Tech News Today 174
Recorded: February 7, 2011
Published: February 7, 2011
Tech News Today 174: Kyocera Echo Introduced With Fish Wine
Facebook secure setting is broken, Anonymous wreaks havoc on security firm, what AOL buying HuffPo really means., and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell
- Betting on News, AOL Is Buying The Huffington Post
- The two companies completed the sale Sunday evening and announced the deal just after midnight on Monday. AOL will pay $315 million, $300 million of it in cash and the rest in stock. Ariana Huffington takes control as President and editor in chief of a newly created Huffington Post Media Group.
- Exclusive Video: AOL’s Tim Armstrong and HuffPo’s Arianna Huffington Talk About Their Acquisition Touchdown From the Super Bowl
- AOL Says Huffpo Will Be a $50 Million Business This Year
- You’ve Got Arianna: AOL Buys Huffington Post for $315 Million in Cash, Appoints Huffington Editor-in-Chief
- Steve Case On The AOL-HuffPo Math
- The technology side of AOL's Huffington Post buy
- HBGary Federal Hacked By Anonymous
- Anonymous compromised the company's website, gained access to the documents that HBGary had collected on its members, and published more than 60,000 of HBGary's e-mails to BitTorrent. They also vandalized Barr's Twitter and LinkedIn accounts with harsh messages and personal data about Barr, such as his social security number and home address.
- Anonymous Isn't Anonymous Anymore
- Anonymous to security firm working with FBI: "You've angered the hive."
- Android 2.4 coming April, leaving 2.3 dead on arrival - not Ice Cream
- the release date of version 2.4 has been brought forward to ensure that dual-core apps designed for Honeycomb (v3.0) will be able to work with single-core devices running v2.4. 2.4 will still be called Gingerbread. Ice Cream Sandwich will be 3.1? Who knows.
- Google Executive Emerges as Key Figure in Revolt
- Egypt to release Google Executive
- Google Exec tweets- 1st since being detained
- If governments can block top level domains, is .gay doomed?
- Sprint expected to introduce Kyocera Echo at event later today, HTC Arrive also indirectly corroborated
- Nokia makes a big announcement on Friday. Speculation has involved a partnership with Microsoft and mass firing of executives. Now well-placed sources tell The Register that Stephen Elop is considering shifting the executive centre of gravity to Silicon Valley, creating a virtual HQ in the United States. The move would be as radical as any of those made by his predecessors in the company's 150-year history.
- Mozilla is planning to release four new versions of its open source browser by the end of this year. That means Firefox 4, Firefox 5, Firefox 6, and Firefox 7 are all slated to ship in 2011. Mozilla was originally planning on having Firefox 4 out by the end of last year, but it had to delay the release.
- Yahoo's latest plan to save itself involves personalized content. According to two reports today in the NYTimes and WSJ, the company will unveil a platform at the Mobile World Congress next week that will let both Yahoo apps and those of third-parties show users’ different content depending on their behavior and stated interests.
- Last.fm says it will now require a monthly subscription for access to its music via mobile and home entertainment devices. This applies mostly to Last.FM's personalized "radio" stream which creates a station based on your preferences, including what songs you've listened to most often and rated most highly.
- Telcos may lose one plentiful stream of government money. The FCC is planning to overhaul the $8 billion phone subsidy program to include funding for broadband in underserved communities. A vote on an order tomorrow that will open comments for revising the Universal Service Fund, or USF. FCC Chairman Julius Genachoswki outlined his proposal in a speech today.
- Should Apple publicise their succession plan, so investors can better assess the future prospects of the company should Steve Jobs leave the position of CEO? Well Apple does have a plan, they just don't want to make it public. Compare that to a global survey of 1,300 companies by Korn/Ferry that found only 35 percent of companies have a succession in place.
- HP wants to fight Gorilla arm.The company revamped its touchscreen all-in-one desktop PCs with the ability to lay them almost flat, tablet style. The new TouchSmart 610, announced today but not set to ship until later this week, is built around a 23in, 1920 x 1080 display. Usually mounted up right, monitor fashion, the new TouchSmart can also "recline from upright to almost flat".
- The Verizon iPhone goes on sale Thursday for $200 and $300 although existing customers with fewer than 20 months done on their contract will have to pay $650 or $750. It's actually cheaper to cancel. Here's the math. Transfer your number to Google Voice for $20. That cancels your contract and you pay a fee of $135. Then Feb. 9 you buy an iPhone on a new contract and pay a $35 activation fee. That would make the 16GB iPhone cost $390, saving you $260... if you're willing to go through the trouble.
- And with that let's wrap up the rest of the Apple news and rumours. The first Verizon iPhones showed up on doorsteps today, 2 days early. A shelf tag for a White iPhone appears at a Best Buy in Houston. Several rumours indicate the iPad will come with NFC, a carbon-fiber body and a 7-inch version. Analyst Ezra Gottheil is SURE the iPhone 5 will be announced June 6. MAcrumours reports Apple may stop selling boxed software in its retail stores soon. Finally iOS 4.3 is rumoured to arrive February 14th.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Wikileaks' Julian Assange prepares to fight extradition
- Best Buy opens up in-store pre-orders for 4G HTC Thunderbolt: $50 to claim yours
- T-Mobile offering all phones for free on contract this weekend - including the myTouch 4G, HD7, G2, and Vibrant -- 2-year deal mandatory
- Best Buy ad prices Motorola Xoom at $800, affirms February 24th launch date
- Sony Ericsson makes Xperia Play official in Super Bowl commercial, full launch coming February 13th
- Nokia E7 starts shipping to 'select markets' - latest version of Symbian, 8 megapixel camera, 16GB memory, aluminum body, slideout keyboard
"I was in a room of non tech people watching the game when the Xoom commercial came on. No one in the room even understood what they are advertising and were still confused until I explained the ad. I think they failed big time. Maybe they should just stick with talking about their product and not there competition or customers.
Joe from Grand Rapids, MI"
"Hey Guys, For the last couple weeks I have heard TNT talk about George Hotz jailbreaking the PS3, and Sony's stink over it. I've always sided with Mr. Hotz. I'm an advid gamer and owner of a PS3 myself. For the last month or so I haven't really played my PS3 (Thanks to WoW: Cataclysm), until tonight. I started playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and was shocked by the antics in multiplayer. Players were jumping 100 feet in the air, changing the clan tags of other players, and even killing players before the game has even started! Realizing the game was hacked, I went online to investigate. I found that the jailbreak Mr. Hotz made public enabled these game hacks. Here is a link from the game developer Infinity Ward stating what is going on...http://www.infinityward.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=371760 . I'm all for open access to hardware, but is there a way to do it without hackers taking the fun out of gaming? Thanks guys, love the show.
Justin, from Oklahoma"
- Edited by: Jason
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