Buzz Out Loud 1480: WHO: cell phones as cancer-causing as coffee (Podcast)

The World Health Organization semi-confirms what we've all suspected for years: it's probably not a good thing that mobile phones cause the cells in your brain to wiggle and change. Also, Lodsys continues its patent trolling unfettered by matters of conscience or threatening letters from Apple, and the PBS hackers turn their attention to Sony, as if Sony didn't have enough problems, already. --Molly

The World Health Organization semi-confirms what we've all suspected for years: it's probably not a good thing that mobile phones cause the cells in your brain to wiggle and change. Also, Lodsys continues its patent trolling unfettered by matters of conscience or threatening letters from Apple, and the PBS hackers turn their attention to Sony, as if Sony didn't have enough problems, already. --Molly

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EPISODE 1480

NEWS

WHO: Cell phones may cause cancer
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20067593-266.html?tag=topStories2

Lodsys Responds to Apple, Files Lawsuits Against App Developers, Promises $1000 If Wrong
http://www.macrumors.com/2011/05/31/lodsys-responds-to-apple-files-lawsuits-against-app-developers/

NY VC says enough is enough with software patents
http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2011/06/enough-is-enough.html

The top 10 things Eric Schmidt revealed at D9
http://searchengineland.com/the-top-10-things-eric-schmidt-revealed-at-d9-79275

Tupac hackers to Sony: ‘Beginning of the end’
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20067865-17.html

Gamers rage over Call of Duty Elite subscription service
http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/05/call-of-duty-elite-reactions/

Twitter: Introducing the Follow Button http://blog.twitter.com/2011/05/introducing-follow-button.html

Official: Google +1 Button For Websites Comes Tomorrow
http://searchengineland.com/official-google-1-button-for-websites-comes-tomorrow-79196

Ouch: Only 29% of Microsoft employees approve of Steve Ballmer
http://www.businessinsider.com/ouch-only-27-of-microsoft-employees-approve-of-steve-ballmer-2011-5

Mac OS update detects, deletes MacDefender
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217163/Mac_OS_update_detects_deletes_MacDefender_scareware_?taxonomyId=89

New Apple antivirus signatures bypassed within hours by malware authors [Update]
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/new-apple-antivirus-signatures-bypassed-within-hours-by-malware-authors-update/3396

Video and mobile are breaking the Internet (Cisco report projects Internet growth through 2013)
http://money.cnn.com/2011/06/01/technology/cisco_visual_networking_index/?section=money_latest

Quick Hits

Nokia Issues Profit Warning
http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/11/05/31/1957222/Nokia-Issues-Profit-Warning

Sprint Files FCC Petition Against AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
http://blogs.forbes.com/elizabethwoyke/2011/05/31/sprint-files-fcc-petition-against-attt-mobile-merger/

Zynga launches its ‘most social game’ yet
http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-brief/56317-zynga-launches-its-most-social-game-yet

Rovio and Roku Partner to Bring ‘Angry Birds’ to Your TV Set
http://techland.time.com/2011/06/01/rovio-and-roku-partner-to-bring-angry-birds-to-your-tv-set/

Hulu strikes content deal with Miramax
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hulu-strikes-content-deal-miramax-193797

Science News

One Brain, Hundreds of Eyes: Darpa Plots Manhunt Master Controller
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/05/manhunt-master-controller/

Space shuttle Endeavour on terra firma, ending 19 years as orbiter
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0601/Space-shuttle-Endeavour-on-terra-firma-ending-19-years-as-orbiter

Happy Ending

Laptop Thief Nabbed Thanks to Hidden Security Camera App & Tumblr Blog
http://mashable.com/2011/06/01/laptop-thief-nabbed/
http://thisguyhasmymacbook.tumblr.com/

VOICEMAIL

Lockheed Martin Employee talks about the recent hack

EMAILS

Hi buzzcrew. The removal of various emulators of old game systems from the android market was actually not to do with ownership of the roms. Turns out these emulators where based on open source emulator projects that are licensed under the gpl. Taking the open source emulators and selling them for a profit on the android market is clearly against the gpl. That’s why they where removed.
Love the show,
Morten from Norway

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Can’t the door man just use the square thing on his phone to receive his tip?

For hotel door men or other service provider like car parking have an area you tap your phone to tip your guy.

Jeremy Robbins

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Hi buzz crew–

I don’t use Groupon, but I have to disagree with the comments you and your caller made on Monday Tuesday’s show. If there is any advantage to having their users spend more time looking at the announcements of the latest deal they offer, then having paid people who focus on copywriting will help that company.

As an example of this, look no further than woot.com, the successful deal-a-day website whose clever copywriters have guaranteed that I return each day to read the latest wacky commentary on whatever they’ve found to write about. While I’m there laughing out loud and admiring their skills and imagination, I also pause to consider purchasing today’s deal. Groupon might be on to something in emulating woot.

However, I did find myself scratching my head over the two examples that Molly found and read out loud; Groupon definitely needs to work on being quirky and interesting instead of just being quirky.

Love your show!

–Paul the Tucson Techwriter

P.S. Is it just me, or do other folks get weirded out by how much Stephen Beacham’s voice at the beginning of the show sounds just like Rafe Needleman?

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So, I was listening to episode 1479, when you mentioned that airlines were considering moving all flight manuals over to iPads, I was aghast…

I mean, how do the airlines not know that having these electronic devices on during takeoff and landing could potentially lead to the engines breaking free from the wings, crashing into a nearby Elementary school, while the rest of plane, full of passengers, goes spinning off into a nuclear power plant, exposing their mangled bodies to enough radiation to re-animate them as a zombie hoarde, bent on the destruction of all things good and sacred.

At least that’s what the mean lady tells me whenever I try to turn mine on.

And what good are flight manuals if you can’t use them at the only times when the course of action is not keep it straight and in the air?

Love the show.

-Weudel

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