Rumor Has It, Ep. 18: No, Samsung, we don't need a bigger Galaxy Tab (podcast)

This week, Emily and Karyne bet on whether the new Xbox will drop in fall of 2013; Samsung will bore us with an unnecessarily enormous new tablet at Mobile World Congress; Nintendo will embarrass itself by changing the name of the Wii U to something much, much worse; and Mark Zuckerberg will loosen his death grip on Facebook and let it go public on Wednesday.

"If the wind changes, you'll be stuck like that!" (When the live stream freezes, we learn the expressions our faces are apparently capable of making.) Screenshot by Andrew Hoover

To celebrate Mark Zuckerberg maybe possibly loosening his death grip on Facebook, Karyne and I give you a little Econ 101 lesson.

Kidding! No we don't. All I learned in Econ 101 was that there is apparently no such thing as a free lunch (then what was that pizza I just found abandoned in the kitchen and ate, hmm?) and that the more scarce a thing is, the more money it will cost.

But scarcity might explain why unvested stocks of Facebook have been some of the highest valued and most traded on SecondMarket--a market to trade stocks in private companies-- until Zuck stopped letting Facebook be traded there this week , ostensibly because a proper IPO is about to be filed.

Yadda, yadda, math, money, numbers! All I want to know about Facebook going public is this: if suddenly I can own a bit of the company, can I have a say in rolling back the wretched Timeline ? Ugh! Let's all buy stock and then rise up and demand the old interface back!

Other stuff we bet on this week: whether the new Xbox will drop in October of 2013; Samsung will bore us with an unnecessarily enormous new tablet at Mobile World Congress; and Nintendo will embarrass itself by changing the name of the Wii U to something much, much worse.

Oh, also--almost forgot--the iPhone 5 could be coming this summer , and it may be waterproof. No biggie.

EPISODE 18


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Links from the show!

New Xbox coming in fall 2013?

New Xbox might SUCK!

Microsoft phasing out Microsoft Points?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 11.6-inch tablet incoming?

Wii U might change its name

Facebook IPO filing could be around the corner

Is AT&T jockeying with FCC to take control of Dish's new wireless spectrum?

Is Facebook run by sociopaths?

Can Barnes & Noble save the bookstore?

New Nook coming this spring

Heard a tech rumor you think we should cover? E-mail us at Rumorhasit [at] cnet.com, or directly at karyne.levy [at] cnet.com or emily.dreyfuss [at] cbsinteractive.com. And call and leave us a voice mail at 1-800-750-CNET!

And don't forget to follow us on Twitter! @EmilyDreyfuss, @karynelevy, @RumorShow, @stephenbeacham.

 

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