Rumor Roundup: Apple iRadio? MakerBot No More? AirDrop?

By , dealnews Media Editor

When the Internet runs out of news, it starts making things up. We think this is funny, so we rounded up all of this week's lies and speculation and put them here. We call it the "Rumor Roundup" and we do it all for you! This week:

  • Apple's iRadio Music Streaming Service to Be More Like Pandora Than Spotify?
    It'll differ from Pandora in that Apple's will be a free service that dishes up radio stations based on tracks you suggest, then offers a link for you to buy the song from iTunes. (For comparrison, Pandora is a free service that dishes up radio stations based on tracks you suggest, then offers a link for you to buy the song from iTunes or Amazon.) Totally different. [Engadget]

  • The New iPhone 5 Will Feature AirDrop?
    Does the name of Apple's peer-to-peer-over-WiFi sharing service remind anyone of Operation Dumbo Drop? Anyone? Just me? OK. I guess my psychologist was right, I DO have a weird fascination with that film. [9 to 5 Mac]

  • MakerBot Looking to Sell?
    But, but, who will make the bots now?! (SkyNet. The answer is always SkyNet.) [Quartz]

  • Pepsi Will Not Buy SodaStream?
    A victory for the "little guy" vs. "Big Soda!" ("Little guy?!" SodaStream has a $1.4 billion market cap! BOO! Everyone start blowing bubbles into their water with straws! Take down Big SodaStream!) [Wall Street Journal]

  • Florence-Minus-The-Machine Cast in Next Star Wars Film?
    Before you scoff remember that before he was Han Solo, Harrison Ford was a carpenter. (Though, not in THE Carpenters, so it's a bit different, sure.) I wonder if he can still make tables and whatnot? I'd buy a Chairison Ford. Han Solounger? Indianarmchair Jones? [io9]

  • iOS Throttles Cellular Bandwidth?
    Code found within the OS purportedly limits data speeds over most cellular networks. It was put there so as to not make other phones feel too inferior. It's called "Harrison Bergeron" code. (This is a Vonnegut joke, not a Dancing with the Stars joke, FYI.) [FierceWireless]

  • Apple to Offer an In-Store Hardware Trade-In Program?
    It's really being done so that the Apple employees can shame you about the state of your last device and chide you to better look after your next one. Seriously scuffed devices will result in the Genius handing you an egg in a tiny diaper and saying, "If you can prove to us that you can take care of this for a week, you can get the iPhone 6." [TechCrunch]

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The iOS throttling was quickly debunked.
see below: