Humble Bundle, Games, Comics, eBooks, Audio Books and More
I thought I might take a few minutes to scribe a post regarding Humble Bundle. Brian and I often talk about bundles on the Tech Net News and Opinion show. It certainly is in the spirit of what we believe in here at indienation.fm. Originally The Humble Indie Bundle, the company offers packages, aka bundles, with a pay-what-you-like model. The company is now a huge success.
Being in the news is nothing new for Kim Dotcom. I recall the YouTube take down fiasco, his song to the president, the raid, and, as almost all of us at Indie Nation News believed, learning the raids were very likely illegal. If you need to catch up on this ongoing adventure, I suggest this page at TechDirt with lots of articles on Dotcom, otherwise wait for the movie. I am sure that someone is going to do one soon.
However, I wonder how many others remember “Megabox” and Mr. Dotcom’s pledge to take down the modern music industry?
2012.06.04 – Tech Net News and Opinion
Welcome to this week’s episode of Tech Net News and Opinion. This week we accidentally/intentionally did things a bit differently. For those of you who have been asking for more news and less music, you got it. Brian, Knowles, Meshelly, Knunez (iPhone at Geekshed), OmniDragon and Lumpy start and end this week’s show with music but the rest is all news talk.
Remember listeners and readers, if you wish to participate, the way to do so is to get on over to the Geekshed IRC Network and join us in #indienation. We do the news live almost every Monday from 8-10 PM EST. (As a general rule, if a Monday is a holiday in the USA, we do NOT do the news.) If you have items you think we should cover as news, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @indienationfm.
Google Music Launches
Although pretty much everywhere, I caught the news of this via my EnGadget RSS feed. Google Music has launched and offered over 8 million tracks the first day. The selection of music will soon increase to over 13 million.
While the music program has been known and in beta, there was speculation as to which and how many labels would be on board, EnGadget reports that 3 major labels and 23 independents have signed on.
In conversation, we discussed how the MPAA likely cost Hollywood more than Torrents, MP3 vs Physical Media, why do people pirate and how these items relate.
Motorola Approve Google PurchaseFollowing up on recent old news, more specifically the recent “Google bought Motorola” stories. First off, to clarify what I have too often heard, Google did not buy Motorola in entirety, specifically only Motorola Mobility. In Lumpy’s opinion, likely for patents to defend the Droid phone.
They announced sticking to a “hands off” approach regarding operations. The purchase, however likely, needed final approval from the “actual” owners of Motorola.
According to a post at Physorg.com, Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility was given final approval by the Motorola stock holders. The deal was valued at 12.5 billion dollars. Of note however, though no problem is expected, the regulators has still not officially approved this purchase.
RIAA Does Not Like The Used Digital Music Sale Business
This is one we may wish to file under “no surprise”… After all other than there outdated-make-no-sense-lobby-and-sue-to-make-it-our-way business model what part of the music business does the music industry actually love? This is the same organization that tried to stop 8-tracks, cassettes and used record stores for they were all certainly going to destroy the music business.
Thanks to the ingenious strategy of “sue em all” and total alienation of their customers, the Racketeering Idiots Association of Absurdity has kept this dying business alive for decades. Unfortunately, when they are done paying the organization’s officers, legal fees and lawyers, there is nothing left for the artists.
Slashdot points to a few good articles relevant to ReDigi, a company which is claiming to re-sell digital music. The RIAA has sent ReDigi a letter, more or less telling them to stop. This one should be an interesting one to follow. Will it reverse the decision of Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc. or will the industries stance of “first sale” win?
Unfortunately, with both the US legal system and the RIAA involved, one has no clue what a court may decide. While I am not too sure, “re-selling” digital media is actually legal. The case referenced was more specifically involving software not music… software purchased and physically resold. As for music, sooner or later a line must be drawn in the litigious sand that fills the litter box of the current war over content, distribution and ownership.
