Tech News Today 238
Recorded: May 9, 2011
Published: May 9, 2011
Tech News Today 238: Wikipedia Sued By Bacon
Anonymous civil war, HP starts its own cell data, Drudge beats Twitter for news referrals, and more!
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- Jason Howell
- Billion-dollar PSN outage may not be fully remedied until May 31
- Bad information spreading on PlayStation Network’s return date: nothing new, folks
- Sony may offer reward for PSN hackers' heads
- Sony may have headed off planned weekend attack
- Anonymous Under Civil War?
- Break-away Anonymites likely behind PSN hack
- Estimated loss of $1.25B in business (says Mizuho Investors Securities analyst Nobuo Kurahashi).
- A Bloomberg report says the plan is PSN will restart by May 31
- VentureBeat says otherwise - Sony plans to restore service in May, but did not give a date. VentureBeat is sourcing Sony's Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director, Corp. Comm. & Social Media & of PS Blog fame" "- AllThingsD reports that Sony may offer a reward for information that leads to the hackers, in cooperation with the FBI.
- No weekend attack. Either Sony bolstered its security or the attack info could have been wrong.
- According to the Financial Times, two members of Anonymous admit that supporters of the loose-knit group waged the attacks on Sony’s systems and stole the data.
- In a message to users posted on AnonOps.in, part of Anonymous's AnonOps network, admins accused a former comrade of organising a "coup d'etat". The rogue operator - 'Ryan' - who is also alleged to be behind the revamped 'Oh Internet' relaunch of notorious shock site Encyclopedia Dramatica - is accused of stealing the IP addresses and passwords of users on two Anonymous sites, AnonOps.net and AnonOps.ru, before launching Denial of Service (DoS) attacks against them.
- New Mango Features Coming for Windows Phone 7
- Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 'VIP Preview' Announcement for May 24
- "VIP Preview"" of the next major release of Windows Phone on May 24 10 Am in New York.
- Multitasking that is battery-dependent and allows background music playing
- According to information given to the Windows Phone Developer podcast. Microsoft plans to add Bing Vision and Bing Audio to the operating system's capabilities,
- Voice guidance during navigation
- Native podcast support, voice to SMS
- YouTube Expands Video Rental Service
- Welcome to the future of video. Please stay a while.
- Google Partners With Sony Pictures, NBC Universal And Warner Brothers For YouTube Movies
- Adding 3000 new movies to rent to US users
- Accompanied by reviews and behind the scenes movie extras
- YT also announced investment in 20k partners
- Partnership with Sony, NBC Universal, and WB
- YT lists movies like Caddyshack, Goodfellas, Scarface, The King's Speech, Green Hornet and Despicable Me.
- Movies are available to rent at industry standard pricing, and can be watched with your YouTube account on any computer.
- Some titles coming out today & more in the coming weeks
- HP launches DataPass to sell prepaid 3G data plans, service piggybacks on Sprint's network
- HP’s ProBook 5330m and its 3G DataPass service appeal to more than just the businesspeople
- HP Mini 210 and Envy 14 updated, no webOS on board yet
- HP Mini 210 $299.99
- Envy 14 added USB 3.0, start at $999.99, but will now be available with a range of Sandy Bridge processors and AMD’s latest Radeon graphics. Available June 15
- DataPass, a solution that lets you purchase 3G service from your laptop. The service is HP-branded, through Peregerine Network operating on Sprint. Hence the price. Can operate on other networks through Peregrine. No contract though.
- DataPass gives you $5 for a modest 75MB, which HP says is enough for about five hours of use, and stretch up to $30 for 1GB
- First with DataPass 13.3-inch ProBook 5330m entry-level $799 config, but we assume it will get you a Core i3 processor, a 250GB hard drive, and the standard four-cell battery.
- How Apple works: Inside the world's biggest startup
- Some more details from the Fortune piece
- Why Fortune’s Apple Story is AWOL From The Web – And Why You Can Buy It On Amazon
- You can pretty much read this story and ignore Fortune
- Adam Leshinsky has an interesting writeup of the inner workings of Apple in Fortune Magazine
- Revelations of secret ""top 100"" meetings. The org structure and dictatorial control of Steve Jobs
- More interesting Fortune is not publishing the story online. They posted a brief version of the first few paragraphs on the website this morning.
- You must buy the magazine or the iPad app in order to view the story. Subscribers can get the iPad version of the issue free
- Attempt to drive purchases of the issue.
- Weirdly in the iPad app no mention of the story on the magazine cover."
- Where People Go, How They Get There and What Lures Them Away
- Study: Online News Is Casual, Social and Not Video
- Drudge Generates More News Traffic Than Social Media
- Facebook is driving traffic to news web sites, but Twitter barely registers
- Pew Research Centre's Project for Excellence in Journalism on the top 25 news web sites based on examination of Nielsen data.
- Google top traffic driver, Facebook 2nd or third
- "three sites ever account for more than 10 percent of the traffic to any [major news Web site]: Google (search and news combined), the Drudge Report and Yahoo (search and news combined)."
