Buzz Out Loud 937: All's fair in love and Twitter

We actually talk about Jennifer Aniston's relationship problems today, because she allegedly blamed them on Twitter. I think Twitter has officially arrived, if it hadn't already. Plus the Asus Eee is getting voice recognition.

We actually talk about Jennifer Aniston's relationship problems today, because she allegedly blamed them on Twitter. I think Twitter has officially arrived, if it hadn't already. Plus, the Asus Eee is getting voice recognition. And Nissan is bringing it with the all-electric vehicle. But for how much?


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EPISODE 937

OnLive to replace game console with online availability of games
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-10202688-235.html

Zeebo gaming console
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-10202898-235.html

Warner Archive site offers DVD burn-to-order
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/story.aspx?guid={A5B4D522-4BE5-4FF5-8022-CBA1A19158B7}&siteid=rss

Dell is working on mobile device?
http://www.gearlog.com/2009/03/michael_dell_were_working_on_a.php

Mobile app store customers to quadruple in next 5 years
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090324005655&newsLang=en

Asus to get voice recognition
http://i.gizmodo.com/5181923/asus-eees-getting-voice-recognition-this-year

Twitter advertising Twitter services
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/23/twitter-opens-the-revenue-faucet-starts-serving-ads/

Nissan turns up the heat on EV’s - U.S. consumer market by next year?
http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090323/ANA02/303239909/-1

Google makes changes to search
http://mashable.com/2009/03/24/google-semantic-tweak-search/
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/two-new-improvements-to-google-results.html

Penguin-free Linux 2.6.29 kernel released
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/24/linux_2_6_29_kernel_released/

Twitter breaks Jen Aniston’s heart
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/twitter/5038203/Jennifer-Aniston-ended-relationship-with-John-Mayer-because-of-his-Twitter-obsession.html

Colbert wins space station name contest
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/23/2128257

VOICE MAIL
James from Irvine
Xbox gives out free demos

William in Las Vegas
IE8 adoption rate.

Matt from Florida
Navteq trucks?

E-MAIL
Hi Buzz Town,
I actually made my Sony Clie PEG-T415 from over 5 years ago a univeral remote where I could control multiple devices. I am surprised it took this long for SmartPhones to be remote devices.

Love the show,

Zach Schneider

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Hey Buzz Crew,

Ann Arbor Michigan is losing its only daily paper. While not a city the size of Seattle (or Detroit for that matter), Ann Arbor is the home to the University of Michigan, and a decent sized city itself.

An article from the Ann Arbor Chronicle (online only news source)
http://annarborchronicle.com/2009/03/23/farewell-ann-arbor-news/

And two from the News’s site on mlive.com
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2009/03/ann_arbor_news_to_close_in_jul.html
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2009/03/letter_from_ann_arbor_news_pub.html

The tech angle here is that the Ann Arbor News is going to a primarily on-line business model via a site launching in July called AnnArbor.com . There will still be two "print editions" on Thursday and Sunday. Should be an interesting venture to watch. I'll keep you posted.

-Matt
Ann Arbor, MI

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I always cringe whenever you (and other podcasters) talk about “Sarbanes Oxley”, so I figured I’d try to summarize the basics for you on the mechanics of GAAP and SOX.

GAAP, generally accepted accounting principles, are the set of rules that must be used to account for financial transactions in the US.

Generally, when non-financial people talk about Sarbanes Oxley, they are only referring to a single section, Section 404. The essence of this section is that a public company must have documented and tested procedures (called internal controls) over the it’s financial reporting. One aspect of this is that you must have controls that ensure that you adhere to GAAP.

In a nutshell: GAAP is the rules. SOX makes you have procedures to follow the rules.

The discussion on why accounting rules would affect the ability to charge or not charge for software upgrades is a topic for another time. Why it can’t be one cent versus $10, is probably a judgement call to make the amount “significant” enough in the accounting sense. IMHO it could be less, but c’mon, they are in the business of making money.

Hope this helps.

–Doug the CPA

 

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