Buzz Out Loud 1364: It's not funny, it's art (podcast)

We're stealing lines from "Love, Actually" today, because Natali can quote it by heart when it's super a propos to a guy very disturbingly embedding a camera in the back of his own head. Ew. But hey, it's art! Also, Twitter says it's not suppressing Wikileaks as a trending topic--although it's a trending topic in our show. And AT&T is the worst carrier in America, says Consumer Reports. Hey, at least we didn't say it this time. --Molly

We're stealing lines from "Love, Actually" today, because Natali can quote it by heart when it's super a propos to a guy very disturbingly embedding a camera in the back of his own head. Ew. But hey, it's art! Also, Twitter says it's not suppressing Wikileaks as a trending topic--although it's a trending topic in our show. And AT&T is the worst carrier in America, says Consumer Reports. Hey, at least we didn't say it this time. --Molly

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EPISODE 1364

NEWS

Facebook rolls out new profile pages
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20024657-93.html
http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=462201327130
Google finally spills the beans on Nexus S, coming Dec. 16 on T-Mobile
http://venturebeat.com/2010/12/06/google-finally-spills-the-beans-on-nexus-s-coming-dec-16-on-t-mobile/
Introducing the Nexus S, with Gingerbread
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/introducing-nexus-s-with-gingerbread.html

Groupon rejects Google
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-06/groupon-aims-to-emulate-facebook-not-yahoo-after-walking-away-from-deal.html
http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/03/confirmed-the-groupongoogle-deal-is-off/

Google launches e-books store today
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704493004576001671533243118.html
Lance Ulanoff: “Google Books’ collection of Technology & Engineering books is puzzling, to say the least.”
http://yfrog.com/jwy3i0j

Chrome event Dec. 7; Chrome store?
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/12/chrome-store-possibly-launching-dec-7/
Or barely baked Chrome OS?
http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/06/chrome-os-launch/

OnLive and Vizio talking movie subscriptions
http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/12/05/onlive.and.vizio.talking.movie.subscriptions/

Is Twitter censoring Wikileaks-related tweets or messing with the trend algorithm?
http://osdir.com/Article10586.phtml

Latest on Wikileaks: PayPay out, Assange on the run, mirrors springing up everywhere
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20024578-38.html
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/12/03/wikileaks-blocked-bu.html

Carolyn Penner@cpen
Carolyn Penner
Twitter is not censoring #wikileaks, #cablegate or other related terms from the Trends list of trending topics.

about 8 hours ago via webRetweetReply

Wikileaks shows U.S. entertainment industry wrote Spain’s new copyright law
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101203/15151112122/no-surprise-wikileaks-leak-shows-us-entertainment-industry-wrote-spains-new-copyright-law.shtml

QUICK HITS
CR rates AT&T worst – by a mile.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/hottopics/detail?entry_id=78455&tsp=1
Mac app store to open December 13?
http://www.appletell.com/apple/comment/appletell-exclusive-mac-app-store-to-open-december-13th/

Limewire will officially shut down
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20024651-93.html

Square Enix unveils new ‘Tomb Raider’
http://www.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/Index
Back to the Future game trailer
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20024585-1.html

Facebookers changing profile pics to cartoon characters
http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/social.media/12/06/facebook.cartoon.characters/

PlayStation phone (Zeus) revealed (again), for real this time
http://www.tekgoblin.com/2010/12/04/playstation-phone-zeus-has-been-revealed-video/

GADGETS

Art Prof Lets World Peer Through His Surgically Embedded 3rd Eye
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/71377.html?wlc=1291649025

Pentax combines a camera with a robot for a shocking pile of ugliness
http://dvice.com/archives/2010/12/pentax-combines.php

SCIENCE NEWS
First privately owned spacecraft gearing up for orbit
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/06/spacex-tests-rocket-engine-dragon-launch/?test=faces

HAPPY ENDING

High School Coach Saves Player’s Life With $1.99 iPhone App
http://www.businessinsider.com/high-school-coach-saves-players-life-thanks-to-iphone-app-2010-12

Email (buzz@cnet.com)

This entry at cheezburger-failblog combines missed connections and the TSA:

Stephen in Canada

http://wins.failblog.org/2010/11/26/epic-win-photos-missed-connections-win/

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Hi there!
Since Friday, we Brazilians can finally buy an iPad here… or not. Right after it became available here in São Paulo, Brazil, a large electronics chain that was selling the device was served with a legal action from Transform, a company that sells a defibrilator that’s named iPad and registered the name back in 2007. Transform picked Fast Shop (the chain) because of its size but apparently they intend to go after anyone who tries to sell iPads.

Link to the news article (in Brazilian Portuguese, sorry): http://g1.globo.com/tecnologia/noticia/2010/12/no-dia-do-lancamento-seis-ipad-sao-apreendidos-em-loja-de-sao-paulo.html

Love the show!

Gabriel

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With all of this vitriol going on over Vampire Weekend’s selling out to advertising, it’s quite comical that the hipsters aren’t even noticing what Apple is doing to The Beatles. The new iTunes ads, featuring still shots and original Beatles music show the Apple logo just as long as they do iTunes. It begs the question: is Apple trying to sell Beatles music (an agreement that was met with a big meh), or is Apple _using_ the Beatles to sell Apple’s family of products. Too, the line between Apple records and Apple computer/iTunes gets even further blurred when a youngster looks at an old Beatles lp or cd and sees “”Apple Records”". Was that by design or a complete coincidence?

Would the band have ever gone for this kind of manipulation of their art? Doubtful. It’s just even more interesting that the hipsters tying Vampire Weekend to the stake haven’t even noticed all of this.

Dana (male)
Raleigh

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