Jennie Josephson and Roger Chang fill in for the last day of Tom’s assignment! Lamarr Wilson appears just in time to talk You Tube’s new gaming site, and what a producer actually does anyway. Len Peralta is here to draw it all.
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YouTube announced a standalone app and website focused on video game related content. Tech Crunch reports that the site will be called YouTubeGaming and will launch in the US and UK this summer. The site will have pages dedicated to more than 25,000 games and will focus on allowing gamers to live stream their games while they play, just like Twitch. Not at all ominously for this show, YouTube says it’ll be rolling out changes to its livestreaming tool to “simplify the broadcasting experience.”
We’ll be talking much more about this in the discussion section.
The BBC reports that a panel of three US judges will not postpone implementation of net neutrality rules despite opposition from the AT&T and Verizon. The FCC’s Tom Wheeler called it a “victory for internet consumers” and said that “starting Friday, there will be a referee on the field to keep the internet fast, fair and open.” But Berin Szoka, president of lobby group TechFreedom which is opposed to the new rules, said: “Today simply marks the beginning of a protracted legal fight over the legality of the FCC’s takeover of the internet.”
Reuters reports that BlackBerry is considering using Google’s Android operating system on an upcoming SmartPhone. Yeah, you heard that right. Blackberry had previously shunned Android in a bet that its BlackBerry 10 line of phones would be able to claw back market share from iPhone and Android phones. BlackBerry’s new device management and encryption system BES12 works across multiple platforms including Android and iOS. Two sources said that by launching an Android-based device of its own, BlackBerry would be sending a signal to skeptics that it is confident that the BES12 system can not only manage, but also secure smartphones and tablets powered by rival operating systems.
TechCrunch would like you to know that the French government has a data protection watchdog committee and they have put their foot DOWN and ordered Google to widen its implementation of Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling to include all Google domains all over the world. Google had been removing requested links only from European sub-domains. The CNIL Select Committee has *generously* given Google 15 days to comply. A Google spokesperson said, “we’ve been working hard to strike the right balance in implementing the European Courts ruling.”
The Globe and Mail reports that Google lost a legal appeal in British Columbia, Canada, and will be forced to block results for the website of a clandestine company accused of violating trademarks. Back in 2011, a company called Equustek Solutions that sells industrial networking devices accused a company called Datalink of relabeling its products and passing them off as their own. Only Datalink stopped responding to the lawsuit. So a B.C. judge granted an injunction ordering Google to stop mentioning Datalink in its search results. Google was like, excuse me, what do WE have to do with all this? (but in a legal filing). But a three judge appeals panel said that Google targets internet users in British Columbia through ads and therefore they have jurisdiction. A Google spokesperson did not say whether Google would appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, but I’ll bet you a box of Tim Horton’s donuts they will.
The Associated Press reports that a government workers union claimed hackers stole detailed personnel data and social security numbers of EVERY US federal employee, making the recently uncovered cyber theft much more damaging than first reported.
Wired further explained that the hackers, who are believed to be from China, accessed so-called SF-86 forms, documents used for conducting background checks for worker security clearances. The forms can contain a wealth of sensitive data not only about workers seeking security clearance, but also about their friends, spouses and other family members. And Ars Technica reports that the breach was not discovered by the US government, but was revealed during a sales demonstration of a network forensics software package by a company called CyTech Services. The malware may have been in place for more than a year.
Business Insider reports that starting in July, Twitter will remove the 140 character restriction for direct messages. Sachin Agarwal, Twitter Product Manager Sachin Agarwal said no changes are planned for removing the character limit elsewhere.
Variety is reporting that Lucasfilm and its subsidiaries have formed a new unit dubbed ILMxLab that is tasked with using virtual and augmented reality technologies for immersive storytelling. Lucasfilm’s president Kathleen Kennedy said ““We are currently exploring the fictional universes of ‘Star Wars,’and I think a lot of people would like to be immersed in them. The challenge of ILMxLab will be to find out what storytelling looks like in this new space.” The lab plans to announce the results of this work later this year, but said on Friday that it will be exploring virtual reality, augmented reality, real-time cinema and theme park experiences.
News From You:
tglass1976 sent us the Ars Technica report that Kathleen Cox of Jacksonville, Florida has been a loyal Comcast cable subscriber for 13 years.
She also used a Comcast email address, until Comcast took her email address and gave it to a woman in Michigan. Which mean 13 years of emails and contacts went POOF. Ms. Cox spoke to 18 Comcast agents who promised to fix the problem. None of whom did. Kathleen Cox then contacted her local news station which reported the story, and then POOF! Kathleen Cox got her email back. So let’s all take our hats off to First Coast News — they really are First For You.
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Mark W from Dependable-Detroit:
Since we’re on a run of the Do-It-Yourself learning sites in the Daily Pick section, might I suggest Learnable.com? It’s from the fine folks that bring you the Site Point library of web development books. Recently, they added the thoughtful titles from “A List Apart”, the people who brought us Responsive Web design for mobile computing and very clever Cascading Style Sheets. It’s a good place for those sites that are “Ready to be Born” from guys who were Born Ready.
James from Springville, Utah:
I’ve been a listener since the Buzz out Loud days, and I appreciate
the great value you and your fellow hosts offer.
I’m a bit ignorant of the difference between producer and show host,
and was wondering if you could expound a little bit on the topic. In
past shows Jason Howell always seemed like he was an active part of the show, with great insights to offer, just as much as any other
host. [compliments redacted ]
I’m not sure if the producers you choose are different from the norm, but I get just as attached to their personalities as I do with the rest of your co-hosts.