Buzz Out Loud 1463: Imagine the Earth wrapped in Honey (Podcast)

NASA proves Einstein is still a genius, just in case you forgot. Anonymous officially denies being involved in hacking the Playstation Network, Facebook and Google want Skype, and we're getting even closer to a world of digital distribution. Apple and EA are going to make sure of it.

NASA proves Einstein is still a genius, just in case you forgot. Anonymous officially denies being involved in hacking the Playstation Network, Facebook and Google want Skype, and we're getting even closer to a world of digital distribution. Apple and EA are going to make sure of it.

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EPISODE 1463

NEWS

Anonymous denies involvement in Playstation Network credit card theft scandal
http://venturebeat.com/2011/05/05/anonymous-denies-psn-outage/
http://www.bgr.com/2011/05/05/anonymous-denies-involvement-in-sony-cyberattacks/

Sony says planted file in attack was named ‘Anonymous’
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20059737-245.html?tag=topTechContentWrap;editorPicks
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/05/04/sonys-response-to-the-u-s-house-of-representatives/

Anonymous Fears Nerd Backlash From PlayStation Hack
http://kotaku.com/#!5798675/anonymous-fears-nerd-backlash-from-playstation-hack

LastPass forcing members to change passwords
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20060004-83.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20&dlvrit=142337

Exclusive: Facebook and Google mull Skype deals
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/04/us-skype-ipo-strategic-idUSTRE7437UG20110504

Intel Tri-Gate Transistors Will Fuel Mobile Push vs. ARM
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20059716-260.html
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Intel-TriGate-Transistors-Will-Fuel-Mobile-Push-vs-ARM-685688/

The Wall Street Journal Launches a WikiLeaks Competitor, SafeHouse
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/05/the-wall-street-journal-launches-a-wikileaks-competitor-safehouse/238421/

Barnes & Noble to release new e-reader, according to securities filing
http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/04/barnes-and-noble-to-release-new-e-reader-according-to-securities/

Lawsuit accuses Apple, others of fixing worker pay
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20059875-38.html

Apple and Verizon to deliver over-the-air iOS updates to Verizon iPhone
http://www.9to5mac.com/64928/apple-and-verizon-to-deliver-over-the-air-ios-updates-to-verizon-iphone/

Apple to release Mac OS X Lion through Mac App Store – sources
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/05/04/apple_to_release_mac_os_x_lion_through_mac_app_store_sources.html

CEO: EA will switch from discs to digital
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20060005-17.html?tag=cnetRiver

Quick Hits

Apple has released an iOS 4.3.3 update, fixing location database issues
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2011/05/04/apple-has-released-an-ios-4-3-3-update-fixing-location-database-issues/

Nielsen: Apple’s iPad still commands 82% of the U.S. tablet market
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/05/05/nielsen-apples-ipad-still-commands-82-of-the-u-s-tablet-market/

Google Rivals for Nortel Patents May Mean Price Tops $1 Billion
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-05-05/google-rivals-for-nortel-patents-may-mean-price-tops-1-billion.html

RIM to launch 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook this fall; OS 7 devices delayed?”
http://www.bgr.com/2011/05/04/rim-to-launch-10-inch-blackberry-playbook-this-fall-os-7-devices-delayed/

Gadgets

SOFT Rockers combine solar panels and moving furniture to charge your gadgets
http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/05/soft-rockers-combine-solar-panels-and-moving-furniture-to-charge/

Science News

It Took More Than 50 Years, But NASA Proves That Einstein Was Correct
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2384948,00.asp
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/05/gravity-probe-b/

NASA Celebrates America's Space 'Shepard'
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/141733/20110505/nasa-alan-shepard-first-american-in-space-50th-anniversary.htm

EMAILS

Hi Buzzcrew,

First off - huge fan of the show - I've been listening since the early days of Veronica Belmont.

I hope I'm not too late with this tip - it's a cool moment in geek/tech history from one of my clients, that I thought you might want to mention on today's BOL.

Today, May 5th, is the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's flight as the first US astronaut to go into space! If you decide to mention this on the show - can you give a shout-out to the geeks who helped make it possible? I work with the team over at IBM - who back in 1961 built the computers that ran the Mercury mission. 2011 is the 100 year anniversary of IBM - and they're proud to have been a part of such a cool historic moment.

Thanks again guys!

Jordan Drake

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Hello BOL crew!

Just FYI. I had a credit card I used on Sony PSN that was fraudulently used by someone. I received a call from Visa asking me to confirm purchases to Blizard video games. I hadn’t purchased anything from Blizard. They immediately blocked the transactions and told me to contact my bank (it was a debit/credit card). I called the bank and discovered I had a $1 charge to Blizard last week. And then 3 separate charges to Blizard totaling $600 this week. I know who Blizard is, but have never actually played any of their games. The PSN was used for movies once or twice.

All the money was credited back to me. All I have to do is go to the bank and get a new credit card. I don’t use that card anywhere else online. I am glad to have the Visa fraud protection on my card!!! I assume Visa will investigate to find out who used the information for the purchases?

Keep up the great work.

Matt from Arkansas.

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Hey buzz crew. I’m an AT&T broadband subscriber and am would like to gripe about the way iOS and itunes updates are handled. I have two iphones and an ipad in the house that sync to two different computers. That means every time there is an update, about 2GB of data is used up for iOS and another few hundred MBs for itunes. And this is just for two people. Why can’t Apple do point updates in a way that is easy on data. Especially for people who may be under more restrictive caps?

Richard

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