|Broadcast Date||JULY 17, 2014|
Breki Tomasson joins us to talk about Microsoft’s Satya Nadella swinging the ax at Nokia X Android phones, Xbox Entertainment Studios and 18,000 employees.
- Breki Tomasson
- Microsoft announced it will reduce staff by up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, approximately 14% of its staff. 12,500 of the reductions will come in the newly acquired Nokia
- Handset division. Microsoft also told employees it will shift all non-Windows Phone operating system phones into maintenance phones, including Asha, S40 and Android-based Nokia X phones. Future phones will all run Windows Phone OS. Microsoft will also shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios which was making original content for the Xbox. It appears this will not affect the Halo series.
- Facebook has a new app called ‘Mentions,’ exclusively for the use of verified public figures to make it easier to post publicly on Facebook
- See what folks are saying about them. Facebook estimates tens of thousands of users will qualify to use mentions.
- coalition of European privacy agencies have invited Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to a meeting next Thursday in Brussels to discuss implementation of the “right to be forgotten” rules
- Microsoft began implementing removal requests in its Bing search engine today. Google has taken some criticism over how it has implemented the policy, which allows individuals to request search results that are no longer relevant to be removed from search indexes.
- Facebook also announced today it is testing a “Buy” button in your Facebook news feed, in cooperation with a few small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S
- The button allows users to make purchases without leaving Facebook. Payment information will not be shared and users can choose whether to save the info for future purchases or not.
- Used two zero-day vulnerabilities to gain entry to the NASDAQ Stock Market in 2010, harvest an unknown amount of data and plant destructive malware. NASDAQ announced the infiltration in a brief statement on Feb. 5 2010, but downplayed the extent and significance of it.
- GoTenna that’s creating a 6-inch long, baton-like device that can connect iOS and Android phones to each other even in places without cellular or WiFi coverage.
- The GoTenna connects with phones by BlueTooth and with other batons using peer to peer over 151-154 MHz. Its low bandwidth, but long range, makes it excellent for GPS and text messages. GoTenna is taking preorders today for $150 for a pair of devices and expects to ship this autumn.
- The United Arab Emirates is establishing an official space agency with the goal of sending an un-crewed spaceship to Mars by 2021.
- Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE vice president and ruler of Dubai, says the UAE has already invested 20 billion dirham ($5.4 billion) in space technologies, primarily satellites. He wrote on Twitter, given the right tools, Arabs, once again, can deliver new scientific contributions to humanity.
- Apple has enlisted FPT Corp, Vietnam’s biggest listed information and communication technology company, to open retail outlets in major cities in the country
- As part of a push to top Samsung in one of the fastest-growing markets in Asia. Sales of iPhones in Vietnam soared 262 percent in Apple’s fiscal first half ended March 29.
- Google ACTUALLY reported revenue of $15.96 billion up 22% and earnings per share of $6.08. Paid clicks advanced 25% on a year-over-year basis, or 2% on a sequential quarter basis. Cost per click slid 6% year-over-year.
- Helped by its restructuring moves, while the computing and tech giant also reported its ninth-consecutive quarter of lower revenue.
- HP’s Board of Directors has appointed Meg Whitman to the chairman’s spot following the departure of Ralph Whitworth earlier this week
- Whitman was already serving as president and CEO of HP. HP also moved current director Pat Russo to lead independent director and appointed Klaus Kleinfeld, chief executive and chairman of Alcoa, to the company’s board, bringing the total number of board members to 12.
News From You
- introduced by Representative Marsha Blackburn that would stop the FCC from nullifying state laws that prevent cities and towns from creating their own Internet service
- Blackburn received $10,000 from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association this year and last year, according to OpenSecrets.org. She received $12,500 in contributions from Verizon, $10,000 from AT&T, $7,500 from Comcast, and $7,000 from representatives of Time Warner Cable. A roll call vote on Representative Blackburn’shttp://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2461013,00.asp amendment was postponed.
- Submitted by: AllanAV
- DirectTV offering NFL Sunday Ticket to US residents even without a separate television subscription, seemingly a dream for cord-cutting football fans.
- PC Mag points out it will only be available to those who live in an apartment where DirecTV is not accessible, attend one of a handful of universities, or reside in New York City, Philadelphia, or San Francisco. It also starts at $200 for the season.
- Submitted by: Melchizedek74
- the US Copyright Office told Aereo it does not consider it a cable company and would not support its claim to deserve a compulsory license for rebroadcasting TV
- “In the view of the Copyright Office, internet retransmissions of broadcast television fall outside the scope of the Section 111 license.”
- Submitted by: the_big_endian
- Microsoft job cuts far worse than rumored, could reach 18,000
- Microsoft to Shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios (Updated)
- Microsoft to discontinue Nokia Asha and S40 feature phones
- Microsoft: Nokia's Android X2 experiment ends, enter Windows Phone
- Microsoft to abandon mobile phones, X-series Android smartphones: internal Jo Harlow memo
- Microsoft is killing off Nokia’s feature phones in favor of Windows Phone
- icrosoft Details Coming Hardware Shakeup Including Changes To Its Design And Manufacturing Assets
Pick of the Day
I’d recommend the iOS app Dark Sky. There are a million weather apps out there and most of them try to out do the other based on design. Dark sky out does the others because it’s accurate. Here’s the deal….it is nearly 100% accurate to the minute as to whether(no pun intended) it’s going to rain or not based on your geo-location….and…it tells you how hard it’s going to rain (drizzle, light, heavy, etc). How is that valuable you ask? Well, whenever I’m at the beach or pool, I know exactly if I should just ride it out or pack it up and head in…..or…if I’m on the golf course…same thing…will it be done in 10 min? Is it a drizzle for the next hour so I can continue my golf game? Dark Sky is the best value I’ve received for an app bar none (I think it’s $3.99 or 1 gallon of gas).
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