Tech News Today 394
Recorded: December 15, 2011
Published: December 15, 2011
Tech News Today 394: Driving A Death Machine
UMG gets deadline, TNT video restored, Facebook Timeline arrives, Microsoft tries more IE6 murder, and more.
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- Judge gives Universal Music 24 hours to explain takedown spree - given till the end of TODAY
- Universal has 'Tech News Today' episode yanked from YouTube for reporting on MegaUpload promo video
- A federal judge has given Universal Music Group until the end of the day Thursday to respond to charges that it abused the DMCA takedown process
- On Wednesday, Megaupload asked the court to rule quickly on the matter, arguing that UMG's takedown campaign was harming Megaupload's free speech rights. "UMG has squashed not only the video itself, but even public comment about it by others, including a 45 minute news broadcast that criticized UMG," the firm wrote. "The Court should act immediately to ensure the public that such tactics will not be tolerated."
- In a brief order on Wednesday afternoon, Judge Claudia Wilken wrote that she would "defer ruling" on Megaupload's request for a restraining order until UMG has had an opportunity to respond. But she asked the label to file its response "on or before December 15"—that is, on Thursday.
- Net founders fight piracy law with 'censorship' claim
- Brin says SOPA puts U.S. on par with oppressive nations
- An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress
- Congress Gets Fired Up Over SOPA
- The Latest From The SOPA Soap Opera
- Representatives decry rush to judgement on SOPA
- Rep. Steve King of Iowa got bored
- Mike Masnick live tweeting
- "Let's bring the nerds in and get this right," - Rep. Chaffetz (Utah)(he's got some great quotes) "If you don't know what DNSSEC is, you don't know what you're doing."
- Issa wants to know why standards that are no longer in use (pre-IPV4) are regulated in SOPA, Lofgren says that people may retry older DNS methods in response to SOPA
- Waters: there should be a notice requirement
- "It protects the security and integrity of the DNS by establishing a 'kill switch' that will allow a provider to not carry out an order upon a finding that it would 'impair the security or integrity of the system.' The amendment ensures that the bill cannot be construed to require any order that would harm the DNS, and requires a study to ensure no DNS harm."
- Entire bill had to be read, 60 ammendments proposed, One rep. Twittered that he was bored.
- Mike Masnick's live tweet is fascinating
- letter was signed by Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams; Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake; Yahoo! co-founders David Filo and Jerry Yang; LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman; YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley; PayPal co-founder Elon Musk; Craigslist founder Craig Newmark; eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.----- Another appeal, signed by 83 key internet engineers including father of the internet Vint Cerf
- (Facebook) Timeline: Now Available Worldwide
- Timeline Now Available on Mobile
- Facebook rolls out Timeline feature worldwide, it's time to untag some old photos
- No Timeline Pages for Brands Yet, Facebook Says
- The Facebook Timeline is now available for everyone
- Announced way back in September at F8, New Zealand was the first place to get access on the 7th of December
- To get it you have to go to Facebook's introducing Timeline page and click "Get Timeline" or wait until you see an announcement on the top of your profile.
- When you upgrade to timeline, you'll have seven days to review everything that appears on your timeline before anyone else can see it or you can chose to publish during that time.
- Also available on Android (when you upgrade to new Facebook app)and m.facebook.com
- Mashable reports that brands cannot get Timeline pages yet, but a rep told Mashable in September that "we hope to make Pages more consistent with the new Timeline in the future.”
- Microsoft to IE6: Dead browser walking!
- Microsoft's new automatic update plan could (finally) spell the end of IE6
- The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown
- starting in January 2012 Internet Explorer will, like Chrome, Firefox and Opera, no longer pester you with update notices. Instead Internet Explorer will automatically download and install updates in the background.-- starting in January with users in Australia and Brazil and "scaling up over time."
- only apply to users who've opted into the automatic updates through Windows Update.
- The only real change for most users in today's announcement is that you'll no longer need to mess with all those notification windows and dialogs. Instead IE will just seamlessly upgrade. You can turn off the updates and enterprises can opt out.
- According to Microsoft IE 6 usage is currently at 8.4 percent worldwide
- Windows XP that means you'll be updated to IE 8. Vista and Windows 7 users will move to IE 9
- Hands-Free Phones are Just as Risky as Handsets, Research Says
- Driver cell phone bans don't work, insurance group finds
- Which States Have Cell Phone, Texting While Driving Bans?
- Florida lawmakers see no chance of cellphone driving ban
- New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that talking on a phone, whether you're using a handset or a hands-free device, is just too distracting.
- research really shows is that there's no evidence that someone using a hands-free device has a lower risk of crashing than someone using a handset.
- there is no hard evidence that accidents are increasing because of phone use--in fact, last year highway fatalities in the United States hit a record low--the lowest since 1949.
- While the bans have resulted in actual reductions in phone use, they have not resulted in any reduction in crash rates, according to the Institute.
