TECHGEEK Weekly 28: The War Against Buttons

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So it turns out, our “Powered by” gets crude when I do it. Anyway, we cover the Verizon iPhone 4, Vodafone’s massive security fail and MySpace being sold off? Oh, and find out how ChatRoulette (remember that) is making some dough from an unlikely source.

Stewart is sick for this episode – so officially ending his perfect attendance record. And Tom is doing the recording, and he expresses his outrage on his ISP – and if you see some bits of editing fail, you know who to turn.

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The Top Stories

iPhone 4 comes to Verizon
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20028073-266.html

Verizon iPhone 4 Doesn’t Suffer from Death Grip
http://www.slashgear.com/verizon-iphone-4-doesnt-suffer-from-death-grip-11125827/

iPhone Personal Hotspot feature headed to all iPhones in iOS 4.3?
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/12/iphone-personal-hotspot-feature-headed-to-all-iphones-in-ios-4-3/

Apple Seeds iOS 4.3 Beta to Developers: Personal Hotspot, AirPlay Video Streaming, New iPad Gestures
http://www.macrumors.com/2011/01/12/apple-seeds-ios-4-3-beta-to-developers/

Next iPad, iPhone to Lose Home Button?
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2375678,00.asp

Next Generation iPad to launch in the US on April 2nd or 9th
http://www.macrumors.com/2011/01/13/next-generation-ipad-to-launch-in-the-u-s-on-april-2nd-or-9th/

MySpace to close operations in Australia, axes 500 jobs
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/12/myspace-to-close-operations-in-australia-axes-500-jobs/

MySpace Confirms Sale Rumors
http://www.informationweek.com/news/smb/ebusiness/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=229000628

MySpace Sale, Merger or Spinoff Being Weighed by News Corp., Official Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-12/myspace-sale-merger-or-spinoff-being-weighed-by-news-corp-official-says.html

Myspace – The End Of An Era
http://www.coloursandlight.com/2011/01/myspace-end-of-an-era/

Google yanking H.264 video out of Chrome
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20028196-264.html

More about the Chrome HTML Video Codec Change
http://blog.chromium.org/2011/01/more-about-chrome-html-video-codec.html

Stewart’s Briefs Long-winded summaries (1)

Intel plans Windows 8 phones
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/364381/intel-plans-windows-8-phones

Microsoft opposes “App Store” trademark by Apple
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/12/microsoft-opposes-app-store-trademark-by-apple/

Apple, News Corp delay The Daily
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/15/apple-news-corp-delay-the-daily/

Sony Closing 18M CD/Month Plant
http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/01/12/1453255/Sony-Closing-18MCDMonth-Plant

Gadgets

Terence: HTC 7 Mozart and HTC 7 Trophy (review units)
http://www.htc.com/au/product/7mozart/overview.html
http://www.htc.com/au/product/7trophy/overview.html

Tom: Acer Iconia
http://www.acer.com/iconia/

Chris: Qualcomm Mirasold
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/02/qualcomm-mirasol/

The Other News

Investigation reveals Vodafone customers’ personal details easy to access
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/09/investigation-reveals-vodafone-customers-personal-details-easy-to-access/

Vodafone sacks staff after security breach review
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/13/vodafone-sacks-staff-after-security-breach-review/

Facebook to move all users to “new profile” layout – despite users objections
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/11/facebook-to-move-all-users-to-new-profile-layout-despite-users-objections/

Social sites, mobiles beat filters: EU study
http://www.zdnet.com.au/social-sites-mobiles-beat-filters-eu-study-339308596.htm

Exclusive: BlackBerry Torch 2 gets detailed
http://www.bgr.com/2011/01/13/exclusive-blackberry-torch-2-gets-detailed/

Exclusive: BlackBerry Dakota gets pictured; the touch and type BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for
http://www.bgr.com/2011/01/13/exclusive-blackberry-dakota-gets-pictured-the-touch-and-type-blackberry-youve-been-waiting-for/

Exclusive: BlackBerry Storm 3 shows up, tells all
http://www.bgr.com/2011/01/14/exclusive-blackberry-storm-3-shows-up-tells-all/

Chatroulette figures out how to make money from naked men
http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-cetera/chatroulette-figures-out-how-to-make-money-from-naked-men-20110113/

Man sues Wikileaks for creating “nucliar WAR” fear
http://techgeek.com.au/2011/01/15/man-sues-wikileaks-for-creating-nucliar-war-fear/

Stewart’s Briefs Long-winded summaries (2)

Thieves rip off SIM cards from Johannesburg’s traffic signals
http://www.boingboing.net/2011/01/14/thieves-rip-off-sim.html

RIM gives India access to network, but not secure e-mails
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20028395-83.html

IPhone -South Korean Director Uses iPhone 4 to Shoot Movie
http://iphone.tmcnet.com/topics/iphone/articles/134474-south-korean-director-uses-iphone-4-shoot-movie.htm

Pop that cork! Intel quadruples employees’ bonuses
http://venturebeat.com/2011/01/13/intel-showering-employees-with-4x-bonuses/

Jeopardy-Playing Computer Tromps Human Players in Practice Round
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/01/13/ibms-jeopardy-playing-computer-tromps-human-players-in-practice-round/

Apple Launches ’10 Billion App Countdown’ Contest
http://www.macrumors.com/2011/01/14/apple-launches-10-billion-app-countdown-contest/

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