Buzz Out Loud 1530: Google's Got Game (Podcast)

Google gets into the social gaming biz, because it turns out that social gaming addiction is the key to all social media success. Well, and a 5% cut of the profits compared to Facebook's 30%. Nice move, Google. Scotland Yard is using Britain's huge network of spy cams plus facial recognition software to track down looters, DARPA just ditched millions of our dollars somewhere over the Pacific (again), and Computer Love plays it safe.

Google gets into the social gaming biz, because it turns out that social gaming addiction is the key to all social media success. Well, and a 5% cut of the profits compared to Facebook's 30%. Nice move, Google. Scotland Yard is using Britain's huge network of spy cams plus facial recognition software to track down looters, DARPA just ditched millions of our dollars somewhere over the Pacific (again), and Computer Love plays it safe.

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EPISODE 1530

NEWS

Google adds Games to Google+
http://www.pcworld.com/article/237946/google_adds_games_to_google.html#tk.hp_new

… but wants a lot of information in return
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2390952,00.asp

Facebook strikes back at Google with its own game enhancements
http://venturebeat.com/2011/08/11/facebook-strikes-back-at-google-with-its-own-game-enhancements/

Game sales hit lowest point since October 2006
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20091612-17/game-sales-hit-lowest-point-since-october-2006/

LinkedIn Makes Changes to Social Ads Following Privacy Uproar
http://mashable.com/2011/08/12/linkedin-social-ads/
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/08/12/1255222/LinkedIn-Hurries-To-Address-Privacy-Stumble

Scotland Yard confirms it’s using facial recognition to track rioters
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/08/11/501364/main20091186.shtml

A Perp Walk on Twitter
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/a-perp-walk-on-twitter/?ref=technology

Unredacted AT&T Filing Shows $3.8B Price Tag
http://wirelessweek.com/news/2011/08/unredacted-ATT-filing-shows-high-price-tag/

… ready to sell $8b in networks to push deal through
http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/08/11/att.hires.banks.to.sell.8b.of.assets.for.merger/

Apple iPhone 5, ‘iCloud phone’ event set for Sept. 7?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20091609-37/apple-iphone-5-icloud-phone-event-set-for-sept-7/

Intel is hiring science fiction writers to help its engineers design processors
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/intel-hopes-scifi-will-help-future-products-08112011.html

Quick Hits

Chinese authorities find 22 more fake Apple stores
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/11/us-apple-china-fake-idUSTRE77A3U820110811

Ice Cream Sandwich details, screenshots leaked
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20091624-93/ice-cream-sandwich-details-screenshots-leaked/

Science

Falcon HTV-2 is lost during bid to become fastest ever plane
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/11/fastest-ever-plane-lost-during-test-flight

VOICEMAIL

Steve’s Video Voicemail Pick of the Week from Thomas

EMAILS

BOL,

Oh my goodness I totally got a book on my door step and my name and my phone number were just listed in there and like everyone was getting these books and they had almost everybody’s in the city phone numbers listed for everyone to see. Oh and they also have a web site were when I put in my name they return my phone number and even my address. I think we should get everyone together and put a stop to this right away before people find out what our phone numbers are and start calling us.

I really enjoy your show,
James
Columbus Ohio

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Hello Fellas,

Love the show. keep up the good work. I am curious how you haven’t reported on the news of the oldest and most trusted bitcoin ewallet site (mybitcoin.com), disappearing with potentially millions of dollars worth of bitcoins.

here are some links to check out.

http://onlyonetv.com/2011/08/the-bitcoin-show-episode-033/
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=34617.0
https://www.mybitcoin.com/
http://bitcoin.crimeunit.net/wiki/index.php/MyBitcoin

Courtney Patterson

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How did you bury that lead? You went from Beats to Dre to Chronic but didn’t close the loop. Chronic to THC to HTC.

Corporate synergy at it’s finest.

-Joe I.

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VOICEMAIL

Mike From Toronto Canada talks about DR Dre and HTC

Computer Love

Buzz Crew,
I need your advice.
I have the most amazing man in the world. We have been living together for a year and a half. I have never been so happy (I’m 33) and I am wondering how I got so lucky.
I hate to admit to your show, but I am a non-gamer …that is in love with a diehard gamer. For the most part he has quit gaming inspite of me encouraging him to have chill time (gaming). I like to go out with my friends but have started staying home more to be with him and they have noticed. We are both NOT doing things we enjoy just to make each other feel more comfortable. I know this will lead to resentment and have told him this. He disagrees and says he is fine with how things are. Well, tonight he got to enjoy his type of music while I am at work. I have told him I’m ok with him listening to it while I am home, I don’t mind being exposed to new stuff… and IF I don’t like it then I can go do my own thing in another room or outside. Either way, I’m ok with it.
Bottom line- I want him to be himself, not someone that bends to fit me every moment of the day. I also expect him to be ok with me doing my own thing, which may or may not be the reason why he refrains.
I’m so scared of him revolting years from now and having a midlife crisis. I love him for everything he is and I need to somehow make him understand this.
Should I just drop the issue or continue to encourage his true gamer, death metal loving, self?
Gamer Lover

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Buzz love connection,
I thought I’d right to you and ask for your advice because you all seem to understand that a tech celeb is still a celebrity. My non-tech girl friends don’t have the same perspective.

I work for a major agency handling a lot of their digital media buying, so I attend a lot of industry events (I’ll spare you the boring details). I end up seeing a lot of the same people/speakers. Over the last 2 years, I’ve become particularly fond of this one speaker, a product manager from Google, named Aaron Rothman (kind-of a pseudo-tech celebrity). He has spoken at CES, and a lot of events on both the east and west coasts. He is super smart, engaging, and very funny. He also happens to be gorgeous (I attached some publicly available pics so you can see for yourself). After he speaks, I always make sure to go up and chat with him. It seems that we have a real chemistry, but then he seems so charming with everyone he meets. I know he isn’t a Jack Dorsey (wink, wink Molly) in terms of nerd celebrity status, but I still feel a bit intimidated about asking him out.

Should I ask him out? If he says no, I’m afraid it will be really awkward if I keep attending the events he speaks at. Worse, he might think I’m stalking him or something.

Love the show!

much love,
Katie in SF

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