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Cheaper Kindle? No, thank you!Why Molly doesn't want a cheaper Kindle, why the Winklevii should just get over it, already, and why a smart phone trying to be a tablet is just a little too cute.
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 sorest of sore losers, a biblical epic about a CEO, and interspecies adorable-ness. But first, it's the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the Kyocera Echo. It aims to answer the question, how do I choose between a touchscreen smart phone and a tablet? Oh, I know! Put two 3.5 inch touch screens on a smart phone, let people attach them and put the phone in "tablet mode," and voila. Problem solved. Kinda. Like many gimmicky gadgets, though, once you get past the "tablet mode," there's not a ton of there there. It's running Android 2.2 with middling specs -- a 5 megapixel camera, a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and, and this is the bad part, NO 4G, even though the big double screens pretty much scream "streaming video." But hey, good little multitasker, right? Don't worry. It comes with an extra battery. And now for the news. The Winklevoss brothers, Tyler and Cameron, continued to lose to Facebook this week. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Winklevii, or as I call them, the Whinervoss twins, cannot overturn a settlement agreement they signed with Facebook that gives them 20 million dollars in cash and partial ownership of Facebook. The Whinervosses wanted out of the deal, because they said they didn't understand what they were signing when they agreed to it, AS SOBER ADULTS, and they didn't know Facebook was going to be worth as much as it is now. In the ruling, even the judge said, look, guys. At some point? You gotta stop suing. The Whinervosses, however, said they plan to appeal the appeal. Guys. Can I see you over here for a second? Look. I understand. Believe me. It sucks to get dumped. And it sucks even more to watch the guy who dumped you become like, prom king and win the football championship and be named Time's Man of the Year. And meanwhile, you didn't even win the Olympics. Ouch. But seriously? You need to move on. All this anger is just not good for you. And also? Your deal is worth a hundred million dollars, you spoiled, whiny brats. Let's ALL move on. In other news this week, at last! There's an authorized biography of Steve Jobs coming out next year. Renowned journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson got unprecedented access to Jobs, his family, and his co-workers for the upcoming book. Which will be called ...iSteve: the Book of Jobs. This is not the part where I'm making a joke. That's the real name of the book. In other Apple news, there are rumors that the iPhone 5 might not launch until September or even early 2012, and there won't be an iPad 3 in 2011 at all. Dude, what are we gonna stand in line for? Cheap gas? Oh yeah, gas is expensive. Amazon this week announced a new, ad-supported Kindle! It's a whole 25 dollars cheaper, and it'll include what Amazon refers to as "special offers." Uh huh. Like, "it was the best of times, it was Coca-Cola time?" For a measly 25-dollar discount? You know what I liked? I liked those rumors about a free Kindle for Amazon Prime subscribers. I'm holding out for that. Cisco killed off the Flip camera division this week, just two years after buying for almost 600 million dollars. The news caused millions of people around the U.S. to mutter nostalgically, "aw, I have a Flip camera somewhere!" And now let's see what's clogging the tubes this week. If you've had a sucky week, like maybe you just lost ANOTHER lawsuit against Facebook, this video is JUST the thing you need to cheer you up. Cat playing with dolphin. Yes, really. See? Don't you just feel better about the world now? And that's the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. I'm Molly Wood, and thank you for watching.