Tech News Today 383
Recorded: November 30, 2011
Published: November 30, 2011
Tech News Today 383: Love The 150 You're With
Spotify's new direction is an old one, FCC flips off AT&T, what CarrierIQ knows about your phone (everything), and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Mary Jo Foley
- Spotify announces third-party apps store and open platform
- Spotify Tries a Facebook. Smart.
- Spotify Apps (official page)
- CEO Daniel Ek made announcement this morning at press event in NYC
- Platform available to developers to build apps in HTML5
- RollingStone, Billboard, last.fm, Pitchfork, The Guardian, TuneWiki etc.
- At launch only available on Desktop, mobile may come later
- First batch of apps launch in beta today
- Revealed: The Report That May Sink AT&T’s Bid for T-Mobile
- WSJ: AT&T, T-Mobile mulling joint venture if acquisition bid fails
- FCC report slams AT&T's proposal to buy T-Mobile: the highlights
- AT&T responds to the FCC's negative report on the T-Mobile deal, questions why it was released
- AT&T Mulls Joint Venture With T-Mobile's Parent
- Sprint gives Dish its blessing on wireless plans
- FCC released report anyway: “AT&T had failed to carry its burden in proving that the transaction would be in the public interest” and that the proposed merger, “raised substantial material questions of fact.”
- FCC claimed they did not want to be seen as "suppressing information" so released a heavily redacted document to the public immediately.
- FCC found: would not create jobs, believes ATT will have 97% LTE with or without T-Mobile
- the burden of proof lies on AT&T and Deutsche Telekom to prove that the merger is in the public interest
- concerns of anticompetitive effects in 99 of the top 100 wireless markets.
- WSJ reports: AT&T and DT have discussed a joint venture should an acquisition bid ultimately fail. This report is not an order of the FCC and has never been voted on. It is simply a staff draft that raises questions of fact that were to be addressed in an administrative hearing, a hearing which will not now take place.
- “It has no force or effect under law, which raises questions as to why the FCC would choose to release it. The draft report has also not been made available to AT&T prior to today, so we have had no opportunity to address or rebut its claims, which makes its release all the more improper.” Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs
- Android handsets secretly logging keystrokes, SMS messages?
- BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps
- Android security researcher Trevor Eckhart Video shows how software developed by mobile-device tracker Carrier IQ logs each keystroke (Stock EVO 3D) and then sends them off to locations unknown. In addition, when Eckhart tried placing a call, Carrier IQ's software recorded each number before the call was even made.
- CIQ says does not record keystrokes, provide tracking tools, or inspect "the content of e-mails and SMSs." -- video shows shows how an entire SMS message--"hello world"--was recorded
- Eckhardt has been battling Carrier IQ over the software. CIQ at one point sent a C&D but then backed off.
- "diagnostic tool" for companies to "improve the quality of the network, understand device issues, and ultimately improve the user experience."
- CIQ receives HTTPS strings
- "We collect enough information to understand the customer experience with devices on our network and how to address any connection problems, but we do not and cannot look at the contents of messages, photos, videos, etc., using this tool," Sprint told CNET
- Carrier IQ's software is running on over 130 million mobile devices worldwide, including those made by Nokia and Research In Motion.
- Path Tries Again, Now as a Mobile Journal App
- Path 2.0 hands-on: new UI, sharing options, 150 friends
- Path 2.0 "mobile journal"
- Connect to up to 150 people
- Path CEO Dave Morin says he prefers to call users’ Path connections “loved ones” rather than “friends.”
- Automatic posts location in a new place, "wake up" and go to sleep
- Android and iOS
- Yahoo Bidders Come in at $16.50 to $17.50, With Plan to Keep Jerry Yang on Board
- Will Yahoo turn out to be an egg on its buyer’s face?
- Silver Lake offers $16.60 per share for Yahoo stake, report says
- Microsoft! among! suitors! hungry! for! small! bite! of! Yahoo!
- Yahoo’s board gathered for a pre-meeting dinner, a precursor to a day-long meeting today to weigh several bids from private equity firms
- 19.9% stake -- Silver Lake (with Microsoft?) has offered $16.50 and TPG a dollar more.
- PIPE — or a Private Investment in Public Equity — with the investment below 20 percent, which allows Yahoo to avoid a shareholder vote on the issue.
- Silver Lake, for example, it would get three board seats, as well as another one for a CEO of its choosing (Jeff Jordan, former CEO of OpenTable?). Jerry Yang would then get a seat.
- Sources said Yahoo — which has thus far rejected such efforts — might now consider selling a part of their shares back to Alibaba and SoftBank (still possibly teaming up with Blackstone)
- Microsoft rolls out public beta for latest Security Essentials
- Microsoft releases fourth Internet Explorer 10 preview to Windows 8 developers
- Windows-on-ARM platform to join notebook competition in June 2013
- Impending crisis for Microsoft: Office tablet pricing
- Will there be a Silverlight 6 (and does it matter)?
