Buzz Out Loud 796: Is that an HTC Dream in your pocket?

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.

Molly Wood Former Executive Editor
Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.
Molly Wood
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In today's show, we're introduced to the concept of the "banana phone" (complete with drawings), China tells GoDaddy to Go Away, a Scottish bank sends a computer into the eBay abyss full of customer data, and Apple's latest iPhone firmware shuts down copy-and-paste. As expected, Molly blows her stack. Like, a couple times. It's crazy.
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Apple event for September 9

Network notary system thwarts man-in-the-middle attacks

Drawings of Android phone revealed

Google drops Bluetooth API from Android 1.0

No foreign URLs? Top domain registrar blocked in China.

Bank customer data sold on eBay

Amazon to acquire book-networking site

Apple shuts OpenClip: No more copy-and-paste.

Fuel-Cell car-racing series aims to spur green motoring

Japanese with common last name Yoda denied Facebook account


Robert in Edinburgh
On the 3G Apple reception tests.

On Schneider and iPhone

I have a question.




Regarding episode #795, the development of artificial cat brains is hardly an accomplishment. As a cat owner of many years, what you call a cat brain, I call “any inanimate object in my house.” A book comes when it’s called just as much as any cat and cares just as much about your existence. Even sea monkeys can interact with you more than a cat and sea monkey brains are probably easier to make. Since all cats are a whisker away from feral anyway, I suppose this is a good way to hasten artificial intelligence so we can be the discardable playthings of our robotic overlords all the sooner.

Sea monkeys love the show. Cats do not.


Any members of the Cult of the Cat who can’t stand maligned felines should e-mail the show.



I know, I know…this should be going to CNET feedback, but much like the automated customer-service numbers, I decided to just hit zero and go straight to the operator. I am liking the organization of the new CNET with one aesthetic, yet significant exception. Where did the yellow go? It's part of your brand. A black header? You are not the New York Times…you are better than that; you are CNET. It's like IBM deciding it will now be Big Orange. It doesn't make any sense. There is still time…bring your sexy back.

Austin, TX


Yo ho, Buzz maties!

Arrggh, ehhem uhm… I too hate the new CNET page for
various reasons, not in terms of the design theme of the
logo and color scheme, but because there is no BOL on the
front page! What’s up with that? I already complained
to the feedback page but I thought I should let some
other Buzz Listeners who haven’t gotten a look at the
new CNET know.

Love the Show (On the Front Page)

Andrew Knight



Glad I waited to buy the first iPhone.

Now glad I’m waiting to buy the second one. :)



I was actually just required to buy an e-book for one of my classes. The price for the actual book: $104.00; and the e-book was actually cheaper (amazing, right?). Well, it actually cost: $94.75. Yeah, so they spend $10 on manufacturing and distribution and the rest is still needed for whatever they need money for? I don’t think so. RIP OFF.

Jared the Web developer