While Senator Al Franken continues to throw a fit over wireless carriers spying on their customers, we learn about yet another fed program to illegally monitor communications. Dear Senator while carrier behavior is abominable, please get your own house in order first. Those of us who care about our privacy still have more than two carriers to chose from – at least until you and your cronies take that freedom away too. Meanwhile, lawyers start a gold rush trying to cash in.
The many benefits of being a Protect IP supporter (if you’re a member of Congress). In reality it’s another attempt to extend the life of a zombie business model using government to impede progress. Meanwhile DHS continues to seize domains outside of its jurisdiction.
The high cost of outsourcing manufacturing? Sooner than any so called expert would have predicted, $99 Android 4.0 tablet using a home grown Chinese CPU becomes reality. While it’s aimed at its home market, the impact will be felt in the west, much sooner than expected.
FCC chair magically discovers the AT&T T Mobile really is anti free market after the public outcry becomes deafening. With his unpopular boss’s re-election prospects dimming, this is one crony deal that may not make the cut.
High debt and the promise of more new competition inspires Wall Street to lose it’s enthusiasm for Netflix. The short term winners to watch for are big media companies that own large content libraries as demand for their product grows.
Penguin nixes library lending of eBooks. On self inflicted bullet to this publishers right foot, with five more to go.
Protect IP filibuster planned by Senator Wyden. It will include the reading the names of citizens who oppose it. Is your name on the list? If not you can add it here.
Core wars: 144 CPU chip goes into production.
Crowdsourcing astronomy: New planet discoveries come from home based amateurs.
Google’s long rumored cloud drive gets closer to reality. Will it be monetized with ads the are eerily relevant to the files stored?
Big label music introduces a bargain priced shake down fine for file sharers. With free to cheap subscriptions dominating low sample rate music distribution, does this make any sense at all?
Dish wants in on wireless. If T Mobile really needs a buyer, here is a match that is far less anti-competitive. Regulators please take note.
Everything you need to know about the current handset patent mess.
FCC announces a public test of White Spaces. It’s only a test and there’s no word of it being made public going forward. Leave the cork in the champagne bottle, but it may be OK to chill it and hope.
Now that Google owns Moto patents, Apple wants a truce. Advice to the Searchzilla: sue with prejudice until they the fruity kids call a truce with every Android device maker. Then go after Microsoft.
Verizon jumps into the prepaid biz with a $50 unlimited plan. Watch for AT&T to use this as “proof of a competitive market” without T Mobile. It could be a trojan horse as prepaid rates can be raised or lowered at will. If V sticks to this for the long haul, look for the second tier to move unlimited below $40. Even at that price wireless will continue to be phenomenally profitable.
Windows 8 preview scores half a million downloads in 12 hours. It’s free to try, but at $150 or more to buy, I don’t think there will be so many easy takers.
Intel’s Atom gets some Android love. This late in the game no one may even care. A significant number of device makers have no other relationship with Intel that it can leverage. That will make getting any market share difficult.
Sprint sues to block AT&T / T Mobile. Maybe the small carriers like Metro PCS, and a few of the so called consumer advocacy groups should join in. AT&T still has the momentum. The DOJ suit only insures some concessions with more AT&T money for the Obama campaign. It’s time step up and put this very bad deal down with overwhelming force.
AT&T offers a few choice words in response. Those words obviously crafted for the grossly uniformed (like Congress)
US government ordered to reveal warrantless cell phone tracking cases. I wonder if the feds will try to plead the 5th amendment?
French PM says copyright Copyright trumps human rights. No matter how corrupt US pols get, the French seem to stay one step ahead of us. At least the French still get great broadband cheap.
UK delays 4G spectrum auction. I think they should open it up for 100% free, low power use and let the free for all of very cheap 4G begin.
Groupon IPO now in doubt. You can blame the bad market. With Sarbanes Oxley still in place, going public makes no sense for a company with double Groupon’s revenue.
As if things weren’t intense enough around AOL, Arianna Huffington and Michael Arrington continue to do battle. One has to wonder when AOL shareholders will start whacking management for endless bad decisions.
Conde Nast casts off Reddit. Could this be the beginning of the end for old media thinkling it has a better way to run mew media?
Yahoo boots Bartz. What took so long?