Ep. 1205: Is the Kin Spot for real? Video
Today is just baffling, frankly, for all of us. Twitter has a business plan, Opera Mini has been approved by the Apple App Store, the mobile Internet will soon overtake the fixed Internet, and despite a raging professional video game culture, Korea is trying to keep kids from gaming 24-7. But they NEED them! We're so confused! --Molly
If 3D is the chicken and the Avatar DVD is the egg, somehow we should all get free chickens or 3D is DOA. Or something like that. We've all still got a bit of a BBQ hangover from our time in Austin, but at least Rafe's here to make a little sense. Oh, wait, he came up with the 3D chicken thing. Anyway, Facebook rules the Web, IE 9 may or may not embrace actual standards, and Droid users are getting 2.1, finally. We're home.
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.
Dialed In has its 150th episode as Bonnie returns to San Francisco for a visit. This week it's all about new phone releases, especially if they're from Samsung.
Carol Bartz is out at Yahoo and the stock is up, which has got to hurt. They're still raking in the cash, but shareholders hate nothing more than a plateau. Plus, Netflix swears that at least this time, its jerk move (restricting users to only one stream at a time) was a total accident, and they're definitely not doing that. Promise. Plus, Groupon's IPO roadshow is off and the IPO itself may be off for good, and the Droid Bionic has finally arrived. Hooray!
Twitter and Facebook, two of the best-known names in the Web 2.0 constellation, have been talking merger. But at least for now, there's no deal. On Monday's Daily Debrief, CNET News' Charles Cooper speaks with Dan Farber about what might still bring these two together as well as how they would chart their respective futures as solo acts.
As the DARPA Urban Challenge gets under way in Southern California, surprise disqualifiers and some mishaps lead to an interesting race. CNET's Kevin Massy also speaks with Carnegie Mellon University's contestants about the tech they're using in their crowd-favored vehicle.\r\n
In this riviting message from the Dandys, they're all about the money.
The show is shorter than usual today, but we have to get out of the office before Nemo takes over the city. The stories of the day include: the George Bush family photos exposed by the hacker known as "Guccifer"; the rumors of a Portal movie directed by J.J. Abrams; snow panic driving Weather.com completely insane; and a patent troll claiming to have the rights to every podcast on the Internet.
Koss hit a home run with the PortaPros. Love or hate the design, there's no denying the sound quality here: they're the ideal companion for mobile audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts.