Tech News Today 368

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Episode 368

Tech News Today 368: Ultraheroes: Thinner And lighter

Adobe kills off Flash, NVidia's Kal-el chip reveals its secret identities, what HP plans for WebOS, and more.

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  • Microsoft may halt development work on Silverlight plugin after next release
    • Adobe ending development on Flash for Android and BlackBerry, will continue to ship bug fixes and security support. Flash PLayer 11.1 will be released but be the last.
    • HTML5 is the "best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms."
    • continue to support AIR on mobile so developers can package Flash content as mobile app
    • plans to eliminate 750 full-time positions
    • continue offering the Creative Suite as well as expanding "tablet-based touch apps" and cloud-based software. It's also promised to invest further in HTML 5 through tools like Dreamweaver, the recently announced Edge and PhoneGap,
    • The company confirmed through a statement to GigaOm that like mobile, it will no longer focus on porting the Flash plugin into web browsers on CE devices, but believes developers should build native apps on those devices instead.
    • Mary Jo Foley reports sources tell her Microsoft will stop developing Silverlight after the release of Silverlight 5
  • Barnes & Noble asked Justice Department to go after Microsoft in response to Android patent lawsuits
  • B&N Sought Microsoft Inquiry
  • Barnes & Noble: Microsoft using patents to cripple Android competition
    • In a letter to Gene Kimmelman, the DoJ's chief counsel for competition policy Barnes & Noble has asked for an antitrust investigation
    • Microsoft's willingness to bully small players with expensive litigation raises a substantial barrier to entry
    • MS tried to get BN to license patents for Nook. Barnes & Noble refused, claiming that the license would restrict its ability to upgrade the software on its tablets. MS sued in March.
    • claims also that the fees Microsoft was demanding were equal to or greater than those it demanded for an entire operating system, Windows Phone, even though the patents covered only "trivial and non-essential design elements"
    • It also noted that there is only one patent common to the the five patents it is being sued over and the six that Microsoft was offering to license.
    • Barnes & Noble also raised concerns over deals that Microsoft has entered into with Nokia and MOSAID


Discussion Stories

  • Exclusive: Silver Lake Signs Yahoo NDA, as Talks Proceed With Bidders
  • Alibaba, Softbank Said to Seek Partners for Yahoo Purchase
    • Kara Swisher reported that Silver Lake is indeed in negotiations with Yahoo and has signed that NDA
    • Silver Lake’s accepting the NDA is a big deal, since it had been considering hooking up with China’s Alibaba Group in a possible bid for all or part of Yahoo.
    • NDA-ready PE firms include TPG Capital and KKR.
    • Bloomberg says Alibaba still trying to find PE funds about making a bid for Yahoo
    • Alibaba and Softbank aim to work with partners that haven’t signed non-disclosure agreements circulated by Yahoo
    • Private-equity firms are reluctant to sign Yahoo’s NDA because it prohibits talks with other funds or strategic partners aimed at forming a larger bid, the people said.

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"Dear TNTers

I can't help but think that you missed the point on the removal of Charlie Miller from the developer program.

The general public outside the geek community will see this while story as one of someone allowing malware to be risked being introduced to their phones. Their fears ought to be respected.

However, far more important is that Miller was in breach of the terms of service of the dev program and therefore it was right to be punished in any appropriate contractually permitted manner. Even though he did not release precise details of the hole, any programmer with 3/4 of a brain now knows where to look until the hole is patched. That just increases the risk completely unnecessarily and is one of the reason such programs have such tight contractual terms.

The real point of this story, and the one you missed on this occasion, is that Apple must put in place a robust system whereby devs can report security threats, which are then acted on quickly. Bug reporting is insufficient for this. If this hole was in fact reported to Apple by Miller and they did not acknowledge it sufficiently quickly, his recourse ought to have been to publicise that he had found a serious hole without providing any details at all and offering to demonstrate it to reputable journalists on a strictly confidential basis.

Just my £0.02.

As ever, love the show!

Andrew, London"


"Hey TNT Crew,

I just had one point of contention regarding your story about Charlie Miller getting kicked from the developer program. He wasn't booted because he found a vulnerability, he was booted because he violated the Terms and Conditions of the iOS Developer Program. By publishing the App in the App Store, he violated the terms regarding distribution of malicious software. Apple can still remain in contact with him, and probably is, but he is no longer allowed to publish apps.

Otherwise a great show, keep it up!

Bryan"

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