Buzz Out Loud 1533: Happy 8,000,000th patent! (Podcast)

We celebrate the patent wars with Zynga while Google's stock gets downgraded. TV Studios think its a good idea to pull back their content on the Web and if you've ever faked a phone call on your cell phone, you're not the only one.

We celebrate the patent wars with Zynga while Google's stock gets downgraded. TV Studios think its a good idea to pull back their content on the Web and if you've ever faked a phone call on your cell phone, you're not the only one.

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EPISODE 1533

NEWS

USPTO Issues 8,000,000th Patent
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/08/17/1334238/USPTO-Issues-8000000th-Patent
http://www.uspto.gov/news/Millions_of_Patents.jsp

Zynga targeted in patent infringement lawsuit
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20093473-261/zynga-targeted-in-patent-infringement-lawsuit/

Fox Starts Its Web Pullback, and ABC Gets Ready to Follow
http://allthingsd.com/20110816/fox-starts-its-web-pullback-and-abc-gets-ready-to-follow/

Ouchpad: Best Buy Sitting on a Pile of Unsold HP Tablets
http://allthingsd.com/20110816/ouchpad-best-buy-sitting-on-a-pile-of-unsold-hp-tablets/

HP planning to bring WebOS to appliances, cars?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20093017-17/hp-planning-to-bring-webos-to-appliances-cars/

S&P downgrades Google stock on Motorola deal plans
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20093229-94/s-p-downgrades-google-stock-on-motorola-deal-plans/

IPhone Users in South Korea Sue Apple for Collecting Data Without Consent
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-17/apple-s-iphone-users-in-south-korea-claim-data-collection-breached-privacy.html

Apple currently plans to start pre-orders for next iPhone on Sept. 30, launch Oct. 7
http://9to5mac.com/2011/08/16/apple-currently-plans-to-start-pre-orders-for-next-iphone-on-sept-30-launch-oct-7/

Apple’s proposed campus larger than the Pentagon
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-20093096-248/apples-proposed-campus-larger-than-the-pentagon/

App for the ‘space’ race Phones could feed your parking meter
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/app_for_the_space_race_p9sTXBifd2TXlqj9JPCIOK

Ever faked a cell phone call? You’re not alone
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20093055-1/ever-faked-a-cell-phone-call-youre-not-alone/

Quick Hits

AT&T's LTE device launch dates: Momentum 4G and Elevate 4G coming August 21st (but LTE coming later) http://thisismynext.com/2011/08/16/att-lte-momentum-4g-elevate-4g-launch-date/

Amazon releases secure cloud for government
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13846_3-20093243-62/amazon-releases-secure-cloud-for-government/

News from gamescom:
Wii getting a redesign
http://gamescom.gamespot.com/story/6329543/wii-getting-a-redesign/?tag=updates%3Beditor%3Ball%3Btitle%3B4

Sony PlayStation 3 Price Cut Indicates PlayStation 4 Development
http://uk.ibtimes.com/articles/199305/20110817/sony-playstation-3-price-cut-indicates-playstation-4-development-ps3-ps4-games.htm

Two men face new charges in CNET scandal
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=8309416

VOICEMAIL

Brandon from OHIO has a bone to pick with Tech Pundits

EMAILS

Well, I think you guys should know about this. I’m a huge football fan
(soccer) and I follow the English and Spanish leagues, Barclays Premier League and La Liga, very closely. I don’t have a Facebook account b/c I think Zuck is a D-Bag. But this may tempt me enough to get one.
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/944885/facebook-to-stream-first-fa-cup-clash-live?cc=5901
If they keep streaming events that I can’t see anywhere else, I may ditch cable and get an FB account. But I hope this encourages Google+ to follow suit.

Love the show guys.

Alessandro

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/944885/facebook-to-stream-first-fa-cup-clash-live?cc=5901

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Hey Buzz Crew!

As awful and impeding as this patent-storm has been, I think somebody needs to play devil’s advocate here, and single out Apple versus Samsung. It’s easy to dismiss any and all of these patent lawsuits, but there are some which may in fact have some merit. Ever since the articles started appearing around April, showing comparative photos of the Samsung Galaxy S versus the iPhone 3GS, my opinion has been that Apple actually has a point with this one. The two lines of devices are so similar that it’s hard to believe that the Galaxy line was truly “”designed originally from the ground up”" by Samsung. What’s even more funny is the fact that Samsung has carved for themselves an identity as a kind of “”anti-Apple”" line, and YET…no other competitor draws more “”inspiration”" (let’s call it that) from the iOS devices than Galaxy. So which is it? Anti-Apple or Pseudo-Apple?

Anyway, all this is to illustrate the point that while the vast majority of patent lawsuits are pointless cash grabs and nothing more, we can’t deny the validity of at least a small handful of claims. While the notion of blocking sales throughout Europe may be a bit extreme, Samsung needs to admit that it drew maybe a bit too much inspiration from the iOS devices, so we can finally put this issue to rest.

– Alex from Ottawa, Canada

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Hi BOL. While there is a ton of hype surrounding the new iPhone, I’m wondering about what apple will do with the iPod. I hope that they would have some special event surrounding the 10th birthday of the iPod. November 10th 2001, released
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipod

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