Tech News Today 369
Recorded: November 10, 2011
Published: November 10, 2011
Tech News Today 369: Tom's SOPA-box
Facebook forced to go opt-in, Senate protects FCC's net neutrality guidelines, Warner Bros. abuses the DMCA, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Ina Fried
- Facebook, FTC Near Privacy Settlement
- proposed settlement – which is awaiting final approval from the agency commissioners – would require Facebook to obtain "express affirmative consent" if Facebook makes "material retroactive changes," some of the people said.
- The agreement would require Facebook to submit to independent privacy audits for 20 years,
- Existing privacy settings will be left intact
- The settlement stems from an investigation that dates to December 2009, when Facebook changed its privacy settings. At the time, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg described the changes as a "simpler model for privacy control."
- WSJ: The proposed settlement – which is awaiting final approval from the agency commissioners – would require Facebook to obtain "express affirmative consent" if Facebook makes "material retroactive changes," some of the people said.
- Senate blocks bill to overturn net neutrality guidelines
- Republican Bid to Kill Internet Openness Rules Fails
- Net Neutrality Rules
- Senate voted on S.J. Res 6 ("Disapproval of Federal Communications Commission Rule Regulating the Internet and Broadband Industry Practices") House bill to roll back FCC guidelines. 42-56.
- Rules go into effect Nov. 20
- The rules are very similar to ones put in place in 2005. Those rules were obviated when Comcast won a court case over the FCC ordering them to stop interfering with Bittorrent protocol.
- Verizon has already sued the FCC over the new rules in a case being heard by the same court that overturned the last set of rules.
- The actual Guidelines
- transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of their broadband services.
- no blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services.
- no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic.
- Apple Releases Software Update Designed to Fix iOS5 Battery Issues
- Developers discover hidden panorama, keyboard features in iOS 5
- A Single Infrared Sensor Might Be the Reason Why Siri Is Only on the iPhone 4S
- iOS 5.0.1 will fix battery-life issues. Slowly arriving for OTA
- Also fixes the unsigned code vulnerability made public by Charlie Miller
- Developer Conrad Kramer discovered a panorama mode within the iOS 5 Camera app
- Thursday morning iOS hacker Sonny Dickson, revealed an ""Android-like"" autocorrect bar above the on-screen keyboard.
- Using Backupbot you can add them. MyGreatiPhone (http://www.mygreatiphone.com/) for the panorama mode, and Dickson's own blog (http://sonnydickson.posterous.com/)for the keyboard autocorrect bar.
- Separately, Ifixit determined that a sensor of unknown purpose is an infrared sensor tasked with activating Siri when the phone is held up to your ear."
- US dismantles 'massive' cyber crime syndicate
- 7 Charged with Using Malware to Rack Up $14M in Fake Ad Revenue
- FBI tackles DNSChanger malware scam
- DNSChanger is a Trojan horse that was distributed in many forms, and when installed it actively changes the infected system's DNS settings to rogue servers that redirect legitimate searches and URLs to malicious Web sites
- Discovered in 2007, Mac version found 2008, infected over 4 million computers, stolen $14 million
- FBI Operation Ghost Click, Tuesday arrested six Estonian nationals. 1 additional Russian suspect - Audrey Taame- indicted but not caught.
- The defendants are being charged with 27 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and computer-related crimes. The most serious charges, wire fraud and money laundering, carry a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison.
- To check your system, check your IP address and compare it to the address on the FBI list. WE made a bit.ly address: http://bit.ly/fbidns
- Everybody's talking about NY Times article about Larry Page
- Larry Page: He's focused! He's busy! He's in charge!
- NY Times article Google’s Chief Works to Trim a Bloated Ship
- By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER
- in one of his first companywide memos after he took the job, he decreed that hourlong meetings must allow time for a bathroom break in between.
- Former Google exec. "Larry is much more willing to make an O.K. decision and make it now, rather than a perfect decision later"
- Mr. Page remains popular among the rank and file, not the least because he has “geek street cred,” another employee said.
- at one time fired his secretary because he hated being scheduled for meetings. Tried to reduce reliane on email.
- At a recent conference, Page named the biggest threat to his company: "Google."
- Warner Bros: we issued takedowns for files we never saw, didn't own copyright to
- In a Monday court filing, Warner Brothers admitted that it has issued takedown notices for files without looking at them first.
- The studio also acknowledged that it issued takedown notices for a number of URLs that its adversary, the locker site Hotfile, says were obviously not Warner Brothers' content.
- Hotfile is accused of facilitating copyright infringement.
- Hotfile has also tried to turn the tables by arguing that one of the studios, Warner Brothers, has itself violated the DMCA by issuing bogus takedown requests.
- Hotfile described how it provided Warner Brothers with an automated takedown tool. Claims Warner Bros. abused the tool.
- Warner Brothers sought the removal of an audiobook called "Cancer: Out Of The Box" and a BBC production of "The Box that Saved Britain." Because they were looking for any file name with the term "box" in it. They own the copyright on a movie called "The Box" the most popular file removed by Warner Brothers was a free software title that had been uploaded to Hotfile by its publisher.
- Warner Brothers also sought the removal of the file with the URL "http://hotfile.com/contacts.html and give them the details of where the link was posted and the link and they will deal with the @sshole who posted the fake.""
- DMCA requires a copyright holder issuing a takedown notice to state that it has a "good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law."
