Tech News Today 219
Recorded: April 12, 2011
Published: April 12, 2011
Tech News Today 219: The Flip Has Flopped
BitTorrent breaks TOR security, Cisco drops Flip, say hello to IE10, dial a phone with your mind, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Darren Kitchen
- Not anonymous: attack reveals BitTorrent users on Tor network
- Tor Background
- TOR network has been compromised
- Used by BitTorrenters to hide IP address
- Over 10k users' IP addresses identified
- Tor establishes circuits of three nodes to pass traffic across; the actual operation is quite complex."To execute an attack on this system, the French researchers set up a number of malicious Tor exit nodes and some honeypot BitTorrent clients running on researcher machines. When one of the malicious exit nodes sees an attempted connection to a BitTorrent tracker, it intercepts the response and adds the IP address of one of the honeypot clients under researcher control. The user's BitTorrent client then attempts to make a data connection directly to the honeypot without using Tor, thus revealing the user's IP address to the honeypot." -- Leader of Tor Project Roger Dingledine advised that users can protect themselves right now if they stop using BitTorrent over Tor.
- The Guy Who Says He Owns 50% Of Facebook Just Filed A Boatload Of New Evidence -- And It's Breathtaking
- A little more scannable article with the email quotes
- A few different email quotes from Wired
- DLA Piper (Ceglia's Law Firm)
- Winklevii Undaunted, Plan to Seek New Hearing
- Paul Ceglia is back filing a revised complaint against Mark Zuckerberg n U.S. District Court in Buffalo, N.Y
- Ceglia argument: 2004 Zuck misappropriated the assets of their gen partnership- - FB response: lies!
- Ceglia has d convinced massive law firm DLA Piper to take him on as a client, lending him credibility. DLA Piper asserts the emails are real.
- Purported emails are published.
- Ceglia said he hired Zuckerberg through a Craigslist ad to write code for a project called StreetFax and paid Zuckerberg $1,000 for coding work; he also allegedly invested $1,000 in Zuckerberg's The Face Book project, which gave him a 50 percent interest in the company as well as an additional 1 percent interest for every day after January 1, 2004, that The Face Book was delayed.
- This is a fraudulent lawsuit brought by a convicted felon, and we look forward to defending it in court. From the outset, we’ve said that this scam artist’s claims are ridiculous and this newest complaint is no better,” said Orin Snyder of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a law firm representing Facebook.
- Ceglia’s attempt to get half of Facebook — a company now estimated to be worth somewhere between $55 and $85 billion — also faces the difficult problem of the doctrine of laches. That’s a legal principle that says if a person sleeps on their rights, it’s unfair for them to show up later and demand everything
- Microsoft pushes out preview build of Internet Explorer 10 (video)
- Native HTML5: First IE10 Platform Preview Available for Download
- Microsoft debuts IE10, announces PDC 2011 dates
- Download IE 10 yourself
- Windows 8 to feature an integrated App Store
- CNBeta posted screenshots of Windows App Store from Win 8 early build
- "Windows App Store" is the name in the title bar
- Looks like a Win Explorer Window
- Screenshot seen last month on Waybeta, CNBeta showing off Chinese version
- MIX11 conference kicked off today in Las Vegas, with Dean Hachamovitch's opening keynote. Hachamovitch is a Microsoft corporate vice president - Debuted IE10 platform preview along with Steve Sinofsky
- IE 10 video, shown running on ARM
- CSS3 & HTML5 support, Download avail. today --- About three weeks into development --- new previews will come every 8-12 weeks.
- "Hardware support isn't just a yes or no checkbox," he told developers. Applications supporting HTML5 and hardware acceleration "feel and run more like native applications," he emphasized.
- Cisco shutters Flip business, takes consumer mulligan
- Video: After Cisco Sacrifices His Baby to the Gods of Wall Street, Flip Founder Jon Kaplan Speaks!
- Cisco To Shut Down Flip Video Camera Business; Will Give Pink Slips To 550 Employees
- CIsco killing Flip biz
- Cisco bought Pure Digital in 2009 for $590M
- Last week, Cisco CEO John Chambers memo on Cisco Blog: "You will see Cisco make a number of targeted moves in the coming weeks and as we move into FY12."
- Flip part of the shutdown of the Consumer Business Group-- all consumer businesses will now support for of five key company priorities core routing, switching and services, collaboration, architectures, and video. umi (consumer teleconferencing) gets shoved into Business TelePresence, Take the core video technology integration of Cisco’s Eos media solutions business and use it elsewhere in the company.
- HTC Pyramid is officially a reality as the HTC Sensation 4G:dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch screen, Gingerbread, Sense 3.0...plus 8 mp rear cam (1.2 mpxl front), & 30fps video at 1080p rez
- HTC Sensation first video hands-on!
- HTC’s New Android Phone to Offer Netflix-Like Video Service called HTC Watch
- 4 GB internal, microSD, up to 32GB microSD. Launch in the UK, Germany, and the rest of HTC's "key" European markets in mid-May, with Vodafone scoring a Europe-wide exclusive for "a couple of weeks. Coming to T-Mobile in the US in Summer.
- Huffington Post Writer Wants His Cut From AOL Sale: How Does $105 Million Sound?
- Famed Freelancer Files Lawsuit Condemning HuffPo’s Use Of Free Bloggers
- AOL/HuffPo Shuts Down Download Squad [and Switched]
- Class Action lawsuit against AOL
- Jonathan Tasini says his and other bloggers content provided 1/3 of sale value of HuffPo
- Wants $105M, content he and others provided was free, btw
- Tasini also sued NYT on behalf of paid freelancers
- Works were being published in databases
- Won the case, publishers decided to remove freelance material from databases
- Bing Now Powers 30% of US Searches
- In Challenge To Google Places, Microsoft Launches “Bing Business Portal” For SMBs
- Hitwise reporting Bing-powered search (Bing + Yahoo) makes up 30.01%of US searches in March 2011.
