Ep. 1144: What's Google really doing in China? Video
New York is about to get a lot more scannable, thanks to a law passed by the City Council earlier this month requiring restaurants and bars to post QR codes that lead to more details about health-code infractions. This plus 3D-printed headphones, a device to call your Mom after a bike crash, and a jacket that gives you a hug every time someone "Likes" your Facebook post on today's episode of CNET's The 404!
On today's show, "worms from hell" a mile or more underground. We get a look at Windows 8 and we dig it, a lot. Google says a Chinese hacker got into hundreds of Gmail accounts, which China (not surprisingly) denies. Plus, Molly gets a new boyfriend to take to the bunker (which gets grilled cheese sandwiches in addition to its chicken and Gaga), and we get schooled on matters of space shuttle transportation.
Among the news of new URL shorteners and Australian Internet filters comes one of the darkest moments in microblogging. Microsoft has pulled down their new Twitter-like site in China because it turns out it wasn't Twitter-like at all. It was in fact more like Plurk. In fact it looked like maybe they stole Plurk's code. We also get morally outraged at good business plans. Or stupid people. Or something. Just watch. Or listen.
Google apologized to China for miscommunication over their scanning of books. But that didn't stop them from scanning the books. Or even get them to apologize for scanning the books. Also Microsoft Word is no longer sold, at least for a brief period of time. And the Apple rumors are ramping up.
Outtakes from today's preshow.
The Google-China drama continues as China makes a veiled response that only law-abiding companies are welcome in the People's Republic. More information came out indicating the Gmail hacking was done by the government in China. This isn't over folks. We'll keep on it. But there is other news. Apple lawyers strike back over tablet rumors, and app stores are all pretty much the same.
CES 2010 opens its doors to public in a matter of days. Molly Wood takes a behind the scenes sneak peak.
Act like Dick Tracy with the Passport watch from Martian.
It may be the biggest story of the year: On January 12 the search company announced it was pulling out of China. We're going to discuss why Google did that, what's new in the story, and what's likely to happen as this story continues to unfold. Guests are Google reporter Tom Krazit, security writer Elinor Mills, and politics and policy writer Declan McCullagh.