Buzz Out Loud 1226: BP summons the old ones (podcast)

In the Soviet Union oil leaks get nuked. That's not a Yakov Smirnoff joke, it's apparently history. So we discuss whether we should do that in the Gulf of Mexico. But Steve in the chat room points out it might summon Cthullu. We also discuss the impending release of Office 2010, and the appearance of a second lost Apple iPhone 4G prototype. Those people can't keep anything in the lab anymore can they?

In the Soviet Union oil leaks get nuked. That's not a Yakov Smirnoff joke, it's apparently history. So we discuss whether we should do that in the Gulf of Mexico. But Steve in the chat room points out it might summon Cthullu. We also discuss the impending release of Office 2010, and the appearance of a second lost Apple iPhone 4G prototype. Those people can't keep anything in the lab anymore can they?

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EPISODE 1226

Microsoft Office 2010 takes aim at Google Docs
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10107799.stm
http://technologizer.com/2010/05/12/office-2010-review/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20004612-56.html

Another possible iPhone 4G prototype surfaces
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20004762-37.html
http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/12/next-generation-iphone-escapes-in-vietnam/

Verizon: We’re making a tablet with Google
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20004731-265.html

FCC invites comment on cell phone ‘bill shock’
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20004714-265.html
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/05/should-the-us-crack-down-on-mobile-internet-bill-shock-european-style.ars

Indie Pay-What-You-Want Bundle Reaches $1 Million
http://games.slashdot.org/story/10/05/11/1932233/Indie-Pay-What-You-Want-Bundle-Reaches-1-Million

BSA: global software piracy down year-over-year
http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2010/05/bsas-latest-figures-show-global-software-piracy-stabilizing.ars

NYU students launch open-source, distributed Facebook competitor
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/196017994/diaspora-the-personally-controlled-do-it-all-distr

Air Force may suffer collateral damage from PS3 firmware update
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/05/how-removing-ps3-linux-hurts-the-air-force.ars

Last Halo 2 player finally leaves Xbox Live
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20004670-52.html

Oil Leak Could Be Stopped With a Nuke
http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/05/11/1440206/Oil-Leak-Could-Be-Stopped-With-a-Nuke
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/11/nuke-the-gulf-oil-le.html

Next CNET Showcase: On Tablets! June 24
http://bit.ly/tabletshowcase

BOL Remix contest deadline is today!!!!!
http://www.cnet.com/8301-19709_1-20003121-10.html

BOL meetup: say goodbye to Tom Merritt: Thursday, May 13, please join us at 5:30 p.m. at the Thirsty Bear Brewing Company.
http://www.cnet.com/8301-19709_1-20004469-10.html

Voicemail
Anonymous explains why Zynga will lose if they leave Facebook

Email
Actually… Is there really anything that would prevent Zynga from withdrawing its apps from Facebook? Not really!

They already have farmville.com where you can log in (Using Facebook Connect) and play farmville without directly going to facebook! They could easily do this with all their other titles and shutdown the direct apps.facebook side while still maintaining the link to ones facebook account and thus all your pre-existing data!

Jim M.

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You said that you’ve never heard of someone having that
email-guessing-thing happen to them. Here’s a reddit thread I happened
to find the other day about exactly this, which should be a reasonable
level of corroboration.

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/c2ko3/how_did_facebook_guess_my_email_addresses/ – Sohum

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Hi buzzpeople,

you gave a nice enough cover for the crazed money grubbers at EA, but you missed one little detail when you said that people who buy a game used have to pay for the servers they use. This is, I’m sorry to say, complete BS, as one would assume I bought a license for unlimited playing on their severs with the game, and now I no longer play, but someone else does, so it does not actually make a difference to EA.

Alles Gute from Martin in Austria

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Hey Buzz Crew,
Just wanted to let you know that wired.com released at 6:13 pm on 5/11/10 that “”Microsoft Dismisses Rumor of October Launch for Project Natal”"(http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/05/natal-october/). Just wanted to keep you informed. Love the show. – Andrew

 

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