Tech News Today 385
Recorded: December 2, 2011
Published: December 2, 2011
Tech News Today 385: Now You're Cookin' With X86
Carrier IQ is so misunderstood, Verizon strikes T-Mobile a death blow, a sane alternative to SOPA?, and more.
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- Darren Kitchen
- Samsung And HTC Hit By Wiretapping Lawsuit Over Tracking Software
- Carrier IQ Speaks: Our Software Ignores Your Personal Info
- Carrier IQ Responds More To Privacy Allegations, But Many Questions Remain
- Apple Questioned by German Data Regulator Over Carrier IQ Software Privacy
- Carrier IQ deflects Senator Franken's inquiry onto OEMs and cellular carriers
- Markey Seeks Info on Carrier IQ
- AT&T admits to using Carrier IQ, Samsung passes the buck, Microsoft and HP deny Windows Phone or webOS involvement
- How Carrier IQ was wrongly accused of keylogging
- Dan Rosenberg's pastebin post about CIQ
- On Thursday, plaintiffs sued the company, Carrier IQ, and phone makers HTC and Samsung for violating a federal wiretapping statute. Class action suits filed in Chicago and St. Louis. --- Federal Wiretap Act forbids intercepting “oral, wire or electronic communications” and provides penalties of $100 per day for every violation that takes place.
- Germany’s Bavarian State Authority for Data Protection sent letter to Apple asking for information
- Told to ATD: VP Marketing Andrew Coward “What the Eckhart video demonstrates is that there’s a great deal of information available on a handset. What it doesn’t show is that all information is processed, stored, or forwarded out of the device.”
- “We don’t read SMS messages. We see them come in. We see the phone numbers attached to them. But we are not storing, analyzing or otherwise processing the contents of those messages.”
- Senator Franken now requesting info from Sprint, HTC, Samsung, and AT&T (T-Mobile has admitted using the software as well)
- Rep. Ed Markey has written a letter asking the FTC to investigate Carrier IQ
- “Having examined the Carrier IQ implementation it is my opinion that allegations of keystroke collection or other surveillance of mobile device user’s content are erroneous,” asserts Rebecca Bace of Infidel Inc. a former NSA and Los Alamos labs researcher who started Infidel Inc in 1997. CarrierIQ does a lot of bad things. It's a potential risk to user privacy, and users should be given the ability to opt out of it.
- But people need to recognize that there's a big difference between recording events like keystrokes and HTTPS URLs to a debugging buffer (which is pretty bad by itself), and actually collecting, storing, and transmitting this data to carriers (which doesn't happen)." Dan Rosenberg on Pastebin
- Cable joint venture selling $3.6 billion of spectrum to Verizon Wireless
- Comcast and Verizon Merge Without Merging
- Verizon Wireless nabs cable's wireless spectrum for $3.6b
- Verizon snags $3.6B worth of spectrum licenses as AT&T hits FCC roadblock
- Comcast, Time Warner preparing to bid farewell to Clearwire
- Verizon Wireless and Cricket apply to FCC for spectrum swap
- Verizon's $3.6 billion spectrum deal: Who wins and who loses?
- Verizon buying 122 licenses in AWS band from SpectrumCo (Comcast, TWC, BrightHouse joint)
- Comcast $2.3 billion TWC, $1.1 billion, Bright House $189 million. And right to sell Verizon service or become MVNOs on VZN network (in 4 years). Likewize Verizon will be able to sell cable service.
- Verizon and CableCos also partnering on innovation for integration of wired and wireless nets
- Comcast and Time Warner Cable will stop reselling Clearwire's 4G wireless service
- ATT buying Qualcomm's 700 MHz spectrum
- Cricket Wireless and Verizon have entered an application to the FCC to do a spectrum swap, with Big Red giving Cricket a 700MHz (read: LTE) license in the Chicago area in exchange for some PCS and more AWS licenses.
