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Episode 397

Tech News Today 397: Readin' The Facebook

SOPA delayed again, Amazon almost bought RIM, T-Mobile's single, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Exclusive: Amazon weighed buying RIM but interest cooled:sources
    • Research In Motion Ltd has turned down takeover overtures from Inc and other potential buyers because the BlackBerry maker prefers to fix its problems on its own, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
    • Amazon hired an investment bank this summer to review a potential merger with RIM, but it did not make a formal offer, said one of the sources.
    • Amazon and RIM are still discussing ways to expand their commercial ties, which currently include a service launched last year to make Amazon's music catalog available to some BlackBerry users, according to the sources.
  • SOPA vote scheduled for tomorrow delayed
  • Don't Break the Internet
  • Announcement from Issa
  • Anti-SOPA plugins render censorship law pointless AND stupid
  • This Week in Internet Censorship: DRC, Kazakhstan, and pro-SOPA 'research'
    • SOPA committee markup postponed due to "house schedule"
    • a Committee spokesperson told The Washington Post a new date won't be set until early January.
    • Mark Lemley, David S. Levine, & David G. Post At Stanford Law Review wrote a legal analysis of issues with SOPA and PROTECT IP
    • bills suggest that these remedies can be meted out by courts after nothing more than ex parte proceedings—proceedings at which only one side (the prosecutor or even a private plaintiff) need present evidence and the operator of the allegedly infringing site need not be present nor even made aware that the action was pending against his or her “property.”
    • The Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear that governmental action suppressing speech, if taken prior to an adversary proceeding and subsequent judicial determination that the speech in question is unlawful,[2] is a presumptively unconstitutional “prior restraint.” In other words, it is the “most serious and the least tolerable infringement on First Amendment rights,”[3] permissible only in the narrowest range of circumstances.
    • A new anti-SOPA add-on for Firefox, titled “DeSopa,” resolves blocked domain names by using foreign DNS" Based upon nothing more than an application by a federal prosecutor alleging that a foreign website is “dedicated to infringing activities,” Protect IP authorizes courts to order all U.S. Internet service providers, domain name registries, domain name registrars, and operators of domain name servers——to take steps to prevent the offending site’s domain name from translating to the correct Internet protocol address.
  • Firefox, Google uncertainty ends with three-year extension of search deal
    • "We’re pleased to announce that we have negotiated a significant and mutually beneficial revenue agreement with Google," Mozilla said in an announcement today. "This new agreement extends our long term search relationship with Google for at least three additional years."
    • ZDNet's Ed Bott noted earlier this month that the search deal was providing 84 percent of Mozilla's revenue
    • While Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs said Google "will continue to be the default search provider" in Firefox, Mozilla also recently unveiled a custom version featuring Microsoft's Bing.

Discussion Stories

  • T-Mobile to get seven-year 3G roaming deal, 128 markets of AWS spectrum from AT&T
  • Deutsche Telekom could be forced into arms of Sprint
  • T-Mobile USA and AT&T's seven-year UMTS roaming agreement gets detailed
  • T-Mobile Says Its Focus Is Unchanged
  • Dish Now In Center Of Wireless Universe As AT&T Deal Falters
    • DT gets $3 billion all of which goes to debt, none to TMOUSA
    • TMOUSA gets icenses for some 128 market areas of AWS spectrum, including 12 of the top 20 markets.
    • "One imaginable option would be a network partnership with Clearwire," LBBW analyst Stefan Borscheid said, adding he would also not rule out that Deutsche Telekom could find a financial investor willing to take T-Mobile USA off its hands.
    • "Whilst a merger with Sprint is probably the best long-term strategic option in the United States, there would be pain for Deutsche Telekom in the near term, starting with the need to invest in Sprint/T-Mobile USA," Espirito Santo said.
    • Investors sent Dish shares more than 8% higher as of 2pm EST on speculation AT&T may be interested in buying the Englewood, Colo.-based company or snapping up its spectrum. With a $12 billion market capitalization, Dish could come at a significant discount to T-Mobile.
    • Dish also holds spectrum that complements a block of airwaves AT&T is buying from Qualcomm for about $2 billion, said Farrar. “It’s a natural for AT&T to look at that,” he said.------- Because of roaming deal we talked about yesterday Deutsche Telekom says T-Mobile's coverage will go from 230 to 280 million subscribers — an increase of over 20 percent.
    • Will Draper, head of telecoms research at Espirito Santo, said T-Mobile USA "is just crying out for a merger with Sprint. That's the only long-term solution for Deutsche Telekom,"
    • Likely to see consolidation of smaller players now.
  • Sony sells over 321,000 PlayStation Vitas in two days
  • Sony apologises as PlayStation Vita complaints rise
    • PlayStation Vita: Users have described unresponsive touchscreens, crashes and freezes.
    • Japanese publisher Enterbrain suggests 321,400 devices were sold over the handheld's first two days on sale.
    • PS Vita released a firmware update that users must install if they wish to be able to continue going online with the device.
    • "Currently, our information centre regarding PlayStation Vita as well as our usual customer service centre are receiving many enquiries. We apologies if your phone isn't connected straight away," Sony said in a statement on the PlayStation website
    • 50,000 units behind the Nintendo 3DS, which sold 371,000 units during its launch period earlier this year.
  • Facebook Sponsored Story Ads To Appear In The Web News Feed In 2012
    • Starting in January 2012, Facebook will gradually begin showing Sponsored Stories social ads in the main news feed of the web version of the site, a representative of the company told TechCrunch
    • Facebook hasn’t shown ads in the news feed since 2008
    • The ads will be marked “Sponsored” and a rate limit will ensure users see no more than 1 Sponsored Story in the news feed per day.
    • Users won’t be able to opt out of seeing Sponsored Stories in the news feed or having their activity used in them, but they will be able to ‘x’ out individual ads.
    • They’ll only feature stories about friends or Pages that users already like.

News Fuse

  • LightSquared is over it. The wireless company has filed a petition seeking a declaratory ruling confirming its rights as a spectrum licensee, GPS interference be damned. The company no longer disputes that their operation could interfere with GPS systems, but puts the blame on GPS receiver manufacturers. Jeff Carlisle, executive vice president for regulatory affairs and public policy for LightSquared said "It is clear that GPS devices are purposefully designed to look into LightSquared's licensed spectrum, and given this evidence, we believe decision-makers should consider LightSquared's legal rights as the licensee."





"Guys and Gals, love the show. It's one of the shows that I listen to on the way home from work every day.

On several episodes you have talked about the way that SOPA will cause US-based ISPs to redirect DNS requests for resolution of offending URLs. I think that Tom has mentioned that the solution would be to just put in the IP address or go back to essentially swapping a hosts file or even just use an alternate DNS provider. Of course there is no way to keep people from working around this.

One solution mentioned was to just enter the IP address for the website you want to visit. This will work for sites like Google and other large sites, but for smaller sites running on virtual web hosts, this won't work since many sites may be sharing the same IP address and the web server relies on the text URL to determine what site to serve up.

The hosts file would definitely work as would alternate DNS providers. I can already see it. The Pirate Bay DNS at serving all your SOPA needs!




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