Tech News Today 272
Recorded: June 27, 2011
Published: June 27, 2011
Tech News Today 272: My Possessed Hand Did It
Supreme Court strikes down anti-game law, e-readers leaving tablets in the dust, AntiSec in a post-LulzSec era, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Darren Kitchen ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Geohot Working at Facebook, iPad App in the Works
- Facebook Shuts Down A Large Number Of Applications
- Facebook May Mobilize on Web Apps
- New Service Adds Your Drunken Facebook Photos To Employer Background Checks, For Up To Seven Years
- in a recent interview by MyGreatFest that Joshua challenged GeoHot to find a bootrom exploit for the iPad 2, George declined because of his day job at Facebook
- This has been on his Facebook page since June 17 but now the whole Internet is suddenlytalking about it.
- More an example of the odd way information travels than huge news to be honest
- Most people guess GeoHotz is working on an iPad app. Over the past couple days Facebook has been shutting down a large number applications due to changes to the automated platform monitoring system.
- Facebook told allfacebook.com they now take negative feedback into account when shutting down an app and developers can appeal.
- Don't forget "Project Spartan" is allegedly Facebook's attempt to subvert Apple's app store. It's another project GeoHotz could supposedly work on
- Supreme Court strikes down video game law on first amendment grounds
- Puritans and Lady Godiva: why two justices voted to uphold California's video game law
- Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association asked whether "a state law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors violates the First Amendment right to free speech,"
- The answer is a resounding "yes," with the court finding there is no compelling evidence to state that video games are more damaging to children than other forms of media. They also found the definition of violent video games vague.
- "Video games qualify for First Amendment protection. Like protected books, plays, and movies, they communicate ideas through familiar literary devices and features distinctive to the medium," the 7-2 decision stated.
- Justice Scalia, writing for the majority wrote that evidence of violence caused by video games was "both small and indistinguishable from effects produced by other media."
- Justice's Thomas and Breyer dissented. Both wrote separate dissents arguing speech to children falls outside the scope of the first amendement.
- Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Warrantless GPS Monitoring
- Supreme Court may reconsider radio, TV indecency rules
- The Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the government, without a court warrant, may affix GPS devices on suspects’ vehicles to track their every move.
- The US Justice Department demanded the justices undo aU.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit w decision that reversed the conviction and life sentence of a cocaine dealer whose vehicle was tracked via GPS for a month without a court warrant.
- The petition will be decided int he new term which begins in October
- The justices accepted the government’s petition to clear conflicting lower-court rulings on when warrants are required for GPS tracking. The justices asked for briefing on this question: “Whether the government violated respondent’s Fourth Amendment rights by installing a GPS tracking device on his vehicle without a valid warrant and without his consent.” (.pdf)
- Three other circuit courts of appeal have already said the authorities do not need a warrant for GPS vehicle tracking.
- Study Shows E-Reader Ownership Surging Ahead Of Tablets
- Hispanic Audience Turning Up On E-Readers, Tablets
- Microsoft trial to use UK TV signals for WiFi
- Microsoft-led consortium to trial super WiFi network across the pond
- Microsoft to trial UK TV frequencies for wireless Internet [back-up link in case the FT one breaks]
- Consortium to test white space broadcasting int he UK. MS has been testing this on its campus. Google has also conducted tests.
- Consortium is led by Microsoft but includes BBC, BSkyB and BT
- UK trial will take place in Cambridge staring Wednesday on spare 150 MHz spectrum between channels
- Spectrum to be used for wireless networks
- BT conducting a rollout in Scotland
- 'SuperWifi' can go through walls betetr and get speeds up to 16 MB
- Notorious Hacker Group LulzSec Just Announced That It's Finished
- LulzSec dumps what they claim is "final" release, with signoff statement: "50 Days of Lulz"
- LulzSecurity's done?
- The real reason Lulzsec called it quits, they were exposed?
- LulzSec's actual release
- What's inside LulzSec's final data dump
- Find Out if Your Personal Data Is Part of LulzSec’s Grand Finale
- A-Team posts details of LulzSec - there's a pastebin doc by the "A-team" that details the identities of a bunch of hackers
- LulzSec announced Saturday the crew of six is disbanding after 50 days of lulz. Declared their belief in AntiSec
- Also released a sort of "50 day retrospective" along with a torrent that is listed as containing a new set of ill-gotten files.
- The last release is varied with internal docs from ATT and AOL, Battlefield Heroes and HackForums.net NATO book shop user account info, list of IP addresses with router passwords set to admin or root, logins for accounts of private investigators
- A group called A Team claims to have d0x on everyone but Sabu and Kayla
- Among the details are real names, addresses, IP addresses, online profiles, etc.
