TECHGEEK Weekly 62: When does your timeline ends?

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Facebook wants to collect more data from you, Google wants to collect more data from you, and Samsung wants to ban the iPhone in Europe. Yes, it’s an interesting week of news, and all that and more are discussed in this week’s TECHGEEK Weekly.

Hosted by Terence Huynh, with Tom Solari and Chris Southcott; and some appearances by James Wilson and Stewart Wilson, it’s an all time random podcast with some tech news inside of it.

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Show Notes

The Top Stories

James Wilson’s review on iStorytime – Transformers and Smurfs

Review: Motorola XOOM

Facebook announces “Timeline” – new profile design even if you don’t like it

Facebook makes some cosmetic changes, get ready for some uproar

Google+ Opens To Everyone, Adds Search, Expands Hangouts

Google Wallet review: photos, videos, and availability

Launching Google Wallet on Sprint and working with Visa, American Express and Discover

Samsung plots its revenge – plans to ban iPhone 5 sales

Samsung strikes back – asks Dutch court to ban iPhone, iPad over patent infringement

Pwnage Playtime

Thought Duke Nukem Forever was crap? The developers want to hear from you

Update: PlayStation Network is back online

Dead Space 3 Confirmed?

Minecraft 1.9 Pre-Release Available

Tom’s Stockings (1)

Amazon is having a press conference next Wednesday. While the invite is very vague, the rumours are saying that there could be an Amazon Kindle tablet, or just another Kindle. The conference is happening at midnight our time.

Jerry Yang in a memo to employees that Yahoo is for sale, despite just a few weeks ago denying the same rumour. They have hired an investment bank to discuss deals with “multiple parties”. What would have happened if they actually been bought by Microsoft?

HP has a brand new CEO, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. She replaces Leo Apotheker after his disastrous 11 month tenure as CEO that saw the stock dropped 47 percent and the ingenious move to spin off the very successful Consumer PC unit. Hope Whitman has a way to turn around the troubled giant.

In Other News

HTC announces the Rhyme – smartphone that combines features with design

HTC and Dropbox to offer cloud storage on Sense 3.5 phones

Windows 8 secure boot could complicate Linux installs

Windows 8 secure boot would ‘exclude’ Linux

Microsoft: Desktop apps will run on Windows 8 on ARM

OS X Lion passwords can be changed by any local user

PETA turns to porn for animal rights – yes, graphic footage included

In the Loop

Apple’s iPhone has 89% retention rate, next nearest hardware is HTC at 39%

Survey: 31 percent of Android users eyeing switch to iPhone

Tom’s Stockings (2)

Foursquare now puts your home addresses private. Finally. So now you can safely check into your own house without people realising where you live, or even nearby thanks to geotagging. Only you and your friends will see if you are at home, so people won’t mysteriously find out that you have left and possibly break into your own house.

Japan’s largest defence contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has been hacked by a cyber attack with some 80 systems infected with malware in Tokyo and several shipyards and R&D plants. The attackers are said to have gain access to sensitive information such as components for submarines and nuclear power plants. China, anyone?

Internet Explorer 9 and 10 have now passed the Acid3 test, but not because of Microsoft. The authors of the test have decided to change it a bit so there could be some more browsers passing the standard test of various web standards. IE 8 currently has a 20/100 score on the Acid3 test.

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