Buzz Out Loud 1505: Thomas Dolby blinds us with genius (Podcast)

On today's show, special guest Thomas Dolby drops in to talk with us about the state of the music industry and digital distribution, his new album, and the amazing sounding MMORPG that goes along with it. We're pretty overwhelmed by his brilliance. But we recover a bit for tech news, like Hulu's 1 million paid users (and imminent death), and whether the Droid Bionic can catch up to the Atrix 4G.

On today's show, special guest Thomas Dolby drops in to talk with us about the state of the music industry and digital distribution, his new album, and the amazing sounding MMORPG that goes along with it. We're pretty overwhelmed by his brilliance. But we recover a bit for tech news, like Hulu's 1 million paid users (and imminent death), and whether the Droid Bionic can catch up to the Atrix 4G.

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EPISODE 1505

NEWS

Thomas Dolby Interview

Nielsen SoundScan: Album sales inching up
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20077357-261/nielsen-soundscan-album-sales-inching-up/

Nielsen SoundScan 2011 midyear report: Music sales up for a change
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/07/nielsen-soundscan-midyear-report-music-sales-retail-albums.html

Hulu to hit 1 million paid users by summer’s end: CEO
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/06/us-hulu-idUSTRE7657LL20110706

Disney CEO: Hulu Owners ‘Committed to Selling’
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388146,00.asp

Google+ opens up invites once again
http://venturebeat.com/2011/07/06/google-plus-open-again/

Google: Hold Off On Creating Business Profiles On Google+, "Non-User Profiles" Will Be Shut Down
http://searchengineland.com/google-hold-off-on-creating-business-profiles-on-google-non-user-profiles-will-be-shut-down-84607

Obama and social media….President Live Tweets with Jack Dorsey
http://whitehouse.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/06/obama-and-social-media/


The White House
in order to reduce the deficit,what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep – bo

Dozens of law professors: PROTECT IP Act is unconstitutional
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/07/dozens-of-law-professors-protect-ip-act-is-unconstitutional.ars

Apple’s ‘App Store’ injunction against Amazon rejected
http://www.tuaw.com/2011/07/06/apples-app-store-injunction-against-amazon-rejected/

Amazon updates Cloud Drive and Cloud Player with unlimited music space, free storage for Amazon MP3s, iPad web player
http://www.bgr.com/2011/07/06/amazon-updates-cloud-drive-and-cloud-player-with-unlimited-music-space-free-storage-for-amazon-mp3s-ipad-web-player/

Quick Hits

Verizon’s tiered data starts today
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20076938-251/verizon-confirms-tiered-data-plans-and-hot-spot-charge-for-july-7/

Verizon’s new pricing plan is a godsend for Sprint
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20077218-94/verizons-new-pricing-plan-is-a-godsend-for-sprint/

Gadgets

Exclusive: redesigned Motorola Droid Bionic looks confirmed in Best Buy leak
http://thisismynext.com/2011/07/06/exclusive-droid-bionic-verizon-leak/

VOICEMAIL

Anonymous guys is asking what is so cool about Google+

Spenc from Dallas thinks that the Facebook Video Chat is worthless

EMAILS

Hey BOLers,

I thought I would let you guys know how I got into google+ without an invite… just download the app in the android market! I picked up an EVO 3D over the weekend (loving it!) and was perusing the market last night when I came across the google+ app. I figured I would download it figuring I would get into google+ sooner or later and was pleasantly surprised when I opened the app and was prompted to link my google account! As of this email the app is still there so if you are an android user you can get into google+ without waiting for an invite!

Love the show!
Jim the web monkey from Minneapolis

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Recently found your show,
Tip: don’t post your email address on the internet.
Turns out you can get in to plus one even if google says you can’t.
They’ll probably patch this quickly [before july 31?] I
Just go to plus.google.com on an iphone and sign in
«change user agent on android to iphone»
<3 listening to your rants ;)
~Kahwoo

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Hey Buzz Crew,

I don't normally watch the local news, and today assured me why. Yesterday, my low expectations were completely underwhelmed by the Facebook announcement. This morning, while watching the local news, I got excited when they started in with some rare tech news. It was about Facebook. Excited to hear another source lambaste ol Zucky for his pathetic ""math dance"", I set breakfast on hiatus. Then, I almost spit Cocoa Pebbles all over my new laptop as these tools gushed about how Facebook was ""changing the game"" and ""forever altering how we do social media"" by introducing video chat.

As I stewed about this for the next five minutes and swore off local news for the last time I wondered if these people had been living under a rock. Then it hit me…yes…yes they have been…and unfortunately most of my relatives over 50 are under that same rock. I will never get my grandma to install Skype, and quite frankly, I don't want to help her troubleshoot it. But she's already all up in my Facebook biz. So while it pains me that this really is ""awesome"" news for some people, at least I can video chat with people under the rock.

Love the show,

Luke in Denver

ps- I know it may not be as flattering as having a child named after you…but I'm just not to that stage in life yet. So here is my brand new puppy, Molly :)

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