Tech News Today 373

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Episode 373

Tech News Today 373:

Google launches a music store, Facebook battles porn, Microsoft's social network, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Facebook 'eliminates most of porn image spam attack'
  • Facebook identifies those behind coordinated spam attack
  • Facebook Porn Spam Attack: How to Protect Yourself
    • Facebook says it has rid itself of most of the spammy porn
    • Blamed "self-XSS vulnerability in the browser".
    • During this attack, users were tricked into pasting and executing malicious javascript in their browser URL bar causing them to unknowingly share this offensive content.
    • IDENTIFIED. Facebook says they "have a dedicated enforcement team that has already identified those responsible and is working with our legal team to ensure appropriate consequences follow,”
    • Never copy and paste unknown code into the address bar
    • Always use an up-to-date browser
    • Use the report links on Facebook to flag suspicious behaviour or content on friends' accounts
  • Facebook Privacy: Site Confirms It Tracks You After You Leave
  • Non-users of Facebook tracked by social network
    • has been able to create a running log of the web pages that each of its 800 million or so members has visited during the previous 90 days.
    • Facebook also keeps close track of where millions more non-members of the social network go on the Web, after they visit a Facebook web page for any reason.
    • Facebook uses such data only to boost security and improve how "Like" buttons and similar Facebook plug-ins perform, Arturo Bejar, Facebook's engineering director told USA TODAY
    • has "no plans to change how we use this data." He also says the company's intentions "stand in stark contrast to the many ad networks and data brokers that deliberately and, in many cases, surreptitiously track people to create profiles of their behavior, sell that content to the highest bidder, or use that content to target ads."
    • Markey and Barton sent a letter to the 27-year-old CEO asking him to explain why Facebook recently applied for a U.S. patent for technology that includes a method to correlate tracking data with advertisements.
    • Browser cookie set for all visitors and tracks a unique ID. Session cookie set for logged in users and can correlate to a browser cookie.

Discussion Stories

  • Steve Jobs once contemplated having his own wireless network built on Wi-Fi spectrum
    • John Stanton speaking at at the Law Seminars International event in Seattle related his past discussions with the Apple founder this week, and revealed Jobs' desire to use Wi-Fi spectrum to replace mobile carrier, according to IDG.
    • Reportedly, Jobs gave up on the idea around 2007, which would be sometime near the release of the original iPhone on AT&T.
    • Stanton was the first employee at McCaw Cellular, the first nationwide mobile phone company that became AT&T Wireless. He later started Western Wireless, a rural mobile operator that started Voicestream, which was purchased by Deutsche Telekom to become T-Mobile.
  • Microsoft Socl: inside the company's secret social network (exclusive)
    • Thomas Houston from The Verge has a detailed look at Tulalip, now called Microsoft Socl, which was leaked earlier this year.
    • Microsoft has been testing it with a select group of friends.
    • Asks "What are you searching for?" which can be toggled to a normal status update field.
    • Entering a search term or status update drops it into your feed with appropriate Bing results, where your friends will have the option to comment, like, or further tag it
    • Video Party feature allows you to chat while watching YouTube clips.
    • Socl is a research project, but it may get tested publicly
    • Plugs into Facebook for some of the more social features.

News Fuse



INCOMING Voicemail

Question about SOPA's international impact

A note on Tom's SSID

Email "Subject: Brilliant

Sarah reading French is like sweet delicious audio honey for our ears. That is all.

- Patrick Beja "

"Subject: The death of the java applet has been greatly exaggerated.

Every use Gotomeeting or Gotowebinar? Both are java applets as well as a lot of Yahoo games. Frankly Java applets have gotten a bad name over the years because of people using them for things that just didn't make sense. We can thank microsoft frontpage's use of java based buttons for that among others.

While the use is decreasing java applets are still used. In a way it is a shame since Java is no where near as slow are as bad as people that don't use it make it out to be. And of course Googles GWT takes Java and compiles it into HTML5.


"I was listening to the podcast and wanted to put the 25,000 songs in perspective: The average human only lives about 30,000 days! I was in a meeting a few years ago and one of they guys was complaining that his iPod couldn't hold 90,000 songs. Which means the guy wanted to listen to 3 new songs everyday his entire life from the day he was born until the day he dies with no repeats....

25,000 seems like more than enough considering we only live 30,000 days.

Jim Klaas"



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