This week, some retailers ban Apple Pay in favor of an upcoming service that’s already been hacked, YouTube to offer ad-free subscriptions?, AT&T misled millions and the feds are taking them to court, Fitbit joins the smartwatch race, Marvel plans out its next five years of superhero movies, and much more.
This week, YouTube test pilots paid subscriptions, BlackBerry messaging arrives on iOS & Android, the Tesla Model S gets the highest praise from Consumer Reports, all the latest from Google I/O, and the first music video recorded in space!
This week we read an anonymously sent letter from a top Blackberry exec about the company’s failings, the dance is over for Californians skirting sales taxes online, Zynga files for a billion dollar IPO, hackers announce the President’s assassination, Apple orders 25M iPhone 5s for the fall, Verizon kills all-you-can-eat data, Google may buy Hulu, and ends Realtime search.
After the break we examine the phenomenon that is Google+, one week later, including plans to fold older services into G+. Then we take a first peek at Facebook’s new Skype-integrated video chat.
This week Tom recaps his recent trip to WonderCon, we discuss April Fools Day on the ‘net, MySpace’s rapid decline, Know Your Meme’s acquisition by Cheezburger, Anonymous’ attack on Sony, Kevin Rose’s new startup, Milk, a grim outlook for The Daily, and Facebook’s initiative to open the development of their servers.
Later, we discuss Google’s aggressive initiatives to kick the company into the social space, and we finish with a discussion of the impact that a government shutdown would have had on IPO development.
This week we’re joined by previous guest Dragon*Con TV‘s Chris ‘Crispy’ Lloyd, as we discuss President Obama’s recent State of the Union address, and in particular, its focus on the advancement of technology. We’re then joined by LatinoReview.com‘s editor-in-chief, Kellvin Chavez, as he predicts who will win this year’s Academy Awards; film editor Walter Murch’s letter to Roger Ebert stating why 3D will never work in film; and recent casting choices for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Later, we discuss the hacking of Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Facebook fan page; new security features coming to Facebook; Google CEO Eric Schmidt stepping down in place of co-founder Larry Page; Apple’s plan to allow you to use your iPhone in place of a credit card; Google allowing users to port their mobile numbers to Google Voice, and Yahoo’s bid to sell Delicious to Digg.com.