Buzz Out Loud 1568: That's just the Google Maps guy, ignore him (Podcast)

The Carrier IQ spy software scandal continues to grow: Al Franken wants an explanation and researchers say it might even be showing up in iOS. AT&T's T-Mobile bid is on death watch, and we perform a live demo of Siri's abortion "glitch" -- biggest problem? It's not search and it should be search. Meanwhile, Google announces that it's planning to map indoor spaces, and we envision a world of Google mapping guys on Segways in the mall and maybe even snooping around our cubicles and kitchens.

The Carrier IQ spy software scandal continues to grow: Al Franken wants an explanation and researchers say it might even be showing up in iOS. AT&T's T-Mobile bid is on death watch, and we perform a live demo of Siri's abortion "glitch" -- biggest problem? It's not search and it should be search. Meanwhile, Google announces that it's planning to map indoor spaces, and we envision a world of Google mapping guys on Segways in the mall and maybe even snooping around our cubicles and kitchens.

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EPISODE 1568

NEWS

-Carrier IQ references discovered in Apple’s iOS

-Phone 'Rootkit' Maker Carrier IQ May Have Violated Wiretap Law In Millions Of Cases

-Carrier IQ apologizes, drops threat to security researcher

-FCC Allows AT&T to Pull T-Mobile Merger Application

-AT&T and T-Mobile merger madness recap

-The report that may sink AT&T’s bid

-Alibaba leading group that may bid for Yahoo

-Apple says Siri abortion answers are a “glitch”

-ACLU asks Apple to fix the “glitch”

-Facebook privacy practices get FTC shakeup

-The apologies of Mark Zuckerberg: a restrospective

-Facebook unveils its most shared stories of 2011

ALSO THIS WEEK

-IPhone expels smoke, glows on Australia flight

-Google maps the indoors!

-Verizon FIOS app to bring 26 live channels to Xbox 360

GADGETS

-Asus Transformer Prime

INTO IT NOT INTO IT

1) Prinstagram delivers retro photos to your doorstep

2) Spotify adds apps

3) Could a 3D iPad succeed where the Nintendo 3DS failed?

4) Don’t try bribing these robot prison guards

5) Your custom robot army is here. Build your own custom robots

6) Toyota, Yamaha unveil connected electric trike, e-bike

7) Spontaneous combusting iPhones

VOICEMAIL

Rob is New Jersy has music news fatigue.

Robert from Atlanta calls in to let us know that Bing also allows 1 free play when discovering new music.

EMAILS

Hey Guys,

I’m a long time follower/lurker of the show and felt the need to write in…. So black Friday came along, and the blackberry playbook (16 GB) was on sale for $199.99. One of THE BEST DEALS of the weekend. I got one and I love it. I went into the store to buy a kindle fire for my wife and couldnt believe the price point on the playbook. $200 (for a better than average/good) tablet, cant really go wrong. I was lucky enough to get the last two. All of the 16 and 32 GB playbooks were almost gone. I looked behind the counter and saw about 100+ Kindle fires sitting on the ground. One employee at the store even had the nerve to tell me, and I quote “”It’s like an IPAD only smaller”" (Seems like they were dying to get some of the stock off their hands). I’m not sure what the sales numbers were, but the Fire didn’t seem to hot this past weekend. Have a good one, Im going back to playing my asian inspired edition of angry birds I was able to put on my playbook today.

Later Buzz Crew

Datruthmb

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Hello Buzz Crew,

If the merger does not go through, $4 billion is one heck of an Early Termination Fee. Take that, AT&T!

Tristan
Elgin, IL

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Hello Buzz Crew,
Like most Americans I was shopping on Black Friday. I went to a book store that night and found a really good children’s book called Good Night iPad by, get this Ann Droyd. I flipped through the pages and thought it was a really great story. As I was reading it I thought who would need this the most. Molly Wood has most of the gadgets in the book and a young son who likes the iPad so it would be better for her. It’s a great book that reminds us that we should turn off our gadgets once and a while. Good news is that the book is on amazon and its on sale right now.

Happy Holidays,

Scott from Detroit

-Goodnight iPad: a Parody for the next generation by Ann Droyd

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