Tech News Today 464
Recorded: March 23, 2012
Published: March 23, 2012
Tech News Today 464: Soap Versus Perfume
Facebook vs. employers, apps vs. web apps, real planes vs. fake planes, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- Facebook warns employers not to solicit passwords, calls it an 'alarming' practice
- Facebook says it may sue employers who demand job applicants' passwords
- Senator Wants To Make It Illegal For Employers To Ask For Your Facebook Password
- Facebook asserts trademark on word "book" in new user agreement
- Earlier this week story from the AP described scenarios where people looking for work are asked to share FB p/w with employer. Majority of cases are public agencies law enforcement positions, police officers, 911 dispatchers.
- Facebook Chief Privacy OfficerErin Egan: "Facebook takes your privacy seriously. We’ll take action to protect the privacy and security of our users, whether by engaging policymakers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action, including by shutting down applications that abuse their privileges."
- Illinois & Maryland lawmakers considering bills would forbid public agencies from forcing into a prospective employee's social networks. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, is drafting legislation that would outlaw the practice of employers asking for login credentials to social networking sites and e-mail accounts. FB says sharing p/w in violation of their user agreement.
- Also, FB says companies should watch out for themselves. if an employer uses FB to find out someone is a member of a protected group (age, race, orientation, etc) that employer may open themselves up to claims of discrimination if they don’t hire that person.
- Last year the city of Bozeman, Mont., finally ended a long-standing policy of asking job applicants for p/w to their email addresses, networks.
- Reports have applicants made to friend HR managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview. Employees have been required to sign non-disparagement agreements that ban them from talking negatively about an employer online.
- Disconnect: Ex-Googlers Raise Funding To Stop Google, Facebook & More From Tracking Your Data
- What Google Hasn’t Done: Explained Why We as Users Would Want a Unified Online Identity
- Gizmodo essay called “The Case Against Google,” Mat Honan. Liz Gannes wrote a reaction piece about how Google needs to explain the benefit of letting them handle everything
- In October 2010, Google engineer Brian Kennish created Facebook Disconnect, a Chrome extension that disables all traffic from third-party sites to Facebook servers but still allows you to access Facebook itself. Now collectively attracting over 400K weekly active users.
- Started a company called Disconnect.me with another ex-Google engineer, Austin Chau and consumer rights advocate Casey Oppenheim. The team is launching Google Disconnect and Twitter Disconnect for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
- Kennish also built Frictionless with Nik Cubrilovic to take having to download a Facebook app out of the process of reading news on the social network.
- Rovio to get Angry Birds Space for Windows Phone: CEO
- Angry Birds Space' Confirmed for Windows Phone
- Initially, Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer of the game's maker, Rovio Entertainment Oy, told Bloomberg that supporting Windows Phone would mean rewriting the game. He said Rovio would skip development of Angry Birds Space for Windows Phone. Executive Mikael Hed over Rovio told Reuters: "We are working towards getting Angry Birds Space to WP7"
- "We are working closely together with Nokia to bring our games to their platforms," Hed said. "Our mutual goal is to bring the best possible experience to our fans, including all fans using Windows Phone devices."
- Pew: Apps, Web to meld, but latter comes out ahead
- Mobile Apps vs. the Mobile Web: “It Doesn’t Matter to Consumers”
- PEW survey: 35 percent of respondents see apps as the dominant way to deliver content, but 59 percent choose the Web.
- As one respondent put it, “People never cared about the Web vs. apps and devices . . . They want free stuff, entertainment, and services when they want them, and on the device they have in front of them.”
- a "diverse but non-random sample of 1,021 technology stakeholders and critics." It was conducted online from late August through October in 2011.
- Insight: Samsung: "fast executioner" seeks killer design
- Samsung's VP for Design Offended by Apple's Allegations of Copying
- Samsung: We’ll match Apple’s iconic design
- Reuters story on Samsung has people buzzing
- "Samsung is like a fantastic soap maker," said Christian Lindholm, chief innovation officer of service design consultancy Fjord based in Finland. "Their products get you clean, lathers well. However, they do not know how to make perfumes… "Samsung is like a fantastic soap maker," said Christian Lindholm, chief innovation officer of service design consultancy Fjord based in Finland. "Their products get you clean, lathers well. However, they do not know how to make perfumes
- Lee Minhyouk Samsung Mobile's vice president for design
- "I might not be at (Ive's) level yet, but I believe Samsung will produce such iconic products one day. It's not just effort that makes it possible for a new product to be a massive hit. It also has to be timely, and technology should be ready to make a certain design a reality."
- "I've made thousands of sketches and hundreds of prototype products (for the Galaxy). Does that mean I was putting on a mock show for so long, pretending to be designing?"
- "As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. (The Galaxy) is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it. It's a totally different product with a different design language and different technology infused."
- Government Security Gurus: All Our Networks Are Belong to Them
- Foreign spies 'penetrate' US military networks
- James Peery, director of the Information Systems Analysis Center at the Sandia National Lab "I think we have to go to a model where we assume that the adversary is in our networks [...] They’re on our machines, and we’ve got to operate anyway. We have to protect the data anyway."
- 29:50 Dr. Wertheimer of NSA Research - developers of tool sets - is most concerned that production of Computer Scientists is on the decline and they aren't being retained.
