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The Buzz Report
Kill the demon copyright law from hell!Rise up and slay SOPA before it can suck the entire Web down with it! Also in buzz-worthy news this week, the Kindle Fire is for nerds and grandmas both. Who knew?
Hey, everyone, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news that everyone is talking about. This week, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the worst Internet copyright law in the history of the Internet and possibly all time, GoogleÃ¯Â¿Â½s iTunes killer, and FacebookÃ¯Â¿Â½s traumatizing news feed. But first, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week. The Gadget of the Week is the Kindle Fire. Is it the iPad killer? Will its 200 dollar price tag make it the darling of the holiday season? WeÃ¯Â¿Â½ll see, but now that weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve had a look at it, our official opinion is that itÃ¯Â¿Â½s pretty dang good. It launched with Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora, which was a pleasant surprise, and if youÃ¯Â¿Â½re already an Amazon fan, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s pretty much Amazon playland. AND, thanks to the hot and heavy hacking community, it could be an Android playland, too -- the Fire has already been hacked, and instructions posted online to root it and potentially install whatever Android software or version you want. SO rare that a gift is perfect for both grandma AND nerds. Well done, Amazon. And now for the news. Actually, now, for a Molly Rant. This week, the House Judiciary Hearing held a hearing to discuss the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, or as I call it, the demon copyright law straight from hell. The act would allow a copyright holder with a beef accuse a Website of infringement, and then the government would force search engines and payment processors to block that site or the entire domain -- WITHIN FIVE DAYS. ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s no due process, because the sites donÃ¯Â¿Â½t have to be CONVICTED of wrongdoing, just accused, and thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s not much recourse for sites that ARE wrongly accused. If youÃ¯Â¿Â½re accused, youÃ¯Â¿Â½re pretty much screwed. Search engines and ISPs would live in constant fear, any site that aggregates user content should just shut down NOW, and donÃ¯Â¿Â½t even get me started on free speech and the big government-maintained blacklist of banned domains. The bill is insane. Basically, everyone who knows anything about the Internet is like, Ã¯Â¿Â½are you KIDDING me, this is the worst law EVER.Ã¯Â¿Â½ And the RIAA and the MPAA are like, Ã¯Â¿Â½suck it, fools, we WROTE that ish.Ã¯Â¿Â½ And Congress is all, Ã¯Â¿Â½I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t really know that much about technology, but these guys at the RIAA and MPAA have a LOT of money, so letÃ¯Â¿Â½s have this awesome hearing where four out of the five witnesses are FOR the bill, and then yell a lot at the one witness from Google whoÃ¯Â¿Â½s against it. ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½ll shut Ã¯Â¿Â½em up.Ã¯Â¿Â½ And that is how a bill becomes a law, children! Ok. LOOK at this chart from Politico. This is how much money the entertainment industry has spent lobbying Congress in the past two years, and THIS is how much Silicon Valley has spent. So, that explains it Ã¯Â¿Â½ but dudes. You know what Google has a lot of? MONEY! Come ON, Google, FIX THIS. Start buying some Congress people! The economyÃ¯Â¿Â½s bad, I bet theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re going cheap. BUY LOW, BUY LOW! PS Please write or call your representatives and tell them you actually prefer America, due process, and the constitution, and to please not pass this thing. Seriously. Ok. letÃ¯Â¿Â½s lighten things up here, shall we? Google today announced its new music service, called Google Music. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s free, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s available now, it adds music purchases to the Android Market AND lets you store and stream up to 20,000 songs in the Google Cloud, for free. PLUS, when you buy a song, you can share it on Google + and all of your friends can listen to it once, for free. See, now, was that so hard? Record labels? This will be great. If we like the song, weÃ¯Â¿Â½ll buy it! Sadly, Warner Music Ã¯Â¿Â½ not buying it. TheyÃ¯Â¿Â½re the only major label thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s not on board with the new Google Music service, so no Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Death Cab for Cutie Ã¯Â¿Â½ Enya. Yeah, that hurts. And you know whoÃ¯Â¿Â½s gonna lose with this one? Those artists, and Warner Music. You know whoÃ¯Â¿Â½s gonna win? NOBODY. GET IN THE FUTURE, WARNER MUSIC GROUP. AUGH. Oops, I guess that was a rant after all. And finally this week, a VERY bad spam attack on Facebook is filling peopleÃ¯Â¿Â½s feeds with hard-core porn photos, plus really graphic and gory images of corpses and awful wounds and things. The company finally admitted this week itÃ¯Â¿Â½s been under attack and is investigating. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s unclear whoÃ¯Â¿Â½s behind the malware, but there are some clues: Anonymous had vowed to take Facebook off the Internet on November 5th, AND theyÃ¯Â¿Â½ve criticized Facebook for censoring peopleÃ¯Â¿Â½s news feeds and removing supposedly offensive content, which they do. So, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s not hard to imagine that the funny guys in the masks might be the reason you barfed up your breakfast when you checked Aunt MargieÃ¯Â¿Â½s feed earlier today. Thanks for that, guys. Yuck. And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and thanks for watching.