Encyclopedia Britannica will stop printing paper copies, German libraries need to pay rights holders in order to read books to children, and a letter from a former Google employer says Google Plus is destroying the company. All this an more in episode 14 of Technophilia Podcast: James and the Giant Phone.
This week: Dave enjoys playing Saints Row 3. You might too. Justin is really enjoying the YouTube show Crash Course In World History, and so will you. And James recommends you take a second look at Hotmail, because he saw a convincing presentation about Greymail. Apparently Hotmail’s pretty good at dealing with that now.
Additionally, James goes over the virtues of the iPad 3, but doesn’t want to try to get Justin and Dave to buy one. Coward.
And, as always, the headlines:
- The Encyclopedia Britannica is going online-only as demand for printed encyclopedias drop to near zero. Justin looks up “Britanica” on Wikipedia.
- Employers are demanding to see the Facebook password of potential employees; Facebook will press charges against companies who do.
- ISPs in the United States will start cutting off the Internet connection of pirates come July. Will they have customers left in August?
- Nanoscale 3D printing will probably change the world.
- Justin rants about Mike Daisy, who lied to This American Life about his adventures at the FoxxConn factory. Listen to the hour-long retraction here, or read how he lied to Adrian Chen.
- Former Google employee and evangelist wrote a letter explaining why he left the company. Basically: Google Plus is destroying innovation. Is this true?
- We also update you all about Rick Santorum’s Google problem.