Buzz Out Loud 1544: Of lost iPhones and shrimp ceviche (Podcast)

Apple, evidently, has a lot of employees with drinking problems, and it keeps letting those employees take iPhone prototypes out of the building. Really? Wow, dudes. Also, T-Mobile tries to pump up its employees over the merger situation, you can finally legally play Doom in Germany, tablet makers try everything but the easy solution, and China is going to kill us all. Or give us $99 tablets, hard to say. And Buzz Out Loud is getting out of the daily deals business.

Apple, evidently, has a lot of employees with drinking problems, and it keeps letting those employees take iPhone prototypes out of the building. Really? Wow, dudes. Also, T-Mobile tries to pump up its employees over the merger situation, you can finally legally play Doom in Germany, tablet makers try everything but the easy solution, and China is going to kill us all. Or give us $99 tablets, hard to say. And Buzz Out Loud is getting out of the daily deals business.

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EPISODE 1544

NEWS

Apple loses another unreleased iPhone (exclusive)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20099899-37/apple-loses-another-unreleased-iphone-exclusive/

T-Mobile USA CEO’s internal memo seeks to rally the troops in light of endangered AT&T deal
http://thisismynext.com/2011/08/31/t-mobile-usa-ceos-internal-memo-seeks-rally-troops-light-endangered-att-deal/

Amazon offers to build facilities in bid to end sales tax fight
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-amazon-counter-20110901,0,3486071.story

Microsoft Sued For Collecting Windows Phone Location Data Without Consent
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2392266,00.asp

Facebook To Launch Music Platform With Spotify, MOG & Rdio
http://mashable.com/2011/08/31/facebook-music-platform/

Google touts daily deal on home page, a first
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/31/us-google-offers-idUSTRE77U4L520110831

Lenovo Heats up Price War With $199 IdeaPad Tablet
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20100037-251/lenovos-a1-tablet-goes-cheap-stays-classy/?tag=cnetRiver

Global – Guardian journalist negligently disclosed Cablegate passwords
http://www.wikileaks.org/Guardian-journalist-negligently.html

German ban on Doom finally lifted
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/08/31/2024209/German-Ban-On-Doom-Finally-Lifted

Gadgets

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7: Dual-core chip, new screen
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20100273-264/samsung-galaxy-tab-7.7-dual-core-chip-new-screen/#ixzz1WiRG60hn

Samsung Galaxy Note: Big phone or tiny tablet?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20100285-264/samsung-galaxy-note-big-phone-or-tiny-tablet/?tag=contentBody;topStories

Toshiba slims down with AT200 tablet
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20100458-1/toshiba-slims-down-with-at200-tablet/?tag=cnetRiver

Science

Chinese want to capture an asteroid into Earth’s orbit
http://dvice.com/archives/2011/08/chinese-want-to.php

VOICEMAIL

Video Voicemail from Jawn

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EMAILS

Hey BOLers-
I’m so glad to hear that the US government is finally stepping out from under the umbrella of the telecommunications and media corporations and halting the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. Maybe things are finally turning around in favor of the consumer?
Michael”

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Hey Buzz –

I called in the other day about the iPhone on Sprint being like the football team showing up to the chill party you’re throwing at your parent’s house. I just wanted to update you and let you know Sprint is already starting to suck. They’ve made two changes in anticipation of the iPhone arriving:

1. They’ve nearly doubled early termination fees from $200 to $350.
2. They’re increasing their “”upgrade fee”" (that’s the money they charge you for the privilege of charging you more money) from $18 to $36

This does not bode well for the last kinda good carrier.

-Sam in SLC

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Hey guys,

Just wanted to comment about the statement that AT&T put out about being able to add 5000 jobs.

I work as a contractor for AT&T as desktop support. In that time, I’ve seen entire call centers (3 in total with 300+ people) go from full time employees to contractors. All so AT&T can pay them less, and not have to offer benefits. So even if they did offer 5000 jobs, the quality of those jobs, IMO, would be questionable.

Love. The. Show.

Thanks,
Anonymous

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I was listening to BOL Podcast #1543 and you guys FINALLY mentioned Linux! Thank you so much! I have been waiting for Cnet to mention it or something! Cnet needs a Linux show. Thanks and Love the show!
David
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Buzz crew:

I’m converting my failed ostrich farm (leaner than beef, but very gamy) into a panda farm. Getting rid of the remaining birds is too much work. So I’ll just let the pandas do the work and film it for a reality show. (Many birds were harmed in the making of this show.)

Mike

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http://bol.cnet.com, 800-616-2638 (CNET), buzz@cnet.com

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