1066 - Tin Foil Phones
Friday, September 18, 2009
Jason Howell Co-hosts: Rafe Needleman, Natali del Conte & Brian Tong
Jason Howell

We finally get to the bottom of why Apple rejected the Google Voice App, how not to get caught for being a thief over Facebook, and we have plenty of sympathy for Palm. Also, Rafe hates libraries and culture.

Stories CoveredEdit

Google Voice rejection came from the top at Apple

Facebook break leads to burglary suspect

Swedish group calls gaming addiction a ‘pandemic’ threat

Test-drive: Office Web Apps technical preview

Palm losses mount despite the Pre

Palm abandons Windows Mobile

PSP minis lack network features for fast approval time

New Digsby comes clean

Verizon boss hangs up on landline phone business

iPhone case that reduces radiation

Google patented reading lists,590,691.PN.&OS=PN/7,590,691&RS=PN/7,590,691

Gene Roddenberry’s Mac Plus is coming up for auction


Brian from Albany on Google making toys for geeks only

Mike from Irvine on Bing Bing Bing


Hey Buzz Crew,

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(look for the link on the show notes)

At first it may seem like only Home Premium is offered, but if you click "I need to join my network's domain" at the bottom of the page, you will be presented with Professional. Which is one of very few reasons anyone would need Professional anyway, though they could make it a bit more obvious.

Thought your listeners should hear about this!


-Nick the Biochemistry Grad Student

Honestly I don’t understand why people aren’t talking about this more. Libraries are a community resource of technology and learning and easy to take for granted.

On the one hand it’s great to see up close what the (supported by the Gates Foundation) does to support public libraries. On the other, it’s hard to believe that America’s first library, set up by Ben Franklin, can close with very little fanfare.

Maybe Buzztown can start a campaign or just shout from Twitter or Facebook or their blogs, so this tragedy can get a voice?


Sheala, GA

I was listening to episode 1065 and you talked about Google putting out a printer for their online books.

I work in academia and I think this is bass-ackwards. It seems like they’re trying to make books more like PDFs (or whatever format) when what I want is for PDFs to be more like books. Writing in the margins and stuff like that is great, but I can’t keep 1000 books in my laptop case, or easily search them all for a word, or quickly sort them by publication date, etc.

Shouldn’t we work at bringing desired features to the new technology not adding features to the old technology? Let’s make PDFs have the features we love about books. Otherwise it feels like adding a hand crank starter to the engine on a Prius.

Just my thoughts.


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