Hi, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report Ã¯Â¿Â½ the show about the tech news
that everyone is talking about.
This week, did Netflix just make its first big mistake?
Google Plus is going to get better, but the Internet loves it anyway, and funny blinking
Really funny blinking critters.
But first, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week.
The Gadget of the Week is the Toshiba Thrive, the latest in the giant pile of Honeycomb
tablets trying to take out the iPad.
Although in this case, the Thrive is like the opposite of
It has a totally nerdy looking file manager, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s got connections galore, like
HDMI, USB, and a full sized SD card slot.
And to fit all that in, the Thrive is
But maybe thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s ok.
I think I like a tablet that doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t just try to
be another iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab which is basically an iPad.
You go, Toshiba
You be your own man!
Plus, 429 bucks.
And now for the news.
Netflix announced changes to its rental and streaming plans this
week that caused INTERNET SMASH.
Netflix no longer offers the 9.99 plan that let you
have one DVD at a time and unlimited streaming.
NOW, that plan costs 15.98, and the
DVD streaming combo plans go up from there.
The company is pushing more people
toward the 7.99 streaming ONLY plan, or the 7.99 DVD only plan.
The reason, really, is that Netflix is having a hard time making content deals for
streaming video and movies, and, basically, they need more money.
But not surprisingly,
the concept of a roughly 70 percent price increase for DVDs and streaming made people
addicted to movies and TV lose their MINDS.
The Netflix Facebook page is filled with
angry messages from people who are canceling their service.
And I gotta admit, I see the bind Netflix is in, but considering that they already agreed to
a 30-day delay in new DVD rentals, thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s not a great plan, and the streaming-only
Netflix hardly has ANY popular titles.
Sure, I can watch Xanadu, but what about Ã¯Â¿Â½Black
Devil Doll From HellÃ¯Â¿Â½ or Ã¯Â¿Â½Blood FreakÃ¯Â¿Â½?
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m sorry, Netflix, but Ã¯Â¿Â½ I think maybe itÃ¯Â¿Â½s just
time to see other people.
Google says itÃ¯Â¿Â½s rolling out changes this week to its new social network, Google Plus.
Head of social Vic Gundotra says Google got Ã¯Â¿Â½a lot of criticismÃ¯Â¿Â½ about Plus, mainly that
its Circles are kind of hard to use and you get 50 bajillion notifications every time any
little thing happens anywhere on the site!
But none of that is slowing down growth, apparently.
One report suggests that Google
Plus already passed 10 million users, and is on track for 20 million users by this
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s ok, though, Facebook totally has a plan to deal with the threat.
TheyÃ¯Â¿Â½re rolling out a mobile app for non smart phones.
And theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re really, really good at
A major shakeup at HP this week seems to indicate that the TouchPad tablet launch
didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t go very well at all.
As you know, the TouchPad debuted to some mediocre reviews
-- lots of potential but just maybe like a year too late for what it was.
Well, now, HP has
moved Jon Rubenstein, the boss of WebOS who came over with Palm, to a new role
and put WebOS with Stephen DeWitt, whoÃ¯Â¿Â½s had a lot of success with consumer
products elsewhere at HP.
And you know, I gotta say, I applaud HP for making a bold move in the face of so much
I mean, compare that to RIM, who responded to an open letter from an alleged
senior executive by burying their heads in the sand like ostriches, and continue to insist
that having TWO CEOs who arenÃ¯Â¿Â½t good at running a company is better than having
ONE who is.
Good job, HP.
Take a note, RIM.
And finally, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s have a look at whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s Clogging the Tubes.
This week, the message is
Owls are CRAZAY.
These orphans will eventually be released into the wild, but judging from the YouTube
comments, they could totally put them up for adoption.
Assuming theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re not
Because Ã¯Â¿Â½ how can those be REAL!?
And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and thanks for