Welcome to “The Week in Technology“, where we recap some of the most interesting technology and mobile stories from the past week.
This week, we cover the launch of Beats Music, recap how a guy wearing Google Glass in a movie theater got detained, and highlight the largest Internet failure in history.
Beats Music launches
While the service is an extension of and leverages the powerful brand of Beats By Dre headphones, it enters an extremely crowded streaming music market that includes big players like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Google Play All Access, Apple iTunes Radio, and many others.
The app tries to differentiate itself by curating music to your tastes, mood, and location, which is nice. But unfortunately it’s also negatively differentiated by pricing. After a 7-day free trial (or up to three months if you’re an AT&T subscriber), there isn’t an ad-supported free option; rather, the service will cost $9.99 per month.
How do you think Beats Music will fare in the crowded music streaming space?
Man gets arrested for wearing Google Glass in theater
In a completely ridiculous overreaction by government agents, a man wearing Google Glass in a theater in Columbus, OH, was pulled out of a screening of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and detained by Feds for nearly four hours.
The agents were from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations department and suspected the man of recording the movie. The device wasn’t even turned on; rather, the man actually had prescription lenses, so he needed to wear them to view the movie. And all of this happened despite the fact that he had worn his Google Glass to the same theater multiple times prior.
The man received two passes to a future movie for his inconvenience. Totally worth it.
Read the first-hand description of the crazy situation at The Gadgeteer.
China’s Internet failure
What many believe is the largest Internet failure in history happened on Tuesday, as most of China’s 500 million Internet users could not access websites for up to eight hours.
Blame the government. Technology experts believe that the country’s Great Firewall – the government’s spying technology that controls the online traffic that comes in and out of the country and blocks major websites like Facebook and Twitter – was the cause of the failure. The weird thing is that a lot of the traffic was misdirected to a small, shady company named Sophidea based in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Odd.
Whatever trust Chinese residents had in the Internet is now long gone.
Read more at the NY Times.
Have you read other interesting mobile and technology stories this week that are worth mentioning? Feel free to add them in the comments.