Tech News Today 247
Recorded: May 20, 2011
Published: May 20, 2011
Tech News Today 247: Frontierville May Die Of Dysentery
More trouble for Sony, Kids on Facebook, Playbook's dismal sales numbers, and more!
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell
- Brian Brushwood
- Explosion at Foxconn's Chengdu plant kills two
- Breaking: Foxconn Chengdu Manufacture Plant Explosion
- Explosion at Foxconn's Chengdu plant kills two
- What the Foxconn explosion means for Apple
- An explosion occurred at Foxconn's Chengdu plant today
- Two people are dead and 16 are injured with 3 in critical condition
- Foxconn is known for building Apple products, this explosion was at an iPad 2 assembly line
- cause of explosion is unknown, but the local govt has ruled out foul play, Apple is working with Foxconn to find out the cause: “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Apple said in a statement provided to AllThingsD. “We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event.”
- On the business side: conflicting information about the importance of the Chengdu plant for iPads
- One source says majority of iPads manufactured at Chengdu plant, another source says Shenzhen handled the majority.
- Could impact Apple's bottom line in Q3
- Apple's stock dropped over 1.5% today
- Apple Is Said to Secure Music Accords With Labels for ITunes Cloud Service
- Apple’s Cloud Music Hang-up
- Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has signed Sony for its iTunes Cloud Service
- That means Apple has Warner Music, EMI, and Sony lined up.
- Universal is close to a deal, world's largest music company, but won't include publishing rights says AllThingsD
- publishing companies–Warner/Chappell, EMI Music Publishing and Sony/ATV. " "- Peter Kafka at All Things Digital points out that Apple may not be ready to launch a service since they also need music publishers consent as well.
- Music publishers have the rights to the songs' underlying compositions
- Apple's dealings with the labels will secure them rights to the music recordings."
- Phishing site found on Sony’s servers. Yes, it’s been hacked AGAIN
- Sony alerts customers of another hack
- F-secure is reporting that Sony Thailand's hdworld.sony.co.th URL has a phishing site running on it.
- It's a subdomain on Sony Thailand's site
- F-secure rep Mikko H. Hypponen on how access was gained:
- “If you have a large site with lots of legacy apps and mini-sites, it’s not unheard of for something like this to happen. In Sony’s case, it’s likely its a PHP or SQL hole rather than DNS access or htaccess edit on the server itself.”
- 2nd Attack:
- So-Net, Sony Japan's Internet service provider unit, alerted customers that an intruder broke into its system and stole virtual points from account holders worth 100 thousand yen! or... $1,225.
- Zuckerberg: Kids under 13 should be allowed on Facebook
- Consumers Union pushes Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to do more to keep out underage users, protect teens
- Background: Introduction to Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
- Mark Zuckerberg said he wants younger kids to be allowed on social networking sites like Facebook at a recent summit on innovation in education
- Currently, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) mandates that websites that collect information about users (like Facebook does) aren't allowed to sign on anyone under the age of 13.
- But Zuckerberg is determined to change this. "That will be a fight we take on at some point," he said. "My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age." COPPA requires commercial online content providers who either have actual knowledge that they are dealing with a child under 13 or who aim their content at children to obtain verifiable parental consent before they can collect, archive, use, or resell any personal information pertaining to that child.
- Publisher of Consumer Reports wants Facebook to be transparent with its efforts to identify and remove profiles of individuals under the age of 13.
- Recent survey showed that as many as 7.5M kids under 13 have Facebook pages
- BlackBerry PlayBook sales miss targets by over 90% at major retailer, ‘much higher’ return rate than XOOM
- RIM says claims of low PlayBook sales 'inconsistent'
- What A Difference a Month Makes: Best Buy Less Upbeat on PlayBook Sales
- According to BGR's trusted source, RIM's BB PlayBook sales missed internal sales targets by over 90%
- PBs are also being returned at ""a much higher rate than the XOOM""
- The XOOM's return rate is 7% according to the same source
- Analysts at RBC had pegged PB's sales at 250k after 2 months of availability
- A RIM spokesperson talked to Electronista and said BGR's report is inconsistent with the feedback RIM has gotten from retailers. RIM will talk official numbers on June 16th
- Best Buy rep talked to AllThingsD about the PlayBook saying "While we cannot comment on specific sales numbers, we continue to see consumer demand for the BlackBerry PlayBook"
- Last month: Best Buy said its sales expectations for the BlackBerry PlayBook were very high and Best Buy has far exceeded those expectations.
