Tech News Today 373
Recorded: November 16, 2011
Published: November 16, 2011
Tech News Today 373:
Google launches a music store, Facebook battles porn, Microsoft's social network, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Randall Bennett
- Google's 'These Go To Eleven' Android event starts at 5PM ET, get your liveblog here!
- Reminder: Google Music 'These Go To Eleven' live blog today at 5PM ET / 2PM PT!
- 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".
- 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.
- Nokia Windows 8 tablet coming in June 2012, says company's French chief
- Nokia responds to Windows 8 tablet rumors, says it has no announcements to make
- Nokia aims to undercut rivals with volume focus
- Nokia promo video shows off Nokia 900
- Paul Amsellem, Nokia's General Manager in France, told Les Echos newspaper the company will have a Windows 8 tablet in June 2012.
- Paul compared the Lumia 800 to a BMW 5 Series, adding that Nokia will soon have a 7 Series and a 3 Series to go along with
- “We haven’t announced any plans anywhere in the world at this point regarding a potential tablet strategy,” a Nokia spokesperson told BGR in an email. Made a similar denial about future phone models.
- According to BGR Nokia is reportedly preparing to launch a high-end Lumia 900 smartphone early next year that will feature a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera and up to 32GB of internal storage.
- MyNokiaBlog discovered what appears to be an official Nokia video on YouTube showing a new phone. Is it the 900? Video has since gone private.
- 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.
- The House Judiciary Committee made it clear today that they weren't interested in hearing anything but yes to the Stop Online Piracy Act. Of the six witnesses only the representative from Google criticised the act. The hearing began with Committee Chair,the right honorable Lamar Smith of Texas singling out Google by accusing the company of attempting to obstruct the committee and then brought up an FDA lawsuit regarding pharmaceutical ads. The MPAA's Michael O'Leary dismissed concerns about whow the DNS blocking portions of the bill might harm DNSSEC rollout saying that "codes change" when confronted with new developments. This ignores the entire history of how Internet Protocols are developed. The Committee can now take its stacked deck of supportive testimony and solitary objection from a witness the chair impugned in his opening statement, and put it forth as evidence that the world demands that we use the powers of government to prop up a particular industry at the expense of innovation, job creation and Internet security.
- The Gmail iOS app is back in the Apple App Store today! Earlier this month, Google introduced the app and promptly pulled it because it had a bug with notifications. The new version of the app doesn't add any features - there is still no multiple account support. If you managed to install the original Gmail iOS app, you'll have to uninstall or log out of the old version before installing the new version.
- Boxee officially announced its Live TV adapter for its Boxee Box. The USB TV tuner will let you watch over the air television or unencrypted cable. The dongle will work only on the Boxee box - you can't use this on your Windows or OS X version of Boxee. There's no DVR functionality, but Boxee CEO Avner Ronen said it could be a possibility in the future. The adapter is available for pre-order, It costs $50 and will ship in January 2012.
- HP announced its first entry into the ultrabook market - the HP Folio! Inside, you'll find an Intel Core i5, a 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Now don't confuse this with the Palm Foleo - the HP Folio is spelled with an "i" not an "e." HP says the Folio is aimed at businesses - which does explain why Dan Ackerman of Cnet called the design "bland, to be charitable."
- On to Trademark Wars! TMZ reports HTC received a cease and desist letter from adult film company Vivid Entertainment because it has issue with HTC naming a device the "Vivid." The standard for trademark disputes is "confusion in the marketplace" - The HTC Vivid is a 4.5-inch Android phone and Vivid Entertainment makes porn - yeah - you can see the confusion there.
- Evernote released a Google Chrome extension that works a lot like Readability or Safari's Reader function. When you click on the "Evernote Clearly" button, the extension will strip out ads and can also take multi-page articles and make it into a single page. You'll also be able to customize the color of the background and text. Evernote also plans to release a Firefox version soon.
- German news site MobiFlip reports that Samsung will relaunch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany with a design it hopes will get the product in the country. This model is officially the Galaxy Tab 10.1n and Samsung added a slightly larger metal band around the device. Beyond that, it's hard to see any other significant changes from the picture. The Tab could not be sold in Germany because of its physical similarity to the iPad.
- During an investor meeting, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs said that the company is working with Microsoft to make sure Windows 8 will run on its ARM chips. Expect to see Qualcomm powered Windows 8 machines in 2012. Qualcomm also announced a new LTE and 3G chip that will be more power efficient. Since Apple is using Qualcomm chips and power concerns have been a sticking point for Apple, this has people thinking that the next iPhone and iPad may be ready to roll on a LTE networks.
- That was quick - the Kindle Fire has already been rooted. Over at AndroidForums.com, a user named "death2all110" has put up instructions on how he was able to root the tablet using SuperOneClick 2.2 and the Android SDK. Amazon has also released the source code for the Kindle Fire, so expect a lot of cool custom ROMs pretty soon.
- Finally, a smartphone battery that lasts more than a day? Scientists squeeze ten times more juice out of lithium cells
- Want to recall your older tweets, find specific Facebook posts, search Google+? Then you might love ThisWeekinGoogle's very own Gina Trapani's new app ThinkUp, which helps you manage this type of data, give you charts, analytics, everything! You need your own Web server or an account with Amazon's EC2 cloud-computing service to run ThinkUp. Check it out at thinkupapp.com
- Nokia's Lumia 800 went on sale in the UK today - Paul Amsellem, Nokia's General Manager in France says is like the BMW 5 Series, adding that Nokia will soon have a 7 Series and a 3 Series to go along with it.
- openSUSE (soo-sa) 12.1 was released today - some highlights include GNOME 3.2 desktop, cloud support called OwnCloud, among others
- Minecraft for iOS is here, and i'd estimate there's a 99.98% Leo will talk about it on tomorrow's episode of iPad Today.
Question about SOPA's international impact http://soundcloud.com/jester6-1/tnt-question1
A note on Tom's SSID https://www.google.com/voice/fm/17687141177613138328/AHwOX_BrPIHYHEmDYFYG6ueWWdzyoHMzj0sqmGGO_3COQbFY-Gj-rABR34DLMWGvVFwslB4DU_9o7TGcpYdg5bUf7fnesh7OwQTYdRaIuPsDiCgxWBpufPxPuJi62asPi0ycelWqlBb5aC-78AJdm4QwwlP529wTWg
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.
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