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1148 - Verizon cuts off alleged illegal downloaders
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Breaking news during the show has Verizon admitting to cutting off the Internet access of people accused of illegal downloading. But hey, they don't throttle,they say. Great! Except for cutting off people is really an extreme from of throttling. And also, Verizon isn't getting proof for this, just accusations. The problems with this policy are immeasurable and we discuss them. Oh and Bing may oust Google on the iPhone.

Stories Covered[]

The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site

Bing to oust Google as default iPhone search?

Apple: Verizon To Get iPhone 4G In June, Canaccord Says

Phone Companies Speed Haiti Text Donations

…in response to

Microsoft to issue IE patch for Google attack flaw

MS stays IE still safer than anything else

Amazon gives publishers a bigger royalty cut for Kindle; Apple Tablet defense?

NYC: Apple in 11th hour ‘tablet’ meetings with leading US book publishers

Analyst: AT&T Needs to Spend US$5B to Catch up

PS3 Motion Controller pushed back to fall

FreeAllMusic inks 2nd major in free, DRM-less music venture

Virtual Currency Becomes Real In South Korea

Verizon ends service of alleged illegal downloaders

Bill Gates joins Twitter


Mark the actuary has his own sarcasm identification system


Hey Buzzers,

This is Jon the amateur linguist from New York with my first well actually! In episode 1147, you said that the SarcMark was the first mark invented that could denote sarcasm. Actually, French poet Alcanter de Brahm invented the “point d’ironie” (which looks like this: ؟) at the end of the 19th century and it is actually part of Unicode (as character U+2E2E).


Love the show and keep up the great work!

-Jon from New York

Hey Buzz Crew,

I'm still trying to understand why cell phone companies charge for both a voice and a data plan considering they just convert your voice call to data anyway at the switch in the tower. Why don't they just come out and say they already do voice over IP and just charge it against our "unlimited" data plan?

Analog voice (data) => unlimited data plan

The same can be said about the cable companies charging us for our "cable TV" plan which is just "digital"... meaning "data". Why isn't that covered in our "unlimited" data plan?

Digital cable (data) => unlimited data plan

If it is all data on the wire, then just call it "data"! The communication industries are really milking this.

My inner "geek" LOVES the show!

Thank you,

Clint Huffman from Seattle


Apparently NASA is cutting the price on selling the space shuttles after they are retired. Now down to $28.8 million.;_ylt=Aj6khpSuQlTmcw2DgUvcyz2s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFlN2IzdGwwBHBvcwMxMTkEc2VjA2FjY29yZGlvbl9zY2llbmNlBHNsawNyZWNlc3Npb25zcGU-


I can just see the Craigslist ad now:

For Sale, used convertible flying RV, custom made, seating for 7, 1 toilet on board, lots of storage space in back, goes REALLY fast, white with black trim, YOU HAUL….

David In the 4 Ward of Buzztown

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