Buzz Out Loud 707: Space is cancelled

The Russians have canceled their space tourism program, because space is too serious to monetize. Also, Skype offers unlimited long-distance on ... phones. VOIP is so dead.

The Russians have canceled their space tourism program, because space is too serious to monetize. Also, Skype offers unlimited long-distance on...phones. VoIP is so dead. You heard it here first. In other news, Microsoft bonanza: Windows predictions, welcoming ethical hackers, and burning down your house.
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EPISODE 707

Skype offers unlimited long-distance plan
http://www.reuters.com/article/companyNewsAndPR/idUSN2141013920080421

Google tops Microsoft, Apple in brand power
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9924273-7.html

Britannica makes content free with widgets, publisher registration
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9923867-7.html

Hackers cancel attack on CNN
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/144850/hackers_cancel_attack_on_cnn.html

Prediction: Microsoft will leapfrog Vista, release Windows 7 early, and change its OS business
http://blogs.techrepublic.cbsi.com/hiner/?p=664

Microsoft: Finding flaws on our Web site is OK
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04/21/microsoft_oks_online_flaw_finding/

Xbox 360 burns house down
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/04/21/arkansas_xbox_360_fire/

Zune getting Audible
http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/21/zune-getting-audible/

Twitter FAIL Day 3: Communications Breakdown
http://www.parislemon.com/2008/04/twitter-fail-day-3-communications.html

PayPal denies plan to block Safari
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/144880/paypal_denies_plan_to_block_safari.html

Russia announces end to space tourism in 2010
http://news.slashdot.org/news/08/04/20/218214.shtml

VOICE MAIL

Ryan Colorado
How to get notifications about Twitter.

Barry Georgia
Why you can’t let the transmitters run after the cutoff date.

E-MAIL

Exactly how does Microsoft count their OSes?

Hi guys!

All this “Windows 7″ talk got me thinking: how was the number 7 arrived at? If Vista is “6″, then XP would be “5″. But wouldn’t that mean that 95, 98, ME, and 2000 were all “4″ since before 95 there was 3.1? Right? Or is it just that Bill Gates, like George Costanza, is a big Mickey Mantle fan? I’m confused so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

--Roy (Bethesda, Md.)

P.S. I’ve been listening since around November 2006, through all the downs and ups, and I can say that I truly do love your show. You guys really do need a big ol’ Webby Award. Is there a “For Your Consideration” campaign we can start for next year?


Old episodes

I just noticed that you changed your XML feed. Now I see that many of the older shows on the list, including all of those older than episode 586 (the first episode I listened to, we hate flash drives) are no longer available for regular download. Where can I find an archive of past shows?

--Tony


Cablevision lies to customers to get them to switch to digital service

Hey Buzz Crew,

Thought this would be worth a molly rant …

http://consumerist.com/379852/cablevision-blatantly-lies-to-subscribers-as-the-fcc-twiddles-its-thumbs

Cablevision has decided to send notice out to customers about them moving channels off of analog and moving them to digital and not informing the customer service so...they make random facts up from what they have heard is happening.

Patrick

 

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