Buzz Out Loud 1441: In: Living Social. Out: Groupon. So five minutes ago: Your privacy (Podcast)

In the news today, Google is coming under the antitrust microsope, your privacy is breached left, right, and center by everyone from Pandora's mobile apps to the growing Epsilon email breach scandal. The MPAA files the least shocking lawsuit ever (sorry, Zediva), two venerable tech names become one, and the leaky ship of the NY Times paywall gets yet another loophole. --Molly

In the news today, Google is coming under the antitrust microsope, your privacy is breached left, right, and center by everyone from Pandora's mobile apps to the growing Epsilon email breach scandal. The MPAA files the least shocking lawsuit ever (sorry, Zediva), two venerable tech names become one, and the leaky ship of the NY Times paywall gets yet another loophole. --Molly

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EPISODE 1441

NEWS

Google Said to Be Possible Target of U.S. FTC Antitrust Probe
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-05/google-said-to-be-possible-target-of-antitrust-probe-after-ita-acquisition.html

Mobile-App Makers Face U.S. Privacy Investigation
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703806304576242923804770968.html
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20050512-266.html

Google to Get $25 Million Breakup Fee If Rival Wins Bid for Nortel Patents
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-04/nortel-offers-google-25-million-break-up-fee-in-patent-auction.html

Microsoft already has rights to the Nortel patents Google wants
http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/72774

Google: Product chief, Silicon Valley veteran Jonathan Rosenberg to step down
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17770068

Epsilon breach grows, affects 50 companies including Target
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-emails-20110405,0,7288021.story

MPAA files copyright suit against Zediva
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20050579-261.html

Court Throws Out Verizon, MetroPCS Net Neutrality Lawsuits
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383057,00.asp

Next Version of the Android Market Gets Previewed along with New Google Music App
http://phandroid.com/2011/04/05/next-version-of-the-android-market-gets-previewed-along-with-new-google-music-app/

Quick Hits

TI buys National Semiconductor for $6.5B
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215480/TI_buys_National_Semiconductor_for_6.5B

iOS 4.3.1 jailbreak is out, supports all devices except iPad 2 and Verizon iPhone
http://www.9to5mac.com/59136/untethered-ios-4-3-1-jailbreak-is-out-supports-all-devices-except-ipad-2-and-verizon-iphone/

Barnes & Noble Nook Subscribers Will Be Able To Access The NYTimes.com For Free
http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/05/barnes-noble-nook-subscribers-will-be-able-to-access-the-nytimes-com-for-free/

VMware Takes Over EMC’s Mozy Cloud Storage Service
http://gigaom.com/cloud/vmware-buys-mozy-cloud-storage-service-from-emc/

LivingSocial Expects $1 Billion in Revenues in 2011, Adds Former CBS Exec Neil Ashe to Board
http://emoney.allthingsd.com/20110404/livingsocial-adds-former-cbs-president-neil-ashe-to-board/

Gadgets

A look at the all-new Commodore 64 (images
http://news.cnet.com/2300-11386_3-10007291.html?tag=topStories3

Tobii releases eye-controlled mouse system
http://www.gizmag.com/tobii-pceye-eye-control-mouse-release/18328/

Happy Ending

Charlie Sheen Moves to Trademark 22 Catchphrases
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/charlie-sheen-moves-trademark-22-174836

VOICEMAIL

Tony in Florida questions the term monopoly

EMAILS

Hey buzzcrew,

I wish to propose “”Watch Brian Tong do a headstand on a spinning chair while Molly Wood rants as we eat churros from robots along with cake and bourbon, not leaving CNET for TWiT as we sing the Computer Love song in the preshow and go off the rails, playing Angry Birds on our smart farts while trying very hard to earn our doctorate in Buzzology day”".

I did have some serious things to say about tablets and whatnot, but I’ll save that for another day.


Jack W

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I see a future where Netbooks no longer exist due to accessories for Tablets.

We already have keyboards that you can roll into a tube, or fold into a little box. How difficult would it be to make a fold up/roll up keyboard that detaches from the tablet whenever you want? In the next two years, the speed of the Tablet will be contest of pride rather than use, and at that point these semi-hybrid tablets will be coming out.

It would be used as a tablet is today for 90% of the time, but when you need to type up a long email or write some notes for work, you get out your handy carrying case which also includes a keyboard and blamo, instant netbook. And how awesome would it be to just slide your little ipad into a slotted briefcase, open it up and start typing?

Laptops will still be around, because there will always be the need for some heavy duty computing on the go.

And Brian, there’s one more thing, and I think you’re gonna love it.

The mac keyboard case, it attaches with magnets.

-Corin from Oregon

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“I heard Friday’s show and the description of this “”Smart Fart”" app and thought…hmm, that…doesn’t…make sense. But alas, the rest of the line-up was rather sober and nothing glaringly shot out at me as April Fools news so I just thought, wow, that was weird.

So on Sunday, after completing my reconnaissance to thwart the Four Chans, I noticed a BOL episode downloaded. To my glee it was the missing Thursday episode! I danced for about an hour then settled in front of my duct taped computer, downloaded the episode, and listened.

Suddenly I felt my brows crease and eyes narrow as though I’d been asked to look into the sun. Smart Fart? What the hell, that silliness on Friday could not be serious as I started to hear, in some cases verbatim, the details outlined in that brilliant app I had been searching for the past two days. I hate you. I hate you all.

Kyle

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Hey guys,

I was listening to Friday’s podcast and wanted to comment about the Premium Video on Demand that select studios are planning on rolling out. I disagree with Brian and Donald that the price is appalling.

My wife and I love movies, but we have 3 kids at the ages of 4 years, 3 years, and a 3 month old. Whenever we want to go see a movie for a date night, we are looking at spending over $100: $40 for a restaurant dinner, $20 for movie tickets, $20 for popcorn and drink, and $20+ for a babysitter, plus the hassle of scheduling the baby-sitter in advance, fighting for restaurant reservations and dealing with sticky theater floors. If we have the prospect of seeing a relatively new movie at home after the kids go to bed for $30, and maybe ordering in for $15, this is far better than the alternative.

Granted, there is still the allure of going out, and we would still do that every once in a while, but at least with the VOD option, we could keep up on new movies without breaking the bank.

Love the show,
Schmidty from Stolendroids.com

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