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1119 - Do we want Google knowing every site we go to
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tom Merritt, Jason Howell Co-hosts: Rafe Needleman
Jason Howell

Google is opening a DNS service that will provide the service of resolving those domain names you type in, into the website servers you want to visit. But that could really give Google a complete picture of who you are. Do you want that? We also chat about the World Cup coming in 3D and the results of BitLocker encryption being broken.

Stories Covered[]

Google Public DNS service not ideal for everyone

Microsoft’s Bing goes down

2010 World Cup to be screened in 3D

UK Judge Orders Wikipedia To Reveal User’s Identity

Facebook notifies members about Beacon settlement

Online Ad Industry: Advertising Is ‘Creepy’

First commercial tool to crack BitLocker arrives

Mobile phones ‘have not increased brain cancers’

Man “Beats” World of Warcraft

Up Pompeii, courtesy of Google Streetview


Max in Fresno about printers

Kevin in San Antonio on Tablet name


Hi Buzz Crew,

Regarding the dust-up over Twitter vs. “traditional news,” I don’t understand the problem. If CNN or CBS report “TMZ says Michael Jackson is dead. We’re still confirming,” that’s a factual statement. And most people are smart enough to differentiate it from a settled news report 12 hours later. I don’t blame journalists for reporting rumor as rumor, if it’s clearly labeled.

Tom often points out we’re in an “awkward phase” for online media and advertising. We’re also in an awkward phase for online journalism, as reporters and readers learn to recognize that different kinds of news call for different kinds of reporting. Twitter and the Web allow readers to see the story-gathering process, and sometimes that means following dead ends. Despite those dead ends, I say it’s a good thing, not a bad one, for the public to see the process happen.

David (a former reporter) in Missouri

Hey gang,

With all this talk about Google attempting to make a standard print driver, and your discussion yesterday (show 1118) about the up-hill battle this attempt will be due to proprietary printer hardware and the greed behind it, I was reminded of the open source 3D printer efforts. As an engineer and maker I love the idea of these 3D printers and hope to make one (or more) sometime soon myself, but I think there’s currently a greater need right now for open source 2D printing. (Mmmmm…standardized, interchangeable parts…) How about it?


In episode 1117 (sorry this email’s a bit late, but then so was the podcast), you mentioned Google wanting to eliminate printer drivers, and there seemed to be a consensus that the printer manufactures wouldn’t want to go along with a standard. The thing is, there already is a common printer driver standard used by digital cameras – PictBridge (with it’s Picture Transfer Protocol). Seeing as several printer manufacturers already support this standard in at least some of their printers, maybe Google will be building on that.

love the show

Scot in London

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