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Tech News 2Night 73
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Tonight, The FCC Angers Net Neutrality Fans, Facebook buys Moves, and Amazon beats estimates then takes on FedEx
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This is Tech News 2Night Episode 73, for Thursday April 24, 2014
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Facebook just joined the fitness tracking market by buying Helsinki-based ProtoGeo Oy, maker of mobile app Moves, which tracks users and determines whether they’re walking, running, biking or riding public transportation. But why does Facebook want this technology? Mike Isaac of Re/Code notes that because tracking people creates a visualized map of activity, the data is perfect for Facebook, where you’re going, where you’re from, what you do all day, all helps Facebook understand you better, and thus, target you better.
Amazon first financial quarter results of 2014 are in, and the company reported net sales up 23% to $19.74 billion compared to $25.59 billion last quarter and $16.07 billion in the year-ago quarter. Operating income fell 19% to $146 million in the first quarter, compared with $181 million in first quarter 2013. It's been an interesting few months for Amazon with an announced price hike for Amazon Prime, the launch of its $99 Fire TV, and just yesterday, a deal with HBO to get more content for its streaming service.
Amazon has also begun testing its own delivery network for "the last mile," AKA the final leg of a package's journey to consumers' doorsteps, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Delivering its own packages will give Amazon more flexibility over deliveries and help in containing shipping expenses, which grew 29% last year. As a percentage of sales, Amazon's shipping costs have grown each year since 2009, according to securities filings. With its own trucks, Amazon could also offer same-day deliveries, deliveries late at night, or at more specific times.
Microsoft beat aanalyst expectations in its third-quarter earnings report, earning 68 cents a share in the period, under last year’s 72 cents a share in the same period, but right around last year's revenue of 20.5 billion, with this Q3 revenue at $20.4 billion. The devices and consumer revenue grew 12 percent, and Commercial revenue was up seven percent, with Office 365 growing 100% and Azure revenue increasing 150%. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement."This quarter’s results demonstrate the strength of our business, as well as the opportunities we see in a mobile-first, cloud-first world."
Last week, OpenSSL Software Foundation President Steve Marquess wrote in a blog post that OpenSSL typically receives about $2,000 in donations per year and has just one employee who works full time on the open source code. So the existence of Heartbleed, a security flaw in OpenSSL that can expose user passwords and the private encryption keys needed to protect websites, might not be such a big surprise after all. But today, the Linux Foundation announced a three-year initiative with at least $3.9 million to help under-funded open source projects—with OpenSSL at the top of the list. Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Qualcomm, Rackspace, and VMware have all pledged to commit at least $100,000 a year for at least three years to the “Core Infrastructure Initiative." that will identify important open source projects that need help in addition to OpenSSL.
Vic Gundotra, head of Google+, is leaving the company. Despite rumors of friction between Gundotra and other executives at Google, Larry Page noted in a memo to employees announced Gundotra's departure that the search giant would continue to invest in Google+. Re/Code cites sources that say current Google+ VP of engineering David Besbris — will take over. What's not clear is how this affects the product moving forward, though Techcrunch claims multiple sources say Google+ will no longer be considered a product, but a platform.
Coming up, Google Glass is now on sale for everyone! Not so fast people.
and up next I'll talk with Brad (Charcos) from PCWorld- has the FCC destroyed net neutrality by not trying to?
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"Brad Chacos Senior Writer PCWorld
The FCC came out with proposed new rules and boy has there’s been uproar around this. One headline read: ""FCC Tries Explaining New Net Neutrality Approach as Techies Freak""
Some are calling these rules the end of net neutrality.
And now the FCC is trying to clarify. In a blogpost today the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler want to “set the record straight”.
FCC Chairman said: “To be very direct, the proposal would establish that behavior harmful to consumers or competition by limiting the openness of the Internet will not be permitted.”
-What is the FCC trying to do here?
-What is their plan with these rules, when will they go into effect?
The agency will replace the “unreasonable discrimination” wording from the original rules-- which was struck down by the courts-- and replace it with “commercial reasonableness.” Waaa?
Finally, didya hear the good news? Google Glass is available to all today, effectively ending the Explorer beta program and opening up the world of Glass to anyone! Except that it isn't. Clicking a specific link gave some people access to the Glass order page from Google's April 15th sale, but the Glass home page has no product for sale. So what happened? Google says the link some users are clicking is one that has gone unedited since the April 15 sale. This link was created to accommodate potential Explorers who were still in the pipeline from last week's sale. Google says it's shutting it down shortly. The company says in a statement "As always, we will continue to experiment with ways to expand the Explorer program in the weeks and months ahead."
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