- Windows 8 makes Intel very, very happy
- Xbox 360 Experiences Best Sales Ever on Black Friday
- The Verge passes along that Nikkei in Japan reports Apple will bring an LTE iPhone and iPad to market next year. The report indicates an LTE iPad in the summer and LTE iPhone in the fall, though those are Japanese dates, so they could be different elsewhere. Qualcom's 28nm chips are out in Q2 and expected to have good battery life for LTE devices, a major concern for Apple.
- Let's check the Patent Wars! The Australian Federal Court overturned that pesky injunction that stopped sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, Apple is still free to appeal - the appeal would continue the ban. Apple also just asked a German court to ban the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N in the European Union. The 10.1N is the redesigned Galaxy Tab with a larger silver bezel aimed at avoiding Apple's wrath - guess it didn't work. The hearing is set for December 22nd.
- At a congressional hearing, Amazon VP for global public policy Paul Misener said the company "strongly supports" federal legislation that would allow states to collect sales tax from it and other Internet retailers. Misener also asked that any exceptions to the rule be kept to a minimum. Amazon has had squabbles with individual states saying that trying to reconcile a bunch of different state laws would be an administrative nightmare.
- HP CEO Meg Whitman told French newspaper Le Figaro that the fate of webOS will be announced within the next two weeks. Whitman also mentioned that HP could drop to the #2 PC maker if iPads are counted as PCs, but she says that HP would aim to be #1 in 2013. Place your bets - keep, sell, or open source webOS?
- Google is revising its navigation bar. Currently at the top of Google sites, you'll see a black bar and a gray search bar underneath. The revised version will remove the black navigation bar and move some of its functionality to a new drop down menu available when you click the Google logo. Google+ sharing functions will be to the right of the gray bar. Google's reasoning is to increase screen real estate - so enjoy your extra 28 pixels, people.
- Anonymous and TeamPoison announced OpRobinHood - the operation seeks to take money from banks and donate it to charities. Money would be taken from stolen credit cards. TeamPoison also released data it stole from several United Nations organizations. Over 100 email addresses, passwords and usernames are now public. Talking to the BBC, a UN representative said the information is old, but TeamPoison disagrees.
- Surprise, surprise Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is now available in ebook format. Bradbury has publicly stated he is not a fan of ebooks saying that when approached by Yahoo, he told them, ""Prick up your ears and go to hell." Why the change of heart? Bradbury's agent explained that to renew his rights with his publisher, it would be difficult without allowing an ebook version.
- A new study by Benoît Felten and Herman Wagter asserts that network congestion on ISPs aren't caused by "very heavy consumers" also known pejoratively as "bandwidth hogs." 85.3% of the people using the most bandwidth during peak hours are not the hogs. What that means is those data caps theoretically meant to preserve bandwidth don't.
- Samsung's new system on a chip aims to bring laptop-like power into tablets. The Exynos 5250 will run have a CortexA-15 2GHz dual-core processor that is supposed to be capable of twice the performance of a 1.5GHz dual-core based on Cortex-A9. On the graphics side, it'll be able to display resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 - that's WQXGA for you acronym fans. Samsung will be mass producing this new chipset starting in Q2 of 2012.
- An ASUS spokesperson has confirmed the official US release date for its Transformer Prime tablet is December 8th. Taiwan gets it tomorrow December 1st, and Europe has to wait till January. Specs include: Tegra 3 Quad-core, 8MP rear cam, 1080p HD video, and the promise of Ice Cream Sandwich "in the future."
- Sony's getting ready for its Vita launch in Japan in a few weeks by PlayStation 3 firmware. transfer games and content between the PS3 and Vita, back up Vita games and save data to the PS3, and use the PS3 to update the Vita's system software. firmware's rolling out this week.
"Do we really need the government involved in managing privacy on a service people use to voluntarily post updates on their drunken exploits, what food they just ate and their current relationship status? Its seems like a slippery slope to me. Unless crime or outright fraud was involved- keep the government away from the net.
How many supposedly outraged Facebook users left the service? Users already have the power within Facebook- you simply click the ""deactivate my account"" link. No FCC required.
That people did not leave in droves just shows how false and temporary their outrage was. If the product is free, then you are the product and apparently Facebook users don't seem to mind. Let's not invite the government to mismanage the internet.
Thanks for the show!
"I really enjoyed your Black Friday podcast. I think Tom left out a couple of items on extended warranties that I would like to point out. Almost all credit cards double your warranty automatically. That means most electronics will be covered for two years. Most retailer's extended warranties cover three years. That means the purchase price is really for one year. That makes it easy to decline.
I was surprised after buying a plan from Best Buy on my iPod. The salesman said if anything went wrong, bring it in and I would get a new one. When something did go wrong I was told that was incorrect, it would be sent out for repair.
I can see two times when extended warranties are good ideas. Applecare not only gives you three years of service, it entitles you to three years of telephone technical support. It also covers all your peripherals. That means the mouse, external DVD drive and Time Capsule you buy with your new MacBook Air are all included.
I think you can also argue that an extended warranty on a big screen TV is practical. The fact that it requires an expensive in home service call could make it a reasonable purchase. Thanks for the podcasts, it makes my workouts bearable.
Mike in NH"
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