Tech News Today 423

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Episode 423

Tech News Today 423: The Al Capone Of The Internet

WebOS is OPEN for sourcing, next Xbox will be 6 times as powerful! Why Blizzcon was canceled, and more.

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  • Open webOS announced as HP’s open source mobile OS power move
  • HP outlines schedule for full WebOS open source release
    • ENYO application framework under an Apache license released today.
    • Also includes ENYO 2.0, which extends the platforms open to WebOS developers to include iOS and Android, Internet Explorer and Firefox, up to the desktop browser level.
    • February UI widgets will be added to ENYO and a JavaScript core, followed by the Linux standard kernel in March. Early in April version 2.0 of the Ares integrated development environment will be given to the community and ENYO also gets a small upgrade, with a second due in July.
    • CTO of WebOS Sam Greenblatt told The Register: This drip-feed of tools will allow developers to get up to speed on the latest state of the code base ahead of the full release of Open WebOS 1.0 in September.
    • SlashGear reports all webOS devices out there today may very well be updated to a new version this year, they “looking” to see how viable they are in the short term.
  • Blizzcon 2012 canceled—but why?
  • Blizzard hosting own e-sports World Championship this year, postponing BlizzCon
    • No Blizzcon in 2012. Focus on Heart of Swarm, Diablo III and Mists.
    • World Championship which will premiere in Asia at the end of the year
    • The tournament will include professional StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena play, "for cash and glory,"
    • Previously Blizzard has hosted its own "Blizzard Cup" tournament in coordination with the big names in e-sports like the MLG, GSL, and World Cyber Games.
    • Have put on six Blizzcons since 2006.

Discussion Stories

  • O2 network flaw exposes users' phone numbers to websites
  • O2 apology for disclosing mobile phone numbers online
  • Why O2 shared your mobile number with the world
    • A bug in the O2 network in the UK network would send any website visited from a phone's browser its user's private phone number. The problem has been patched.
    • Problem came about as a result of routine network maintenance and existed from January 10
    • "We investigated, identified and fixed it this afternoon. We would like to apologise for the concern we have caused."
    • The Information Commissioner's office looking into it. O2 has also contacted Ofcom.
    • Lewis Peckover, a system administrator for a mobile gaming company, flagged up the issue on Tuesday.
    • Essentially SIM card info is in the headers of all mobile requests until it is stripped out.
  • Tiny Tower Developers Call Out Zynga For Copying Their Game (After They Refused To Be Acquired)
  • Ian Marsh's Tweet (NimbleBit dev)
    • Zynga just came out with a new game called Dream Heights (in Canada so far)
    • Nimble Bit makes Tiny Tower. Which seems similar to Dream Heights. And of course is in the tradition of SimTower.
    • NimbleBit's David Marsh posted "Even when you refuse to go work for Zynga, sometimes you end up doing work for Zynga anyway."
    • Ian Marsh responded "@NissaCam @nicholsonb They did go the honest route and try to acquire us first."
    • Ian Marsh co-founder of Nimble Bit tweeted a link to a greeting card congratulation on the launch of Dream Heights, wishing them well.
  • Submission form to request consideration of an exemption
  • (For Background) Library of Congress adds DMCA exception for jailbreaking or rooting your phone
    • In 2010 LoC provided an exemption to the DMCA for jailbreaking smart phones.
    • EFF is asking the U.S. Copyright Office to renew that exemption (otherwise it will expire) and expand it to cover tablets. We’re also asking for a new exemption to allow jailbreaking of video game consoles.
    • The Copyright Office needs to hear from people who depend on the ability to jailbreak to write, use, and/or tinker with independent software (from useful apps to essential security fixes) for smartphones, tablets, and game consoles. You can submit comments online at this link. More instructions at
    • Comments are due by February 10 at 5 PM Eastern Time.

News Fuse



  • Macworld starts tomorrow! We'll be streaming live from the floor starting at 12:30 pm PT.



"TNT crew,

Love the show! I listened to your discussion of cell phone subsidies in TNT #422 with interest, since I also prefer to buy my phones unlocked. But I think the main reason that it hasn't taken off in the US is that there is no real financial incentive for the consumer. With very few exceptions (T-Mobile Even More Plus plan), postpaid plans will not give a monthly discount for bringing your own equipment. I think that there are enough people who would be willing to spend an extra $200 up front if that allows them to save $10/month for two years. The problem is that such a pricing structure would go a long way towards making the carriers into ""dumb pipes"", which none of the major carriers seem to want.

-Sam in NJ"

"The news that phone subsidies are not highly successful did not come at much of a surprise.

In Canada, the situation is different in an interesting way:

Here, all subsidized contracts are 3 years (the rebate on 2 contracts are negligible), which you would think would be worse, and in some ways it is. But on the other hand, we now have NO cancellation fees; The popularity of high priced smartphone plus some provincial regulation means that you only have to pay back the fraction of the subsidy that you owe.

Its a kludge that results from the fact that 3 year contracts are ridiculous, but we've worked our way around it. Which I think was made easier because a 3 year deal is so much worse than a 2 year.


"Salut les amis

You guys were discussing the notion that course credit could be gained through iTunes U or something similar. While my lectures are not available on iTunes U per se, they are available on iTunes as a straight up podcast. I have had people, if they meet the requirements, listen to archives of my classes, old lectures etc. All of the notes are available as well. I have then sent them writing assignments that they have completed. They were then given a grade etc. We are doing this here at Algoma University (go Thunderbirds) on a case by case basis, and frankly, on an um, me by me basis. However, I have had great success with it. (Of course these people pay tuition to the school etc).

Oh, and in the late 90s I washed a series of Pam m505 PDAs….

Dave -- David R Brodbeck, PhD Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology Algoma University"



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