- Wertheimer said low pay, delays over promotion and wage freezes made it very hard for the US government to attract and keep talented computer security staff
- 67:00 Dr. Gabriel of DARPA "The shelf life of cyber capabilities is short [...] the shelf life of cyber skills is relatively short"
- Gabriel argues that half of their top program managers or ""cyber punks"" don't have masters degrees -- their insight comes from experience within the cyber security community -- and they will only have a shelf life of 3-5 years" "- The open session was followed by a closed debate about the capabilities the US was developing to hit back against those who had won access to sensitive networks.
- The DoD oversees 15,000 networks that connect about seven million devices.
- You know of course as a loyal TNT audience member that Yahoo is suing Facebook over patent violations. You also know that Facebook just bought a few hundred patents from IBM. Now Law360 reports that a source told them that the lot of 750 patents Facebook is buying from IBM "were licensed to Yahoo." If true, it doesn't mean Facebook can yank the licenses, but it certainly gives Facebook a little more leverage.
- WPCentral reports that AT&T has designated the Nokia Lumia 900 for 'Company Use' meaning sales folks can get the phone at no cost. However it also means they have to hand in their current company phone, be that iPhone or Android device. In other words Nokia is paying up to $25 million, for AT&T employees to exclusively use the Lumia 900. They expect about 80% of the employees to take them up on the offer.
- Heard or noticed that when the new iPad says it's 100% charged sometimes it keeps charging? Well you can blame math! According to DisplayMate the charge indicator on mobile devices is based on a mathematical model of the charge rates, discharge rates, and recent discharge history of the battery. In a report released today DisplayMate says the math behind the latest iPad's charging indicator is wrong.
- iSuppli released a report late Thursday indicating you people are not buying enough DVDs! The report says online views, or paid "transactions," will hit 3.4 billion this year, compared with 2.4 billion for physical copies. In 2011, physical videos easily stayed on top with 2.6 billion views, compared to 1.4 billion for online. That's a 135% year-over-year increase for online video. See ya, wouldn't want to DVD ya.
- NVIDIA's GTX 680 has got rave reviews, but if you're into SLI you may want to check out Dutch site hardware.info. The site tested multiple cards in different SLI modes. Engadget notes that SLI is complicated by NVIDIA's GPU Boost technology, which varies clock speeds. Fortunately, Hardware.info reports no problems with SLI, but it did find the GTX 680 doesn't scale quite as well as AMD's Radeon HD 7970 in this type of niche setup.
- Call it insensitive, call it tactless, or call it plain good business, but AT&T is not letting the FCC get away with not feeling guilty about T-Mobile's layoffs, Jim Cicconi, AT&T's EVP of external and legislative affairs wrote on AT&T's Public Policy Blog today that - quote "normally, we'd not comment on something like this" but that "AT&T promised to preserve these very same call centers and jobs if our merger was approved." I'm sure that makes the laid off employees feel much better AT&T
- The SEC ruled last month that wireless providers must allow network neutrality resolutions on annual shareholder ballots. Guess what Verizon's proxy statement this week says the following: "Shareholders request the company publicly commit (while not conceding or forfeiting any issue in litigation related to network neutrality) to operate voluntarily its wireless broadband network consistent with network neutrality principles." Verizon responded to itself that even the FCC doesn't require this so why should the shareholders.
- French visitors to Internet sites which promote terror, hatred or violence may be sentenced to prison, if French president Nicholas Sarkozy's has his way. Sarkozy, who is up for re-election in the next month,played the child porn card "What is possible for pedophiles should be possible for trainee terrorists and their supporters, too." French anti-child-porn laws currently call for two years in prison and roughly $40,000 in fines for repeat visitors of child porn sites.
- Canon 5D Mark III hits US retailers, available in stores today
- PSA: Get your new iPad today in Austria, Ireland, Mexico and many other places
- 4-day long Microsoft DevConnections Conference with shows for Visual Studio, Silverlight, SQL, Cloud & Windows, and more is kicking off on Monday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
- RIM Says Some Developers to Get Prototype Next-Generation BlackBerrys in May
- Hak5 WiFi Workshop in San Francisco next Friday
- Hey guys,
I just spoke to 2 filmmakers who are in the end of a kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary about the Internet. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1472782999/war-for-the-web
They are planning to explain how the net works before explaining some of the Net neutrality / SOPA PIPA / other big fights. I don't know if TWiT has a policy about covering stuff like this, but I would love to see it get funded (I gave some money personally) and I think many in the TWiT army may be interested in this project getting funded.
Next week, they will release another animation of how they plan to explain packet-switching. They plan to explain nitty gritty details to demystify how it all works before talking about how important it is that it remain open.
- Hey TNT
In regards to the story about Microsoft restricting the use of company money to buy Apple products - this isn't the the first time I've heard of "Brand Wars" (cue graphic). AB has done this for years - the company would give a company credit card to the employee that was specifically for buying friends/family/strangers AB beers. Overhead at the bar "Hey I noticed you were drinking a Miller - the next Bud Light is on me". This isn't new and it's not like it will go away - the company wants the employees to promote their own products (even if they might be slightly inferior) as it keeps company morale up.
Also if Tom didn't pick up on who AB is - I hereby revoke his StL Cardinal fanhood.....maybe
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