Buzz Out Loud 1409: Team Watson vs. Team Anonymous (podcast)

In the news today, Apple's subscription rules raise hackles among developers, us, and possibly the Justice Department; meanwhile, Verizon iPhone sales appear to disappoint. Is Apple having a bad day? It's probably just solar flares. Also, the Motorola Xoom price is announced: not that bad. Nokia delays its Windows-based phones to sometime after October: very bad. Worse, even. And we're getting pretty worried about Anonymous, the Internet's own unstoppable secret police. Maybe Watson can save us. --Molly

In the news today, Apple's subscription rules raise hackles among developers, us, and possibly the Justice Department; meanwhile, Verizon iPhone sales appear to disappoint. Is Apple having a bad day? It's probably just solar flares. Also, the Motorola Xoom price is announced: not that bad. Nokia delays its Windows-based phones to sometime after October: very bad. Worse, even. And we're getting pretty worried about Anonymous, the Internet's own unstoppable secret police. Maybe Watson can save us. --Molly

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EPISODE 1409

NEWS

Apple’s Subscription Rules Raise Possible Antitrust Issues
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704409004576146613997208194.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/219790/apples_new_subscription_model_pros_and_cons.html

Rhapsody won’t bow to Apple’s subscription policy, issues statement
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/15/rhapsody-wont-bow-to-apples-subscription-policy-issues-statem/

Report: Apple remains king of app-store market
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20032012-37.html

Google to launch subscription service
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703373404576148142926860706.html
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/simple-way-for-publishers-to-manage.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+blogspot/MKuf+%28Official+Google+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Boy Genius Report: Verizon iPhone sales fail to meet expectations
http://www.bgr.com/2011/02/16/exclusive-verizon-iphone-sales-fail-to-meet-expectations/

Motorola XOOM pricing details confirmed
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/02/motorola-xoom-pricing-details-confirmed/

Full-duplex radio breakthrough can double Wi-Fi capacity
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/021611-duplex-radio-wifi.html?hpg1=bn

Nvidia pushing tablets to quad-core chip this year
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20032113-64.html

Nokia to delay Windows phone beyond October
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/feb/16/nokia-windows-phone-microsoft-delay

Is Microsoft Zune about to be Kinned?
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/is-microsoft-zune-about-to-be-kinned/8712

Google's Schmidt: We Would Have Loved for Nokia to Adopt Android
http://mobilized.allthingsd.com/20110215/googles-schmidt-we-would-have-loved-to-have-nokia-adopt-android/

Attacked By Anonymous, HBGary Pulls Out of RSA
http://it.slashdot.org/story/11/02/16/1459204/Attacked-By-Anonymous-HBGary-Pulls-Out-of-RSA

Quick Hits

Round 2 goes to Watson; humans still have another chance
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/113207/20110216/watson-jeopardy-ibm-robotics-question-answering-technology.htm

Angry Birds Windows Phone 7 and 3D confirmed
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/38604/angry-birds-wp7-and-3d

Mapquest Takes On Google Navigation With Free Android App
http://searchengineland.com/mapquest-takes-on-google-navigation-with-free-android-app-64921

HTC Flyer tablet hits Amazon.de for 669 euros
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/16/htc-flyer-tablet-hits-amazon-de-for-669-euros/

AT&T CEO speaks out against Apple's App Store
http://www.loopinsight.com/2011/02/16/att-ceo-speaks-out-against-apples-app-store/

Kobo Reassures Its E-Book Customers After Borders Declares Bankruptcy
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/kobo_reassures_its_e-book_customers_after_borders.php

Science News
Sun Emits Most Powerful Solar Flare in Four Years
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2380425,00.asp

VOICEMAIL
Sam in Puerto Rico and Apple’s In-App subscriptions

EMAILS

Hey Buzz crew,
I used to own an iPhone on AT&T until I recently switched to Verizon and now pack a Droid X. I love my Droid X, except, I always have to wait until I am using WIFI to download my podcasts. Why? Because the download speeds of Verizon simply suck in comparison to AT&T. While on AT&T I would be able to download a BOL podcast in about 5 minutes, on Verizon it takes me about 15-20 minutes. I get so frustrated with the wait that I just give up on trying to download it over 3G.

Today a co-worker told me about the FCC Test app he found on the iOS App Store and said I should look for it on the Android Marketplace and that we should compare speeds. Him on an AT&T iPhone, and I on my Verizon Droid X. The results were horrible for me! His download speed was more than DOUBLE my speed! I have included screenshots of my findings. I hope you guys can make the public aware and maybe a little stirred up, so that Verizon brings it up a couple of notches. When I need my BOL fix, I can’t wait no 20 minutes.

PS Love the effin show!

{ Cesar the Store Analyst }

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Hi buzz crew,

I was listening to episode 1408 and it dawned on me, if Apple is going
to make the iPhone 5 a 4″” screen, then they could technically bring
out a 3″” iPhone mini with the same resolution as the 3GS and it would
be still be usable, unlike something that is 2/3rds the size of the
current phone. I still wouldn’t buy it, but it could work.

Love the Show

Dan from Adelaide, South Australia looking forward to an iPhone 6 on
Telstra’s LTE network in 2012.

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