Ep. 1130: Verizon is Robbing the Hood Video
In titles we didn't use because they're not SEO-friendly, topics today include the fact that it's on like Brian Tong (tm), Jessica Simpson's tooth fur, gold does grow on trees, and tiny fists of rage. We interview RockMelt's CEO and ask him to explain that name, and we preview the latest TRON trailer MST3K style. Did we mention the tooth fur? Ew. --Molly
Leaks from the secret negotiations of the ACTA treaty allege that ISPs worldwide would be required to lose safe harbor protections, implement three-strike anti-piracy policies and worse. We think this is outrageous. AT&T thinks Verizon is outrageous for their commercials and they're taking them to court. Also EMI finally got around to suing BlueBeat.com for selling Beatles tracks online. But you can buy a Beatles USB stick for $280. So you got that going for you.
Today on the show, we discover that Windows Phone 7 does have a life in the wild -- at least one phone does, anyway. Also, Plants vs. Zombies are taking over the world and BT, Steve, and I are headed for a Tetris showdown. RIM continues to try to defend its co-CEO setup (why!?) and fans rage, rage, against the dying of the cheap Netflix plans. We direct them elsewhere: toward the studios who want so much for streaming content in the first place.
In this tough job market, one Silicon Valley startup wants to give recent graduates money so they're not looking for jobs, instead they're creating jobs. As CNET's Sumi Das explains, the idea behind Upstart.com is for investors to invest in a person instead of a company.
The reviews are in, and they're just what we expected: the iPhone 4 on Verizon is really good at making phone calls. But that might not be reason enough to leave AT&T: find out why. Plus, UBB is going down in Canada (we hope), UFOs are real (for as long as the Internet will let us believe it), and we finally get around to your thoughts and comments in the Meatback loop. It's everything we hoped it would be. Oh, and I bought a MacBook Air, no big deal. What? What's the big deal? --Molly
As we wait for the Windows 7 code to get locked down, take a tour of what Microsoft's highly anticipated operating system will offer for touch-screen users. Don't have one? Don't worry, they're coming--even to affordable Netbooks.
The Samsung Smooth is a basic-looking, budget-friendly phone with some compelling extras--it's a good option for Verizon customers who don't want to extend their contracts just to get a reasonable price on a new handset.
In this riviting message from the Dandys, they're all about the money.
Verizon increases its early-termination fees, eBay launches an online fashion "magazine," and the Jitterbug can help you, if you've fallen and can't get up.
It's hard to believe that anyone would want to unsubscribe from The 404 Podcast, but we're here to say that the unspeakable act comes with a $250 termination fee, which actually ain't that bad considering Verizon recently doubled its early termination fees from $175 to $350.