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1127 - Microsoft and EU browser roulette begins
Aired
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Duration
48:00
Producer
Guests
none


So the European Union and Microsoft have finally settled their differences and will begin the browser ballot with no less than 12 browsers to choose from. Is this a good thing? Also, Intel is now under the gun from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. What did it do this time? Listen to find out. And Cherrypal is selling a $99 laptop it bills as slow and sufficient. Nice.


Stories CoveredEdit

FTC formally charges Intel with anti-competitive behavior

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704541004574599791659334798.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/12/intel.shtm


Microsoft resolves E.U. IE case

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10416402-75.html

http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2009/12/microsoft-settles-with-eubrowser-balloting-arrives-in-march.ars

http://money.ca.msn.com/investing/news/business-news/article.aspx?cp-documentid=23035069


Steve Jobs’ dupes blogosphere with AT&T protest hoax

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/16/operation_chokehold/


AT&T: Net neutrality OK if we can cut priority access deals

http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2009/12/att-offers-net-neutrality-compromise.ars


New report offers grim assessment of plug-in hybrids

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/12/new-report-offers-grim-assessment-of-plugin-hybrids.ars


Facebook testing tool to push updates onto Twitter

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142324/Facebook_testing_tool_to_push_updates_onto_Twitter


McDonald’s to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/184807/mcdonalds_to_offer_free_wifi_internet_access.html


Fidelity fires four employees for playing fantasy football

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/12/16/fidelity-fires-four-employees-for-playing-fantasy-football/


Cherrypal's $99 Laptop: Small! Slow! Sufficient!

http://technologizer.com/2009/12/15/cherrypals-99-laptop-small-slow-sufficient/


LED traffic lights are great — except they’ll kill you

http://web.archive.org/web/20091219124711/http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/12/15/national/a133205S26.DTL&tsp=1


VoicemailEdit

Dylan has a question about Paramount Clips


EmailsEdit

Hey BuzzCrew-


So a fun story is making waves in Britain:


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8415750.stm


Basically the internet masses are “Raging against the Machine” known as X-Factor and trying to get a 1992 single from Rage Agaunst the machine as #1 christmas song over the new release from the XFactor champion.


Here’s the kicker…it’s working!


Helping it, is that you can get the single for 29 pence! (~ 47?).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001I4NZP4?ie=UTF8&ref_=sr_1_1&qid=1260881836&sr=1-1&linkCode=shr&camp=3194&creative=21330&tag=tomdavsblo-21


There’s even a facebook group with over 800K members:


http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2228594104


Gotta love the ‘X’-mas spirit! ;)


Cheers & Ho! Ho! Ho! from Oxford!


Tom Merritt the Doppelganger



Hello Buzz Crew,


I have just listened to a recent episode in which you talked about the proposed Internet censorship in Australia and I have to say the proposal is far worse than what is commonly reported in the media. Wikileaks disclosed the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s blacklist of prohibited websites a few months ago. It turns out that the list contains perfectly legal websites including that of a political group

http://www.somebodythinkofthechildren.com/acma-blacklist-leaked-contains-legal-websites/


Despite this controversy I am shamed to say that my Government went ahead with it’s planned trial of Internet filtering. However after the trial ended Stephen Conroy refused to release the official report. We can only speculate as to why, but he did however provide information and consultation to just one political party, The Australian Christian Lobby which has been lobbying very hard in support of the censorship proposal. No doubt they have allot of agendas they would like to see filled by the new regime. As a strong supporter of free-speech I find this deeply worrying. Once a filter is in place every morally bankrupt organization and individual will be able to apply pressure to have anything they personally don’t like, blocked.

http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/conroy-must-explain-why-christian-lobby-gets-net-filtering-trial-update-greens


Thanks & keep up the good work.

~Dan

Perth, Australia




Jason H., Jason H., and Jason H.,


In episode 1126 you talked about Chrome versus Firefox. I have to stay that I would completely switch over to Chrome, it loads faster, is a smoother GUI, and loads pages faster, except that Firefox dowloads things faster. Out here we have a bandwidth shortage, and I end up surfing with Chrome and then copying the URL to Firefox to download things. It’s frustrating. If Chrome/Google get better download performance then I’ll be won over.

Nathaniel Miller on deployment in Afghanistan.

Love the show.

V/R




Hey Buzz Crew,


I don't know if any of you have been paying attention, but with all of the discussion of Verizon and AT&T's 3G coverage, it seems that T-Mobile's progress has been overlooked. T-Mobile is currently adding 3G coverage at a rate of one new city every 1.5 days, with a goal of having 3G available to two-thirds of the US population by the end of 2009. They are also deploying everywhere at 7.2 Mbps, putting them at the top in terms of 3G speed. They also plan to have broad access to HSPA+ (21 Mbps) by mid-2010.


Right now they certainly don't have the largest 3G network, but they sure are bringing their own online very quickly.


List of Cities added recently:

http://forums.t-mobile.com/t5/Coverage/3G-Launches/td-p/236602


Network Expansion Information:

http://forums.t-mobile.com/t5/Coverage/3G-Expansion-amp-HSPA/td-p/254526


-Doug the Software Developer


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