- Zynga Sets Price Range For IPO At $8.50 To $10 Per Share, Will Raise Over $1B
- STILLS: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus Pitches IPO To Investors
- Zynga Ups the Ante on IPO to Raise as Much as $1.15 Billion
- Mark Pincus Reveals His Playbook as Zynga Hits the Road (Video)
- Electronic Arts Acquires Another Social Game Company as Zynga’s IPO Nears
- Zynga filed its updated S-1 with pricing information between $8.50 and $10 per share.
- Will offer 100 million shares (will reserve 15 million additional shares for extra demand) so hoping for more than $1 billion (NASDAQ ZNGA)
- Zynga CEO Mark Pincus began the pitch. A 30 minute video is posted online
- Company will be valued at $7 billion
- While its revenues continue to grow, the number of daily active users that play its games has fallen two quarters in a row
- Electronic Arts has acquired a small social games company, KlickNation which develops RPG for Facebook platform
- Senator Floats Alternative to Internet Blacklisting Bills
- Alternative "discussion draft" to SOPA put forth today by Senators Wyden (D-OR), Cantwell (D-WA), Moran (R-KS), and Warner (D-VA); Reps. Chaffetz (R-UT), Campbell (R-CA), Doggett (D-TX), Eshoo (D-CA), Issa (R-CA), and Lofgren (D-CA).
- Ars saw the draft. Accusations of online piracy from sites overseas would be handled by the ITC
- rightsholders can petition the ITC for a "cease and desist" order, when the site in question is foreign and is "primarily" and "willfully" violating US law.
- Sites would be notified and would have a right to be heard before decisions are made in most cases, and rulings could be appealed to a US court if desired by either party.
- Internet advertising firms and financial providers would have to stop offering credit card payments and ads to the site in question if found in violation.
- The two-page draft of the plan is being issued so that "the public can provide us with feedback and counsel before the proposal is formally introduced in the House and the Senate"
- BlackBerry Maker Cuts Estimates Again
- RIM to take a $485 million loss in Q3 earnings due to unsold PlayBooks
- Two Research in Motion Employees Fined for Disruption on Plane
- RIM restated earnings expectations today
- worldwide shutdown of BlackBerry service during October (cost of $50 million)- sluggish sales of phones -- third-quarter revenue would be “slightly lower” than the $5.3 billion to $5.6 billion it earlier forecast. -- also not expected to meet its earnings target for the year.
- shipped 150,000 PlayBooks during quarter, sold more than shipped they claim
- post a $485 million charge related to the PlayBook price reductions. RIM expects to report official results for the third quarter on Dec. 15.
- company warned that it might have to cut its expectations for fourth-quarter phone sales because phones shipped during the current quarter were piling up in retailers’ warehouses
- Microsoft to drop Desktop App from Windows 8 ARM tablets?
- Windows 8 beta to be released early next year, following a demo at CES 2012?
- Microsoft to reveal details on its Windows 8 app store next week
- Sources close to Microsoft have informed TNW that the public Windows 8 beta will be released in late February of 2012.-- WinRumors sources tell them late January
- WinRumors also says Microsoft will demonstrate a near final beta copy of Windows 8 alongside a Metro version of its Office product at the Consumer Electronics Show in January,
- Windows Media Center will also return to Windows 8 beta alongside the typical Windows games, DVD creator and .NET 3.5. All were missing from the developer preview, made available in September.
- Microsoft will share more information about its Windows 8 app store at a special event Tuesday.
- Traditional Windows desktop and Metro-style apps would both be accessible through the Windows Store, according to Mary Jo Foley
- Paul Thurrott during an ep of WW: Microsoft is leaning toward cutting the Desktop from Windows 8 ARM tablets. That would mean only Metro-style apps would be supported on that platform.
- Wired has uncovered the cause of a water pump failure in Illinois originally blamed on hacking. The pump was indeed accessed by a person in Russia named Jim Mimlitz. However, he is a person who helped set up the utility's control system in the first place. Mimlitz was vacationing in Russia when he received a call to examine some charts remotely. He used his credentials and logged in. After the pump burned out, the logs were checked and people mistakenly thought the Russian log in was malicious.
