On today's show, Benito announces that he's leaving us for his one true love, Gamespot--the good news is, he's still in the family, and more importantly, in the building, to help out the new guy, Steve Beacham. Be nice, everyone. Also, Google plays Honeycomb close to the vest, Groupon might be on a downward slide, and laser bongs and douche telecoms. Friday! --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Sony PS3 jailbreaker George Hotz scampers down to South America to avoid having to turn over his possessions to Sony -- but claimed he's just there on spring break. Um. Ok, dude. Also, Apple's grand plans to take over the Internet completely, the new Color app that either is or isn't the most amazing startup that ever existed, and record labels' attempts to sue Limewire for $75 trillion. Not a typo. Neither is the Duke Nukem delay. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Netflix has apologized for Tuesday's outage of its streaming service.
"We're sorry you may have had trouble watching instantly," an e-mail sent last night to Netflix subscribers reads. The company went on to explain that the outage was "due to technical issues." To make it right, Netflix is offering a 3 percent credit to customers on their next billing statement. The credit is available for seven days, and users can redeem it by following the link in the e-mail.
Netflix subscribers were stymied for a couple hours or so Tuesday night when trying to … Read more
Sprint doesn't like the AT&T/T-Mobile deal, and they plan on doing something about it. Firefox 4 comes out with a strong launch, and Microsoft tries to piggy back on it. Yeehaw! And, we're willing to give our brainwaves away.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Television networks are sending cease-and-desist letters to Time Warner Cable over the company's new iPad app, a report claims.
Citing an anonymous industry source, BusinessInsider reported yesterday that networks are taking issue with Time Warner Cable's TWCable TV iPad app's ability to let users stream programming to the Apple tablet, and they're requesting their content be removed from the program. The source told Business Insider that the networks believe content streaming to an iPad app is entirely separate from offering programming through Time Warner Cable's set-top boxes.
Time Warner Cable declined to comment to CNET. … Read more
Adobe Systems today announced a service it hopes will give TV companies a way to let people watch their video where they want--for example, cable TV subscribers who'd like to see a show on their computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
Such sharing has been difficult because of rights management issues: those who create premium video content are leery of seeing it spread willy-nilly, and supporting a multitude of devices is complex and expensive.
Netflix suffered an outage for at least two hours tonight that left millions of subscribers without access to their queue or the ability to stream movies.
In the early evening, visitors to Netflix were greeted by a posting that notified them the site was temporarily unavailable. Netflix spokesman Steven Swasey told CNET the company's technicians were busy trying to get the site operating again, but he did not know the nature of the problem.
Those trying to access Netflix from an iPad app received an error message that read, "The requested URL /WiHome was not found on this … Read more
On today's show, Brian Tong has an exclusive about the next crop of iMacs: they're on a boat! Also, Kent German calls in from CTIA to talk AT&T-T-Mobile fallout on the show floor, plus a sneak peek at Sprint's new phone announcements. We rant about Microsoft's new strategy of demanding licenses for things like status bars on mobile phones, and Apple takes on Amazon in a war for the App Store (the name). Plus, new research leads the way to Cylons that can feel pain. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
The government is planning a new "sock puppet" program that will create fake online personas to play on social networks in countries around the world (but not America -- they say). Microsoft and the feds shut down another giant spam-sending botnet, and HP continues its bold moves: next up, a cloud computing platform. Also, a look inside Amazon's app store (and the continued Balkanization of app delivery mechanisms), and the Nintendo 3DS reviewed. Where's the Mario? --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Once again, Google sites, primarily YouTube, easily bested all other online video services in February, research firm ComScore revealed today in its Video Metrix study.
Over 169 million people watched online video in the U.S. last month, tallying over 5 billion viewing sessions. A total of 82.5 percent of the entire American Internet audience watched at least one video on the Web last month.
Not surprisingly, the vast majority of those people--over 141 million--watched video content on Google sites for a total of 1.8 billion viewing sessions. Microsoft's video services came in second behind Google with … Read more