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, the smallest phone youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll never use, the
PlayStation NetworkÃ¯Â¿Â½s rocky re-launch, and everybody hates AT&T.
No, this is not
First up, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week.
The gadget of the week is the new HP Veer.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½ll tell you one thing about this phone Ã¯Â¿Â½ it
And at a time when all other phones are getting bigger, and bigger, and
bigger Ã¯Â¿Â½ maybe thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s a good thing!
Unless you canÃ¯Â¿Â½t really use it.
But I mean, come on.
ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s got to be a market for a phone thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s as small as four
quarters laid out in a square.
In fact, I know there is Ã¯Â¿Â½ women with long fingernails who
canÃ¯Â¿Â½t use touchscreen phones and want to stash their phones in their pockets, not a
purse, when they ride their bikes.
Basically, our producer, Sarah.
I guess you can kind of
see why HP lowered its earnings guidance earlier this week.
Keep trying, guys!
And now for the news.
Sony re-launched the PlayStation Network this week, to the delight of gamers who,
despite having their identities ripped off, simply cannot wait to get back online and play
Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Sony offered customers a month of free PSN service in apology
for the almost month-long outage.
Interestingly, Japan wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t allow PSN to come back online there, because it says Sony
hasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t met its stringent security requirements.
But, uh, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s good enough for America?
And sure enough, by the middle of the week, there were reports of yet ANOTHER
security vulnerability that knocked the PSN password reset system offline.
there was no hack, just an exploit that was immediately patched, but Ã¯Â¿Â½ letÃ¯Â¿Â½s just say
benefit of the doubt supplies are low around here right now.
AT&T customer satisfaction is on the decline, according to the American Customer
Because some jokes just write themselves.
survey found that AT&TÃ¯Â¿Â½s customer satisfaction went down 4 percent over the
last year, to 66 out of a hundred.
Interestingly, T-MobileÃ¯Â¿Â½s score ALSO went down
4 percent, to 70 out of a hundred.
Analysts say itÃ¯Â¿Â½s normal for consumer
satisfaction scores to go down AFTER a big merger, but not so much before.
kind of fun to imagine what might happen to consumer satisfaction if that merger
goes through, eh?
Considering people want that merger to happen just about as
much as theyÃ¯Â¿Â½d like a rabid badger for a pet.
By the way, AT&TÃ¯Â¿Â½s response to this was to say, in essence, people may hate us,
but theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re not leaving!
Our Ã¯Â¿Â½churnÃ¯Â¿Â½ is still super low!
Oh, so, wait.
locked them in to contracts it will cost them hundreds of dollars to break, you can
fool yourself into thinking theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re actually not that mad at you?
Good luck with
In other news, IÃ¯Â¿Â½d like to thank Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss for providing me with a
steady stream of News I CanÃ¯Â¿Â½t Fucking Believe.
The Whinervoss boys, as you recall,
were denied their grudge match against Facebook for the THIRD TIME last month, with
a judge saying theyÃ¯Â¿Â½d have to live with their 65 million dollar settlement from Facebook
and that the litigation just needs to stop.
They claim, of course, that CEO Mark
Zuckerberg stole their idea in creating Facebook.
But despite three federal appeals
courts telling them they have no case, the mockery of millions, and the fact that their
settlement is now worth about 100 million dollars, the Whinervosses plan to take this
case all the way to the U.S.
I mean, why not.
The Supreme Court
has nothing better to do than indulge a couple of rich white boys who had that one good
idea that one time and apparently havenÃ¯Â¿Â½t ever had a good one since.
Ok, how about some news that doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t make me mad.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s time to see whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s Clogging
From the Make blog, this Ã¯Â¿Â½ is the most fun you will have watching balls
swing back and forth.
DonÃ¯Â¿Â½t you feel calmer?
That is totally zen.
See you at Maker Faire!
And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and thank you for