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Buzz Out Loud Podcast 1148: Verizon cuts off alleged illegal downloaders

Breaking news during the show has Verizon admitting to cutting off the Internet access of people accused of illegal downloading. But hey, they don't throttle,they say. Great! Except for cutting off people is really an extreme from of throttling. And also

Breaking news during the show has Verizon admitting to cutting off the Internet access of people accused of illegal downloading. But hey, they don't throttle,they say. Great! Except for cutting off people is really an extreme from of throttling. And also, Verizon isn't getting proof for this, just accusations. The problems with this policy are immeasurable and we discuss them. Oh and Bing may oust Google on the iPhone.

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EPISODE 1148

The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/business/media/21times.html

Bing to oust Google as default iPhone search?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10437785-94.html
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2010/tc20100119_759795.htm

Apple: Verizon To Get iPhone 4G In June, Canaccord Says
http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/01/20/apple-verizon-to-get-iphone-4g-in-june/

Phone Companies Speed Haiti Text Donations
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/01/19/business/main6116106.shtml

…in response to
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704381604575005412610261000.html?mod=wsj_share_twitter

Microsoft to issue IE patch for Google attack flaw
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-10437240-265.html

MS stays IE still safer than anything else
http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/microsoft-switch-from-ie-and-your-risk-increases-664429

Amazon gives publishers a bigger royalty cut for Kindle; Apple Tablet defense?
http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=29735

NYC: Apple in 11th hour ‘tablet’ meetings with leading US book publishers
http://www.9to5mac.com/apple_meetings_tablet_32111

Analyst: AT&T Needs to Spend US$5B to Catch up
http://www.pcworld.com/article/187216/

PS3 Motion Controller pushed back to fall
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10437784-17.html

FreeAllMusic inks 2nd major in free, DRM-less music venture
http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2010/01/freeallmusic-inks-2nd-major-in-free-drm-less-music-venture.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss

Virtual Currency Becomes Real In South Korea
http://games.slashdot.org/story/10/01/19/1653240/Virtual-Currency-Becomes-Real-In-South-Korea
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/19/korean-court-legaliz.html

Verizon ends service of alleged illegal downloaders
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10437176-93.html

Bill Gates joins Twitter
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10437536-56.html

VOICE MAIL
Mark the actuary has his own sarcasm identification system

E-MAIL
Hey Buzzers,

This is Jon the amateur linguist from New York with my first well
actually! In episode 1147, you said that the SarcMark was the first mark
invented that could denote sarcasm. Actually, French poet Alcanter de
Brahm invented the “point d’ironie” (which looks like this: ؟) at the
end of the 19th century and it is actually part of Unicode (as character
U+2E2E).

Anyways,
Love the show and keep up the great work!
-Jon from New York

**********

Hey Buzz Crew,

I'm still trying to understand why cell phone companies charge for both a voice and a data plan considering they just convert your voice call to data anyway at the switch in the tower. Why don't they just come out and say they already do voice over IP and just charge it against our "unlimited" data plan?

Analog voice (data) => unlimited data plan

The same can be said about the cable companies charging us for our "cable TV" plan which is just "digital"... meaning "data". Why isn't that covered in our "unlimited" data plan?

Digital cable (data) => unlimited data plan

If it is all data on the wire, then just call it "data"! The communication industries are really milking this.

My inner "geek" LOVES the show!

Thank you,
Clint Huffman from Seattle

**********

Hey,
Apparently NASA is cutting the price on selling the space shuttles after they are retired. Now down to $28.8 million.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100115/ap_on_sc/us_space_shuttle;_ylt=Aj6khpSuQlTmcw2DgUvcyz2s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFlN2IzdGwwBHBvcwMxMTkEc2VjA2FjY29yZGlvbl9zY2llbmNlBHNsawNyZWNlc3Npb25zcGU-
or
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/jan/HQ_10-012_orbiter_disposition.html

I can just see the Craigslist ad now:

For Sale, used convertible flying RV, custom made, seating for 7, 1 toilet on board, lots of storage space in back, goes REALLY fast, white with black trim, YOU HAUL….

David
In the 4 Ward of Buzztown

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