Tech News Today 125
Recorded: November 24, 2010
Published: November 24, 2010
Tech News Today 125: In Your Face
Last chance to save Face from Zuckerberg, German Google fans egg houses, deep packet inspection is not just for the TSA anymore, and more.
- By a vote of 331 to 294, the EU Parliament has approved the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). According to an ITworld article, 'the most controversial paragraph in the final text leaves the door open for countries to introduce the three-strikes rule. The proposed agreement would also place sanctions against the marketing or use of any device or software that as a means of circumventing copy-protection.
- If you're a co-founder of Twitter, what's next? hey how about using the information service to create a news network, like a wire service. Biz Stone told wire service reuters about his plans- sense the irony, and while it does sound a little weird- he makes a good point about connecting news gatherers with primary sources on the ground as news breaks
- You gotta love a judge who loves fair use: Here's the back-story, Portland, Oregon's Center for Intercultural Organizing posted an article from a Las Vegas newspaper, copyright troll law firm, righthaven, is suing. But, suprisingly, a Nevada judge has given the law firm until mid-December to explain why one of their targets *wasn't* exercising its right to Fair Use when it republished a newspaper article on its website.
- On the other side of the fair use coin, Matthew Crippen, who is in court over his business of selling mod chips for Xboxes will not be allowed to use fair use as a defense. U.S. District Judge Philip noted the DMCA makes it a crime to “circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access” to copyrighted material, even if there’s no proof of intention to pirate. There's no exemption for Xobx mod chips like there is for iPhone jailbreaking.
- Though iOS 4.2.1 just began rolling out earlier this week, reports are emerging that Apple is already planning another update, iOS 4.3, for mid-December. MacStories is reporting that since 4.2.1 was delayed, this is causing the two updates to be so closely timed. But Apple had always been planning to launch 4.3 on December 13, a Monday. This date is close to a rumored December 9 launch of Murdoch's new "Daily."
- Facebook will be allowed a trademark on the word 'Face' for services like "online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general interest and concerning social and entertainment subject matter." Facebook just needs to start using the name alone on a product and pay the issuing fee. They are not allowed to use face on anything related to motoring or to cars.”
- The neodynium must flow! China has begun exporting rare earths to Japan after a two-month suspension due to a territorial row. Japan's trade minister confirmed that shipments of the minerals, vital for making a number of hi-tech products, started this week. The halt in rare earth exports came after Japan's navy arrested a Chinese fishing boat captain near disputed East China Sea islands.
- An Apple-1, one of only about 200 such machines built in Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' parents' garage, sold at Christie's auction house in London today for 133,250 pounds (about $210,700). The Apple-1, which didn't include a casing, power supply, keyboard, or monitor, originally retailed for $666.66 in 1976. Apple discontinued the model in 1977.
- Google's Wave is not dead yet, thanks to the open-sourcers at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The Mountain View Chocolate Factory, Novell, and a handful of other organizations have submitted client and server code to ASF for what's now called Wave in a Box (WIAB). The code is available as an incubator project, a phase projects pass through before becoming full-fledged.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Gran Turismo 5 is out!
- And that's just one example of consumer spending on electronics. ComScore says online holiday spending will the highest on record. ComScore chairman Gian Fulgoni made that bold statement after seeing spending from the first few weeks of November pass totals last seen in 2007, prior to the recesion. Consumers spent 9 billion in the first 3 weeks of November, up 13 percent over last year.
"Hey TNT Crew!
I am a long time listener and wanted to comment regarding ""pulling the plug"" and ditching the cable box for an a-la-carte device such as a Roku or Apple TV. I was curious if anyone has ever tried doing a mobile application for the device, and if so what were the results?
One of my clients owns a local limo company and wanted to install a Roku with an attached mifi device in lieu of a Satellite dish in his limo. I haven't really heard much regarding any mobile applications for the Roku, but I would assume this would work taking into consideration cell reception and tiered data pricing.
I think if successful, this might also be a great marketing tool for Roku to release a battery powered version for people on the go; especially with such a low price point! Just a thought.
Keep up the great work!
PS - What better way to find out than to give it a try. My Roku is on order. : )
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