Tech News Today 308
Recorded: August 17, 2011
Published: August 17, 2011
Tech News Today 308: Apple Pokes Hard
Amazon conquers world, secret of fanbois unlocked, Google and Facebook spat gets vicious, and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell ( )
- Lance Ulanoff
- Amazon is retail king, reaching 1 in 5 Web users
- Amazon releases secure cloud for government
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced AWS GovCloud, designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.
- U.S. Treasury's Recovery Accountability and Transparency board, which hosts Recovery.gov and Treasury.gov on AWS, as well as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which processes telemetry data and high-resolution images on an array of EC2 cluster compute instances.
- Data regulations like ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) have prevented use of cloud because it wasn't limited only to US persons. this region is logically and physically accessible only from US
- AWS security controls and certifications such as FISMA, FIPS 140-2 compliant end points, SAS-70, ISO 27001, and PCI DSS Level 1
- 1 in 5 users worldwide visited Amazon in June according to ComScore
- eBay, which reached 16% of the global Internet population, and China’s Alibaba.com Corporation, which drew 156 million visitors, or 11% of the global Internet population.
- In US, Amazon was third behind Wal-Mart and HP. Amazon strong in Europe and Asia.
- Apple Sued by 27,000 South Koreans
- This morning some 27,000 South Koreans sued Apple, alleging its iPhones illegally collected and stored their location data for a year. The suit seeks one million won (about $936) in damages per class member.
- Attorney Kim Hyung-suk, won a similar case against Apple in June.
- Previously Korean Communications Commission fined Apple for collecting users' location data without permission
- A file on iPhones had cached location data and was discovered in April.
- Apple changed the behavior of the file in May and has avoided litigation in other countries.
- Google alleges that Facebook is blocking links to Google+
- Report: Facebook Exec Takes Jab at Google+
- Google alleges that Facebook posts containing a link enabling the recipient to sign up for Google+ aren’t always getting posted.
- The link works fine when you put it on a blog or send it out in your Twitter feed. But when you send it out on Facebook, something weird sometimes happens.
- Bradley Horowitz, a vice president at Google who works on Google+, and another Google executive, Vic Gundotra, posted a video on their Google+ feed that appears to demonstrate this.
- “We have seen the video but have been unable to replicate the experience it shows.” The statement goes on to say that Facebook’s news-feed feature is an automated system that evaluates hundreds of factors and then “decides what to display to you and what to filter.” The statement goes on to say that its system is designed to block spam, and that “links have a history of the most abuse and are given the most scrutiny. As a result of all of these factors, a given link may be shown or filtered to people differently at different times.”
- According to CNN, Sean Ryan, Facebook's director of game partnerships, recently took a stab at the number of people on Google+. "Google is at five percent because they don't have any users," he said."Google has emulated aspects of our system, which is what they have the right to do. We just need to be better."
- Apple Mulling Sharp Adjustment in LCD Screen Supply
- MF Global FXA Securities analyst David Rubenstein says Apple is considering a $1 billion investment in a Sharp LCD plant.
- “We think it is highly possible that Apple will make an investment in Sharp’s Kameyama plant to the tune of around US$1 billion in order to secure a stable supply of screens for iPhones and iPads.,”
- Samsung PLS display is 1280 x 768 and rumoured to be the iPad's 'retina display'
- reportedly, Apple spent nearly $5.7b on Samsung parts in 2010
- Fanbois treat criticism of favorite brands as threat to self-image
- according to a recently published study out of the University of Illinois, fans may defend criticisms of favorite brands because they view them as a threat to their self image. The study, which will be published in the next issue of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, examines the strength of consumer-brand relationships, concluding that those who have more knowledge of and experience with a brand are more personally impacted by incidents of brand "failure."
- The researchers performed two experiments, one on a group of 30 women and another on 170 undergraduate students. Those who had high self-brand connections (SBC)—that is, those who follow, research, or simply like a certain brand—were the ones whose self esteem suffered the most when their brands didn't do well or were criticized. Those with low SBC remained virtually unaffected on a personal level.
- those with high self-brand connections [those who like a brand] tend to discount negative news about their favorite brands, and sometimes even ignore it altogether in favor of happier thoughts.
- From the study's abstract: "We argue that consumers with high self-brand connections (SBC) respond to negative brand information as they do to personal failure — they experience a threat to their positive self-view."
- Tiered pricing comes to the Internet backbone
- You request a website not on your ISP's network or a network it peers with. So the ISP pays another for "transit" which allows your request to make it and get data back.
- Transit deals are usually flat Mbps ""blended rate"" deals. Sometimes the traffic is off-net for the transit provider, which carries extra costs.
- A new paper from Georgia Tech and Stanford researchers argues this approach is inefficient. Less-costly transit subsidizes costlier transit.
- Just charging more for off net traffic isn't optimal. Tracking every bit is too complex and costly overhead.
- ISP reaps most of the profit possible with infinitesimally fine-grained tiers using only two or three tiers, assuming that those two or three tiers are structured to account for demand and cost to deliver.
- The reason for all this bit wrangling? Costs of transit have fallen an average of 30% a year. Sadly that is not translating into monthly consumer price drops for end users.