- Anonymous picks up where Lulzsec leaves off with new hack
- Anonymous ready to roll in post-LulzSec world
- released information to the Web last night that came from the Cyberterrorism Defense Initiative's Security and Network Training Initiative and National Education Laboratory (Sentinel) program. The Sentinel program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to "educate technical personnel in cyberterrorism response and prevention."
- the files--which were apparently published in 2009--include information on publicly available hacking resources and lists of FBI bureau addresses.
- as well as form letters that could be used to obtain user information from Internet service providers, the ABC reported
- "We can confirm that all @LulzSec members have reported aboard," Anonymous wrote on its Twitter account yesterday. "#AntiSec will have full support from #Anonymous and LulzSec. Expect us, soon."
- Apple has been in a long and sometimes cantankerous court battle with Samsung over patents, while at the same time relying on Samsung to build the chips and other parts that go into iPhones and iPads. According to Ars Technica and Merryll-Lynch that all may change soon. Reports are Apple is looking to sign up Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to build the "A6," sometime in 2012. Take THAT Samsung.
- Speaking at the Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin, Ireland, today, Google's Eric Schmidt took up the mantle of Google's official "talk to governemnts" guy by warning that movements like the Arab Spring may encourage some governments to crack down harder on the Internet. Schmidt said some governments want to regulate the internet the way they regulate television and he fears his colleagues may face arrest and torture over Internet use.
- Boy Genius Report has a few more details about the rumoured Ice Cream Sandwhich phone which may come out this fall. BGR now says the phone will be made by Samsung and be called the Nexus Prime. They also say their source confirms the screen will be branded as a "Super AMOLED HD". The source also indicated Google will work with multiple carriers and multiple OEMs on their own “exclusive” Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sanwhich phones.
- Copyright wars are about to get weird. On Boing Boing Todd Blatt writes that he got a cease and desist from Paramount Pictures over a CAD file that would allow anyone to print out a block similar to the ones that spill from a train in the movie Super 8. Blatt took it down because he doesn't want to go to court, but if you thought IP law was bad with music and movies wait until 3D printing hits the mainstream.
- You have a sucking vampire sitting in your home right now! An energy vampire that is. Elisabeth Rosenthal writes int he New York Times. cable setup boxes and DVRs have become the single largest electricity drain in US homes raising bills over $10/month for some and sometimes eating more power than a new refrigerator. Stake through the heart won't work on these creatures though. But some kind of powersave mode might.
- Ever upgrade your iOS device and things get messed up and you think - aw hell, i'll just downgrade back to the previous version? Well, Apple may be taking steps with upcoming iOS 5 to inhibit downgrades to previous versions of iOS, as well as untethered jailbreaks. It has a lot to do with iOS 5's OTA updates, which won't update the whole OS, just what's changed recently.
- Here's an interesting way to reduce interest in your video game and enrage customers! Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS is a game that once finished, cannot be played over agin fresh. According to both the U.S. and U.K. game's instruction manual "saved data on this software cannot be reset." So you get one saved game file for life. That also measn used copies will be uselss. But I bet hacked copies will work!
- Newzbin, a members-only film, TV, music and software download link site, has again raised the ire of the The Motion Picture Association, who are asking broadband providers to cut 'em off. A British High Court order obtained last year against Newzbin failed, and then the website sprung back up overseas under mysterious new management, so now the studios hope blocking access will do the trick.
- France Telecom’s Orange unit started allowing iPad owners in Austria to share one allotment of data with a phone, while other shared data plans were recently launched in France, the United Kingdom and Spain. Users pay an extra couple of dollars a month for each additional device that shares data.
- Nvidia says it will have some news to share tomorrow but until then you can enjoy a mysterious video of an unnamed GPU running Crysis 2 in SLI mode. Clean up your slobber boys!
- And don't forget tomorrow Microsoft is also having a press event launching Office 365 - that's the cloud version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, email and other software that Microsoft is targeting to businesses for $6 per person monthly.
- Tuesday June 28 is the last day for US users to activate free ID theft protection from Sony PlayStation.... don't let free ID theft slip through your fingers!
- According to the Taiwan Economic News, HP will follow up its TouchPad launch next month with the release of a 7-inch tablet in August.
- Duke Nukem Forever is coming to the Mac in August if you're into shooting and scoring...
- Can't decide between the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 rumours? Take both! Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore is telling clients to expect both -- an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S. iPhones for September release
- September 17th will be the first "MyGreatFest," the world's first iOS jailbreak convention. It takes place in London
- Star Wars Galaxies online game is set to close December 15th - Sony says it's because its contract to run the Star Wars game runs out in 2012, not because of declining player numbers.
It seems that a lot of people don't know that the iWeb program (vs the MobileMe service) supports posting the site to alternative hosting providers. So, as long as people have the original iWeb documents on your Mac, you can just sign up with just about any hosting provider and post there. So, you don't need a special program to transition away, just the original iWeb files.
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