- Looks like the bloom is off the rose.
- Study Sees Way to Win Spam Fight
- 2 Universities in CA conducted a study that might mean the end of SPAM
- The researchers first tried to receive as much spam as possible, then they actually bought the products in the spam ads over three months
- They found that 95% of credit card transactions for the spam-advertised drugs were handled by just 3 financial companies (in Azerbaijan, Denmark and Nevis in the West Indies)
- If credit card companies stopped payment to these places, spam could decline" - schools: UC San Diego and UC Berkley
- University of Louisville research helps paraplegic man stand, regain leg use
- Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in 2006, after getting hit by a speeding car. This week, however, doctors announced that Summers can now stand up on his own and remain standing for up to four minutes
- It was all made possible by a spinal implant that emits small pulses of electricity, designed to replicate signals that the brain usually sends to coordinate movement.
- A professional footballer (soccer player to U.S. folks) known as CTB wants Twitter to hand his lawyers names of people who broke a UK super-injunction. What's a super-injunction? It's something that would prohibit the press from reporting even the existence of the injunction - it's like an unreportable gag order. There are jurisdictional questions as well as possible immunity that could mean Twitter may refuse to comply without consequence.
- The purveyors of the Mac OS X Malware scare may be an old foe of Microsoft. Microsoft said that it found evidence of a link between the scareware on Mac and certain scareware for Windows. Microsoft believes the maker of the software is Russian. Linux users everywhere are now saying, "haw haw."
- Congratulations Qualcomm, you've won Nokia's pick as its first processor partner for its Windows Phone 7 devices. Microsoft requires makers of Windows Phone 7 phones to use Qualcomm chips for consistent user experience. However, because Microsoft and Nokia have a special deal, Nokia is still looking to add other processor manufacturers, the STMicroelectronics says ST-Ericsson processors are on deck.
- Amazon is challenging Apple's trademark of "App Store." Apple's got an argument for that - "Apple denies that, based on their common meaning, the words 'app store' together denote a store for apps" Hmm. That's definitely an argument. Whether it's a good one is for a court to decide.
- Nook Color buyers, beware the blue dot! New models of the Nook Color have a blue dot on its boxes - that is a sign that the ereader gives the user only 1GB of accessible free space. 4GB of the device are reserved for Nook content. Older models of the Nook Color gave the user access to all 5GBs. That may be annoying, but at least both models have microSD slots.
- So who owns the trademark for "Thunderbolt?" We're not talking about the phone, we're talking about the technology formerly known as "Light Peak." Earlier this week, it was reported that Apple had trademarked the term. Intel has said that Apple will be transferring the rights to Intel. So that means Thunderbolt ports should be called Thunderbolt ports on systems beyond Macs.
- Zynga, makers of time suckers like Farmville, is getting sued by The Learning Company because it thinks that Zynga's game entitled "FronteirVille's Oregon Trail" is a violation of The Learning Company's registered trademark of "The Oregon Trail." Side-by-side images from the games show a whole lot of similarities. Even if you've never played "The Oregon Trail," odds are you've seen a very famous phrase form the game all over the internet: "You have died from dysentery."
- Google's News Archive project is dead. The idea was Google would scan and index archival material from newspapers to build a giant library. Google emailed publishers yesterday that it's decided to pull the plug after scanning 60 million pages. So long, unsuccessful Google property. Have fun with Wave.
Kickers and Weird Science
- TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is taking place in NYC this weekend
- The last space shuttle flight from NASA is scheduled - Atlantis will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 8th
- As of July 16th, Microsoft will no longer accept WIndows Mobile 6 apps in an effort to get people to develop for Windows Phone 7 already.
"G'day TNT Crew,
I was just catching up with show number 244 where you spoke about New York aiming to be the ""next top digital city"", including opening a Twitter and Facebook presence. During the discussion I thought you missed some of the potential for these accounts.
I live in Brisbane, Australia, and I'm sure you recall that in January this year we had some pretty horrible flooding. Our city's Twitter account @brisbanecityqld assisted our Police Service's Facebook and Twitter (@QPSMedia) accounts to share information, co-ordinate resources and combat mis-information. As an example, there was a resident living near my house who was cut off by flood waters and without power. This person required boiled water for medical reasons. A call was put out on Twitter, a gas stove offered and a person arranged to transport it to the stranded individual.
While not a life-threatening situation - those calls should always go to the emergency services phone number - I'm sure this and other acts assisted many people in a time of great need.
Thanks for the great show, keep up the good work.
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