Buzz Out Loud 1309: The telcos are a poison pill (podcast)

Samsung Galaxy Tab pricing shows up on Amazon UK, and it's well over a thousand dollars U.S., presumably to force you toward subsidized prices so you'll end up paying the same amount or more for with-contract tablets. Which ... seriously? No. Also, Craigslist says the adult services section is gone for good, and Google's music service appears to be imminent--much to Spotify's demise--er, dismay.

Samsung Galaxy Tab pricing shows up on Amazon UK, and it's well over a thousand dollars U.S., presumably to force you toward subsidized prices so you'll end up paying the same amount or more for with-contract tablets. Which ... seriously? No. Also, Craigslist says the adult services section is gone for good, and Google's music service appears to be imminent--much to Spotify's demise--er, dismay.

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EPISODE 1309

Samsung Galaxy Tab on Amazon UK stuns at £799, quickly cut to £680
http://crave.cnet.co.uk/laptops/samsung-galaxy-tab-on-amazon-uk-stuns-at-799-quickly-cut-to-680-50000767/

Apple Continued To Lose U.S. Marketshare Despite Spike From iPhone 4 Sales
http://moconews.net/article/419-apple-continued-to-lose-u.s.-marketshare-despite-spike-from-iphone-4-sa/

Adult services section is “closed,” says Craigslist
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/business/16craigslist.html

Craigslist: adult services dead; good luck with other guys
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/09/craigslist-to-congress-adult-services-is-dead-good-luck-with-the-other-guys.ars

Halo: Reach tops $200 million in 24 hours; biggest game in MS history
http://www.techflash.com/seattle/2010/09/halo_reach_200m_in_24_hours.html

… but buyer beware: Xbox 360 Slim won’t do Reach co-op play!
http://m.kotaku.com/5638879/some-xbox-360s-wont-do-halo-reach-online-co+op

Exclusive: Sources Detail Google’s Proposal For A Music Service
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3ifbadade3d03a99b1a14b4cb8b34c7122

Spotify U.S. launch delayed again … because of Google?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20016622-261.html?tag=topStories1

Facebook Competitor Diaspora Revealed: Sparse, But Clean; Source Code Released
http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/15/diaspora-revealed/
http://www.joindiaspora.com/2010/09/15/developer-release.html

Skyhook Sues Google in a Location Battle Royale
http://gigaom.com/2010/09/15/skyhook-sues-google-in-a-location-battle-royale/

Google Basically Forced Motorola To Ditch Skyhook To Pass Compliance Tests
http://www.businessinsider.com/why-skyhook-is-suing-google-google-basically-forced-motorola-to-ditch-skyhook-to-pass-compliance-tests-2010-9

Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/16/no_ie9_9_on_windows_xp/

Boeing, Space Adventures tout tourism initiative
http://news.cnet.com/8301-19514_3-20016586-239.html

Email (buzz@cnet.com)
Hey Buzz Crew,

Whenever people talk about slimming down the browser frame, everyone seem to say it’s making it more “”Chrome”"; and sure, I agree with it somewhat and it’s hard not to make that comparison However, if you remember when IE7 came out with the new interface, whereby the top navigation was hidden by default, but then a good number of people were horrified by this change and would turn it back on. So perhaps MS couldn’t be the true innovators in the browser game because they have had to deal with more non-tech-savvy users who aren’t open to change, and have to wait for the likes of Mozilla and Google to soften the users into it. (Although, I can’t defend the web standards compatibility in IE7, as it is horrid)

Joe
Aussie in UK

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Buzz Crew,

I’d prefer you not reveal my name, but I work with DISH network and we are launching our integrated Google TV box (Logitech built product with an Harmony based IR keyboard remote) on 9/29 (alongside some minor other business changes). The pricing on the Google TV box is $179.99 for a box through DISH Network and the MSRP is $299.99. If you buy through DISH it will cost another $4 a month for the integration services. The box connects to the DISH Network receiver through its HDMI out (HDMI out on the DISH DVR goes into the Logitech Box on an HDMI in and the Logitech Box has an HDMI out that goes to your TV) and is integrated in with the DVR and live TV listings on the Dish Box. This should all be old news, except for the release date and pricing. Hope you can use this.

J
Related: http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/16/logitech-revue-with-google-tv-coming-9-29-for-299-dish-network/

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Hey Buzz Crew-

I just felt the need to be a dissenting opinion about the whole Google Instant Search thing. Everyone seems excited about it — the most exciting thing for me about it that it was so easy to turn off. I feel as if it was a complete waste of Google’s time, and it’s nothing more than obnoxious. It gets in my way, makes it HARDER to search, and slows things down. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Google wasn’t broke (in more ways than one!)

–Greg

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Harris FM poll question:
“”Would you rather have an FM receiver in your cell phone, or helplessly watch your entire family die in a fire / hurricane / tornado / earthquake / wildfire / bad clam dip incident / plague of locusts?”

Tim in Kansas

 

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