YouTube May Launch Live Streaming, Jobs and Ballmer Talk Trucks
Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
- YouTube's recent broadcast of a Cricket match follows a live streaming progression for the site, and a new employee toolbar icon may indicate that more content is on the way. Eagle-eyed NewTeeVee analysts noticed the updated employee page, which features a specific 'Live Stream' icon. Hopefully, this will stick to sports, politics and music since Chatroulette made it abundantly clear what happens when random dudes broadcast their junk in real time. [From: NewTeeVee]
- Steve Jobs fielded queries about the future of PCs and tablets at this week's D8 gathering, and the Apple chief indicated that PCs "are gonna be like trucks," with inherent value but somewhat limited use. Later at the event, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer responded with snappy "Oh, yeah?" one-liner about "Mac trucks," while acquiescing that people will likely use a pocket-sized tablet device and a home PC -- which, to us at least, sounds pretty much exactly like what Mr. Jobs said. [From: Engadget]
- In the wake of the AT&T "Cease and Desist" controversy, a Redditor user asked Gabe Newell of Valve how he might respond to being similarly badgered by just two e-mails. Unlike some corporate suits, Newell actually responded, and quite hilariously, with a promise to avoid Cease and Desist letters. He did, however, admit that the company's hounds, and ninjas of assorted sizes and skills, have already been released. What, no bees? [From: Geekosystem]
- Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg suffered through an uneasy interview at D8 concerning the site's privacy issues. One admission from Zuck seems to have been primarily overlooked, though, as he asserted that "500 million people use" Facebook. The site announced a membership of roughly 350 million just six months ago. [From: The San Francisco Chronicle]
- A possible Verizon-iPhone marriage continues to inspire a significant amount of speculation, but Verizon exec John Johnson disappointingly dispelled those rumors at D8. Despite indications that a model may actually be coming this summer, Johnson professed that the company "has no plans to carry the iPhone in the near future." [From: Biz Journals]