- The Swiss are thieves! A government study examined how to address the fact that approximately a 3rd of the people in the country download content illegally. The study concluded that n0 changes would be made because the copyright holders are not necessarily losing money. More restrictive anti-piracy schemes like Hadopi were examined but found implementation far too expensive. Sounds pretty reasonable - here's a quote from a translated version of the study, "Every time a new media technology has been made available, it has always been ‘abused’. This is the price we pay for progress."
- On to Patent Wars! Even though Samsung had the injunction stopping sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia overtuned, the court has extended the ban on sales for one more week (up to December 9th) so Apple has time to appeal. Meanwhile, some court filings by the companies are public and they include helpful information from Apple on how Samsung could design a non-infringing product. Apple suggests losing the rounded corners, changing the bezel or move to a non-rectangular shape. Another suggestion was going for a "cluttered appearance" for the tablet.
- Western Digital announced that its production of hard drives are partly restored ahead of schedule. WD's factories suffered damage due to the floods in Thailand. The early resumed production led Barclays Capital to say "Western Digital will be able to recover lost share from Seagate much faster than expected," which in turn helped out WD's stock price.
- There's a new lead developer for Minecraft and it's Jens Bergensten. The announcement was made by Markus Persson, better known as "Notch" on his tumblog. What will Notch be doing now? He says he'll rest, helping out with Minecraft and start "some new project."
- Acer just announced its Honeycomb-based Iconia Tab A200. It's a 10.1-inch tablet powered by a Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor. Shipments to some countries already begun in November. Acer says that Ice Cream Sandwich versions of the A200 will ship in January 2012. If you get your hands on the A200 early, you'll be able to get a free upgrade to ICS around January as well. Acer didn't announce actual release dates or pricing.
- Pour one out - Napster has officially been subsumed into Rhapsody. Rhapsody had bought all kinds of Napster IP from Best Buy in October, but starting yesterday going to Napster.com leads you to a page that offers a trial version of Rhapsody. So long, Napster.
- A composer is fighting to get royalties for his music. BREIN, a Dutch copyright lobbyist group, commissioned an anti-piracy theme to be composed by Melchior Rietveldt. The composer says the group paid for a single use of the music. That didn't happen - turns out that music was used by the copyright lobbyist group in anti-piracy ads that ran on DVDs. It gets even weirder, Rietveldt appealed to a royalty collection agency, but a board member of that agency said they'd help as long as the board member received a 1/3rd cut of the money collected. The composer is looking for more than 1 million Euros.
- Apple has kicked Match.com's iOS app from its app store because it violated Apple's in-app subscription policy. The app gave users an option to pay for a Match.com subscription using an external link which is a big no-no. Apple collects 30% of subscription payments if people play by their rules. Match.com's app had been available since 2009.
- Nintendo will release Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS on Sunday, December 4
- Also on Sunday get the white Galaxy S II Skyrocket for AT&T
- Microsoft has confirmed their revamped Xbox 360 dashboard will launch next Tuesday, December 6th
"Throttled speeds don't reduce piracy they just make me more patient.
Bell in Canada throttles bitorrent heavilly, usually to 20kb/s over my 5mbit connection.
This has been the case for a few years now, and since it has started i have had my bittorrent client running almost non-stop.
In fact, since uploads are not throttled, i have probably uploaded 100x more than i otherwise would, not to mention all the power i've wasted with the PC left runner non-stop (go cheap hydro!)
Faiz in Montreal "
"Dear TNT Show,
I just realized this. SOPA, Protect IP, The National Defense Authorization Act, and now this IT overtime bill, are all part of the same joke.
Congress is Trolling.
They really don't mean to trash 200+ years of American democracy, civil rights, and judicial oversight. They're just proposing stupid things to laugh at how we respond.
McKinley H. Tabor"
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