Brian Brushwood and Avram Piltch are on the show for a little bit about Aereo, a little bit about the right to be forgotten and a lot about whether Augmented Reality will obliterate our privacy or just make it easier to shop. #CEWeek
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The Verge reports Google has begun removing certain search results for individuals who have requested so under Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ rules. Google places a note at the bottom of the page indicating results “may have been removed.” The removals only affect European versions of the search engine. Non-European versions will still return all results.
9 to 5 Mac has Apple rumormongers heads spinning over the idea that Apple could make smart home hardware. Apple did introduce HomeKit as part of the forthcoming iOS8. Sources say they don’t know what kind of hardware Apple is developing nor when it would be released and development could stop at any time. So to paraphrase the sources, Apple won’t come out with smart home hardware soon, if ever.
TechCrunch reports Google announced it is working with LG to bring ProjectTango to consumers early next year in a tablet. Google also said it’s working with the Unity and Unreal game engines, as well as Qualcomm. Project Tango uses multiple cameras and sensors for precise 3D sensing of its environment. A developer version of a Project Tango phone and 7-inch Tablet have been released in limited quantities.
BBC reports Germany’s government has canceled a contract with US telco Verizon over concerns about data security. Verizon had a contract with a number of German government departments that is due to run out in 2015. All existing business will be transferred to Deutsche Telekom AG by then. German Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate said: “There are indications that Verizon is legally required to provide certain things to the NSA, and that’s one of the reasons the cooperation with Verizon won’t continue”.
The BBC reports Alibaba has decided to list its public stock shares on the New York Stock Exchange rather than the NASDAQ. Twitter also chose the NYSE over NASDAQ for it’s IPO. Alibaba will be the largest Chinese company to list in the United States, with a listing estimated to be worth more than $20 billion.
News From You
KAPT_Kipper posted this story from Polygon about the popularity of Google Cardboard. The kit was given to attendees of the Google I/O keynote and lets you build a VR headset out of around $20 worth of material to use with your Android phone and the Google Cardboard app. The app contains VR tours of cities as well as YouTube videos. There’s also a developers kit available for app makers who want to take advantage of cardboard. Granted DIT VR headsets are not new, but previous versions didn’t have a company like Google out there touting them.
tm204 posted the GigaOm story about Simon & Shuster making its full catalog of ebooks available for library lending. The publisher just finished a one year test program in New York City. Simon & Schuster is working with the digital library distributors Baker & Taylor, 3M and Overdrive. All five of the major publishers now make ebooks available to libraries in some way.
metalfreak pointed out themukt reblog of The Verge story that Toyota will bring a hydrogen fuel cell car to market in Japan with a 2015 sedan priced at ¥7 million (roughly $70,000). Toyota claims a cruising range of 430 miles for its hydrogen-fueled car and a refueling time of just three minutes. The car should be available by April 2015 and then arrive in the US and Europe next summer.
BigJim1 posted the Reuters story that the US President will push Congress to enact legislation to give European Union citizens the right to sue in the United States if they think their private data has been released or misused. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said the announcement was “an important step in the right direction.” No actual bill has been introduced.
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Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York
Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, continues today . Want more? Check out ceweekny.com