- 75% came once or twice. 7% visit 10 times or more a month
- Facebook is described as "a critical player in news," driving traffic to all but one of the top U.S. sites (Google News being the exception)
- Twitter plays almost no role in driving visits to news sites
- Comscore report finds widening Android lead in US smartphone market, largely at RIM's expense
- Android passes BlackBerry in U.S. smartphone survey
- Apple, HTC and RIM Unscathed by Smartphone Stall
- Comscore report on 1st Quarter smartphone market
- Of the 72.5 million smartphones in use in the U.S. in the first quarter, 34.7% were Android devices up from 28.7
- BlackBerry 27.1 down from 31.6%
- iPhone 3rd at 25.5 up from 25
- Windows Phone dropped from 8.4 to 7.5 --- The ComScore report is based on surveys of 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers.
- IHS iSuppli numbers on shipments for Q1
- iPhone shipments rose 15%
- HTC rose 6.2 %
- RIM rose 4.2%
- Smartphone shipments declined 1.5%
- Nokia declined 14.5%
- TalkTalk just became the first major UK internet service provider to implement network-level anti-malware blockers on its service. The ISP previously got in trouble for monitoring its user's behaviour without informing them in order to prepare for the system. It sounds pretty nice. You just allow Chinese firm Huawei to follow and log every URL you visit! The system is opt-in and allows for some user configuration over what gets blocked.
- TiVo has worked out a deal with Comcast to bring its Xfinity VOD to retail TiVo Premiere DVRs. The rollout will be a market-by-market upgrade, with the San Francisco Bay Area up first. This also puts the nail in the coffin of the old Comcast TiVo project and ushers in a new era in which Comcast will offer and install TiVo Premieres just like its own boxes.
- Apple's white iPhone did cause a small revolution in the Sanlitun neighborhood of Beijing. Multiple sources report a scalper tried to jump the line, and was escorted away by Apple employees who then became embroiled in a fistfight with one of the scalpers relatives. Employees then closed the store and crowds rushed the doors and broke the glass. Wait, Scalpers, fistfights, insane mass behaviour caused by consumerism. China is stealing EVERYTHING the US is best at!!!
- Vupen security posted that they are unhappy to announce they have pwned Google Chrome and its vaunted sandbox. The exploit bypasses all security features including ASLR/DEP/Sandbox, it is silent resulting in no browser crash, it relies on undisclosed vulnerabilities and it works on all Windows systems. The details will not be publicly disclosed. But hey! Chrome still doesn't crash, amiright?!
- They say things come in threes. First Time, then Hearst, and now CondeNast have fallen, and fallen hard, to Apple's iPad subscription plan. Starting this week with The New Yorker, digital versions will be available for free to current print edition subscribers. For new subscribers it's $5.99 per month or $59.99 a year, which gets you 47 issues. Seven other magazines from the publisher are coming by the end of May, including Wired and Vanity Fair, priced at $1.99 each or $19.99 annually.
- PureHacking, an Australian security research firm published a blog post describing a vulnerability and proof of concept exploit affecting only the new version 5 of Skype for Mac. PureHacking believes the exploit could pwn you Mac, Skype says it would only crash Skype. Either way, Skype also says they like, totally already knew about the exploit and even wrote a patch way back on April 14, but like they totally didn't see the need to publish it, but whatever, it'll be in the next update, so shut up.
- Thanks to an Amazon update, you can now stream your music via the Amazon Cloud Player website on iOS devices. iOS users will effectively see the same web interface a desktop user would - there isn't a customized mobile site. If you're into multitasking, you can even run songs from the Cloud Player in the background while you do other things.
- Apparently people don't like Louis Bacon, a billionaire US hedge fund manager. His Wikipedia page and a couple of other sites had content that Bacon found defamatory, which made him want to sue... in fact, he just got himself a UK court order that says that those sites must disclose the names of the online authors who defamed him. According to some legal experts, since this is a UK court order, US-based Wikimedia could just ignore it. Either way, be careful what you write online... billionaire hedge fund managers are notoriously rich, and may want to take you to court.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Google I/O starts tomorrow and we'll have coverage.
- 9 am pacific, with our very own Tom Merritt and This Week in Google's Jeff Jarvis
- HTC's Facebook phones, ChaCha and Salsa, now available for pre-order at Amazon.uk with June 26th delivery. Unsubsidized prices range from about $400-550 us dollars
- reminder that a Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law hearing (that Apple and Google have been asked to participate in) begins tomorrow Tuesday May 10
- Nexus S 4G on sale today: $200 at Sprint, $150 at Best Buy
Thanks to the original emailer who mentioned David Braben's new invention, and to you guys for reading his email. This device looks really cool, and I would love to get my hands on one once they go into production. I had one thought though, wouldn't this be an excellent use of the new Thunderbolt tech? Seems like adding a TB connection, or replacing the USB with TB, would ensure even more versatility and usefulness. What are your thought?
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