On today's show, Gowalla teams up with Disney to offer virtual pins, instead of the real ones everyone actually wants. And we discover Molly's never been to Disneyland, so maybe Gowalla should sponsor a road trip! Also, Google eyes Groupon, Cox becomes the first cable company to get into the mobile phone game, and carriers threaten to stop subsidizing iPhones if Apple tries to free the phone from carrier confines. --Molly
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MySpace introduces mashup with Facebook
Carriers Objecting to Apple’s Plans for Built-In iPhone SIM Card Even as GSMA Moves Forward
Google Turns Its Local Eyes to Groupon-But Who Else Could Enter Bidding?
Stuxnet worm was perfect for sabotaging nuclear centrifuges
Cox Communications becomes first cable company to offer mobile phone service
Amazon lets gift givers put virtual books in virtual stockings
$399 iPads, fondue sets appearing at TJ Maxx locations across the country
Zynga launches CityVille
OnLive Launches Cloud Video Game Console
Gowalla bringing check-ins to Disney
Google agrees to delete personal UK data
Nokia admits power problems in N8 handsets
Twitter Testing A New "People" Tab: All Your Social Graph Steroids In One Place
Must-read: Long Live the Web (Tim Berners-Lee)
Nokia research team creates touchscreens out of ice
Celebrate the end of Harry Potter with these laser tag wands
Hands on with the Dell Inspiron Duo
Control a 3-D-Mapping Robot With Gestures? Just Add Kinect
France unveils dancing man-frog
Jeff: more Hulu Plus woes
Here is a story for you to ruminate over. A Satellite powered by feces pieces.
Researchers are looking at powering a satellite using human solid waste. It would involve organisms breaking it down to hydrogen.
Just thinking of some of the jokes we will hear like:
Wow, that thing goes like stink!
We stand behind this satellite, just at a distance, and upwind.
This is not just crap, it’s rocket science!
Poop Powered Propulsion Specialist
Watch for Outgassing!
When life gives you $#!&, make rocket fuel.
Kaopectate, for when you absolutely positively have get your rocket home.
And I am sure you can think of many others,
Love the Show,
In the 4th Ward of Buzztown, Near the Bacon Plant
Hey Buzz crew,
Wanted to share something about my experience with production lines. I work for a large company that runs a PBM (Pharmacy Benefits management) system. We have prodcution lines that fill perscriptions with some parts fully automated and other parts that require some user intervention. The scary part of the production system is that none of the pc’s run Antivirus. Most of the PC’s are Windows 2k and some are XP. Also the systems are unpatched. Stuxnet would have a field day changing scripts or addresses. All the safe guards in place could be subverted by Stuxnet like pill descriptions on the packaging or pharmacist reviews. Luckily the production line is isolated from the main company network and there is no internet access as well. USB ports are still active but only a few folks use them to run reports and transfer data.
I do not know about production line systems for other lines of manufacturing but this system would be a hackers wet dream if they could get access to it.
Hey Buzz Crew, was enjoying today’s show up to when you started talking about Stuxnet. Right around the time that subject was brought up, my work computer somehow got a virus and I had to shut it down and have the IT department fix it. Not to start any conspiracies, but talk about bad timing.
Chris Dominey from So Cal.
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