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Episode 450

Tech News Today 450: Continuous Flow Of Bud

Master Chief gets personal in Halo 4, Valve working on a 'Steam Console'? The hackers become the hacked, and more.

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  • Senator Schumer asks FTC to probe Apple, Android
    • US Senator Charles Schumer has urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that applications on the Apple Inc and Google Inc mobile systems steal private photos and contacts and post them online without consent.
    • The Senator said he was concerned about a New York Times report that iPhone and Android applications can access a user's private photo collection.
    • He also referred to previous reports about uploading address books, names, telephone numbers, etc.
    • "These uses go well beyond what a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app's functionality," Schumer said in a letter to the FTC. He acknowledged these behaviors violate the terms of service but "it is not clear whether or how those terms of service are being enforced and monitored".
    • "smartphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user's personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public".

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  • Anonymous supporters attacked, their bank data vulnerable
  • In a twist, Anonymous supporters hit by cyber criminals
  • Anonymous Supporters Tricked into Installing Zeus Trojan
    • Symantec reports that a tool used by members of Anonymous and its supporters called Slowloris actually had a trojan within it.
    • Slowloris is used to take down sites
    • Symantec says someone altered a PasteBin guide after the Jan 20th Megaupload raid and included a download link to a Trojanized version of the Slowloris tool
    • This version of Slowloris did perform a DoS, but included Zeus, which collected banking and email credentials as well as cookies.
    • The guide that was altered is sometimes called "Tools of the DDos trade"
    • Another guide explaining DoS attacks also included the altered link and Symantec says the doc was viewed over 26k times and it was often linked to via Twitter
  • Yahoo’s New CEO Preps Major Restructuring, Including Significant Layoffs
    • ATD says multiple sources within Yahoo claim new CEO Scott Thompson is preparing layoffs in the thousands as part of a huge company restructure as soon as the end of this month
    • Many dept affected: PR and marketing, research, marginal businesses and weaker regional efforts.
    • Thompson recently hired Boston Consulting Group to help focus the company on where it can grow
    • Since Thompson took over in January he also threatened patent lawsuits against FB, controversial move, got a lot of criticism inside the co. as well as outside
    • The talks among Yahoo, China’s Alibaba Group and Japan’s SoftBank over Yahoo's stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan (worth around $17 billion). are now paused, at least for now
    • Kara Swisher at ATD reported yesterday Yahoo Labs head Prabhavar Raghavan is leaving for Google. Her sources say major job cuts in his research unit influenced the exit.
    • Yahoo claimed 14,100 employees in recent quarterly report, up from 13,600 at the end of December 2008, less than a month before Carol Bartz became CEO, even though she oversaw layoffs. Sources say many software contractors aren't being counted because their costs are going through capital expenditures.
    • 5 members of Yahoo's board are rotating out. Shareholder and hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb has 6% stake, wants himself in there. Very vocal critic of Yahoo, Thompson is engaging convo.
    • Thompson formerly the president of EBay’s PayPal unit. While there, he helped more than double revenue at the payments service while boosting the user base to more than 100 million."

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"Guys, love the show! In episode 438 you were discussing AT&T's changed throttling plan. Something to consider... If 5% of users (who pay the same as the other 95%) use 50-80% of the data, AT&T might be better off in total by alienating some of those users so much they leave. If half of them leave, AT&T losses 2.5% of their revenue, but gains 25-40% of their data capacity back to sell to less demanding customers (who are then on tiered plans instead of unlimited plans). Sometimes ""firing"" your least profitable customers is a good thing.

Thanks,

Rich McAdams, Jr. President enGenius Consulting Group"


"Hi guys,

Everyone's saying that perhaps Apple are going to unveil a new Apple TV on Wednesday alongside the iPad 3. I think they might, but I don't think it's going to be what people are expecting.

I think Apple may have reimagined the Apple TV. What if the new Apple TV is nothing more than an app on the new IPad, that Airplays to a new HDMI dongle for your TV? Would that be the "simplest method ever"? Their accessories have been getting more sophisticated. <<Stop reading here if you want>> When the iPad 2 launched, it came alongside a HDMI adaptor that allowed screen mirroring. Now that Airplay has been such a success, why not make the iPad 3 the workhorse, and feed to an Always-On mini dongle type thing that is plugged into your HDMI 3 slot, instead of a set-top box that requires a separate remote and power unit.

What if the iPad 3 is the Apple TV 3?

Love the show, keep up the great work

Adam Roche in the United Kingdom

P.S: I'm probably wrong, but at least it's original thinking!"

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