Tech News Today 334
Recorded: September 22, 2011
Published: September 22, 2011
Tech News Today 334: Neutrinos Killed My Grandma
HP CEO fire-and-hire, leave Facebook and lose your life, Amazon to buy Netflix? and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Ken Denmead
- Kirsten Sanford
- It’s Official: Meg Whitman Named HP CEO; Apotheker Out; Lane Is Exec Chairman
- HP Names Meg Whitman President and Chief Executive Officer - Ray Lane appointed executive chairman; Léo Apotheker steps down as president, chief executive officer and director
- HP still investing in webOS and PCs, but still considering PSG spinoff
- HP Analysts Like Losing Léo, Not Sold on Whitman as CEO
- Why Leo Apotheker will be fired from Hewlett Packard
- Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO, is the new CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
- CFO Cathie Lesjak, notable for filling in as interim CEO during the Hurd-to-Apotheker transition, may be leaving.
- According to Jeffries and Co. analyst Peter Misek. Corporate takeovers are governed by strict laws in the U.K., making it nearly impossible for HP to pull out of the deal now. He rates HP shares a buy.
- Most analysts seem happy to see Apotheker go, but not so enthused about Whitman [Apotheker started as CEO Nov 1, 2010]
- Criticisms involve her lack of experience in Enterprise and with supply chain
- Cringely predicted this in Feb and blamed Jerry Brown (sort of)
- Whitman suggested that there might still be some wiggle room: “I am supportive of the actions announced on August 18th, but I am now deeply involved and will review the initiatives.”
- Ray Lane, executive chairman of the board told AllThingsD "We will not sell" Indicating a spinoff is the best.
- “The best thing we can do is get to a decision on PSG as fast as possible. It’s not fine wine, it doesn’t get better with age. We’ve got to get to a decision and communicate it.”
- Facebook F8 Coverage
- f8: A New Class of Apps
- Facebook introduces Timeline: ‘a new way to express who you are’
- What Facebook Has Announced So Far: The Timeline
- Color Recasts Itself as a Facebook Photo and Video App
- Timeline, all a user's stories appear in the bottom left-hand side of the page, much like their existing Wall. On the right, there's a timeline that breaks down all posts from various points. And finally, there's a large "cover photo" at the top of the page.
- enabled for mobile devices.
- Can also add photos, notes and other items to time periods.
- Map shows where you've been and what you did there.
- Timeline beta starts now for devs, sign up today, roll out over a few weeks
- Facebook Apps Can Now Embed Content In Your Profile (Again)
- Get Ready, Facebook Apps Will Only Require Asking for Your Permission Once
- Facebook Music announced with Spotify, Rdio, Mog, and more
- Facebook integrates Netflix and Hulu movies… but not in the US?
- Yahoo News links with Facebook
- Apps tie in to Ticker and timeline. You have control of what shows up in news feed.
- Music, Video, News, Games and 'Lifestyle' apps.
- Open Graph (Timeline used first). Add apps as FB rolls out Timeline, apps for music, movies, tv and news launch now
- Netflix split to set up Amazon streaming merger?
- Wedbush Securities Michael Pachter on Thursday proposed that Netflix may be preparing itself for sale to Amazon.
- In this scenario, Qwikster gets spun off as a separate independent company.
- Amazon doesn't want DVD business because of tax implications. But they have more cash and flexibility to strike studio deals.
- Stingray' Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash
- Stingrays are designed to locate a mobile phone even when it's not being used to make a call
- A stingray's role in nabbing the alleged ""Hacker""—Daniel David Rigmaiden—is shaping up as a possible test of the legal standards
- on Thursday in U.S. District Court of Arizona, Judge David G. Campbell is set to hear a request by Mr. Rigmaiden, who is facing fraud charges, to have information about the government's secret techniques disclosed to him so he can use it in his defense. Mr. Rigmaiden maintains his innocence and says that using stingrays to locate devices in homes without a valid warrant "disregards the United States Constitution" and is illegal.
- Government argues the details of the Stingray should not be released because it would compromise other investiagtions. They believe a court order suffices and don't need a warrant which would equire probable cause.
- A stingray works by mimicking a cellphone tower, getting a phone to connect to it and measuring signals from the phone. It lets the stingray operator ""ping,"" or send a signal to, a phone and locate it as long as it is powered on
- Because it can tell location it's more info than a pen register but less than a tap.
- Game Devs Predict Death of Flash, Installed Games
- In an interview with Massively, Ben Adams and and James Niesewand, CTO and CEO of Illyriad Games predict the death of Flash, the rise of HTML5, and a long-term shift away from installed games.
