727 - Microsoft to Yahoo: Let's take it slow
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Actual tech news today! For example, Microsoft is re-wooing Yahoo, Nintendo is stomping through the console market like Godzilla in Mario's Kart, the first public Firefox 3 candidate is now available, and Apple is trying to win direct downloads for the new iPhone. Oh, and if our caller from UPS is to be believed, those iPhones might be starting to arrive in stores right now! (Dear CBS: Send pie!)

Stories CoveredEdit

Microsoft, Yahoo forced into each others’ arms [1] [2] [3]

Silicon Valley Rumor: Microsoft to buy Yahoo Search and then Facebook [4]

One-fifth of Americans have never used e-mail [5]

Nintendo Wii outsells 360, PS3, PS2, PSP combined in April [6]

Best Buy: FCC has no power to fine us over analog TVs [7]

Shops track customers via mobile phone article3945496.ece

Microsoft confirms Windows adheres to broadcast flag [8]

Ars Technica acquired by Conde Nast: The lowdown [9]

First public Firefox 3 candidate shoots out the door [10]

Apple wants more mobile music from labels [11]

Zoho Writer search bug exposes private docs [12]

Using magnets to turn off the brain’s speech center [13]

From The PhonesEdit

Ben WashingtonEdit

Special delivery.

Anonymous TurkEdit

We got some Powerset search results.

Dan OhioEdit

More NBC vengeance?

In the ForumsEdit


BSG and HuluEdit

Starting with Friday’s episode, new Battlestar Galactica will not appear on until over a week after their cable premier. It was particularly nice that they only told us this late Saturday Afternoon, after people had been waiting all day refreshing hulu to see it.

This has caused many people to write into hulu’s forums with pretty angry reactions. Here is mine:

“This seems like a crack dealer approach to dealing with your customers. Give them a great service for 8 episodes to get them hooked… and then remove it in an attempt to get them to pay a higher cost for your cable channel.

If people do actually watch it on the cable channel, then they probably don’t need come here; so what exactly is the new point of hulu? Apparently it has none. I thought it was supposed to be an ad supported alternative to watching shows on your tv. Apparently, though, it is just meant to draw new viewers into watching the shows by ordinary means, by trickery. This will of course not work, as most people will probably just get the show by means that are not in SciFi/hulu’s control, and other people, like myself, will just wait the extra week for it to come on hulu but will have a much lower opinion of the service and the SciFi channel.

I will personally wait the extra week and watch the show here; but, as Colbert would say, consider yourself “On Notice” hulu.”

--Jack (Berkeley)

Violent videogamesEdit

Hey guys,

Great podcast! I am actually the guy who is working with Dave (doing the trash talking) on that video game study. Thanks for the shout out. I am thinking that people who are more aggressive just normally play more violent games.

Just a thought, maybe you can set the botnet against those Texas crazy ants…. what’s that ants? The botnet said your queen is very fat?



XP SP3 endless reboot on my DellEdit

Hey guys,

I know I’m a bit behind on the podcasts, but i was listening to episode 723 when you guys were talking about the hp computers being a problem. Well just for the record, i have a dell, and it has an Intel processor in it. So why did i get thrown into this endless reboot cycle? The world my never know.

Love the show, --Nick the high school student

P.S. To get rid of this problem, I had to do a system restore.

Early DTV adaptationEdit

I was listening to Talk of the Nation earlier and I heard that in Willmington, VA they are gonna switch over to full DTV and shut their analog towers off on September 8th of this year! I guess that’ll be the true test to see if its gonna freak out the masses or pass like a calm fart in the back of the class room. Again, love the podcast

sincerely --evandr from peoria, il

Additional NotesEdit


After The CreditsEdit

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