Tech News Today 363
Recorded: November 2, 2011
Published: November 2, 2011
Tech News Today 363: A Big Pile Of Yahoo!
3 inexplicable product launches from Yahoo (Livestand) Google (Gmail) And RIM (BBM Music), and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Clayton Morris
- Placeholder for Yahoo announcements
- Share your TV habits with Yahoo's IntoNow app, now on the iPad
- Yahoo Product Runway: Livestand And IntoNow
- Yahoo's official release
- Yahoo Mail for iPad
- Yahoo's Investor Pitch
- Yahoo's Product Runway --- At the same time Yahoo Inc. is pitching private-equity firms on an arrangement in which they could take a minority stake in the Internet company while effectively gaining control
- Livestand, a personalized news reader that is similar to Flipboard,available in iOS app store now. Spun as publishing platform like Facebook. “personalized living magazine.”
- Chief Product Officer Blake Irving “This is the way Web pages are going to look,” Living ads that have more interactivity (tap the jeans to buy the jeans)
- Cocktails: developer tool called Yahoo! Mojito and Yahoo! Manhattan, which is a hosting service. Both wil open source in 2012
- Mike Kerns, VP of Personalization & Social: content optimization relevance engine::
- IntoNow updated, TV indexing lets you share viewing experience - use the close caption feed to search the Web and surface relevant articles, available for iPhone, Android and iPad. Yahoo bought IntoNow in April
- Yahoo Mail refresh for iPad, new welcome page. Left pane with inbox, conversations, drafts, etc. Right pane: tiles with news stories, weather, time
- Gmail app pulled from the store
- Gmail app for iPhone and iPad now available
- Looks like Google borked its first iPhone Gmail app
- New Gmail App For iPhone Is Unusable, Shows Errors Upon Launch
- Alex Gawley, Dad, Husbamd, Geek (Lead Product Manager for Gmail), posted on Google + "The iOS app we launched today contained a bug which broke notifications and caused you to see an error message when first opening the app. We’ve removed the app while we correct the problem, and we’re working to bring you a new version soon. In the meantime, everyone who’s already installed the app can continue to use it."
- notification "no valid 'aps-environment' error entitlement" error on the first launch of the app
My name is Ben Miller and im running the former austrian Apple-related weblog www.benm.at
Today i reported, as many other sites too, about Googles GMAIL App. Google calls this app "GMAIL" in the german and austrian AppStores.
So i reported about the Google app named "GMAIL". Shortly after i published my article i got an email from my project manager that i have to immediately DELETE all references to the name "GMAIL" else we will face an Injunction.
Simply said: I was not allowed to call the app by its name because Google is not the owner of the brand "gmail" in Germany.
But that's not the problem. The problem is that Google published a product and I have to face injunctions because i write about the app and its name. Is it my job to check every app-name with the local patent-office?
I just want to let you know that Google will be problems in Germany because of choosing the name GMAIL as its app-name.
Love you guys, never miss a show, keep up the fantastic work
Ben Miller (benm im chat)"
- Grand Theft Auto V trailer is revealed by Rockstar
- Rockstar Games has revealed the fifth generation of its Grand Theft Auto series will be set in a city based on Los Angeles.
- Still no release date.
- one analyst said it could be the first title in the series to generate over $1bn (£627m) in sales.
- main character is a retired criminal who has moved to the city to enjoy its warmer climate
- BBM Music now rocking BlackBerry App World (video)
- BBM Music streaming service available today
- BBM Music in the BlackBerry App World today for Canada, Australia, US
- lets BlackBerry owners add 50 songs from a choice of millions and harnesses the social networking capabilities of BBM, giving Premium users access to music from their friends' music profiles.
- Can only swap 25 songs a month
- $4.99 a month, Canada and US get first 2 months free, Australia 1 month free
- Free users can still listen to 30 second previews, and anyone can purchase their favorite songs, but are kicked over to the Amazon MP3 Store app to do so.
- Square Tweaks Mobile Payments — Now Hands-Free!
- A new app called Card Case foretells a world without cash and plastic.
- Card Case application updated in iTunes store today, updating coming to Android soon
- Uses geo-fencing to id when user w/in 100m of merchant
- If pre-selected by user, a tab automatically opened
- When you go to pay you just tell them your name. They see a photo next to your name.
- iPad cash register has the name and clerk rings user up
- Tab closes when you get beyond 100m
- Socialbots' steal 250GB of user data in Facebook invasion
- Socialbots used by researchers to 'steal' Facebook data
- University of British Columbia Vancouver said in the paper (PDF), titled "The Socialbot Network: When bots socialize for fame and money." that 250GB of data was stolen by "socialbots"
- the bots sent connection requests to 3,517 Facebook friends of users who accepted requests during the first phase. Of those, 2,079 users, or about 59 percent, accepted the second round of requests
- The increase was due to what researchers called the ""triadic closure principle,"" which predicts that if two users had a mutual friend in common, they were three times more likely to become connected.
- Only 20 percent of the socialbots were blocked by FIS, and that was only because users flagged the accounts as spam.
