Buzz Out Loud 1417: Malaria > Steve Ballmer (podcast)

Gmail is still up and down, PS3 sales are actually blocked in Europe, and Motorola says Xoom sales are off to "a good start." What does that mean? But they're certainly off to a better start than Microsoft, which is only just now, rumor has it, working on Windows 8 tablet design demos that we'll see ... in June. JUNE! Bill Gates is so pretending he never worked there right now. Plus, Penthouse in 3D. Ew. --Molly

Gmail is still up and down, PS3 sales are actually blocked in Europe, and Motorola says Xoom sales are off to "a good start." What does that mean? But they're certainly off to a better start than Microsoft, which is only just now, rumor has it, working on Windows 8 tablet design demos that we'll see ... in June. JUNE! Bill Gates is so pretending he never worked there right now. Plus, Penthouse in 3D. Ew. --Molly

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NEWS
Gmail back soon for everyone
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/gmail-back-soon-for-everyone.html

Google still working to restore Gmail service
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9212178/Google_still_working_to_restore_Gmail_service?taxonomyId=17
Google Apps and Gmail outage outrage: Problem NOT resolved
http://blogs.computerworld.com/17897/google_apps_and_gmail_outage_outrage_problem_resolved

PS3 shipments blocked in Europe as LG wins preliminary injunction
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/28/ps3-shipments-blocked-in-europe-as-lg-wins-preliminary-injunctio/

Motorola Mobility CEO says XOOM tablet sales “off to a good start”
http://www.mobileburn.com/news.jsp?Id=13232
Motorola’s Sanjay Jha hints at a 7-inch tablet before the end of the year, foresees tablet prices dropping
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/28/motorolas-sanjay-jha-hints-at-a-7-inch-tablet-hitting-before-th/

Motorola prices WiFi-only Xoom at £450 in the UK (update: €700 in Germany with 3G)
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/01/motorola-prices-wifi-only-xoom-at-450-in-the-uk-undercuts-32gb/

Microsoft Preparing Windows 8 Tablet Design Demos For June
http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-wants-to-show-windows-for-tablets-by-june-2011-2

Verizon iPhone Clears 1 Million-Sold Mark
http://www.thestreet.com/_yahoo/story/11025698/1/verizon-iphone-clears-1-million-sold-mark.html

iPad channel inventory dries up
http://www.9to5mac.com/54204/ipad-channel-inventory-dries-up

Apple COO Hints At Cheaper iPhone, Saying, We Don’t Want To Be For “”Just The Rich”"
http://www.businessinsider.com/prepaid-iphone-2011-2

This 26-Year-Old Is Making Millions Cutting Out Traditional Publishers With Amazon Kindle
http://www.businessinsider.com/amanda-hocking-2011-2

T-Mobile Killing Off Microsoft's Danger Servers Ahead of Android-based Sidekicks
http://mobilized.allthingsd.com/20110228/t-mobile-killing-off-microsofts-danger-servers-ahead-of-android-based-sidekicks/

Quick Hits

Hulu Set for Meteoric Growth in 2011
http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/news/e3i1234cfca44cc590580cd3775c1ff6bf5

Barnes & Noble now selling the Nook Color on eBay for $199
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/28/barnes-and-noble-now-selling-the-nook-color-on-ebay-for-199/

Google Street View now goes places cars can’t
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17506214?nclick_check=1

Gadgets
Gadgets -Eye-Controlled Laptop Reaches the Prototype Phase
http://gadgets.tmcnet.com/topics/gadgets/articles/149560-eye-controlled-laptop-reaches-prototype-phase.htm

Science News

Happy Ending
Penthouse to Debut 3D TV Porn in Europe on Tuesday
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381121,00.asp

We Dare: Nintendo Wii / PS3 Game Causes Uproar - No US Release
http://www.product-reviews.net/2011/02/28/we-dare-nintendo-wii-ps3-game-causes-uproar-no-us-release/

VOICEMAIL

Keith, pear

EMAILS

Dear Buzz Crew,

I have been desperately wanting a radio "TiVo" for years.

I am (unfortunately) a Cleveland Browns fan and since they really stink, they get the WORST TV announcers that CBS has. I used to be able to mute the TV and listen to the Cleveland Browns radio network and get much better announcers.

That all stopped after the "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl. Ever since then, the NFL has instituted a 5 or 7 second delay on everything that is broadcast. Therefore the TV action lags behind the radio.

If this radio TiVo works like the TV TiVo where you can listen on a delay, then this is the answer to my problem.

I'd buy it.

Thanks,
Kristofor in Toledo

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Hey Ballers, this is James from Naptown and I had to write in response to the story yesterday about Google’s algorithm tweaking harming some peripheral smaller companies. I know the economy is in tough shape and I don’t want anyone to lose any jobs, but at the risk of sounding like a total jerk, if you built your business solely on traffic from Google then that is YOUR problem, NOT mine and NOT Google’s. I use Google many times every day, I do NOT use your tiny site (whatever it is), and I’m sick of searching for things and getting half a page of WORTHLESS eHow links so if Google wants to kill the awful content farms and does some collateral damage in the process, sorry but I guess it sucks to be you.

And that’s all I have to say. Love the show.
-James

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