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Episode 376

Tech News Today 376: Perma-shower

Facebook building a phone, Spotify changing what it does? We bust Android malware FUD, and more.

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  • The Facebook Phone: It’s Finally Real and Its Name Is Buffy
    • Liz Gannes and Ina Fried writing a series on the Facebook phone on ATD
    • Facebook has tapped Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC (over Samsung) to build a smartphone that has the social network integrated at the core of its being.
    • Code-named "Buffy" ---- introduced the Salsa and ChaCha earlier this year
    • modified version of Android that Facebook has tweaked heavily to deeply integrate its services, as well as to support HTML5 as a platform for applications, according to sources familiar with the project.
    • Product 12-18 months away from launch
    • Project is led by Facebook CTO Bret Taylor
    • A spokesman for Facebook declined to comment on Buffy directly, but told AllThingsD:

“Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.”

  • Says It’s Headed in a “New Direction”
  • Better still of invite
    • Spotify sent invite out for Global Press Conference in New York Wednesday November 30 9 AM Pacific Time
    • “some exciting news to share with you,” CEO Daniel Ek will be there, along with “a special guest or two.”
    • "what's Next for Spotify?"
    • MP3 Store? iPad app?
  • Gates testifies in $1B lawsuit against Microsoft
  • Microsoft to include antivirus in Windows 8: Good idea or monopoly?
    • FLASHBACK: Bill Gates testified Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit filed by the creator of WordPerfect. Case in SLC. Returns to the stand Tuesday.
    • Novell Inc. sued Microsoft in 2004, claiming the Redmond, Washington, company violated U.S. antitrust laws through its arrangements with other software makers when it launched Windows 95.
    • Gates said: Microsoft had to dump a technical feature that would have supported WordPerfect because he feared it would crash the operating system.
    • Novell argues that Gates ordered Microsoft engineers to reject WordPerfect as a Windows 95 word processing application because he feared it was too good
    • U.S. District Judge Frederick Motz openly expressed doubts that Novell's claims had merit.
    • In other Antitrust Microsoft News: IT World reports , Microsoft announced they will build anti-virus protection into Windows 8, rather than ask users to download Security Essentials as they do in Windows 7


Discussion Stories

  • Water pump reportedly destroyed by SCADA hackers
  • Hacker Says Texas Town Used Three Character Password To Secure Internet Facing SCADA System
  • Researchers warn of SCADA equipment discoverable via Google
    • Paul Roberts has a great post on Kasperksy's ThreatPost about the SCADA attack. "pr0f" took credit for a remote compromise of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems used by South Houston, a community in Harris County, Texas.
    • Password was three characters, though not default - HMI (human machine interface) software used to manage water and sewage infrastructure accessible to the Internet
    • "This was barely a hack. A child who knows how the HMI that comes with Simatic works could have accomplished this," he wrote in an e-mail to Threatpost.
    • hacker said he carried out the attack after becoming frustrated with reports about an unrelated incident in which an Illinois disaster response agency issued a report claiming that a cyber attack damaged a pump used as part of the town's water distribution system.
    • ILLINOIS HACK: hacked into SCADA and used that access to steal client user names and apsswords, then used those to access industrial control systems.
    • At the Black Hat Briefings in August, security researcher Dillon Beresford Dillon Beresford unveiled a string of other software vulnerabilities affecting Siemens industrial controllers. Also Tom Parker, chief technology officer at FusionX demonstarted the ease of hacking SCADA using Google.
  • Netflix to bring back 'Arrested Development'
    • Netflix had reached a deal to commission new episodes of Arrested Development: show is expected to return with new episodes in the first half of 2013. The entire cast is expected to return, a person close to the project told LA Times
    • Movie still possible
    • Arrested Development canceled 5 years ago.

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"I can get podcasts, music, and movies in one easy-to-use interface on Itunes. Why aren't Amazon or Google making a player that consolidates this media in the same way? It seems that i must use a different app for each type of media or a kludge cloud interface. It is the only thing tempting me to the dark side (Apple) ?

Love the show, - Ed Thomas"

"Hey guys, I loved your discussion of Wolfram Alphas flights overhead feature. Flightaware.com has iOS apps and a web site that have been doing this for quite awhile, it even gives you a visual representation (albeit a few minutes behind). If you are on a flight with WiFi you can track yourself on flight aware and even see thunderstorms your pilot is deviating around. As an air traffic controller of 23 plus years, I would love to bring you up to speed on some of the things you said. Tom speculated that a flight starting in N was a private plane. Indeed it was, US registered general aviation flights start with an N. Each country is different. And you mentioned a flight starting with LN, that is an air ambulance. The L stands for Lifeguard. It is usually a flight of surgeons on their way to, or returning from, removing donor organs. Lifeguard flights are like ambulances and we give them every short cut possible. In fact, you might fly a Delta flight transporting corneas. They would be called Lifeguard Delta and get the same prompt service. Tom mentioned you might be able to listen in. Since the planes are so high, one radio transmitter covers a very large area. You would be able to hear any aircraft overhead, but the FAA broadcast tower might be 100's of miles away and of course, out of range. There is a tech tool to fix that though, check out LiveATC.net. They stream and store ATC recordings (sometimes much to our chagrin, remember the JFK kid?) Have a great Thanksgiving!

Mike in NH"

"Hey TNT crew, love the show!

In episode 374, one of your listeners brought up the point that if SOPA were to pass, access to a blacklisted site could be gained just by either typing the IP address directly into the address bar instead of the URL, or by using a DNS server outside the US (which strikes me as potentially risky in a number of ways). My question is, given the fact that Google is obviously strongly opposed to this legislation, could they use this to attract users to using Google DNS? Would it be legal for Google to deny the request of a copyright holder asking for a site to be blacklisted, basically telling them to come back when they have a court order? Could my local ISP still block the site effectively if I don't use their DNS servers at all, directing my system to use Google DNS instead?

Thanks for the great program! Bill Bass Rockford, Illinois"

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