SOPA Not Well Liked By Many
Mike Masnick of TechDirt posted that many have been expressing a dislike for SOPA. The “Stop On-line Piracy Act” or H.R. 3261 is currently in committee hearings. One of the more popular news stories which came out of the public reaction to this potential law was “Free Justin Beiber”. The bill would make on-line streaming copyright offenses a felony, with up to 5 years prison time. Ironically, Beiber sent a cease and dessist order to Free Beiber which was started by Fight for the Future.
The TechDirt article lists the following as opposing this bill:
- Hacker News who has actually put up a site so that you can send representatives a letter.
- The ACLU regarding free speech issues
- The American Library Association as part of the Library Copyright Alliance
- Association of Research Libraries (PDF of letter) as part of the Library Copyright Alliance
- Human Rights Watch
- New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative
- The Competitive Enterprise Institute over due process concerns
- EFF – Has many articles on this topic
- Public Knowledge
- Consumers Union
- Consumer Federation of America
- US PIRG
- The Brookings Institution
- ESET over security concerns
The EFF lists even more who oppose this bill, “including Facebook, Google, Twitter, eBay, Yahoo, AOL and Mozilla”.
The process of approving this bill has also come under scrutiny, TechDirt discusses that the committee is perceived as biased and, add to that, those opposed to the bill have not been permitted to attend the hearings. The EFF has more on those who are not permitted to attend and states that many of those who are permitted to attend actually helped draft the bill.
An additional link was also brought up during the live discussion:
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- Cautious Optimism Follows SOPA Hearings: Don’t Get Cocky (readwriteweb.com)
- SOPA copyright bill draws fire (news.cnet.com)
- TechFast: SOPA Backlash, Google’s Music Store, Tablet Wars (techland.time.com)
- Stop the Stop Online Piracy Act Now (dailyfinance.com)
- Stop the Stop Online Piracy Act Now (fool.com)
- ISPs versus SOPA: Anti-piracy bill could force severe privacy-invading measures (zdnet.com)
- Google Music debuts, with downloads and sharing (live blog) (news.cnet.com)
- Google Music debuts, with downloads and sharing (live blog) (news.cnet.com)
- How SOPA would affect you: FAQ (news.cnet.com)
- Tech Giants Take Out Newspaper Ad Blasting Net Censorship Proposition (ostatic.com)
- Google Buys Motorola (indienation.fm)
- RIAA goes after ReDigi for selling “used” iTunes tracks (electronista.com)
- T-Mobile may be part of Google Music launch (news.cnet.com)
Steve Jobs resigns from Apple as CEO, this comes to no surprise to me actually.
Although Steve Jobs did not mention his health being a factor with the decision to step down as CEO, only one can assume that is in part the reason why. Apple will survive on its own merit, its excellent customer service and its product lines. The tech industry is fickle, Apple’s stock (APPL) did fall out 7% after this announcement, but it should be noted the entire market was down as a whole. Change in companies happen all the time, this too is not the first time that Steve Jobs left apple (shortly after the release of Macintosh in 1984), but I don’t see him returning in the same capacity as before.
What impact does this have on us, the consumer? Possible little to nothing actually, Apple will remain strong in the market as a whole.
an Apple a day, keeps the fanboys happy..
- Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO (suburbanmen.com)
- Steve Jobs resigns from Apple [roundup] (zdnet.com)
- Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple (kish.in)
- Steve Jobs resigns from Apple (kottke.org)
Want to work for Google?, on Motorola well..
Motorola Mobility was bought by Google . this give Google another ‘leg up’ in the tech market as the Motorola Mobility division now will be branded Google. This also opens the doors to more tech jobs, as of July 2011 it is estimated that there are just over 4 million jobs in the tech market, up over 120,000 from this same time in 2010. This is sure a good thing, however the sale of Motorola Mobility to Google has yet to be approved by regulators, but nothing to indicate that is wont happen. More details on Dice.com shed some light on what this could mean for the job market.
