Buzz Out Loud 1421: Alien life or comet scum? (podcast)

On today's show, the increasingly scary security battleground that is our mobile phones (and how carriers could be making it worse), Sony's war against jailbreaking the PS3 goes nuclear, and Microsoft announces that IE6 needs to die. Plus, RIM's roadmap for 2011 doesn't inspire that much confidence, and the reason we're so tired on Monday (and every other) mornings. --Molly

On today's show, the increasingly scary security battleground that is our mobile phones (and how carriers could be making it worse), Sony's war against jailbreaking the PS3 goes nuclear, and Microsoft announces that IE6 needs to die. Plus, RIM's roadmap for 2011 doesn't inspire that much confidence, and the reason we're so tired on Monday (and every other) mornings. --Molly

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EPISODE 1421

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NEWS

Google confirms it killed malicious apps
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20039881-83.html

Google Responds To Android Malware, Will Fix Infected Devices And 'Remote Kill' Malicious Apps
http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/05/android-malware-rootkit-google-response/

Judge Lets Sony Unmask Visitors to PS3-Jailbreaking Site
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/03/geohot-site-unmasking/

Anyone who visited GeoHot's PS3 jailbreak website is now part of Sony lawsuit
http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/anyone-who-visited-geohots-ps3-jailbreak-website-is-now-part-of-sony-lawsuit/

Hacker discovers PS3 3.56 exploit, will not release
http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2011/03/07/hacker_discovers_ps3_3_56_exploit_will_not_release

Libya Blocks Internet Traffic
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/118969/20110304/libya-cuts-off-internet-engages-kill-switch.htm

Microsoft: Internet Explorer 6 Needs to Die
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Microsoft-Internet-Explorer-6-Needs-to-Die-834713/
http://www.ie6countdown.com/

Western Digital drops $4.3 billion to acquire Hitachi GST, enter staring contest with Seagate
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/07/western-digital-drops-4-3-billion-to-acquire-hitachi-gst-enter/

Exclusive: BlackBerry 2011 Software Roadmap - OS 7, BIS 4.1, and more!
http://n4bb.com/4802/exclusive-blackberry-2011-software-roadmap-os-7-bis-4-1-and-more

RIM loses marketing chief
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703580004576180721135993118.html

Not getting enough sleep? Turn off the technology
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/07/us-sleep-technology-idUSTRE7260RH20110307

Quick Hits

Apple shipped 1 million MacBook Air units in the Q4
http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2011/03/07/apple_shipped_1_million_macbook_air_units_in_the_q4

AT&T to allow grandfathered unlimited iPad data plans on iPad 2, your weekend rave to continue
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/05/atandt-to-allow-grandfathered-unlimited-ipad-data-plans-on-ipad-2/

WordPress back up after attacks originating in China
http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/article952838.ece/WordPress-back-up-after-attacks-originating-in-China

Adobe releases tablet publishing tool
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20039968-264.html?tag=cnetRiver

HP lists TouchPad on Amazon (but not for preorder)
http://www.precentral.net/hp-lists-touchpad-amazon

Science News

NASA Scientist: Fossils of Alien Life Found on Meteorite
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/06/meteorites-life-idUSN0627219120110306

Space plane and its secret payload set for launch
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/03/business/la-fi-space-plane-20110304

NASA’s humanoid Robonaut to be unpacked this month
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts133/110306robonaut/

Happy Ending
Conan says Apple is “a little bit cocky” over iPad 2
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20039408-71.html

Charlie Sheen’s ‘Big White Phone’
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20039814-64.html

Mr. Hays, Technology consultant in Canada, built the guitar I was asking for!
http://haytech.blogspot.com/2011/03/ipad-guitar-from-mega-bloks-version-2.html

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Hey Buzz Crew,

At Brian Tong’s (sort of) suggestion, my daughters and I built an iPad guitar out of Mega Bloks. Photos are at http://haytech.blogspot.com/2011/03/ipad-guitar-with-mega-bloks.html.

Love the show.

David Hay
Alberta, Canada”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaMkjDArUnY

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VOICEMAIL

Sam: What will Apple think of next?

EMAILS
Hey Molly, Brian and Benito (BriMoBe? BriBeMo?)

Just a heads up that everyone's favorite app is making a comeback via Android: Wobble iBoobs is now available in the Android Marketplace. I'm so happy to see Google's dream, of a place where poorly rendered 3D breasts can wobble freely, come true. Take that, Steve Jobs! Put another one in the 'Win' column for Open.

http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2011/03/06/iboobs-reborn-undaunted-the-famous-chest-app-comes-to-android/

ANDREW AKA Frontline

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“Hey Buzz Crew,
I think that we are now seeing the more pernicious aspects of Netflix (taking away DVD queue options, lame streaming), but they have actually been very negative since the beginning. Founder Reed Hastings wanted to “”put Blockbuster out of business.”" While I had no LOVE of Blockbuster, what I did love was access to an endless array of classics and sometimes out-of-print titles, whether it was on DVD or VHS. Now, because of Netflix, most traditional rental stores are out of business and our only alternative is the paltry selection of Red Box. Video stores were perfect for on-a-whim movie explorations, and that is how I really discovered my love of classic cinema. I pity the cinephiles of tomorrow, who will either have to deal with draconian DRM and artificial digital scarcity, or will be forced into piracy to get the titles that the movie studios are foolishly holding on to. Now that Netflix is doing all the bad things I was worried about, I find it hard to feel sympathy for those who jumped on that bandwagon and are complaining, but at the same time feel strangely vindicated.
Anyway, just thought you’d appreciate a view from the other side. Love the show.


Vaya Con Dios
~Chris R~”

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Hi guys,

In your last episode (episode 1420), you talked about the tablet wars.
As a developer I’m starting to develop more for mobile phones and tablets (mostly web apps). From a developer’s point of view, I believe that Google has a large part to do with the slow growth in apps. For example, if I’m creating an app or a mobile friendly site, the iOS simulator for my Mac runs fast and smooth. If run the latest Andrioid Honeycome emulator, it is just dog slow and frustrating.
This is just one little example but overall, Apple makes it easier on the developers. I don’t even own an iphone or iPad, but I like developing for iOS more. It’s too bad too because I like the ability to create custom apps and just load them on my phone without any restriction like you can do on Android. Keep up the great work.

Patrick

PS: I propose you start a new streak of Taco Bell references on the show.

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