Buzz Out Loud 1313: Bing bucks buy bling (podcast)

Microsoft tries -- again -- to bribe users to Bing it while Blockbuster goes bankrupt and Blackberry bets on BlackPad. Also: Blogger bounced from bar. Bye!

Microsoft tries -- again -- to bribe users to Bing it while Blockbuster goes bankrupt and Blackberry bets on BlackPad. Also: Blogger bounced from bar. Bye!

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EPISODE 1313

RIM Readies Its Answer to iPad
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704129204575506160515163820.html

So A Blogger Walks Into A Bar...
http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/21/so-a-blogger-walks-into-a-bar/
http://500hats.typepad.com/500blogs/2010/09/fire-in-the-valley.html

Facebook game announcements
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-20017208-248.html
http://venturebeat.com/2010/09/21/facebook-to-announce-how-it-will-draw-more-attention-to-social-games/
http://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/410

Microsoft Launches A New Loyalty Program: Bing Rewards
http://searchengineland.com/microsoft-launches-a-new-loyalty-program-bing-rewards-51374

Blockbuster Chapter 11 Filing Drawing Near, WSJ Reports
http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/09/22/blockbuster-chapter-11-filing-drawing-near-wsj-reports/

Xbox Head Proclaims Blu-ray Dead
http://games.slashdot.org/story/10/09/22/1416246/Xbox-Head-Proclaims-Blu-ray-Dead

Australian 17-year-old takes blame for Twitter chaos
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ge3h0IevMgVuQ0h2yxwKgnGZ7vfw

Updated Gmail app in Android Market
http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2010/09/updated-gmail-app-in-android-market.html

evercookie: the one cookie that you just can’t delete
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/09/21/evercookie-the-one-cookie-that-you-just-cant-delete/

iPad Tops in Consumer Satisfaction: Report
http://www.cnbc.com/id/39290945

Kickers and Science
10-minute Bioshock Infinite trailer hallucinatory, beautiful
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/09/10-minute-bioshock-infinite-trailer-hallucinatory-beautiful.ars

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Mike from Tampa on ATT

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Email (buzz@cnet.com)

Hey guys (and Molly),

The intel chip that can be “upgraded” by paying an extra $50 is nothing new.
Way back in the 70′s I worked on NCR computers. Back then, they had two models the were really the same (I think it was the Century 50 and Century 100, but memory is fuzzy.). To upgrade from the 50 to the 100, the field service guy came out and moved a wire on the backplane to increase the clock speed. Of course, the price was a lot more than $50…

Take care,

Mike

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Hi Buzz Crew,

yesterday you talked about the issue of upgradable Intel Chipsets. Please consider the following: By offering upgrades, Intel is able to produce one type of chipset and sell it to two different types of customers. Thanks to economics of scale, this means that the price of the chips falls in average. Since Intel sells their products in a competitive market, these cost saving should also have an impact on the prices Intel charges for this specific component. So both the “high end” and the “more budget restricted” user actually profit from lower prices of their components (-> computers). On top of that, the cheap consumer has an option to upgrade his/her computer when the performance is needed without the cost of migrating data to a new system. I don’t see why this business model is acceptable with software (upgrade to the full/pro/extended version) by entering a licence code, and not hardware. I for my part would be very happy to unlock the Core i7 mode on my way too old Core Duo laptop.

Thanks for the show ... keep it up!
Boris from Switzerland

 

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