- Texting bans resulted in more crashes in some states
- New technologies that help alert drivers to hazards on the road would probably do more to actually reduce distracted driving crashes, the Insurance Institute's spokesman Russ Rader said.
- New GPS accurate within three feet
- Lockheed testing prototype of improved GPS satellite set for 2014 launch
- Lockheed-Martin is testing a new-and-improved Global Positioning System satellite as part of a $5.5 billion upgrade. A prototype arrived at Lockheed Martin in Colorado on Monday for final assembly and testing. The real satellites should be in orbit in 2014, with the first launches in 2013. 24 Block III satellites should be operational by 2021
- The "Block III" satellites improve over the current Block II system with an increased lifespan from 12 to 15 years, improved upgradeability, and a more powerful signal that's more difficult to jam and easier to lock onto.
- They will also be able to get a better fix on people who are indoors or under forest canopies.
- Along with the military signal, each satellite will send a civilian signal. Sending two signals (military and civilian) to GPS devices will allow for better error correction.
- support the new L1C signal, a multi-national common civilian frequency that should allow using foreign satellites and improve location accuracy to within three feet from the current ten when combined with other signals.
- RIM announced its earnings today, saying “RIM continues to have strong technology, unique service capabilities and a large installed base of customers…" As for the unimportant thing - the actual financials, revenue was down 6% year over year. For the current quarter, the company predicted another drop in revenue and BlackBerry shipments. Also announced that BlackBerry 10 devices won't be available until "the latter part of 2012."
- Amazon shed some light on Kindle sales by announcing that “for the third week in a row, customers are purchasing well over 1 million Kindle devices per week.” Amazon didn't bother to break out numbers for each model of Kindle, but did say the Kindle Fire has sold "millions of units" and "demand is accelerating" as Kindle Fire sales increased every week for the past three weeks. There you have it - some honest-to-goodness soft numbers on sales.
- Speaking to Fairfax Media, Bill Gates said that he has no plans to return to lead Microsoft. Instead, Gates will be working on that whole philanthropy and saving the world thing. Considering the recent shakeups at Microsoft and falling approval ratings for Ballmer, maybe Gates could do both.
- Microsoft's quietly launched its new experimental social network, once known as Tulalip, and it's called "Social" available at So.cl. So what is it? It's aimed at helping students share web pages, create posts, and "rich media sharing." Searches conducted in So.cl are public by default and pulls from Bing APIs. Right now, Microsoft has partnered with a few schools including NYU and the University of Washington. If you want to try it out, you can sign up by emailing email@example.com.
- Carrier IQ is not being directly investigated by the FBI according to FBI director Robert Mueller speaking at a Senate panel on Wednesday. However, Mueller did say that the FBI may have obtained data that "in some way Carrier IQ may have been involved with." So the FBI may or may not have data somehow related to Carrier IQ, got it?
- A government report says that LightSquared's proposed wireless LTE network would interfere with a "majority" of GPS devices. Sound familiar? The report was leaked a few days ago, but it was made official yesterday. LightSquared's CEO Sanjiv Ahuja said his company isn't giving up and will work wit the FAA to fix the problem, but still disagrees with the findings.
- Data from YouHaveDownloaded.com says that IP addresses belonging to the Élysée Palace downloaded a cam copy of "Tower Heist" and the Beach Boys' Greatest Hits amongst other things. If you're unfamiliar with that palace, it is the official residence of French President Nicholas Sarkozy, that outspoken world leader who wants rid the world of piracy. No word if Hadopi will bust down the doors of the palace.
- Microsoft has embraced XMPP and OAuth for Windows Live Messenger which means chat clients will be able to interoperate with Messenger easily. The service already has 300 million users according to Microsoft.
- The US PTO granted Google's patent application for "Transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode." Translated, that means Google has a patent on cars that can switch to a driverless mode by detecting a "landing strip" like a QR code. Google applied for the patent back in May.
- The UK iTunes Store has been updated with a new link to iTunes Match, where you can subscribe to the music-matching service in exchange for £21.99 per year. You'll need to upgrade iTunes to version 10.5.2 to get it.
- It finally launched today, but there's already a deal on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - it's just $154.99 from LetsTalk instead of $300 - you'll have to visit its facebook page for the deal. AmazonWireless is selling it for $150.
- Also tomorrow: iPhone 4S launches in Brazil, Russia, other countries
"Hi Tom et al,
I just finished listening to TNT 393 (before it might be censored) and regarding the caller from New Zealand and bandwidth caps: you might have a point.
While South-Africa's last World Cup victory is a longer way off than New Zealand, we used to be crippled by bandwidth caps and speeds (usually between 1 and 3 Gb per month at 1Mbps down). Now I have both an uncapped account at 4Mbps and an account capped at 50Gb at 10Mbps. There is also talk of infrastructure upgrades giving us up to 48Mbps speeds in the next few years and this all at reasonably affordable prices.
So the verdict is out: Win a rugby world cup. Win the internet.
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