Episode 306 - Show Notes

Episode 306

Sunday Jun 2, 2013 (00:59:55)

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This week, Sony considers spinning off its media division into its own sitcom, DISH doesn't know you can't raise yourself in poker and the feds order Google to give up the goods... without paying for a Sponsored Ad.

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Nicholas DiMeo

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With over ten years of audio engineering experience, Nick's addition to PLuGHiTz Corporation is best served when he is behind the mixing board every Sunday night to produce the audio side of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Piltch Point and PLuGHiTz Live Night Cap. While mixing live every week, his previous radio show hosting experience gives him the ability to co-host as well, giving each show a unique flare with his slightly off-center, yet still realistic take on all things tech. An integral part of the show, you can find Nick always enveloped in coming up with new (and sometimes crazy) ideas and content for the show and you can always expect the most direct opinion on the stories that he feels need to be shared with the world. During the few hours where Nick isn't sleeping or working on ways to improve the company, he spends his free time going to hockey and football games and playing the latest titles on Xbox 360. Email him for his gamertag and add him today for a fun escape from the normal monotony and annoyance that the Xbox LIVE gaming community can sometimes be!

Scott Ertz

Host

Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.

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Google Ordered to Turn Over Warrantless Data Requests

In the time after the Sept. 11 attacks, a hasty bill was passed, known as the USA Patriot Act, which opened all kinds of capabilities for the government to spy on its citizens without having to worry about that pesky Constitution. One of the easy ways of collecting information about people is with national security letters. These letters come from the FBI, asking for certain information with a few caveats: they require no judicial review and the recipients are not allowed to talk about the request.

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Sony Considering Media Division Spin-Off Amidst Sales Target Reduction

Sony's Kaz Hirai took over as CEO of the company last year and right away announced a revival plan to turn the company around. Sony bought cloud-gaming company Gaikai for $380 million and then a report came out that said the PS3 is the number one player for Netflix streaming. Now, Sony is considering a proposal by Daniel Loeb's Third Point LLC hedge fund, Sony's biggest stockholder, to sell off twenty percent of its media division. This would include some big titles, name and franchises, like the Spider-Man series and platinum recording artist Adele.

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