivering 1984 to Kindle, and the closure of the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge.

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EPISODE 1057

AT&T says MMS coming to iPhone on September 25
http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/09/att-says-mms-coming-to-iphone-on-september-25.ars
http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=1574

It’s official: AT&T Wireless sucks: NYT says so.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/03/technology/companies/03att.html?_r=2

Microsoft granted stay of Word injunction
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10345032-75.html

Google gets a patent on their home page design
http://valleywag.gawker.com/5350982/google-patents-worlds-simplest-home-page

Amazon Offers To Redeliver Deleted Orwell Books Or $30 Refund (AMZN)
http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-offers-to-redeliver-deleted-orwell-books-or-30-refund-2009-9

No money? AffordIt can get you a PS3, anyway
http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-10344897-250.html

Samsung launches YouTube DVD players
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Samsung-Announces-YouTube-bw-1224305102.html?x=0&.v=1
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10345260-1.html

Android Market gets a fresh new look
http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2009/09/some-news-from-android-market.html

Restoration starts on one of oldest computers
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10345307-92.html

Bridge is closed – now the real work begins
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/03/BALA19ICHH.DTL

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Matt from Raleigh: Ban billboards!

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Hi, Buzzcrew. Just thought I’d share with you what happened to me today. Tong
I work for Bath and Body Works here in Alabama and earlier this week the Limited Brands, who owns us and stores like Victoria’s secret, etc., had all of its employees sign an agreement about guidelines for social media. Basically, it was telling us what we can and cannot say on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc. Several hours before they had us read the guidelines and sign the document, I jokingly tweeted about it and said it was stupid and that Limited could go F themselves. Two days later (which would be today, Thursday) I’m called into work and taken to the back with the store manager and the district manager and they pull out a sheet that has my tweet on it and that because of what I said I was being terminated without question. Did you get that? I was fired for something I said BEFORE I signed any agreement, which btw mostly stated that we couldn’t post insider secrets and some other crap. It said nothing of stating one’s opinion of the company. Needless to say, I’m enraged and am now looking into filing suit against Limited Brands for wrongful termination. Or at the very least alert people to what the company is doing to its employees. Thanks, guys. Love the show.

Josh M.

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Subject: Episode 1056 comment Cooley
RE: Sony Walkman #1 in Japan
One thing you neglected to mention is that the iPhone 3Gs is now the #1 smartphone in Japan
(http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/08/17/apples-iphone-3gs-is-no-1-in-japan/)
So Apple is basically cannibalizing one market segment with another. In fact the iPhone took up both spots in the Top 10 phone list (32 GB being #1, and 16GB being #9) This really doesn’t show that Apple’s market share is decreasing unless you add the iPhone to the statistics since the iPhone is an iPod.
I’m not the only one who believes this as this quote is straight from the article:
” the Tokyo-based researcher said in a statement yesterday. The iPhone also cannibalized iPod sales, according to BCN, which didn't count the iPhone in the survey because the product is also a wireless handset.”
It’s ok – sometimes I say wrong things when I read a headline instead of reading the entire article too! [uh oh - BURN!] – Love the show.
(btw – in case one of my emails ever make it on the show my name is pronounced: vin-oooo-d)
Thanks,
Vinod Tonangi

 

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