So, Apple bought Lala, and Ars Technica thinks it has a source who knows what Apple's going to do with it-- it's going to make a Web site that sells music and stores it in the cloud. Kind of like what Lala already is, but it's going to be all iTunes-ified. And that has Rafe worrying about cloud failure again. We also kvetch about Facebook, a Mozilla employee complains about Google, and the "New Moon" videotaper is set free.
Now, Facebook lets users hide friends from people who are not logged in
Mozilla worker touts Bing over Google, citing privacy
FTC: Kids can find adult content in virtual worlds
Charges dropped in ‘New Moon’ taping
Apple to fold Lala into iTunes, transform into Web service
Video game sales drop, but still strong
More drivers using mobile phones since penalty change
USPTO asking for ideas to enhance patent quality
TechCrunch files suit over JooJoo
Data nerds hack NASA (in a good way)
Dwight the key grip on Tom’s 3 DVDs
Hey Buzz Crew,
this is Jeremy the theater manager. I’m writing in to tell you about my chain’s monthly newsletter. One of the constant topics in the letter is recording–how to spot it, what to do about it, so on. Almost every month it’s followed with a picture of a manager and a bow-tie clad teenager holding a five hundred dollar check. I’m not sure how I could sleep at night sending someone to prison and ruining their life for five bills over some crappy camera screener. I really don’t think the punishment fits the crime. Personally I tell all my employees that if they see someone taping, they should sit next to them and ask for the camera. That way, nobody goes to jail, there’s one less unwatchable screener on the torrent sites, and, hey, free camera.
Love the show.
P.S. The MPAA site given in the newsletter is fightfilmtheft.org .
Hi Buzz crew,
Your discussion of real-time writing on Google Wave got me thinking about a great new revenue possibility for established authors.
Imagine if someone like Stephen King were to announce he’s writing his next novel on Google Wave. How many fans and writers would pay $30 for a 1-year membership to access that wave anytime? They could access the wave and watch King write his novel in real time. It’s not only great for King’s fans, but could also be a graduate-level course in writing for serious students.
David in Missouri