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The Buzz Report
The ghostly disappearance of the white iPhoneIt's a Halloween mystery on the Buzz Report this week: what's happening with the white iPhone? Plus, the end of Limewire and the TSA-safe MacBook Air.
Hi, I'm Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news that everyone's talking about. This week, it's the security-safe MacBook Air, the mysterious case of the white iPhone, and goodbye to Limewire. But first, it's the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the new Barnes and Noble Nook Color. The Nook, you may recall, used to be an e-reader. Now, it's kind of like a baby iPad. It's running a kind of Android lite, it's gone from e-ink to a color LCD screen, and it will now have magazine and newspaper subscriptions in addition to its book collection. It has a browser and a few apps, but not access to the entire Android collection. So, basically, it's less than an iPad, but much more than a Kindle, and it will land November 19th for 250 bucks. It's kind of like ... the three little bears model. Maybe this one will be "just right." And now for the news. A CNN report this week suggested that the MacBook Air might be airport friendly. At least, the 11-inch version. Apparently, TSA said the laptop is considered small enough that it doesn't have to be removed from your carry-on during screening. Which would SEEM to suggest that Netbooks and other small laptops also don't have to be removed from your bag. Did you know this? Because, I did not know this. Go ahead, try to keep your netbook in your bag during security. And then drop me a line after you clear the body cavity check. I'd like to know. Thanks. In other news this week, the world's spam flow has dropped by one fifth since Russian authorities shut down a huge spam site in September. Since then, security analysts say spam levels have dropped by about 50 billion messages A DAY. And that's great! See, but soon, I'm going to need some Viagra or a good line on some penny stocks that I want to spend my Nigerian inheritance on, and how will I know who to call? After a federal court ruling last spring, Limewire is finally shutting down its p2p servers. The company had actually tried, back in 2007, to become a legitimate music download site, but they couldn't get any deals with their former victims. I mean, the labels. And then a federal court ruled last spring that they had to, in essence, stop their software from doing anything their software was doing. So, Limewire's pretty much gone now. In other news, people were still using Limewire. REALLY!? I thought everyone had moved on to eDonkey. Also this week, furious rumors about the white iPhone! First it appeared show up for pre-order. THEN there were reports the entire thing has been canceled! Then finally, Apple confirmed that the white iPhone has been delayed, officially, again, until spring. Which. Why NOT just cancel it? I mean, why are they even making the white iPhone if it's so hard? And why is it so hard? It's WHITE. What's so hard about white? If it was plaid, I could understand that. It's hard to paint a phone plaid. And finally, it's time for a special Clogging the Tubes: Where Are They Now Edition. Where are they now ... with Antuan Dodson. The interviewee and star of the "Bed Intruder Song" has, thank goodness, gotten himself quite the fame ride out of the whole thing. There is a website that sells Antoine Dodson Halloween costumes, he performed the "song" at the BET awards, and he is now hawking a Sex Offender tracking App for both iPhone and Android. Actually, you know what? I think Antuan is now officially over-exposed. Antuan? You need to hide yoself. Run and tell that. And that's the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. I'm Molly Wood, and thank you for watching.