Buzz Out Loud 1341: The Power of Tong (podcast)

It's "Glee" meets BOL! Ok, no, don't panic, there's not that much singing. But it's Brian Tong's first day in the co-host chair, and we are having a good time. Off the rails. In the news today: Facebook app developers were evidently selling your personally identifiable information, which Facebook could barely be bothered to punish them for. Also, group gifting on eBay and a new low in "journalism" junkets. --Molly

It's "Glee" meets BOL! Ok, no, don't panic, there's not that much singing. But it's Brian Tong's first day in the co-host chair, and we are having a good time. Off the rails. In the news today: Facebook app developers were evidently selling your personally identifiable information, which Facebook could barely be bothered to punish them for. Also, group gifting on eBay and a new low in "journalism" junkets. --Molly

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EPISODE 1341

NEWS

Facebook app developers sold user info
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20021296-93.html

Facebook holding mobile event next week
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-20021267-248.html

Apple sues Motorola over two multi-touch patents
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/apple-sues-motorola-a-look-at-the-complaints/41127?tag=mncol;txt
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/10/apple-tries-short-circuiting-droid-with-patent-lawsuit/

EBay social-network, e-mail plan aims to ease group gifts
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2010-11-01-ebay01_ST_N.htm

Android at twice iPhone’s US share via BlackBerry converts
http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/11/01/npd.has.android.at.44pc.due.to.blackberry.drop/

Microsoft unlocks Windows Phone 7 developers
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20021236-56.html

Europeans wake up an hour late as Apple fails to fix iPhone alarm clock bug
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/11/01/european_alarms_go_off_an_hour_late_due_to_apple_iphone_clock_bug.html

Ping Sidebar becomes iTunes Sidebar, Brings back Genius Recommendations
http://www.9to5mac.com/32992/ping-sidebar-becomes-itunes-sidebar-brings-back-genius-recommendations

A new high (low?) in game preview events: a trip to Disneyland
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/10/a-new-high-low-in-game-preview-events-with-disneyland-trips.ars

QUICK HITS

U.S. Supreme Court to hear challenge to California violent videogame laws
http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_16486866?source=rss

Samsung says Nexus Two is ‘simply not true’
http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/11/01/samsung.denies.nexus.two.rumors/

Sprint 4G now live in New York and five other markets
http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20021322-85.html?tag=river

GADGETS
Gucci’s 3D glasses up the ante with $225 fashion tag
http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/31/guccis-3d-glasses-up-the-ante-with-225-fashion-tag/

The RockBand 3 Keytar
http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/sim/rockband3tentativetitle/review.html

KICKERS AND SCIENCE

Dating site for “uglies” heralds first engagement
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20021278-71.html

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Voicemail (800-616-2638)
Dr. M mix-tape entry

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Email (buzz@cnet.com)
“Hey have you guys happened upon this yet? It appears that amazon has made deals with various carriers to sell phones at steep discounts with a 2-year contract- steeper discounts than if you were to purchase these phones through the carrier. For instance, the HTC Droid Incredible is FREE from Amazon, but $200 if you were to purchase it directly through Verizon. It’s like this with several phones. And it seems like Amazon is able to do this b/c it adds its own fees associated with cancellation or changes.

What’s up with this? Has this been going on for a long time? It seems newsworthy but I haven’t heard anything about it…

Abby from Brooklyn”

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“Hey Buzz Crew,

I recently spent my honey moon in London, England (Just a Week ago). Through security checks on both sides (Minneapolis and Heathrow) I was asked to take out my 11 inch gateway netbook from my backpack. I too thought Netbooks were exempt, but turns out I was wrong.

Sorry to hear Rafe is off the Buzz Team, you will be missed.
Graham Lovhaug”

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