- How are those HP TouchPads doing? According to a source talking to AllThingsD, not so good. After selling only 25,000 of its 270,000 units, Best Buy wants HP to take the units back. Other vendors are also having trouble unloading the TouchPad including WalMart and Microcenter. The recent Woot sale only moved 612 units. Yikes.
- People may tend to get bristly and want to sue over location tracking, but according to a report by JiWire 53% of the people it surveyed would love to trade their location data for ads, coupons, and promotions. JiWire collected data from a random selection of 2,800 JiWire customers along with data from 450,000 public WiFI hotspots. So that's good news for phone makers - if you want to spy on your users, give them discount codes and they will be more than willing to comply.
- The PS3 and XBox have both been redesigned, how about that Nintendo Wii? Nintendo announced that a new Wii is coming to Europe for the holidays. Like any good streamlining, the new Wii will be physically smaller. The system will be bundled with Wii Remote Plus controller with nunchuck along with two games - Wii Sports and Wii Party. However, bad news for you GameCube fans - you will not be able to play GameCube games on the new edition Wii.
- Jason Howell, be prepared to be paralyzed into never buying a new phone. Some new images of the Motorola Droid HD have appeared. This super-slim phone, that Engadget estimates is around 8.5mm thick, would come with a 4.5-inch display, a front facing camera and an 8MP 1080p rear-facing camera. Inside, there ought to a 1Ghz dual-core processor and a gigabyte of RAM.
- Two men in the UK have been sentenced to four-year jail terms after setting up two Facebook events. The events entitled "Smash Down in Northwich Town" and "The Warrington Riots" were attended by the event coordinators, and police officers... who arrested them. No one else showed up to the events. The men were sentenced for trying to incite others to riot. Rod Beckstrom, president and chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the global body which manages the technical infrastructure of the Web, has announced he will not seek another term. Beckstrom took over ICANN in July 2009 and his term ends next summer July 1, 2012
- No one is immune from the Patent Wars! Zynga just got hit with patent infringement charges by a company called Agincourt Gaming. Unlike those non-practicing entities, adorably nicknamed "Patent Trolls," Agincourt actually makes games for Facebook. In its complaint, Agincourt says a number of Zynga games including FarmVille infringe on Agincourt's patents. Back in May, Zynga also was sued by the makers of Oregon Trail over intellectual property concerns as well.
- Pop open the bubbly, US Patent and Trademark Office, because you've just issued your 8 millionth patent! Way back in 1836, the PTO issued patent number 1. In 1911, it issued patent 1 million. Who earned the 8 millionth patent? It was Second Sight Medical Products for its "visual prosthesis apparatus that enhances visual perception for people who have gone blind due to outer retinal de-generation.
- And in a related war, Peace! A group of music publishers that joined a class action lawsuit filed against YouTube in 2007 have reached a settlement. The suit accused YouTube of encouraging users to upload pirated video clips of TV shows, films, and music videos. Thanks to the agreement, music publishers can license Google the right to sync their music with videos posted by YouTube users and YouTube will pay the royalties.
- An animatoon from Microsoft kicked off LinuxCon this morning, wishing Linux a happy 20th birthday. Microsoft didn't seem to care it was Larry Ellison's birthday, but we do. Happy 67th, buddy.
- T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9900 will arrive August 31st for $300 on contract- if you're a business customer, pre-sale starts today
- The HP Pre 3 now shipping in the UK- Palm’s own Eurostore has it for £299.00 ($492.03) unlocked; HP says it's coming ‘soon’ to the US
- Verizon is adding LTE to 15 more US markets tomorrow August 18th, inclucing Omaha, Tucscon, and Provo- and expanding coverage in 4 others. Whatever, Wimax.
"I know I'm a bit late to the game on this one, but a few weeks back there was a lot of buzz about Google+ not allowing user name pseudonyms. During that discussion there was a brief mention of possible solutions involving user name verification and I was surprised that I never heard any mention of the verification system that is already in place for knol.google.com. At one point in time it was even integrated into the generic Profiles view where it placed a green circle/check mark on verified profiles. But now this only shows up when you view a user profile through the knol interface. (Here's a link to my knol profile in case you need an example)
It has been a while since I verified my account, but if memory serves me correctly, it was a quick and painless process involving a $0.00 transaction on my credit card. (Though this blog entry from lifehacker seems to indicate that there was a telephone verification option available as well)
Why they aren't putting it to use on Google+ is beyond me.
"Hey TNT Crew,
I just wanted to comment on the story you ran on yesterday's episode of TNT about FOX and ABC delaying their shows by 8 days. Other networks have been doing the same for quite some time now and the 8 day delay is fine. The problem is that there's no consistency in these types of policies.
When I cut the cord nearly 2 years ago my wife and I had 2 or 3 shows every night we wanted to make sure we caught the new episodes of on our DVR. At that time it was fairly easy to watch all of them day after they aired online, so to save some money I cut the chord and plugged my PC into my big screen. As its gotten more and more complicated we've started giving up on shows. We've gone from following 15 - 20 series during down to 3.
At this point our evenings are filled with other activities now, video games, card games, internet surfing, or socializing with friends. Our TV hours have decreased dramatically and we're ok with that. The content providers want to play games with us, so we'll just go play games without them.
-Mike Thies Otego, NY"
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