Buzz Out Loud 1499: Finally, Venn diagrams come to social networking! (Podcast)

On today's show, we're kind of down on Microsoft Office 365 and poor MySpace's future, but we feel a tiny bit positive about the overlapping circles of nerdiness that could be possible with Google's new Plus social networking beta. Also, find out what you love on Google, if you can, and see all the movies you want for $50 a month. Plus: our new favorite word! Philanthrodorks!

On today's show, we're kind of down on Microsoft Office 365 and poor MySpace's future, but we feel a tiny bit positive about the overlapping circles of nerdiness that could be possible with Google's new Plus social networking beta. Also, find out what you love on Google, if you can, and see all the movies you want for $50 a month. Plus: our new favorite word! Philanthrodorks!

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EPISODE 1499

NEWS

Microsoft Sets Rival to Google Apps
http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-20074853-12/reviewed-office-365/?tag=TOCcarouselMain.0
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13943437

Exclusive: Myspace Sale Nearing End Today With Low $30M Price and Buyer You Never Heard Of
http://allthingsd.com/20110628/myspace-sale-process-drags-on-with-an-end-of-week-deal-goal/

MySpace Layoffs Rumored for This Week
http://gawker.com/5816033

First Look at the Google Plus social network: The Top Secret Demo
http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/06/28/first-look-at-the-google-plus-social-network-the-top-secret-demo/
https://plus.google.com/up/start/?sw=1&type=st

U.S. sent Google 8,888 requests for user-data in 2010
http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/web/06/27/google.data.requests/index.html?hpt=te_bn7

RUMOR: Google’s Chinese Search Rival, Baidu, Using Android To Build Its Own Mobile Operating System
http://www.businessinsider.com/baidu-mobile-operating-system-2011-6?op=1

E-reader ownership doubles in six months
http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/E-readers-and-tablets/Report.aspx

More Americans buying e-readers than tablets, study says
http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/gaming.gadgets/06/27/tablets.vs.ereaders/index.html?hpt=te_bn2

Unlimited movie-going with MoviePass
http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-20074862-12/unlimited-movie-going-with-moviepass/?tag=cnetRiver

Microsoft Demos New Kinect/Windows Phone Integration
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/06/27/microsoft-demos-new-kinect-windows-phone-intergration.aspx

Quick Hits

There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it’s growing at 4.4% w/w
http://thenextweb.com/google/2011/06/28/google-now-activates-500000-android-devices-every-day/

Google Launches "What Do You Love" Search, To Find Google Services
http://searchengineland.com/google-launches-search-box-to-find-google-services-at-wdyl-com-83417

Morgan Stanley to Lead Zynga IPO: Sources
http://www.cnbc.com/id/43564083

Artist launches album exclusively on Groupon
http://vator.tv/news/2011-06-27-artist-launches-album-exclusively-on-groupon

Gadgets

Google’s first Ice Cream Sandwich phone to be manufactured by Samsung, possibly dubbed 'Nexus Prime'
http://www.bgr.com/2011/06/27/googles-first-ice-cream-sandwich-phone-to-be-manufactured-by-samsung-possibly-dubbed-nexus-prime/

The HP TouchPad Will Come With Its Own Facebook Tablet App (Leaked Pics)
http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/27/facebook-tablet-app-hp-touchpad/

Sony VAIO Z debuts in Europe: external GPU, Light Peak, and new look included
http://thisismynext.com/2011/06/27/sony-vaio-z-debuts-in-europe/

Science News

New-Fangled Computer Chips Could Mimic Brain Synapses
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/New-Fangled-Computer-Chips-Could-Mimic-Brain-Synapses-72751.html

Happy Ending

Open Source Design 03: RoboCop: The Monument
http://www.domusweb.it/en/architecture/open-source-design-03-robocop-the-monument/

Hey Buzz Crew,

I ran across this article about open source urban planning that used the Robo Cop statue as an example.

As a planner myself, this makes sense to me. Anything to get folks engaged is almost always a good thing, plus Detroit will get a supercool statue!

Peace-out,

Micah in Nashville
(Side not…this Robocop idea was funded by peeps on Kickstarter with the help of a Facebook to get the word out…they raised $50,000 for the statue)

VOICEMAIL

Why HBO GO is freakin Awesome!

Jose from Jacksonville talks about hisDVR box taking up to 30 minutes to start

Guy Talks about Pixar movies

EMAILS

Hey Buzz Crew,

In episode 1498, someone in the feedback loop mentioned Facebook liking pages without them knowing. I actually had this problem a few months ago. I checked my privacy settings and saw that nobody logged into my account from an unfamiliar location. I even made sure that no suspicious apps were given permission to access information on my profile. After initiating a full security check, I asked around, and apparently, other people also had this issue. I thought this was just a glitch in the Facebook system and that it would pass, but now, almost 4 months later, I’m a bit suspicious. If people are still having this issue, WHAT IF Facebook is liking pages for you?

I’m not usually one to hate on Facebook, but this is starting to get annoying.

Love the show,
Nick

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Hi Molly & Co.,

Hard to tell from Thomas Deliduka’s question in BOL 1498, but Is it possible that he’s a victim of Likejacking? See

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/likejacking_takes_off_on_facebook.php
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/?s=Likejacking&x=0&y=0

Without more details, it’s a bit hard to tell. Basically, though, it’s a form of clickjacking that fools you into liking something when you think you’re clicking on something else.

Carl Seiler
Denton, TX

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/?s=Likejacking

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Hey crew – I think I was listening to episode 1498 where you were talking about the set top boxes sucking up a lot of power.
I’m trying to be greener, so I did a huge home audit of all my electrical devices.

My Comcast HD DVR uses about 25-30 watts when it’s in use.
When it’s in standby, it uses about 22-23 watts of power!
Ugh! So, my assumption is that for Comcast, standby consisists of turning off the little blue “”ON”" light.

Anyway, it sort of got me thinking.. Comcast is miffed at Netflix for being a bandwith hog and wanting to throttle them or charge them extra – but NOW, aha!, the shoe is on the other foot!
What if the power companies threatened to charge comcast extra for their overly consuming boxes?
There’s probably no way that’s even possible, but I wish is was.
Stupid Comcast.

-Indy

ps. You can get one of those power meters at Amazon pretty cheap.

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