Tech News Today 189
Recorded: March 1, 2011
Published: March 1, 2011
Tech News Today 189: "Creepy Wink" To Block Porn
If Baidu is a pirate, isn't Google? Can "App Store" be trademarked? Microsoft Windows 8 tablet coming by June? and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Mark Turpin
- Brian Brushwood
- Jason Howell ( )
- US says China's Baidu is notorious pirated goods market
- Allofmp3 clones, Baidu top US list of "notorious" IP infringers
- US Trade representative published its "Out-of-cycle Review of Notorious Markets" (it's out of cycle, because it goes farther than it's normal required report which names counties) -- Among the named miscreants IsoHunt, The Pirate BayDemonoid, BTJunkie. But also AllofMP3, even though the report admits it no longer exists. Baidu wihc the report cites for "Deep Linking" I'd like to add Bing and Google as well. Also of interest it lists actual brick and mortar retail stores.
- Apple: Why We Need An ‘App Store’ Trademark
- Apple fights for 'App Store' name, calls Microsoft clueless as usual
- Apple filed for a trademark on "app Store" In January, Microsoft filed an objection, claiming the mark is generic. Apple has now filed its response. Crux of argument is the prevalence of "nonun plus store" marks such as "The Container Store" But their most biting example is this one -- "Having itself faced a decades-long genericness challenge to its claimed WINDOWS mark, Microsoft should be well aware that the focus in evaluating genericness is on the mark as a whole and requires a fact-intensive assessment of the primary significance of the term to a substantial majority of the relevant public," says Apple in the filing. "Yet, Microsoft, missing the forest for the trees, does not base its motion on a comprehensive evaluation of how the relevant public understands the term APP STORE as a whole."
- HBGary chief exec resigns over Anon hack
- Dems push for Congressional investigation of HBGary Federal
- HBGary Federal chief exec Aaron Barr has resigned. Short story: Barr led an effort to reveal names of some participants in Anonymous. Anonymous responded by hacking HBGary and revealing emails. Among many revealing emails, were messages that purported to show HBGary was planning a dirty tricks campaign against WikiLeaks. But Barr is far from out of the spotlight. A dozen Democrats in Congress asked various Republican committee chairs to launch probes of HBGary Federal's idea for a "reconnaissance cell" targeting pro-union organizers.
- Former Apple employee guilty of conspiring
- Paul Devine, the former Apple manager accused of taking some $2.5 million in kickbacks from Asian suppliers in return for information that helped them win the company’s business, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy on Monday, agreeing to forfeit more than $2.25 million in proceeds from the scheme. A former supply chain manager at chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices charged with participating in an insider trading scheme is negotiating with prosecutors to plead guilty to the charges, The Wall Street Journal reported toda----Mark Anthony Longoria was among four people charged in December. Federal prosecutors in New York City said he leaked confidential information about unannounced earnings to investors as part of his role as a consultant with Primary Global Research
- Guilty Plea Pending From Former AMD Manager Charged in Insider Trading Case
- T-Mobile Killing Off Microsoft’s Danger Servers Ahead of Android-based Sidekicks
- T-Mobile announced on Monday that it plans to kill off the Microsoft Danger service that powers the current generation of Sidekick devices as of May 31. Sidekick's are cloud based and require a connection to Danger servers (owned by Microsoft). Without that connection you can only make calls and text messages. Future Sidekicks will be Android. T-Mobile said it will provide various unspecified offers ahead of that date to help current Sidekick owners move to a new device. It will also offer Web tools on its myT-Mobile.com Web Site to allow customers to export contacts, photos, calendar info and other data from the Danger service.
- Microsoft plans to demo Windows 8 tablets by June
- Microsoft delivers its 'other' tablet operating system: Windows Embedded Compact 7
- Company source told Business Insider Microsoft plans to demo Windows 8 tablets by end of June. This follows Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet's report on Microsft's road map for Windows 8, and a leaked Dell plan with a Windows 8 tablet codenamed Peju. In the non-rumor category - Microsoft announced general availability on March 1 of the final version of its Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system, codenamed “Chelan.” -- esigned to power phones (including Windows Phones), medical devices, industrial automation products and retail systems, as well as slates/tablets.
