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Episode 303

Tech News Today 303: You Say SATA, I Say SATA

Kindle cloud reader, wireless data hacked, DARPA goes Mach 20, and more.

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  • Apple, publishers conspired against $9.99 Amazon e-books, says lawsuit
    • five major publishers allegedly acted together to increase e-book prices and compel Amazon to abandon its discount sales strategy. That's the gist of a new class action antitrust lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California by the Hagens Berman litigation group.
    • The essence of the claim is that these publishers, in coordination with Apple, conspired to nix the low price e-books that Amazon launched in 2007.
  • Scoop: Sprint to launch cloud services in 4th quarter
    • Sprint Nextel plans to enter the cloud services business in the fourth quarter, an executive told CNET today.
    • Sprint will offer small and medium-size businesses and large corporations "hosted collaboration services" such as software, security applications and Internet hosting, and also will sell its infrastructure as a service, which can be purchased on an on-demand model, according to Paget Alves, head of Sprint's business markets.
    • Sprint is following Verizon Communications, which this year acquired Terremark for $1.4 billion to get into the cloud business, and AT&T, which has partnered with a number of companies to offer similar services

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"Just to say – the US shortage of bandwidth is because you have two competing and conflicting standards operating – CDMA and GSM. Most of the rest of the World has just GSM so there is less redundancy and more free spectrum.

Regards, Alex"


"Folks:

Many many years ago I was trained as a radio traffic analyst by the U.S. Army. Without knowing anything at all about the actual context of a message, you would be amazed how much you can ascertain about an established or ad hoc communications network just by looking at who sent a message to whom, where it was sent from and received, and the time and frequency (how often, not radio frequency) of the transmissions.

In my day the analysis was performed by people. In these times, a reasonably fast computer with the appropriate algorithm would be able to spec out a communications web in a very short time. If you can identify just one person from this web as a participant in the riots, you would know who his friends are and where and when they talked to each other.

All this without needing to know what was actually in any of the messages.

Love the show,

Tony

Michigan"

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