? Episode 286
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  • AT&T Inc. (T)'s integration of its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. may be slowed down by a network already overloaded by users of Apple Inc.'s iPhone, a Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst said. The deal announced will give AT&T new airwaves for its planned high-speed, fourth-generation network. T- Mobile's subscribers, who are now using those airwaves, will eventually be moved to AT&T's network, the Dallas-based company said on a conference call today. AT&T expects $7 billion in integration costs over the next three years, said John Stankey, president of AT&T Business Solutions. To free up capacity on the 3G network, used by iPhone customers, for T-Mobile users, AT&T will have to wait until subscribers move to the planned 4G network, a process that may take three to five years, Moffett said.
  • Google today announced deep Google Voice integration with Sprint, and introduced the Nexus S 4G smartphone for the wireless carrier, which takes advantage of its high-speed 4G data network. The Google Voice announcement marks the first time Google has teamed up with a carrier to "seamlessly integrate" the service, the company said in a blog post. Google Voice gives you one number that can ring all of your phones (cell, land line, office), voice mail that functions a lot like e-mail, and free or cheap calling.
  • Is the Chinese government blocking access to Gmail to stop anti-government protests? Reports emerged today that Gmail in the country has been intermittently blocked or crippled - users can't send e-mails or messages are marked as unread."There is no technical issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail," Google told eWeek. The effort is reportedly tied to the "Jasmine Revolution," a call for Chinese citizens to protest the country's lack of reforms. The movement picked up steam online and via Twitter and was compared to similar efforts in the Middle East, but as Time reported, the Chinese government quickly cracked down on any anti-government activity.
  • Oregon lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill that would require computer technicians to report images of child pornography. The measure passed the state House on a 60-0 vote on Monday. It's aimed at updating a 1987 law that required film processors to report suspected child pornography. Democratic state Rep. Sara Gelser of Corvallis says making computer technicians mandatory reporters of child pornography will shield them from potential liability from reporting suspicious images. Technicians who believe they've spotted images of child porn would be required to notify the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the state Department of Human Services or law enforcement. Failure to do so would be a Class A misdemeanor.
  • Netflix has taken a dramatic turn from its business model by now offering an HBO like series starring Kevin Spacey. The new Netflix series will only be available on Netflix. Currently the cost for the service is $8.99. This may or may not change as they start to add their own premium content.
  • The internet authority ICANN has approved the XXX domain. This will be an adults only domain that will be available in a few months. The argument was made to create this domain so businesses and other people who need to filter content can easily block it at the root level by blocking all XXX domains. But that would only be useful if all adult sites went to the new XXX domain, but they're not.
  • Apple has dropped the original IPAD to $399 for the 16 GB wifi only model and $429 for the same but with 3G. This is only while supplies last. If you plan to use it for personal use this is a good deal, but if you want to use it for business then pay the extra money, because operating system updates will render the original IPAD useless much sooner than the IPAD 2.
  • Five years ago, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the world's first Tweet. It said: "just setting up my twttr." Today, it's used to archive what we ate for lunch and more importantly, break news in real-time. Regardless of how you feel about Twitter and it's 140-character Tweet restrictions, there's no denying that it's a service that is becoming an increasingly useful and ubiquitous, especially as of late during the revolts in Egypt and during the devastating earthquake in Japan. In a first-hand experience of just how significant a role Twitter played in communication during the Japanese crisis, our very own Adario Strange said, "Twitter proved to be an invaluable for information collection, distribution and two-way communication" as soon as cellphone service conked out.
  • SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2 for the Android operating system. Adobe's latest release of its Flash Player 10.2 software is the first major release since the software made its debut on the Android Market last year. The firm is claiming performance improvements and deeper integration with Android's web browser. Adobe says the new release provides performance improvements by taking advantage of new hardware. The deeper integration results in Android's web browser not treating Flash objects as an overlay but rather as part of the webpage itself. This should result in smoother scrolling and proper display of websites with Flash objects. Currently Adobe's Flash Player 10.2 is available for Android 2.2 and Android 2.3 users while the firm released a beta for Android 3.0. Adobe singled out its Android 3.0 Flash Player for particular attention, saying that the full production release will be out "in the coming weeks".

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