Buzz Out Loud 1324: Facebook gets intimate, candle-lit groups (podcast)

Social network giant launches new group feature designed just for you and your few close friends. We immediately get invited to 500-person groups. How romantic. Also, Verizon iPhone rumors heat up (again); Cisco tries to sell $600 product to compete with free video conferencing services; and Russian Space Porn!

Social network giant launches new group feature designed just for you and your few close friends. We immediately get invited to 500-person groups. How romantic. Also, Verizon iPhone rumors heat up (again); Cisco tries to sell $600 product to compete with free video conferencing services; and Russian Space Porn!

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EPISODE 1324

Top Stories

Facebook announces groups, data download
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-20018796-36.html
Is your private phone number on Facebook? Probably. And so are your friends’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/oct/06/facebook-privacy-phone-numbers-upload

Apple Readies Verizon iPhone
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703735804575536191649347572.html
Verizon, Apple quarreled over iPhone retail options, digital content
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/10/07/verizon_apple_quarreled_over_iphone_retail_options_digital_content.html

Verizon to launch 4G in 38 markets
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20018768-266.html

Other Stories

Logitech Revue brings Google to your TV for $300
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20018763-1.html

Google plays coy on Google TV ads, data
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20018829-265.html
Sizes And Pricing for Sony Google TV Family Leaked
http://www.sonyinsider.com/2010/10/06/sizes-and-pricing-for-sony-google-tv-family-leaked/

Cisco Umi brings HD telepresence to the living room
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20018741-94.html

Sharp shows glasses-free 3D
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20018685-260.html?tag=mncol;txt
Toshiba shows off glasses-less 3D TVs
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20018421-17.html
3D mobile display could transform gaming
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20018683-260.html

W3C: Hold off on deploying HTML5 in websites
http://www.infoworld.com/d/developer-world/w3c-hold-html5-in-websites-041

Yahoo Rolling Out New "Accordion" Search & Other Features
http://searchengineland.com/yahoo-says-new-features-will-evolve-search-from-finding-to-doing-52427

Sony’s 16.41MP Sensor Shoots 1080p Video and Will Be in Phones Next Year
http://gizmodo.com/5657866/

Kickers and Science

Forgotten, aborted Soviet moon-lander
http://jalopnik.com/5657385/rare-look-at-moscows-secret-failed-moon-program

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Hey Buzz crew,

I was listening to episode 1323…am I the only one concerned about all these apps that allow you to just take a photo of a check, and it instantly deposits into a checking or PayPal account? Am I the only one who realizes this bypasses all of the security features of a check and makes counterfeiting much…much easier?!?

Just ask yourself, what would Frank Abagnale Jr. do?

Great show, keep up the good work.

Joe the CEO
Toledo, OH

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Hi there Buzzers. Kester from Tokyo here. I have just finished listening to the episode in which you extolled the virtues of having a driving mode on a mobile phone to prevent you from being distracted while at the wheel. Just to let you know that a lot of phones in japan have just such a feature. Setting the phone to this mode turns on vibrate, switches off the ringer and sends all calls directly to the ‘answer phone ‘, where the caller is played a recorded message stating that he, or she should call back later as the person with whom they wish to talk is currently engaged in the rather difficult task of manouvering a large alluminium, multi-wheeled vehicle through the labyrinthine streets of a major conurbation (or words to that effect). A large number of phones also have the ability to send a message to an incoming caller at the touch of a button, informing them that you are currently indisposed to answering (i.e on the train, on which it is very rude to converse telephonically in Japan). There are a large number of these ‘manner modes’ available to Japanese cell phone users (although fewer now that the iphone has become so ubiquitous). Anyway, apologies for my verbosity and thanks for all the podcasts. It nice to have something interesting and informative to listen to when crammed into a small train carriage in 39 degrees centigrade weather, with hundreds of other people.

Thanks again

Kester

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ok, you guys said out before hand that both rafe and darren are google fan boys, but you guys are also reporters – just dont say things like this preview thing is a google innovation. Bing has had this feature (albiet in a different presentation) since the first time i tried it. search for something in bing, and when you are hovering over a search result, an arrow shows up beside it – move your mouse over there, and you get a very useful popup – i think more useful than the webpage preview.

also didnt google steal the whole image search presentation from bing!

thanks
suppandi.

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