- The major advantages that boxed set or download games have had over browser-based games are local storage and direct access to the graphics and audio engines. Those barriers are being smashed apart by HTML5
- If you don't do it, your competitors will, and they'll be making games that work identically on more device platforms, on more browsers, on more operating systems.
- CNET reports the FBI arrested a 23-year-old Arizona man today on charges of stealing data from Sony Pictures Entertainment earlier this year. Cody Andrew Kretsinger of Phoenix was indicted September 2 by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. Meanwhile, Fox News reported that a hacker who is believed to be homeless was arrested in San Francisco on charges of participating in attacks allegedly carried out by activist group Anonymous on Santa Cruz County government Web sites, and that search warrants were being executed in New Jersey, Minnesota, and Montana.
- HTC is partnering with Dropbox. Any phone running Sense 3.5 will get an extra 3 GB of storage from Dropbox (free accounts already give you 2GB), so you get a total of 5GB free. So you now have another reason to pick up the purple HTC Rhyme since it will be only phone running Sense 3.5 until other phones are updated.
- Tuesday, researchers showed that they could break commonly used SSL/TLS encryption using a tool called "BEAST." Google is updating Chrome to protect users with the dev version of the browser already patched. BEAST is able to to break SSL/TLS by performing a plaintext-recovery attack. The Chrome fix would be to split a message into fragments, which reduces an attacker's control over the plaintext about to be encrypted by feeding a tool like BEAST unexpected info.
- Adobe has patched Flash to protect users from cross-site scripting attacks. Back in June, Google pointed out the flaw in Flash, but Adobe just got around to patching Flash yesterday. Google has also already patched the version of Flash included in Chrome.
- NTT DoCoMo is developing a phone with interchangeable cases with built-in sensors to measure things like alcohol and body fat. The Japanese phone operator expects its users to be most interested in the case that can measure radiation levels since the nation has become quite concerned since the earthquakes. NTT DoCoMo will demo these cases at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technology next month.
- Congratulations, Swindon. You're home to the first hydrogen refueling station in the UK. The station itself is located in a Honda manufacturing facility in Swindon. It is the product of a partnership of Forward Swindon economic initiative and gas company BOC.
- Users of the next version of Google TV will be able to watch full length programs from TNT and TBS. Of course there's a catch. It uses TV Everywhere which means to access these programs, you already have to have a cable subscription. Will access to these programs help sales of Google TV powered devices?
- Cricket Wireless is going nationwide. Leap Wireless, the parent company of Cricket, has signed a deal with Sprint to bring coverage where Leap normally doesn't. Leap already had a presence in 34 states with around 7 million subscribers. You'll be able to grab Cricket phones all over the United States in places like Best Buy and Wal-mart.
- A leaked Sprint document said that the company would start capping hotspot data at 5GB. Sprint has since confirmed the change and it will go in to effect on October 2nd. No one who already has unlimited data on hotspots will be allowed to continue that plan. Every Sprint customer will be subject to the cap in October.
- Starting today you can get the $99 (with a 2 year contract and online rebate) LTE capable Pantech Breakout from Verizon - Android 2.3, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing cam and 720p HD video capture.
- The UK gets OnLive starting today. this is the cloud gaming service that's been in the US since June. and says the rest of Europe will have streaming game functionality "very soon"
- Nokia's Meego-powered N9 ships in Sweden tomorrow Friday 9/23
- Anonymous announced that Sept 24 at high noon will begin a “Day Of Vengence” In The US. They're planning a “series of cyber attacks against various targets including Wall Street, Corrupt Banking Institutions – and the NYC Police Department”
- The FCC has published its net neutrality rules to the Federal Register. The rules are scheduled to take effect November 20. But expect many many lawsuits before then. Several telcos tried to sue the FCC after they announced the guidelines last year but were thrown out of court. They had to wait for the rules to be published before they could sue, so now that they're published, let the lawsuits begin!
"For Tom to say that Microsoft is only doing a search engine to take a shot at Google is absurd. This is not the first time that Microsoft has taken a short-term gamble (losing money on Bing) in the hopes of it paying-off long-term. Ever heard of the X-Box? Yeah, Microsoft spent over a billion dollars on the original X-Box, gambling on their ability to create a viable competitor in the home console market which would pay-off long-term. That gamble is paying off now that the 360 (with accompanying Live and all of its services) is such a success.. well, except for Japan, but nobody is perfect.
I love the show, thanks for listening.
-John, Northville, MI"
"One benefit of the move by Win8 to use UEFI rather than BIOS is that it will then enable booting from HD's larger than 2TB. BIOS doesn't support this. Hard-disk capacity is only going one way and it doesn't make sense to artificially enforce HD makers to produce smaller ( < 2TB ) drives just to enable PC's using BIOS to be able to boot.
Just my two-penneth.
Steve Edwards, Worthing, UK"
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