Imaging having the ability to develop the Android (Google’s Linux based OS for handsets and tablets) using Motorola‘s amazing hardware! I see this as plus for the tech market as well as the job market. Win win, but of course right now it is wait and see. Did you like this article? We would love to hear from you comments about this, just comment below or send a twitter message with the hash tag of #motorola to us @indienationfm.
Live long and be tech..
- Google Buys Motorola Mobility (cosmonavigator.wordpress.com)
- How Motorola Mobility could save Google from looming ‘threat’ (csmonitor.com)
- News: Google to acquire handset maker Motorola Mobility (ilounge.com)
- Google to buy Motorola Mobility (nerdjunkies.com)
- Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility (pocketnow.com)
Just in case you just crawled out from under a rock, TechCrunch (and the rest of the world) reports that Google has dropped 12.5 billions dollars and bought Motorola. The entire Internet is buzzing about why, what and and whatever but ARS Technica likely has it right.. they needed the patents. It is rather sad that patent trolls have turned net survival into a matter of preemptive strikes but in my opinion that is what it is.
Earlier today, A code update to Dropbox introduced a bug that temporarily allowed access to users’ accounts and files without authentication via the company’s web interface.For approximately four hours, from the time that Dropbox made the changes until the service’s developers were able to correct the error, user accounts were accessible by merely typing in the email address associated with the account.
On their own blog Dropbox said this never should have happen and they are conducting a thorough investigation of related activity to understand whether any accounts were improperly accessed. And if they identify any specific instances of unusual activity, we’ll immediately notify the account owner.
If you’re concerned about any activity that has occurred in your account, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dropbox Cofounder & CTO Arash Ferdowsi responds to yesterday’s bug (dropbox.com)
- Major Security Flaw in Dropbox on Windows (pdark.de)
- Dropbox Encryption Faces FTC Complaint (flyingpenguin.com)
- Dropbox: Insecure by Design? (pcworld.com)
To further prove how popular Netflix is becoming, TechCrunch reported today that Netflix is now the largest single source of Internet traffic in North America, accounting for 29.7% of peak downstream traffic – up from 21% last fall.
No matter how you slice it, this is an impressive feat and it indicates just how popular Netflix’s streaming on demand video service – starting at only $8 per month – has become.
Netflix has even recently announced that it will start exclusively carrying original video shows and content much like television networks do.
It will only be a matter of time before all our video and music content is delivered via the Internet, and Netflix is blazing the trail…right along with Indienation.fm!!
- Netflix Now The Largest Single Source of Internet Traffic In North America (techcrunch.com)
- Report: Netflix accounts for almost 30 percent of online traffic (news.consumerreports.org)
- Netflix Streaming Now the Largest Source of North American Internet Traffic (readwriteweb.com)
According to a Reuters report Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been engaged in internal discussions with Skype about possibly acquiring the video chat service. Google has also held early talks for a joint venture with Skype . A Skype deal could be valued at $3 billion to $4 billion . According to their S.1 Skype has 663 million registered users so this would be a great investment for Facebook or Google . All companies involved decline to comment on rumors and speculation.
Word of a partnership between Facebook and Skype has been rumored as far back as September 2010, when multiple sources said the two companies were amping up to announce an extensive partnership involving SMS, voice calls and Facebook Connect. The announcement never came, but Skype 5.0–the company’s latest major software release–did give users the ability to call and text their Facebook friends . Then there’s Google, increasingly seeking to bolster its Google Voice service, which has much more in common with Skype than any offering from Facebook. Skype originally was bought by Ebay Inc. before being spun off to a group of investors.While both Skype and Facebook have massive user communities, neither has put together a business plan the way Google has. Who knows who will be the new owner will be we can hope it will be a good merger for who ever buys Skype and it can be improved to even better standards.
Until next time
Your resident Zombiegirl :)
- Facebook to buy Skype? (socialmediaobserver.wordpress.com)
- Facebook Considering Buying Skype (newser.com)
- Reports: Facebook, Google In Talks With Skype (adweek.com)
- Report: Facebook to Buy Skype? [UPDATED] (fakeiitian.com)
- Facebook to Skype Google (arnoldit.com)
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