1222 - Unbumble the Internet
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
< Episode 1221

Phrases are coined left and right on today's show, from our plans to unbumble the Internet to the chat-room created phrase "gestApple," to describe the behavior of everybody's favorite door-busting-down, Ellen-berating iPhone-maker. Plus, "three-day-old tuna." It's a fun one. Also, six things you need to know about Facebook Connections (it violates your privacy six ways to Sunday) and the ensuing storm of tablet competition.

Stories CoveredEdit

Six Things You Need to Know About Facebook Connections

EFF fights Facebook bid to outlaw one-stop social apps

House privacy bill draws fire from all sides

Adobe shows off Android tablets running Flash and Air

HP Slate killed? Not so fast

Media want Gizmodo court records in iPhone probe

Dropbox gets a mobile API and a trio of apps

Court: RapidShare doesn’t need to filter user uploads

Oh God No. A Dating Site For Apple Fans

TomTom navigators get Darth Vader voice


John has some thoughts on the broadband plan


Hey Guys,

One of my pet peeves is when people complain about the price of video games. They definitely suffer from sticker shock at the register, but if you look at the long-term entertainment investment – they’re not that bad. Take for example a $60 video game. Let’s say it’s a short game like Heavy Rain with about 10 hours of playtime. That’s $6 per hour of entertainment value. Now let’s say you decide to buy a movie for say $20. You watch it for 2 hours. That’s $10 per hour of entertainment value. The average game is probably closer to 40 hours of action-packed fun, which would cost approximately $400 in new DVDs. Video games are expensive to make and they do not have other money-making outlets such as movie ticket sales and radio play royalties. I think they’re a steal.

Doug from Virginia

P.S. I tried to make this nice and sibilant in case Molly does me the honor of reading it. :)

Hi buzz crew

About the zongwriterz guild and the bankrobberies; They are quite right to look to the banks for a solition. (at least in europeiske) banks are closing down-to-earth offices because customers are getting a netter experience online. They have modified their business model, cut overhead and improved the customer experience and as a side effect gotten rid of robberies.

Now: if the songwriters guild, instead of harrassing the consumer, would lobby the record companies to come up with a suitable business model with less overhead and an improved customer experience, just maybe piracy would decrease.

Love the show,

Ole in Oslo (aka storebj0rn in the chatroom)

Here’s a topic for today’s show…

link: Everywhere one turns nowadays it seems that Apple is being accused of being too touchy. First, Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” ridicules Apple after police stormed the home of a Gizmodo editor who had acquired a lost iPhone prototype. Then Apple allegedly fires one of its engineers for showing an iPad before the device’s official debut to the very threatening Steve Wozniak–one of Apple’s three founders. Later, Wozniak chided Apple for not being nice enough.

Now, comedian Ellen DeGeneres says she received a scolding from Apple for her send-up of the company’s iPhone commercials. On her show, DeGeneres apologized profusely. “They thought that I made it look like the iPhone was hard to use,” she said. “It’s not hard to use…I love it. I love my iPad. I love my iPod. I love IHOP.”

The recent events make one wonder if Apple needs to get its hands back on the public’s pulse. It might help the company’s image if someone over in Cupertino reminds everybody to lighten up. Apple sells products that are supposed to be fun and hip. It can hardly hurt the company’s image to have a sense of humor.

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