This week: Facebook’s terrible IPO, the dangers of using Android and why Kaspersky is angry with Apple. All this and so much more in episode 22 of Technophilia: Talking Ducks in Japan.
Justin recommends you check out ReadLists, which lets you compile lists of articles to share with friends. The lists can be downloaded to your Kindle, iPhone/iPad or any device that can open an EPUB. Check out this list of stories featured in this week’s episode. Dave is still playing Diablo 3. And James is too busy setting up MakeUseOf Rewards, which launches June 1, to use or play anything.
You’ll also hear Justin’s thoughts on advertising, and how it probably shouldn’t be the cornerstone on which the entire Internet is placed. James disagrees.
Here are our quick hits:
- The RIAA sued Limewire for $72 trillion, say James and a few unreliable sources. That’s more money than exists on earth, which would be impressive except…
- …the above story is total nonsense, according to the original source everyone misinterpreted.
- A summary judgement rules that a Kelora owned software patent filed in the 1990’s for parametric search (ie, searching with more than one parameter) is too obvious to be patented.
- Facebook’s IPO is the worst first week of any in 10 years, and only seems to be getting worse.
- Google revealed tons of DMCA takedown requests, revealing some stupidity. Warner brothers demands takedown of the IMDB listing for Wrath of the Titans, as well as movie trailer from Hulu and iTunes.
- In a related story: several pages Microsoft requested Google take down for piracy reasons can still be found on Bing.
- Microsoft launched SO.CL, a new social network where you basically share search results. It kind of sucks.
- People still like to jailbreak their iOS devices. We break down the numbers.
- Google officially acquired Motorola, meaning the Droid is now a Google product. James doesn’t know what the Droid is.
And our actual headlines:
- TV networks sue Dish Network for auto-skipping ads. Dish Network is counter-suing, because that’s something you can do apparently.
- Reddit, WordPress, Craig from Craigslist and others form the “Internet Defense League” to fight SOPA-like legislation. Can they keep up enthusiasm indefinitely?
- Factory wiping an Android phone doesn’t actually delete stuff securely, so resellers beware.
- Kaspersky is angry that Apple won’t let them make anti-virus software for the iPhone. Should they be?
- If you feel your phone vibrating only to find out it didn’t, you might have cell phone vibrate syndome. It’s time to unplug.
- NVidia is going to make tablets, apparently.
Finally, the gaming news:
- Diablo 3 won’t have a real money auction system anytime soon.
- There’s actually a physical passowrd device, like the ones used for banking, that you can use to login to battle.net. Security!
- Activision and a few ex Infinity Ward guys are going to court. Dave offers an amazing legal analysis.
And we answer Dave Parrack’s question about E3. In summary: it will be boring, as always.