Hey, everyone, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m B.C.
in for Molly Wood whoÃ¯Â¿Â½s out on jury duty,
even though she told the judge she considers sneezing a
That didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t get her excused, so some poor
bastardÃ¯Â¿Â½s sitting at the defendantÃ¯Â¿Â½s table in a pool of
sweat...wondering if heÃ¯Â¿Â½ll get the death penalty or a personalized
Molly Rant...and wondering which would be worse.
First, the Gadget of the Week.
The Gadget of the Week are the twin titans of titillation from
The duelling 55Ã¯Â¿Â½ OLED TVÃ¯Â¿Â½s from LG and Samsung.
LG won our best of show award but both made people stare and
grin like they just saw a three-breasted stripper.
The image quality coming off these guys was good enough to
make you hate whateverÃ¯Â¿Â½s on your wall now, but the the best part
was round the side yard, where the cases are as little 1/6th of an
Yes, at CES 55Ã¯Â¿Â½ OLED made the biggest impact and when the
LG arrives in Q3 it may do the same to you checking account at
an expected price of around $8 grand.
Now the news.
The SOPA blackout is happening as weÃ¯Â¿Â½re on set today, with
sites like Wikipedia, Reddit and Mozilla going dark for a day in
protest of the proposed law that would use some pretty heavy
handed tactics to shut down alleged pirates outside the
jurisdiction of U.S.
laws and do so in ways that seem to have few
if any of the checks and balances afforded by due process.
I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t know, I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t download pirated movies canÃ¯Â¿Â½t imagine it
would affect me.
Bill Gates is ending malaria...and Apple is ending scoliosis.
we tape today weÃ¯Â¿Â½re awaiting an announcement from Apple that
is expected to to be one of the biggest moves to digitize
textbooks, relieving kids of 40 pound backpacks full of books
with 40 year old information:
The irony here is that Steve Jobs was the guy who said whats
wrong with education canÃ¯Â¿Â½t be fixed by technology!
Jerry Yang has departed Yahoo!
where he stubbornly held on to
the title of Chief Yahoo!, even after the 90Ã¯Â¿Â½s ended.
Now that he
has a lot of time and lot of money on his hands, it begs for a
special lightning round of...
Cliche Things Tech Big Wigs Do Next
#5: Build a new home with a studio so they can jam with John
#4: Join a V.C.
firm and stroke their chin.
#3: Launch an incubator and inflict the next Sean Parker on is.
#2 Start a rocket ship company.
#1 Do nothing as big as the first thing they did.
Please, Jerry, break the mold.
And finally, the Zappos site got hacked this week, exposing
some 24M users records, probably to some shoe fetishist who is
also an IT admin who gets off on scale.
Not only is the Zappos culture a little funky, but so was their
response: They shut down phone support and went all
email...they set up a special site for changing your password,
which didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t work, at least not at first...and every on the support
staff was issued two joints per shift.
Well, not that last part, but theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re reputation as the tie-dyed side
of Amazon didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t exactly serve them well when this very real,
boring and serious crisis came down.
ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m B.C., MollyÃ¯Â¿Â½s
back with the verdict next week.