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Buzz Out Loud 962: Listen, Dutch boy, sit down

Brian Cooley gets mad at the Swiss and the Dutch in this episode and takes up the defense of Microsoft. We also decide to pitch IBM against Wolfram Alpha in a battle royale.

Brian Cooley gets mad at the Swiss and the Dutch in this episode and takes up the defense of Microsoft. We also decide to pitch IBM against Wolfram Alpha in a battle royale.


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Episode 962

Apple readying 'media pad' and 'iPhone lite' for launch soon?
http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/04/apple-readying-media-pad-and-iphone-lite-for-launch-soon.ars

Mozilla releases Firefox 3.5 beta
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10228665-2.html

Microsoft debuts Vine in Seattle: Twitter+Facebook on steroids
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/technologybrierdudleysblog/2009134578_microsoft_debuts_vine_in_seatt.html

Don’t get confused: Facebook’s open-stream approach isn’t like Twitter’s
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/04/facebook-bets-on-open-approach-launches-stream-api.html

Woman loses job for being on Facebook on sick day
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10228434-93.html

Amazon acquires Stanza, an e-Book application for the iPhone
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/amazon-acquires-stanza-an-e-book-application-for-the-iphone/

QuickTime to receive YouTube support
http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10228221-12.html

Europe funds secure operating system research
http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/27/2324216&from=rss

A Look At the Wolfram Alpha “Search Engine”
http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/27/006231&from=rss

Salma Hayek hacked
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2345973,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121

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VOICEMAIL

Kevin Android needs branding

EMAIL Natali
Team Buzz -

I imagine you will discuss Microsoft’s new Vine application today. It find it an interesting concept in that it attempts to add structure to things we do already: Twitter and the emergency broadcast system for instance. Will their idea of creating a new infrastructure to “mashup” our current communication practices work? If I am going to text someone that I made it home safe, why would I want to go through Microsoft when I can directly communicate with the recipient? Are they trying to monopolize common sense? I guess buy-in by users will guide the success of the project. I am a little negative on this though. Also, when I watched the demo videos I was someone befuddled as I do not automatically equate an “emergency” with having someone walk my dog and hoping someone else is going to make me a pie? What’s with that?

Finally, I don’t like the name. Personally, when I think vine I think of hard to kill-never-stops-growing-snuffs-out-other-living-things-in-my-backyard-plant. Oh, now I know why they used it.

Mike in Dayton
Natali
Please do not use my name.

You discussed in EP 961 that AT&T service in NY and SF was terrible.
Just wanted to pass along that AT&T is currently overlaying 850 MHz
spectrum in ATL, NY, and SF. This is high-quality spectrum that can
penetrate impedences, even provide signals in Subways.

I believe the current spectrum used in those areas is 1950 MHz.
Tom
Hey Buzzies,

I was going to go download Opera just now from Opera.com, hoping it will launch faster then FireFox when I have Lineage 2 running (I use Chrome but L2’s anti-cheat system, GameGuard, prevents it from working). Anyways, I was greeted with a VERY retro web splash page, celebrating Opera’s 15th anniversary. You should check it out it’s pretty funny, it’s got the random ugly gif animations, even some flames at the bottom. Hmm.. Reminds me of some Geocities pages I’ve seen….

http://www.opera.com/

Anyways Love the show :)

-Kassandra