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At 1,588, it's the final episode of Buzz Out Loud, the podcast that launched a thousand news stories, arguments, hosts and co-hosts, producers, and good times. We packed the studio full -- Tom Merritt, Veronica Belmont, Jason Howell, Rafe Needleman, Donald Bell, plus, of course, Molly Wood, Brian Tong, and Stephen Beacham...and it's possible there was some Champagne, a little whiskey, some cake, and even a couple of news stories. Oh, and tears. Definitely tears.
The Buzz crew talks about Facebook's historic IPO, and the challenges the company will face moving forward. Zynga is smiling, and so is the invite-only Pinterest. We've figured it out, and it's the new social network for girls or metrosexuals. "Into it, Not Into it" brings us vacuum-sealed couples, and that's all you need to know.
We're looking ahead to Facebook's F8 conference, where we're expecting all new buttons, tons of data porn, and ever more personalized advertising. Google is also looking ahead to Facebook's F8 conference, by opening Google+ to everyone and making hangouts even more awesome. Plus, we imagine a world in which AT&T's ongoing efforts to push through the T-Mobile acquisition could actually result in increased competition and a smaller, less terrifying incarnation of AT&T itself. And then we crack ourselves up. Also, yeah, Fordo's still going.
The European Parliament is, somewhat unexpectedly, riding the the world's rescue by demanding that the super evil ACTA agreement be negotiated in the open and that the three-strike ISP provisions be taken out. Well, hot damn! That's big news! I mean, that
Sure Apple has made their September 9 announcement official, and yeah Disney is buying Marvel and will soon own Spider-man. But we're most concerned about RIBA the robot bear who's coming to get our unhealthy thin humans. Protect yourself! Keep out of b
Pope Benedict XVI has embraced Facebook but it's just an app. So you can't write on the pope's wall or poke him. We also are excited for the queen to get her golden Wii. And we're somewhat excited about the Palm Pre.
IBM is creating a computer that will go to battle against contestants on Jeopardy, and we envision an Internet-connected Google computer searching for the answers in real time. Something tells me this computer will be a little bit smarter than that.
We take on Forbes and its ridiculous lists of Web celebs with a list of our own: The people who make CNET TV what it is.
Finally, we get to bring you, the listener, on to the show and tell you how cool you are. Today's co-hosts: Fordo, RogueTess, Gknee and Dr. Karl!
In today's show, we're introduced to the concept of the "banana phone" (complete with drawings), China tells GoDaddy to Go Away, and a Scottish bank sends a computer into the eBay abyss full of customer data.