- Random House has finally decided to switch from a whole sale to a so-called "agency model" for e-book pricing and will begin implementing the pricing changes on Tuesday, March 1. The switch will allow them to take part in Apple's iBook Store. The agency model lets the publisher not the seller decide the price of the book.
- Google said today a storage software update was responsible for causing some Gmail users to lose access to their e-mail data and said the company is still working to restore full functionality. The software update bug was caught and rolled back, by not before it affected a small percentage of user accounts. However redundant systems were affected so Google has had to resort to tape backups.
- Verizon CFO Fran Shammo, speaking at the Morgan Stanley conference told attendees Verizon is targeting "mid-summer" to rearrange the carrier's data pricing. Shammo says they're still working through the details and that they don't yet know whether the tiers will be based on speed, bit buckets, or some combination of the two.
- AMD has begun its push to pit the Llano Fusion APU with Intel's Sandy Bridge Core i7. In service of that effort AMD has posted a video comparing the two running a 3D game, HD video playback, Excel calculations, and some 3D modeling, all simultaneously. AMD's A8-3510MX APU manages to use less power than Intel's 2GHz Core i7-2630QM. But it is AMD's video after all.
- The Nobel Peace Prize is starting to sound a bit like Time Magazine's man of the year award. WikiLeaks and the Internet are among the 241 nominees for 2011. Nominations may come from any professor of "social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology," in addition to national governments and former Prize recipients. If the Internet wins do we all get a medal?
- The broadsheet Daily Telegraph claims Gordon Brown blocked an honorary knighthood for Apple founder Steve Jobs. The then-Prime Minister blocked the proposed knighthood of Mr Jobs in 2009 because he turned down an invitation to speak at the Labour Party conference, a former senior Labour MP said. The Telegraph has only been around since 1855, 70 years after the Times was founded.
- Seagate Tuesday released its highly anticipated 3TB desktop hard disk drive, the 3.5-in Barracuda XT, thus eliminating the need to purchase extra hardware or software to overcome the previous 2.1TB drive barrier. This follows on the he Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB hard drive that arrived in January. You still won't be able to create a single 3 TB partition however.
- Google announced late Monday that it has begun using a tricycle with a camera mounted on it to get images of less accessible places. That means users now can view images of college campuses, pedestrian malls, running trails and sports venues.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Facebook Linked To One In Five Divorces In US
- Big Surge in Social Networking Evidence Says Survey of Nation's Top Divorce Lawyers
- Intel Completes McAfee Acquisition
- TED Again: Iconic Conference Kicks Off 2011 With Gates, a Data Artist and a Wrongologist
- Penthouse 3D channel to fill European screens with three-dimensional smut, starting today
- House plans first vote to overturn Net neutrality rules Wednesday March 2
- Apple announcement at 10 AM Pacific tomorrow (live on TWiT) Steve Jobs may appear
- Internet Explorer 9 expected on March 14th, definitely released by March 24th
- Windows Intune Cloud-Based PC Management Utility Hits the Street March 23
- SXSW coverage Saturday and Sunday 3/12 and 13
- Google’s New In-App Payments Product Set For Launch In May 2011
"There's a 3rd possible result to the Open Internet Coalition lawsuit. Verizion and (other C-block carriers) could be forbidden from selling software-locked devices.
Apple could still sell a software-locked LTE iPhone because Apple didn't sign the C-block carrier license agreement and, because of the Openness clause, Verizon would be required to let the iPhones work on their LTE network. It would kneecap carrier subsidies but that's about it.
Dynamite show guys, James the formerly civil engineer"
"Readers of Danish tabloid are weeping with joy: Apple finally relented and allowed Ekstra Bladet newspaper to launch its iPad and iPhone application - scantily clad females and all.
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