Tech News Today 225

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Episode 225

Tech News Today 225: Don't Get A Bug On VD Day

How safe are your dropbox files from prying eyes?, The iPhone is tracking you, NYTimes makes money off Twitter, and more.


Top Stories

  • Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves
  • Engagdet reports this has been known by forensics experts for some time
  • How Apple tracks your location without consent, and why it matters
  • Michigan Police Could Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops
    • UK Researches Alasdair Allan and Pete Warren found a hidden file from iOS devices that have cell access.
    • All iPhones appear to log your location to a file called ""consolidated.db."" This contains latitude-longitude coordinates along with a timestamp.
    • File is unencrypted and backed up with every sync, makes it very accessible
    • Warren released Mac app ""iPhone Tracker"" so you can see your data on a map.
    • Apple ToS seems to cover this data collection
    • Michigan StatePolice using Cellebrite UFED portable forensic system - grabs data from iOS and Android devices (and others).
    • Gets email, bookmarks, web history, SIM data, cookies, MMS, IMs, etc.
    • Used in routine traffic stops
    • ACLU fighting this - argues 4th Amendment Search and Seizure - filed complaint about use of forensic analyzer
    • Application of 4th Amendment to cell phones murky - "
    • "This file is only readable by root. That means that a rogue App Store app won't be able to read it. Even a bad guy who hacks into your browser won't be able to read it," Miller told Ars. However, remote hackers can make use of two separate exploits—a code execution exploit and a privilege escalation exploit—which Miller points out have been available before in the form of (a tool that allowed users to jailbreak their devices through a Web page on the Internet).
    • Security expert and repeat Pwn2Own champion Charlie Miller was slightly less pessimistic about who can access the file, but agreed that it wouldn't be trivial for an experienced iPhone tinkerer.
  • Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books
    • Borrow kindle books from 11k libraries in US
    • Works on any Kindle device or app
    • Amazon partnered with Overdrive like Sony (OverDrive specializes in lending eBooks & audiobooks)
    • users can mark up book, data is yours (not shared). Check out book or buy it, notes come back if you check out again or buy the book.
    • Lending time by library will vary. 1-2 weeks

Discussion Stories

  • Dropbox Will Hand Over Your Files to the Feds If Asked
    • On website: "Dropbox employees aren't able to access user files, and when troubleshooting an account they only have access to file metadata (filenames, file sizes, etc., not the file contents)."
    • Updated TOS: As set forth in our privacy policy, and in compliance with United States law, Dropbox cooperates with United States law enforcement when it receives valid legal process, which may require Dropbox to provide the contents of your private Dropbox. In these cases, Dropbox will remove Dropbox's encryption from the files before providing them to law enforcement.
    • Arash Ferdowsi, CTO of Dropbox: "Every Dropbox employee understands that the most important value of the company is maintaining users’ trust. Employees are prohibited by company policy from accessing users’ files and there are technical access controls to prohibit unauthorized access by employees. As with almost every other online company, there are a limited number of employees who may access user data when legally required to do so, and to help troubleshoot users’ accounts with their consent."

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science




"Hey tnt crew! I think one of the reasons google isn't using open street maps may be because bing is already using it, and they don't want to be seen as copying them,i guess.. Here is the bing blog entry from last august Then in. november bing announced they could use bing's map data Love the show Stephen Charlotte, nc"

"Yesterday when you were discussing Google Map Maker, Becky asked if there was an OpenStreetMap application on your phone. As a matter of fact, there are several map applications which use OpenStreetMap data on Android. From OsmAnd to AndNav, Skobbler, Locus Free & Locus Pro, and even the Mapquest app. offers an option to use OSM. Searching for OSM in the Android Market yields quite a few apps which use OpenStreetMap. Just thought that this would help answer Becky's question.

Also, MapQuest has, which uses openstreetmap data.

Thomas McGrew"



Production Information

  • Edited by: Jeff Stewart
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