Ep. 949: Where we wash our mouths out with SOPA Video
Apparently, Australian border guards can now search your laptops for porn when you enter the country. Um. OK. As a protest, we suggest everyone flying there just declare that they have porn. Why not? Also, tons of news coming from Google I/O, including the very interesting Google TV and the latest on Android 2.2. Let the waiting begin.
If you find that your employees are goofing off watching porn at work instead of working, does it make logical sense that you should get rid of the porn, or the employee? Exactly. Of course, the government doesn't see it that way, but they're the ones who encoded their like, 900-word mission statement into the U.S. CyberCommand shield. Sigh.
We have two awesomely inexplicable voice mails today, we discuss the rise of Zeus (the botnet), and Ubisoft's new DRM scheme sends us into a synchronized rage. We also chat with Peter Brantley, co-founder of the Open Book Alliance, about the latest twist and turn in the Google Books settlement attempt. Short version: copyright law sucks, but not quite as much as class-action law. What a mess. --Molly
Yes. Snow Leopard reviews are out, and I have my favorite. But the more interesting story is Mozilla finding out that people didn't want to upgrade because they're afraid of the awesome bar exposing their porn. So they introduced private browsing mode fast. We also welcome Jon Strickland from HowStuffWorks to the show and he helps us understand how we can turn any story into an Apple story.
Tomorrow, you may notice that you can't access some of your favorite Web sites. Wikipedia, Reddit, and MoveOn.org, among dozens of others, are suspending their services for 24 hours. They're protesting Internet piracy bills currently being considered in the U.S. House and Senate. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.
So Apple bought LaLa and Ars Technica thinks they have a source who knows what they're going to do with it. They're going to make a website that sells music and stores it in the cloud. Kind of like what LaLa already is. But it's going to be all iTunes-ified. And that has Rafe worrying about cloud failure again. We also kvetch about Facebook, a Mozilla employee complains about Google and the New Moon taper is set free.
Spoiler: it's Veronica! Also, gambling prostitutes. Ms. Belmont joins us today to talk about Google's abject apologies and speculate about what's inside that Google-Aid they're drinking down there. Plus, we think Windows Phone 7 looks pretty cool despite that odd naming convention, and after that it's all mobile news all the time. --Molly
One thing Droid users can lord over iPhone fanatics is the new porn app. Yes, with no Apple lording it over the app store Android users can go adult. We also debate the reality of Cyber Monday and congratulate Twitter on being word of the year. Also we know you're all wishing for Macs for Christmas, but you're going to get a netbook. Amazon doesn't lie.
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