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[ Music ] ^M00:00:11 >> Molly Wood: Hi, I'm Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report, the show about the tech news that everybody's talking about. This week it's wireless outages, wireless lawsuits, and whether you're becoming a wireless little hermit. But first, it's the gadget of the week. The gadget of the week is the newest Motorola Droid commercial. The phone itself comes out this week on Verizon, and wow, they are serious about this thing. The campaign started, as you remember, with an insanely brazen attack on the iPhone. The new ad just goes for insane production value. Check it out. ^M00:00:43 [ Music ] ^M00:01:11 >> What in the world is this? >> Man, death from above to the iPhone. Also, didn't I tell you that thing was a transformer? It is. And I want it. And now for the news. It was a wireless carrier kind of week in buzz. First up, TMobile suffered about a daylong outage that left customers unable to reliably send or receive text messages or calls. And TMobile customers were having fits like freaking out over this unacceptable level of service from TMobile. This one day of interrupted calling and texting. Dang. TMobile must be pretty solid because I have this TMobile BlackBerry now, and I noticed that I was having some problems sending text messages. But since I spent the last year and a half on my AT&T iPhone in the San Francisco Bay Area, I just thought it was normal. You TMobile people are spoiled. Moving on. Remember those Verizon ads I talked about a couple of weeks ago with the there's a map for that AT&T smack down? Yeah. AT&T, not happy about that. The company sued Verizon for false advertising saying the blue map makes it look like they don't have any coverage at all in some parts of the country because the map only shows 3G coverage. Basically, I'm guessing they just want the ads off the air, stat, which, you know, yeah, I would too. But don't forget to work on that network. Okay, AT&T? Because, you know, North Dakota needs 3G too. Interesting news from the game console world. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that Wii sales have stalled. He said basically the console doesn't currently have enough extra features like Netflix streaming, and it has a weak software lineup that's contributing to slower sales over time. Wait, really? People got tired of playing games like this one? I don't believe it. And finally, let's have a look at what's clogging the tubes. It's you. But that's okay because it's totally not ruining your life. A new study says the Internet is not turning us into isolated misanthropic lonely little agoraphobes who are afraid to talk to actual people and have no meaningful human relationships, so few. The survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that tech savvy Americans are less isolated than previously thought. And actually, people who use mobile phones and social networks a lot probably have more diverse contacts than they would otherwise. Like they might get to know people of different races or religions that they probably wouldn't have met before. And the study says people who are online a lot might be more likely to give to charity and volunteer. Wow, up lifting, right? The study was conducted as a telephone poll so you can assume that the respondents were the 2,512 people who are really active on the Internet but not so far gone that they no longer answer the phone. So I guess the hermits might still be out there. And that's the Buzz Report for this week everyone. I'm Molly Wood and thank you for watching.

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