- The government can get your Twitter records if they need them, but there are limits. A U.S. District Court upheld a magistrate decision that allows the Department of Justice to access Twitter accounts of people associated with Wikileaks. However, the DOJ will not have unfettered access to the accounts - it will be able to see what email address is linked to each account and when direct messages were sent. The DOJ will not be able to access the content of the messages.
- The president and co-founder of ARM, Tudor Brown, will be leaving the company May 3rd 2012, but there is no person named as a successor yet. Perhaps to draw attention away from the presidential change, ARM also showed off a new GPU. It's called the Mali-T658 and ARM says it will offer up to 10 times the graphics performance of the Mali-400. The company also said the Mali-T658 will offer graphics equivalent to the Sony PlayStation 3. The GPU isn't expected to hit handsets until 2013.
- Adobe killed mobile Flash, but RIM doesn't care. The PlayBook will continue to support Flash as well as release its own implementations according to Dan Dodge, President of QNX. If you were wondering about future RIM phones running BBX - Alec Saunders, a RIM VP, told PCMag that those phones will be like the PlayBook running a resolution of 1024 by 600 so PlayBook apps will run smoothly on phones. BBX phones will also support BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
- RIM's BBX Phones Won't Look Like Bold, Will Support BES
- WSJ reports that Zynga is currently telling employees to turn over stock or be fired. The company apparently gave too much stock to its employees and in light of an upcoming IPO wants some back. According to the Journal, CEO Mark Pincus and other executives targeted specific people who they felt didn't deserve a windfall due to the amount of stock they already owned. Plenty of employees are upset and some employees have hired attorneys.
- Digitimes reports that Amazon has ordered another million units of the Kindle Fire from its suppliers. That brings Amazon's total to more than five million units that should be ready for this year. It definitely looks like the Kindle Fire could be the first real competitor to the Apple iPad.
- Deutsche Telekom reported its Q3 numbers and its US subsidiary T-Mobile actually saw growth in its customer base by adding 312,000 prepaid customers. This is the first time in a year that T-Mobile has seen growth. To make sure that the AT&T deal still goes through, T-Mobile made sure to point out that it is expecting a bad upcoming quarter because it is without the iPhone 4S.
- T-Mobile USA Sees iPhone 4S Leading to More Customer Defections
- Yesterday, we reported that a moderator of Mexican social network Nuevo Laredo Live was murdered for tipping off authorities about the local drug carte . Today, Nuevo Laredo Live posted on Twitter that that those reports are incorrect and that the murdered man had no affiliation with their site. The site believes the misinformation was spread by the cartel to keep people quiet on its social network.
- The Verge reports that the Nokia Lumia 800 will come to the U.S. on AT&T along with LTE. Currently, Windows Phone Mango doesn't support LTE and The Verge says that the Lumia might ship with Tango. No word on whether the phone will be subsidized or an actual launch date, but Nokia has confirmed the US launch of its Windows Phones in early 2012.
- Tech site Chiphell found some slides that provide details about Intel's upcoming Haswell processors. Intel wants Haswell chips in Ultrabooks, so it's supposed to be more power efficient at 15W TDP. It will also be a single-chip unlike Sandy Bridge which required a CPU and Platform Controller Hub. The processor will be limited to two cores for Ultrabooks, but notebook variants will sport two or four cores.
- Apple iPhone 4S to Launch in 15 More Countries on Nov. 11
- Also Minecraft to exit beta tomorrow Nov. 11
- KDD Cup , a data mining competition, is looking for a good candidate data mining problem for this year's competition. If you have a dataset that could be mined to do some good in an area like medicine, education or the environment for example, submit your idea (not the data) at KDD.org by November 15th.
"Hello TNT Crew,
Long time listener, first time writer...
I think that you were a bit too dismissive of Republic Wireless; or at least their concept. We should be championing new market strategies that foster competition.
I think that their idea is great. I am the type of person who doesn't talk or text much, and I'm usually on wifi. However, I pay AT&T over $50 a month for their basic plan that has essentially the same talk, text and data limits that Republic Wireless is offering. So, they would save me $30 per month, and I would get the unlimited minutes (if I needed them) when I'm on wifi.
That said, I'm sure that they could improve on their concept to meet the needs of people who want more cellular data. Perhaps they will come up with a reasonable tiered pricing structure that fits into whatever they are paying Sprint on the back end.
I wish Republic Wireless success in shaking up the wireless market, and I will consider switching when my current plan expires.
Jesse, from Madison Wisconsin"
"Hello TNT Peoples,
Maybe Apple dislikes Charlie Miller because every year at CanSecWest Pwn2Own he cracks Safari on OSX in a matter seconds. He was also quoted as comparing hacking Safari on OSX to ""opening a can of cat food"".
Just a thought.
- John R. Perfect"
"I think there's this perception out there that Adobe dislikes HTML, and that yesterday was somehow a bitter concession. As someone inside the company, I can tell you that there are a lot of us who are very excited about what we can [do] with HTML5.
Personally, I've been researching and working on HTML projects for quite some time at Adobe, and I've been working with a lot of very smart people who are as passionate about it as I am. There are definitely people out there (both inside Adobe and outside) who are passionate just about Flash, but I think it's more accurate to say that the overwhelming majority of us are simply passionate about the web, and about building awesome experiences.
Flash has always been about providing functionality that HTML couldn't, however now that HTML5 can provide a lot of that functionality, we're going to have a lot of fun seeing what we can do with it.
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