The Buzz Report
Apple without Jobs: Don't panicSure, Steve Jobs is stepping down at Apple. But you know he's not leaving without a plan. Right?
Hey, everyone, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news that everyone is talking about. Everyone is talking about only one thing this week, so letÃ¯Â¿Â½s get right to it. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs resigned from his CEO position on Wednesday. In his letter of resignation to the board, he said he can no longer meet his duties and expectations as CEO of Apple. COO Tim Cook will take his place, and Jobs said he plans to remain as AppleÃ¯Â¿Â½s Chairman of the Board. In a separate note to Apple's board members and the Apple community, Jobs said that "Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Obviously, though, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s just about impossible to imagine Apple without Steve Jobs, and the news hit the tech community pretty hard. Some folks on the Internet, of course, are already predicting doom and gloom for Apple, because hey, that's what the Internet is for. That and cat videos. But Steve Jobs will still be around, you know heÃ¯Â¿Â½s got like a 100-year plan for Apple that he gave Tim Cook in a sealed white lucite cube, and itÃ¯Â¿Â½s going to be ok. Also, we did spot one really cute tweet. It said: Steve Jobs' text was meant to say: "I reign as CEO of Apple" Damn you autocorrect!Ã¯Â¿Â½ Good one Ã¯Â¿Â½ Ok, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s to do a show, shall we? LetÃ¯Â¿Â½s start with the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the HP TouchPad. Yeah, right? The must-have device of the season, thanks to HP brutally killing it off after giving it a generous 48 days on the market to destroy the iPad. Tell me THAT wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t planned the second Leo Apotheker walked in the door. Anyway, in an effort to get rid of all those TouchPads, HP started selling them for as low as 99 bucks, and people. went. wild. Lines outside of Best Buys, multi-page Slickdeals threads detailing where and how to get one, sellout reports, gloating, hoarding. Now theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re going for more than 300 dollars on eBay. And you know what? Even with a brand-new install base, a cult following, and all this great attention? I think HP is STILL so stupid that theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re not going to do anything worthwhile with the WebOS platform. But hey, their new enterprise software plan sounds fun, too. Moving on... Yay for new privacy changes at Facebook! The company rolled out some big new changes this week, including the ability to filter who sees whatever you post when you post it. Kind of like Google Plus Circles. Facebook swears they had these changes in the works for a long time before Google Plus came out though. Ok. You can also change who sees a post even after you post it, which is good for like, Internet regret. In other changes, you get more control over whether youÃ¯Â¿Â½re tagged in any photos, although more people can now tag you. TheyÃ¯Â¿Â½re getting rid of Ã¯Â¿Â½Places,Ã¯Â¿Â½ but you can put location in any post. OH, and you can block someone, like an ex, and then they can never tag you and all your tagged interactions disappear forever. NICE. YouÃ¯Â¿Â½ve just been ERASED. I LIKE it. Although, that reminds me, actually Ã¯Â¿Â½ hey, Facebook, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s go Powder our Noses. Can I give you an idea that you SHOULD take from Google Plus? You can call it my idea if you want. But I really want the Ã¯Â¿Â½mute this postÃ¯Â¿Â½ thing they have. Like, donÃ¯Â¿Â½t get any more notifications when someone comments on a specific thread -- and I know you know what threads IÃ¯Â¿Â½m talking about. When someone has a baby on Facebook. And I want to say congratulations, but then I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t want to get a pop-up every time the other 300 people say congratulations. You know? Anyway, thanks in advance, IÃ¯Â¿Â½d love that. Ok, moving on in the news today. Reports say the iPhone 5 could be coming to both T- Mobile and Sprint. Now, some people already have unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile, so itÃ¯Â¿Â½s mainly huge news for Sprint customers! Yay! The little network that could, and the iPhone on it and the happy! Yay! NO. Shut it DOWN. Pray this rumor is not true, Sprinties. The iPhone is the ultimate Trojan horse Ã¯Â¿Â½ itÃ¯Â¿Â½s like a blanket covered in smallpox. When the iPhone comes to town Ã¯Â¿Â½ unlimited plans DIE. Now, on to one of my favorite stories of the week, the latest update in the great Apple- Samsung pissing match of 2011. Apple has had some victories lately Ã¯Â¿Â½ the EU ban on selling Galaxy Tabs -- which was actually overturned, except in Germany. Now, though, thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a new ban on selling the Galaxy PHONES in the Netherlands. But Samsung isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t going down without a fight. An awesome, hilarious, cult-film-loving fight. TheyÃ¯Â¿Â½ve cited Stanley KubrickÃ¯Â¿Â½s Ã¯Â¿Â½2001: A Space Odyssey,Ã¯Â¿Â½ as PRIOR ART in AppleÃ¯Â¿Â½s design patent case, because of this scene. Um. RIGHT? How is that not a very, very big iPad or Galaxy Tab or whatever!? Kubrick PWNS! Hell, I want to see the Kubrick estate jump on in here. Cage match! And finally, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s have a look at whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s Clogging the Tubes. The site Fiverr dot com has been all over the place lately -- people put up Ã¯Â¿Â½jobsÃ¯Â¿Â½ that theyÃ¯Â¿Â½ll do for five bucks, like write a message on a piece of lettuce that a bunny eats, or recommend your LinkedIn page or write a song for you. But the biggest hit from Fiverr is Dancing Dror. See for yourself. HeÃ¯Â¿Â½s gone viral since he put one of his dances up on Regretsy and got about 300 orders. And donÃ¯Â¿Â½t even think about trying to get him for your birthday present, because heÃ¯Â¿Â½s not even taking any NEW orders. Now, TELL me you donÃ¯Â¿Â½t love the Internet. And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and thanks for watching.