DTNS 2183 – BitCoin Joke Here

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comEric Olander joins us to discuss whether Facebook drones can help Africa, Japan’s regulation approach to BitCoin and the real story behind the Flappy Bird flap. It’s 4 AM in Vietnam where he is, so be kind.


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Show Notes

Today’s guest:  Eric Olander, Vice President, Financial and Business News Channel,Vietnam


Facebook to buy drone fleet. Because internet: TechCrunch reports its sources say Facebook is buying Titan Aerospace, makers of near-orbital solar-powered drones that can fly up to five years at a time without landing. For its 60 million dollars or so, Facebook would be able to use the drones to deliver Internet access to any part of the world as part of the Internet.org project, starting with Africa, according to the sources. One can only assume Facebook will not use its drones to shoot down competing Google weather balloons that deliver competing Internet.

CarPlay powered by QNX: USA Today points out that the new Apple CarPlay system in part is powered by QNX, the embedded OS of choice among automakers, and QNX just happens to be owned by BlackBerry. Ford is actually moving off Microsoft’s Sync to QNX according to Bloomberg. N4BB first pointed out the interesting fact. Paul Leroux, public relations manager at QNX Software Systems, “We have a long-standing partnership with Apple to ensure high-quality connectivity with their devices, and this partnership extends to support for Apple CarPlay.”

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer to retire in September

Cortana, voice assistant, in action: Unleash the Phones has video of Microsoft’s forthcoming Cortana voice assistant in action. Though no words are spoken by the operator or the phone, you can see the setup system which asks the user some personal questions, like most enjoyable part of an evening, and thoughts on food. No kidding. Cortana is expected to be part of Windows Phone 8.1 and be officially unveiled at the BUILD conference in April.

Microsoft integrates Skype with Outlook.com

Twitter mistakenly sends password reset email to many users

Aether’s Cone Speaker reviewed: Several sites, including Wired, have a review of Aether’s Cone speaker. Unlike say a Sonos system, the Cone speaker has no remote and no Bluetooth connectivity. It uses WiFi to connect to a music service (available services have yet to be named) and then keeps tabs on your behavior to find out what you like to hear. It also has voice recognition in case you want to request something in particular. The only other control is the speaker grill which you can twist right to skip to a new song or twist left to replay. The Cone will sell for $399.

Intel purchases wristwatch health tracker company Basis for around $100 – $150 million

Bring me red page… I can’t… I can’t see you… Broderbund founder Doug Carlston has donated Broderbund’s software and corporate records to the museum, The Strong. Correspondence, photos and other material that reveals the culture of the studio that developed Myst, Prince of Persia, the original SimCity and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, will be preserved. The high school version of our producer Jennie is SO happy. So is the college-aged version of Tom. Who feels really old now.

 News From You

Rich_Seattle submitted the Ars Technica story that the US Department of Justice has thrown in on the side of broadcasters, in the Aereo vs. the broadcast world Supreme Court knockdown coming this April. Recode reports the Justice Department made the filing Monday arguing that Aereo gives users access to copyrighted content in the first instance without paying licensing fees. KAPT_Kipper also submitted this story under a different link.

biocow posted the Verge link about Radio Shack closing 1,100 shacks in the US. That’s more than twice the number expected.Radio Shack will have 4,000 locations left. The company lost $191.4 million last quarter. TVSEgon also submitted a link for this story.

dillydobbs & Tekkyn00b submitted the Gizmodo link about Flexcoin shutting down. While not nearly as large as Mt. Gox, Flexcoin says 896 bit coins were stolen from its store. Bit coins that were not stolen will be returned to customers before the shutdown. Polonix also admitted thieves stole 12.5% of its bit coin reserves, but that company will replenish the lost coins itself.

adi_lachman pointed us to a WSJ article about Dish striking a deal with Disney to limit the use of its Hopper ad-skipping feature on Disney-owned channels. Interestingly in return, Disney granted DISH rights to stream Disney channels like ABC and ESPN as part of an Internet delivered, IP-based multichannel offering.

Discussion Section Links:  How Japan is dealing with bit coins / Flappy Bird Perspective





Wednesday’s Guest:   Iyaz Akhtar of CNET & of the excellent podcast Quest for Peace.

8 thoughts on “DTNS 2183 – BitCoin Joke Here

  1. What was the pick of the day? My phonetic to text conversion mojo isn’t good enough to find it and I’m looking for a good irc client.


  2. Tom, I know this has been mentioned before, but please consider not going commercial free if you reach the 10K patreon milestone. I like hearing from you and whatever organization you are working for, what you consider good products to plug. I don’t feel like you have ever just sold out to promote something that was a bad product.

    Consider using the 10K milestone to just be very selective in what advertising you accept. Consider going with shorter contracts so that the advertising changes more often. I’m a little sick of hearing about squarespace just because it gets mentioned so much on the TWIT network.

    Thanks for the show, long time fan since Buzz out loud.

    1. Hi Josh. If you’re only concern about me not taking ads is that I wouldn’t plug good products, I’ve got you covered! Pick of the day is my regular plug of things I love with NO pressure to say or not say anything. Does that allay your concern?

      1. Sort of, but I still want you to get paid, so you keep doing the show and grow, maybe build up your own network, etc. Limiting your income streams by making a promise to go ad free seems like a bad idea, unless that is what is motivating most of your Patreon supporters. That isn’t what motivated me to support you.

        If the difference is between you being funded by Patreon at 10K a month, and you being funded by Patreon at 10K + advertising at 10K month, I hope you go for the 20K and grow your show faster.

        But I do get that it probably feels great to not be beholden to anyone but your listeners when making a show… and I’m just going to trail off here, because I’m just arguing with myself.


      2. Josh,

        No worries man, heh heh. And believe me, I am more concerned than anyone with getting paid enough to make this work!

        My theory has been that enough people will be motivated by ad-free to support at a higher level PLUS the combination of things like shirts and merch that contribute directly to the show, could outperform ads that only work if the audience gives their money to the advertiser not the show.

        Instead of an ad that pays me say $10 and hopes the audience spends $20 on them. Why not the audience give me $15 and we all win. At least that’s one theory.

        The other part of it is what Adam Curry holds dear, which is editorial independence. When you are a sole proprietor taking ads you cannot HELP but beholden to the advertisers because they are your lifeblood.

      3. Tom, thanks for replying, I appreciate you taking the time. What you say makes sense. Thanks again for the show.

  3. I live and work in Africa and really appreciated Eric Olander’s expanded world view on the stories. Make sure to have him back on the show. You have had some great guests on the show, but I felt I got a lot more out of this episonde because of the added breadth of experience.

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