Mediatwits #4: Impressive, Creepy Apple; The iPhone Radio Reporter

    by Mark Glaser
    April 22, 2011
    Apple sold 18.65 million iPhones in the second quarter. Image by "c.ronnie":http://www.flickr.com/people/ronniebube/ via Flickr

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    Neal Augenstein

    Welcome to the fourth episode of “The Mediatwits,” the new revamped longer form weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser along with PaidContent founder Rafat Ali. This week’s show is obsessed with all things Apple — and iPhone. Apple had a blow-out earnings quarter, nearly doubling its profits and selling more iPhones than ever with the new Verizon iPhone. But the creepy part is the finding by scientists that your iPhone (and iPad) knows your location and has been storing that in a secret file since last June. (Update: Today the Wall Street Journal found that Google is also tracking Android phones.)

    Eventually the Flip camera will be seen a stepping stone to where we are today." - Neal Augenstein

    Our guest this week is Neal Augenstein, the first major-market radio reporter to give up his bulky equipment and use just an iPhone to do audio and video reports for WTOP-FM and wtop.com in Washington, DC. Plus, there are two new news aggregators and apps, Trove and News.me, that needed a quick take.


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    Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

    Apple’s blowout quarter

    3:30: Apple by the numbers

    5:30: iPod going into the sunset?

    7:00: Mark enjoys freedom from AT&T

    iPhones tracking you

    7:50: Background on consolidated.db file

    9:15: Rafat says it will be shut down

    10:40: WSJ series What They Know

    12:10: Do people care?

    Neal Augenstein interview

    13:40: Neal details all the old gear he used to carry

    16:10: The app Neal uses on his iPhone for audio editing

    17:50: Audio is about 92% as good as before

    20:10: Figuring out best practices as he goes along

    23:40: RIP Flipcam

    Trove and News.me

    25:30: Mark’s experience with News.me

    27:40: News.me is a Twitter replacement or enhancement?

    29:20: Flipboard gets $50 million in funding

    More Reading

    Apple clobbers estimates, iPad sales fall short at Fortune

    AT&T Boosts Subscriber Rolls Even as Verizon Gains IPhone at Bloomberg

    With iPhone, everybody wins: Verizon, AT&T and Apple at Computerworld

    Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves at O’Reilly Radar

    Researcher: iPhone, iPad track users’ whereabouts at CNET

    iStalk: Apple’s iPhones, iPads revealed to be tracking user data at NY Post

    Apple, Google Collect User Data at WSJ

    News.me, the iPad News Aggregator Blessed by Big Publishers, Gets Ready to Launch at AllThingsD



    What They Know series by Wall Street Journal

    Holy Crap, Flipboard Just Raised $50 Million At A $200 Million Valuation at Business Insider

    Weekly Poll

    Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about the iPhone tracking your movements:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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