Ep. 1236: Let the healing begin Video
A blissfully happy pop tune about a really, really nice day.
At the beginning of 2009, we made a whole bunch of predictions about the next year in the technology space. Turns out, we are really bad at predicting things.
Rafe coins a new term for a port of the iFart application to a BlackBerry. But really the show is much more about variable pricing coming to iTunes, The Pirate Bay rolling out VPN for you, and robot soccer teams one day killing us all.
The public may be way behind on what the science of brain imaging can really do and what it means to privacy.
Facebook recently rolled out privacy changes and new data-sharing features. As usually happens when Facebook makes a privacy change, there was a swift and mighty backlash. Didn't Facebook learn from Beacon? To discuss Facebook's latest moves, Rafe Needleman is joined by CNET's Declan McCullagh and by Kara Swisher from All Things Digital.
The Internet is profoundly underwhelmed by Apple's announcement that the Beatles catalog will now be available on iTunes. The more germane question, really: where the heck is iOS 4.2? Also, turns out the Kinect (unlike Apple's Beatle announcement) is a runaway hit. Schmidt's not worried about Facebook Messages, and also, the Internet wants to stop the TSA's airport junk-groping. --Molly
On today's show, we rush you along so we can go watch the San Francisco Giants ticker-tape parade. But in actual tech news, Silicon Valley fails to take over California politics, Google's really sorry about the whole Buzz thing, but not in a "pay you" kind of way, and if you're a Rangers fan, we now have the technology to erase that painful memory from your brain. --Molly
We think, because of the magic of search-engine optimization, that this episode is about to become our highest-rated ever. P.S. Attention, visitors from Google: this is not the Facebook login page. Sorry about that. In other news today, we tear down Google Buzz's privacy options, Bill Gates can barely be bothered to diss the iPad, and some guy plans to be pooping in a box for 30 days. Sometimes we hate the Internet. --Molly
Molly Wood talks to Facebook's vice president of product about privacy, opt-in, the future of the social network, and whether the company is selling data to advertisers. Tune in!