Tech News Today 208
Recorded: March 28, 2011
Published: March 28, 2011
Tech News Today 208: No iPhone 5 For You
Why is Dorsey back at Twitter? Where did Ev go? No iPhone 5 this summer, Java founder joins Google, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Darren Kitchen
- Twitter Gets Its (Part-Time) Messiah: Dorsey Officially Returns to Lead Product
- Twitter Co-Founder Dorsey Returns To Head Product Development
- Two Twitter Founders Trade Places
- @jack Twitter posting
- Man who made the first Twitter posting will add to his role as Chairman, Creator and Co-founder the role of leading product development. Jack Dorsey will also remain as CEO of Square, the online payments processor "forevermore". What's Evan Williams doing then? Stepping back from daily involvement, but remaining on the board.
- iOS 5 Likely Pushed To The Fall After A Cloud Unveiling At WWDC
- Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has officially been scheduled for 2011. Taking place (as usual) at Moscone West in San Francisco, the conference will be held from June 6 through June 10, 2011 and will focus on "the future of iOS and Mac OS," according to Apple. OS 5 will launch in the fall and will be a major revamp of the OS. It could well be previewed at WWDC, it just won’t be released then. The iOS 5 launch is also likely to coincide with the release of a new type of iPad, which we previously reported on. The new iOS will be heavily built around the cloud, and we could see several new services launch from Apple that take advantage of this.
- WWDC 2011 set for early June, to focus on future of iOS, Mac OS
- Report: Next iPhone not coming until October?
- No iPhone at WWDC 2011
- Java founder James Gosling joins Google
- Gosling created the original design of Java and implemented its original compiler and virtual machine. Left Sun after the acquisition by Oracle. Has referred to Larry Ellison as LPOD (larry prince of darkness). Gosling is critical of Android fragmentation saying they violated the write once run anywhere principle of Java.
- The Defense Calls Its First Witness: James Gosling, “Father of Java”
- Will he help Google against Oracle in the lawsuit? In the Oracle v Google spat, he said, there are "no guiltless parties with white hats in this little drama. This skirmish isn't much about patents or principles or programming languages. The suit is far more about ego, money, and power."
- Java daddy borged by Google
- Comodo hacker outs himself, claims "no relation to Iranian Cyber Army"
- Iranian hacker claims he hacked the SSL certificates stolen from Comodo,, claims no association with the "Iranian Cyber Army" -- He claims to have cracked passwords from GlobalTrust.it and InstantSSL.it, found RSA too hard tbut disassembled DLL's on these sites and found crack, plain text username and password used as part of the CSR (Certificate Signing Request) submission process, allowing him to submit any CSR he wished to be signed by Comodo and instantly retrieve the signed certificate. post some of the source from TrustDLL.dll to pastebin, including the parts used for authentication that stored the unencrypted password.
- LG to produce Nexus tablet for Google, suggests rumor
- According to intel acquired by blog Mobile Review, LG has been tasked with producing a pure-Google, Nexus tablet - ready mid-summer early autumn
- American Express enters the 'payment 2.0' fray
- American Express Launches All-New Digital Payments Platform to Attack PayPal’s Bread and Butter
- Google one step closer to mobile payments
- American Express unveiled a new business called Serve, will let consumers make purchases, take cash withdrawals from ATMs and make person-to-person payments from their computer or their phone."Works wherever AmEx is taken. What Dan Schulman, Group President, Enterprise Growth , said he wasn’t interested in experimenting with yet was NFC, which allows users to waive their phone at the register to pay. The technology is still in its infancy. “That’s incredibly uninteresting…That’s a form factor shift, not a value proposition change,” he said. “The distinction between online and offline is going to blur and become moot as you go out three to five years from now.” Meanwhile The Wall Street Journal reports that Google will allow people with debit and credit cards from MasterCard and Citigroup to turn on an app and pay for a purchase from their smartphones. At no point would they need to take those cards out of their wallets to make a purchase. Google is planning to pay for "thousands" of installations of near-field communication systems (NFC) around New York City and San Francisco as part of a test.
- Radioactive Water Found In Two Reactor Buildings
- Radiation levels at the surface of the water in Unit 2's turbine building were measured on March 26 and 27. - ISA says the dosage would be 1,000 millisieverts per hour at the surface of the water in the turbine building of Unit 2. --All isotopes found in the water have half-lives measured in hours or days, with the exception of cesium-137.-- NISA said that it is possible the water came in contact with the fuel rods in the reactors but it isn't clear how that would happen.
- Facebook is getting more Warner Brothers movies. Now you can rent a total of 6 movies using Facebook Credits. “Inception,” “Life as We Know It” and “Yogi Bear,” will cost you 40 Facebook credits (about $4), while two Harry Potter and the previously watchable Dark Knight remain around $3. So if you wanted a new way to watch "Yogi Bear" you've got it.
- If you want porn in India, you won't be able to get it from any site using the .XXX domain. The Indian government will block any site which uses .XXX. However, sites using .com or .in will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- Microsoft is working on a technology that would determine which wireless frequencies are being used. The system is called SpecNet and it would allow for better wireless communications since devices could operate on unused frequencies. But, don't expect to see this in consumer devices since equipment could cost up to $40,000.
- No one likes data caps, but AT&T will put them on its DSL services. The only problem is apparently AT&T doesn't really know how to measure data usage. According to forum posts, AT&T has over-reported usage by as much as 4700%. Going over the caps results in data charges, so you'd hope AT&T figures this thing out before the caps go official starting May 2nd.
- Canadian ISP Rogers has admitted to throttling World of Warcraft. Does Rogers hate WOW? Nope, the company claims that the throttling was a mistake. It does throttle P2P traffic and apparently its servers were seeing WOW traffic as P2P sometimes, possibly since WoW uses P2P to add update patches to your game. Rogers will be working with Blizzard to sort this out.
- Earlier this month, Twitter was told by a US court that it had to hand over account information in a case related to Wikileaks. However, Twitter is fighting this and asked for that ruling to be overturned. All of this is related to the U.S. government's ongoing investigation of Wikileaks.
- A new study published in The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery suggests that mobile phones can have an impact on bone health. The study had men place a cell phone in their pocket for around 11 hours a day for more than 5 years. When their legs were x-rayed, the side with the phone showed "significantly lower" bone mineral content (BMC) and bone mineral density. So there's another reason to get rid of your cell phone.
- Worried that posting on twitter about your ham sandwich might undermine your credibility as a nuclear physicist? Quite the opposite my friend. According to a study published in the March issue of Learning, Media and Technology, students perceive instructors who make social tweets as more credible than instructors who remain strictly business. Apparently knowing that a Twitter stream is not run by a bot helps people believe you.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Internet founding father Paul Baran dies at 84. He conceived of what became packet switching.
- Web 2.0 Expo kicks off in San Francisco today (March 28)
- New York Times paywall rolls out beyond Canada this afternoon (March 28) -- offering discounted digital subscriptions as part of today’s paywall launch
- Today is the 32nd anniversary of the reactor meltdown at 3 Mile Island
- Verizon's Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot launches March 31st
- AT&T says Atrix 4G, Inspire 4G will have HSUPA enabled in April
In show 207, you mentioned that Google may keep all your receipt data. Just recently I was wishing for this exact thing.
As a family, we try to stay on a budget and this would be wonderful for categorizing. For, example my wife tries to categorize purchases from Walmart, and it's a wide range of items and it's very difficult to accurately categorize. I would love to know that I spent $500 on toilet paper in the last five years.
Maybe then we'd go back to single ply :-)
Thanks, love the show.
Regards, Daryl Sensenig"
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