- 5% increase since February 2011"
- A new report issued by the Chinese government is taking the United States to task for its stances on technology. Citing numbers from the ACLU, more than 6,600 travelers have been subject to electronic device searches between Oct 2008 and June 2010. The report also calls the U.S. a hypocrite for its requests for Internet freedom in other countries while an internet kill switch bill floated around Washington DC in June 2010. That bill didn't become law, but there's a new version pending.
- Microsoft claims that Google's Apps for Government do not have valid certification under the Federal Information Security Management Act and that Google lied about having that certification. But Google's saying it didn't lie.... so who's actually lying? Well, Google does have FISMA certification for Google Apps, but not Google Apps for Government directly. 2 different things says an analyst familiar with the ways of Washington, who see this as an example of Google's inexperience in dealing with the federal govt.
- Microsoft is busy these days - it is also rolling out a StreetView competitor in Europe called "Streetside." Navteq is Microsoft's partner in this enterprise and will be photographing urban areas first. Considering Google's trouble with European privacy laws in general and their bungled attempt to collect WiFi data inparticular, Microsoft said they will hold off collecting WiFi data until "they get it right.
- It ain't dead yet! Symbian, Nokia's lame duck mobile OS, is getting an update. You'll see new icons, a new browser, new maps and more. The updates will be coming to the N8, E7, C7 and the C6-01. Some new Nokia phones will have the updated Symbian preloaded.
- What do you do when you're sick of your incredibly old and slow PC at work? If you're French, you're likely to break the old thing in hopes of an upgrade. A new poll of 3,000 office workers in Europe backs this up. Apparently the French were three times more likely to smash their computers than the German respondents. The Germans said they trusted their bosses to get them new equipment when possible.
- Cult of Mac is reporting that Apple is working on carbon fiber iPods with Wi-Fi syncing. The site is also reporting that Apple has been working on iPod Wi-Fi syncing for two years and that Steve Jobs is behind this movement. Apparently the carbon fiber material is supposed to make connections more reliable while allowing for iPods to retain their pretty stylings.
- Good news/bad news if you're prepaid ATT user. The good news is that ATT has lowered its fee if you go over your data usage. Now it costs $5 for 10MB of data compared to $5 for 1MB. The bad news is that if you use a gigabyte of data over - that'll cost you $500. If you're a data person, and can afford it, you're probably better served by getting an ATT contract with an Android or iPhone where a gigabyte will cost you $10.
- Intel is serious about getting its processors in the mobile space. PCWorld says that a GM for Intel is showing off Cloverview - a new chip designed for tablets. The processor is supposed to lower power consumption with it 32-nanometer manufacturing process. Intel also plans to get to 22nm within two years with Sandy Bridge's successor, Ivy Bridge. Throw in Oak Trail and it's like some sort of fantasy adventure game going on in Intel chip names.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Dialing with Your Thoughts -- A new brain-control interface lets users make calls by thinking of the number—research that could prove useful for the severely disabled and beyond.
- Today is the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight by Yuri Geg-AIR-en of the USSR
- Opera 11.10 launched with company's 'most expensive ad ever': $8,517.26, including a hefty $1,500 that they splurged on some "trendy Swedish clothes." The upgrade includes fun stuff like "turbo mode" that promises to load pages quickly when you're on a slow connection.
- Thunderbolt news coming out of NAB in Vegas this week: AJA, Blackmagic, and Matrox have all announced new video I/O and processing boxes that offer Thunderbolt connectivity to a host machine. Promise Technology also announced a new Thunderbolt-to-Fibre Channel SAN adapter.
- T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot hitting stores tomorrow, just as expected
- Froyo-based LG Thrive becomes AT&T's first prepaid smartphone, ships April 17th
- Social browser Flock will no longer be supported as of April 26
- HTC Flyer begins shipping on May 9th across Europe
- June 19, The Legend of Zelda: Oh-car-EEN-a of Time 3D will be hitting store shelves for $39.99.
"Hi TnT Folks,
I love the fact that you guys also cover more scientifically oriented stories like the one about StripeSpotter, a piece of software developed for use in computer-assisted individual animal identification which is a big help to ecologists. I was curious and so read the original paper published in the International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (link below). To answer Sarah's question, the authors say that this technique can apply not just to zebras but any animal with ""prominent morphological characteristics like stripes or large patches"". Examples include giraffes, tigers as well as antelopes called kudu.
The show keeps getting better and better! Ayaz is a welcome addition to the team. Nitin"
Your discussion on yesterday's show about people playing games, or even watching ads for some sort of reward was fun for me to listen to. While it may seem odd that such things can act as reinforcers, it should be remembered that a reinforcer is any event which makes behaviour more likely. For example, we may think of say a rat being given a food pellet (the reinforcer) after a bar press (behaviour) as a typical situation, or say giving your dog a treat when he does something good. But, look at that definition, in my classes I can say clearly that tests reinforce studying behaviour, so the tests themselves are reinforcers.
Even more oddly, kids will work for meaningless star stickers on schoolwork, or I will play xBox games (partially anyway) for useless 'achievements'. The xBox achievement system was developed (partially) by a guy I know, John Hopson, who has a PhD in experimental psychology from Duke. (He also did some killer work on animal timing but that is neither here nor there...).
Tom is correct, as long as something activates that mesolimbic dopamine system, you will do it again, and again and again until you go blind....
OK, back to marking neuropsych papers...
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