- Facebook: ""We have serious concerns about the methodology of the research by the University of British Columbia and we will be putting these concerns to them. In addition, as always, we encourage people to only connect with people they actually know and report any suspicious behavior they observe on the site."
- 102 "socialbots" researchers released onto the social network included a name and profile picture of a fictitious Facebook user and were capable of posting messages and sending friend requests. They then used these bots to send friend requests to 5,053 randomly selected Facebook users. Each account was limited to sending 25 requests per day to prevent triggering anti-fraud measures. During that initial two-week "bootstrapping" phase, 976 requests, or about 19 percent, were accepted.
- Internet Explorer's overall market share has dipped below 50% during the month of October according to Net Applications for the first time in over ten years. Overall market share in this case includes mobile browsers. If you look just at the desktop, IE still has 52.63%. Chrome increased its share on the desktop at the expense of IE over the month to claim 17.62%. Firefox's share on hardly moved with an increase of 0.03 percent.
- Julian Assange lost an appeal with the British high court today, and he could be extradited to Sweden soon. Backstory, an arrest warrant was issued for Assange in Sweden after he was accused of sexually assaulting two women in August 2010. Assange's lawyers have 14 days to appeal the order, but according to The Guardian they would have to show the court there is a wider issue of "public importance." If his lawyers don't convince the court of that, Assange could be extradited within 10 days.
- EdibleApple examined some of Samsung's court filings and found out Samsung would like to have a discussion with Johnathan Ive, Douglas Satzger, and two other Apple inventors. Well, they don't really want a discussion - Samsung wants to depose these designers in for the Apple/Samsung U.S. patent smackdown. The actual trial is scheduled for July 2012 where it will be decided if Samsung "slavishly copied" certain iProduct designs. Deposition deadline is the 1st of the December.
- According to FOSS patents, Apple has lost a community design case against Nuevas Tecnologías y Energías Catalá related to its Android tablet, the NT-K. Apple has successfully used the same community design patent to keep Samsung Galaxy Tabs out of several countries. The Spanish company is also seeking damages from Apple since its products were seized by Spanish customs. Nuevas Tecnologías has also filed an antitrust complaint against Apple.
- C Spire announced its iPhone 4S plans, four of em! They all claim unlimited data, but the two lower cost options at $50 and $70 have asterisks... why? because they'll have unlimited data except for popular streaming services such as Pandora or Netflix. So that pretty much means unlimited web surfing. If you want an non-asterisked data plan C Spire will offer two higher priced options at $90 and $100 per month.
- According to Cnet, J Allard may not be ready to let go of his Courier vision because he is investing in a company that is developing a Courier-like app for iPad. The app called "Taposé" should be available by Thanksgiving. Benjamin Monnard, one of the developers behind Taposé, says that Allard has acted as an advisor as well as an investor.
- AllThingsD reports Groupon will set a price for its IPO tomorrow in preparation for going public this Friday. Groupon looks to raise about $540 million based on an $11.4 billion valuation. The company is selling a 4.7% stake in the company by issuing 30 million shares. The stock will be available for trading on Nasdaq under the symbol GRPN.
- Peter Kafka of AllThingsD spoke to AOL's Tim Armstrong about the possibility of a merger of AOL and Yahoo. Kafka asked directly and Armstrong was quite clear saying that AOL's "future is as an independent entity." When Kafka asked "So… you don't want to merge with Yahoo, right?" Armstrong said "…From what..we're focused on, the answer is yes." So count AOL out of merging with Yahoo right now.
- A federal court in Nevada has directed US Marshals to seize over $60,000 of Righthaven's property in satisfaction of a judgment against it. Righthaven had sued Wayne Hoehn over copyright infringement, but Hoehn won the case thanks to something wacky called fair use. Righthaven had been ordered to pay Hoehn's legal fees of over $34,000 and had failed to pay. Hoehn's attorneys have spent near $30,000 attempting to collect the original $34,000 - hence the seizure of over $60,000 of Righthaven's assets.
- Vim's 20th anniversary is today - The Vim text editor was first released to the public on November 2, 1991
- Republic Wireless launching November 8th, bringing $19 unlimited everything. It's managing this through relying primarily VOIP over Wi-Fi calling, but lets you connect to a mobile network when you're outside of Wi-FI range.
"I am behind in episodes and catching up, so apologies if you've already gotten this. You mentioned that alternative DNS systems might be springing up in the wake of the IP act that is going through the house. Luckily, at least one system is already setup and has started with Namecoin. Namecoin is an offshoot of the Bitcoin system that uses a transaction chain to hold information about who controls a domain name, and then that owner can put orders into the blockchain for the DNS. Right now it requires a Firefox addon to use and only supports .bit addresses, but could be expanded to more. The best part is that the only cost is to reserve a domain name, all renewals are free, as long as you put in a command at least once every 90 days to say that you still want the domain.
If the Internet is shut down or regulated to the point where it isn't open, we're already creating systems to deal with that.
"Hey Gang, Saw this on the way to Abilene this morning. I was going to investigate but, well, I was kind of in a hurry and, really, it didn't seem like that big of a deal. Of course I can always wait until one of my friends check it out. ;-)
Regards, Vic the Texas Rancher/ Pilot"
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