The Buzz Report
Combat pay for GoogleThis week in Buzz, Google hands out bonuses and pay increases, but its maps spark international conflict. Plus, a perfectly good phone that Verizon is about to ruin, and more.
Hi, I'm Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news that everyone's talking about. This week, the mystery missile that wasn't, big bonuses at Google, and accidental international incidents. But first, it's the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the Samsung Continuum -- it's the latest Samsung Galaxy S phone, and it does a neat little trick. It has two displays -- one is a nice big 4.2 inch Super AMOLED display, and the other is a little 1.8-inch ticker at the bottom, which can show you a customized stream of real-time information like, news, sports, weather, and Twitter and Facebook updates. Plus, it can be a mobile hotspot for up to five devices, there's a 5 megapixel camera, and a 1 gigahertz processor. On the other hand, it'll be pre- loaded with Bing and Bing's maps, and Verizon crapware out the wazoo when it hits stores November 18. Buyer beware. And now for the news. Google is reportedly giving every single employee a one thousand dollar bonus and a 10 percent raise. This follows earlier reports that Google was handing out huge cash counter-offers to keep employees from leaving for Facebook. So, either Google is a really, really, really super awesome place to work, or it's an increasingly terrible place to work and they're trying to beg people to stay with cold, hard cash instead of actual efforts to boost morale. I'm not really sure, but I went ahead and submitted a resume just in case. Investigative journalism. Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 this week, with a ... not really like a bang, more like a quiet hum. Early reports said first- day sales were probably around 40 thousand units, although that may have been the result of supply shortages in some places. Either way, Microsoft is planning on playing a long game with Windows Phone 7. Hey, maybe part of their strategy is to let Verizon ruin perfectly good phones with Bing and tons of other crapware, and drive them into the arms of Windows Phone 7! Devious. Oh, all right, cheap shot at Bing. Let's give Google a turn. Apparently, an error in Google Maps caused Nicaraguan troops to accidentally invade Costa Rica. I could tell you what happened, but in this case, I think I prefer a dramatic re-enactment. Mitch: Bienvenidos a Costa Rica Molly: Costa Rica? What are you talking about? This is Nicaragua man. Mitch: No thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s Nicaragua, this is Costa Rica. Molly: No this is Nicaragua. Mitch: CanÃ¯Â¿Â½t you see I have Eco Tourists behind me, that is Costa Rica. Molly: CanÃ¯Â¿Â½t you see my Google Map? It says this is Nicaragua. You need to get out of here. Mitch: Look what the sign says. Molly: You need to go. Mitch: No you go. Either way? Oops. Also a potential oops, this supposed missile launch off the coast of California this week. A CBS News helicopter captured images that look a lot like a vertical contrail, potentially from a missile launch. Some experts say it could be from a plane, a former NATO ambassador said it could be an underwater ICBM shot off as a show of force to Asia while Obama is in Indonesia ... the Pentagon said it couldn't figure out what was going on and the FAA didn't have any answers either, and the Defense Department suggested maybe it was just an optical illusion. Really? This is the competence level of the United States government? No one can tell you what that thing is in the sky, so you start suggesting maybe it was never there at all? Hey, no, I have a better idea, you know what you should do? Blame Google Maps. Let's pacify the masses with a little Clogging the Tubes, shall we? Internet memes collide with the kitteh that says om nom nom. Check it out. Missile? What missile! And that's the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. I'm Molly Wood, and thank you for watching.