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Episode 431

Tech News Today 431: Does X=TED?

Verizon and Redbox joined at the kiosk, Amazon opening a retail store? Your deleted Facebook photos are not deleted, and more.

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  • Internet giants pull content after warning in India courts
    • Google Inc and Facebook removed content from some Indian domain websites on Monday following a court directive warning them of a crackdown "like China" if they did not take steps to protect religious sensibilities.
    • Among 21 companies ordered to figure out how to block images deemed offensive to Hindus, Muslims and Christians.
    • 2 court cases have been brought over such images. scholar, Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasm, who runs a website called fatwaonline.org that gives answers to moral questions. Another brought by journalist Vinay Rai has been appealed to the high court.
    • India passed a law last year making companies responsible for content posted by users and giving them 36 hours to remove offending content when it is reported.
    • "(Our) review team has looked at the content and disabled this content from the local domains of (Google) search, Youtube and Blogger," Google spokeswoman Paroma Roy Chowdhury told Reuters. Facebook did not comment.
    • A New Delhi lower court told the companies on Monday to put in writing the steps they had taken to block offensive content, and submit reports within 15 days.


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  • Over 3 years later, "deleted" Facebook photos are still online
  • Your deleted Facebook photos might still be in the cloud, three years after flaw was discovered
    • Back in 2009 Ars Technica discovered deleted photos from Facebook disappeared from the main interface but stayed accessible with a direct link to the jpeg. FB told Ars it was "working with our content delivery network (CDN) partner to significantly reduce the amount of time that backup copies persist."
    • In 2010, Ars followed up with examples of photos that were still accessible via direct link. FB deleted those specific files but many more examples that readers had sent to Ars remained live.
    • 2012 and the problem persists.
    • Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens "The systems we used for photo storage a few years ago did not always delete images from content delivery networks in a reasonable period of time even though they were immediately removed from the site." says a small number of photos are stuck on a improperly working legacy system, new system should be running within 2 months that will fully delete FB photos within 45 days of removal.
  • the Verge notes that FB says "it typically takes about one month to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 90 days," although isn't really true if you include pics
  • Google wants people to ‘Solve for X’ with new conference (video)
  • Solve for <X> YouTube Page
  • Official Solve For X page
    • Wesolveforx.com -- “Solve for X is a place where the curious can go to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems,”
    • One of Google X’s chief scientists, Richard DeVaul, revealed via his Google+ page that the 'Solve for X’ conference had discussed ways of “transforming eduction, 5x improvements in agriculture through better decision support, synthetic biology, and carbon-negative biofuels.”
    • DeVaul also announced that the “We Solve for X” YouTube page and website will be updated to include video’s of the presentations for all to see.
  • Another reason why Apple may be limiting Siri to iPhone 4S
    • According to recent SEC filings from technology start-up Audience, Apple incorporated an improved version of its background noise filtering technology directly into the A5 processor used in the iPhone 4S
    • Remember jailbroken iPhones can run Siri even if they aren't 4S
    • Apple used a separate chip from Audience to perform the background noise processing for the iPhone 4.
    • the A5 includes a newer version of Audience's earSmart background noise processing, particularly the ability to filter noise when held far from the face
    • iPad 2 has the A5, but no secondary mic


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