Hi, I'm Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news
that everyone's talking about. This week, self-driving cars are almost here, the perils
of a glass-encased cell phone, and the monster your monster could smell like.
But first, it's the Gadget of the Week.
The Gadget of the Week is Windows Phone 7. I know, the Gadget of the Week is usually a
gadget, but in this case, Microsoft announced NINE phones that will come with
Windows Phone 7, from Dell, HTC, and Samsung. The first phones will arrive in stores
November 8th, and from the early looks at Windows Phone 7, um, it seems pretty cool.
They slice, they dice, they come with ZunePass and integrated Facebook! They have a
cool animated interface that's slightly reminiscent of WebOS! And they will ... get copy
and paste sometime in 2011. I ... don't know. Copy paste. Who knew it was just SO
And now for the news. Remember how two weeks ago I said self-driving cars were what
we needed to save us from ourselves? Well, Google to the rescue. Apparently, the
company has been secretly working to develop self-driving vehicles. Don't worry -- the
police know all about it, and there's always a person at the wheel, so to speak.
Google says it's working on the technology in hopes of reducing accidents, improve
traffic, and ultimately create automated highway trains that will be more energy
efficient and give us all time back in our commute. Yeah. And you know what? Don't
think I don't hear you sitting there RIGHT NOW, going, "I don't need no damn self-
driving car, I am a great driver, self-driving cars are from the devil, and Google is just
trying to take over the world." Well, knock it off. You're not as good a driver as you think
you are, you're probably texting RIGHT NOW, and yes, PLEASE, Google, save us from our
texting, our traffic, our road rage and our tailgating. PLEASE. Not me, though, I'm a great
driver. Make mine a manual.
In other news, a new study shows that, four months out of the gate, the iPhone 4 has 82 percent more glass
breaks than the iPhone 3GS had in the same time frame. Now GRANTED, though, the scratching and
glass-breaking rate for the iPhone 4 is still VERY low -- lower than most consumer electronics, in fact. But
between the fragility of glass on both sides and Antenna-gate ... I'm betting the next iPhone will look a lot
more like THIS than like this.
Also this week, Microsoft and Facebook announced that Bing will now show you results based on things
your friends have "liked" on Facebook. Bing will also pull in your friends' Facebook profiles. Oh, and in
case you're wondering ... yes, you've been opted in to having your profile and your "likes" show up in Bing.
But I'm told that Facebook will at least warn you that it's happening, and give you the chance to turn it off
early on, if you want to. As for whether this partnership will actually help Bing overtake Google ... I mean.
No. But it's a long race and I do enjoy saying FaceBing. You go, FaceBing.
And finally, let's have a look at what's Clogging the Tubes. This week, a bona fide Internet hit from those
HIPSTERS at Sesame Street ... check it out.
The best thing about this video is how it causes my son to act the same way me and my girlfriends acted
over shirtless Isaiah Mustafa in the original Old Spice ad ... we all just shout "AGAIN" at the computer and
click the replay button over and over. AGAIN!
And that's the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. I'm Molly Wood, and thank you for watching.