Tech News Today 473
Recorded: April 5, 2012
Published: April 5, 2012
Tech News Today 473: The Oops Defense
Did YouTube ignore copyright infringement? Mass effect 3 gets a better ending, macs are full of infections, and more.
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- Google’s YouTube Must Defend Viacom Suit, Appeals Court Says
- Appeals court gives Viacom another shot in billion-dollar YouTube lawsuit
- PDF of Court Opinion
- The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan today reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out the case before trial.
- "A reasonable jury could find that YouTube had actual knowledge or awareness of specific infringing activity on its website,” a two-judge panel said in a 39-page decision.
- The Second Circuit notes that internal emails suggest that YouTube employees may have known about—and turned a blind eye to—specific cases of infringement on YouTube.
- Now the case goes back to the lower-court to find out if YT founders kew of specific infringing content & failed to delete promptly. If they had "actual knowledge" YT could no longer qualify for the safe harbor and there's trouble.
- Litigation History:
- 2010, US DCt: YouTube wins a summary judgment (case tossed) and was protected under the DMCA safe harbor
- YT had insufficient notice of the particular infringements and b/c it removed the offending videos when notified.
- Mere knowledge of [the] prevalence of such activity in general,” the District Court concluded, “is not enough. [from the opinion]
- Viacom appealed
- Led to the reversal
- BioWare unveils 'Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut'
- Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut' free DLC to expand on trilogy ending this summer, not change it
- if you hated ending of Mass Effect 3, studio Bioware and publisher EA announced Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, free dl for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 users that "will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes."
- Must have an acct with either EA online service Origin, the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live for free d/l available until April 12, 2014.
- 3 weeks ago BioWare co-founder and GM Dr. Ray Muzyka noted in a post that team was working on solution to fan outrage
- Smart thermostat Nest gets smarter with AirWave, robust Energy History, simpler setup
- Nest, smart thermostat released 5 mo ago, 1st big update. over last week Nest users have been able to see a simplified version of their usage for the past 7 days on the device
- More detailed Energy History to help Nest users to learn better how the system works, covers the past 10 days on the Nest iOS & Android apps, & web. Report says how long your heating system was cooling or heating your home, and includes activity by day view.
- New feature AirWave can cool your home to a target temp running the A/C less. The system can intelligently turn off cooling, but continue to run fans that push out cool air remaining in your vents and in the air conditioner’s coils BEFORE reaching target temp (other therms can't do this). Nest says this will work for 50% users, some don't have A/C, some live in climates that are too humid.
- Easier installation with improved backplate, something Nest owners had complained about. larger press connectors, new custom screws. **Marketing Lead Maxime Veron says if you noticed that your A/C kicked in while you were away at work, you could tweak the system to avoid that. Veron tells me that a one degree change could mean up to 5% in energy savings.
- $249, available online & at Best Buy
- Co-founded by some of the brains behind the iPod, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers
- company is currently facing a lawsuit from Honeywell, which claims that the smart thermostat violates its patents.
- Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'
- More than 600,000 Macs infected with Flashback botnet
- How to diagnose and remove the trojan
- PSA: Apple patches Flashback trojan affecting 600,000 Macs globally
- Russian antivirus company Dr. Web found that over 550,000 Mac OS X machines are infected with Trojan BackDoor.Flashback, people are calling it "Flashback" for short
- Most of the infected machines are in the US and Canada
- the sites have a .rr.nu domain
- Flashback first detected in Sept. 2011
- Dr. Web's CEO Boris Sharov told the BBC stresses that it hasn't seen any malicious activity since it hijacked the botnet" "- Most recent variant targeted an unpatched Java vulnerability
- Oracle released a fix in Feb, but Apple didn't release its fix until this week
- F-secure has full instructions on how to diagnose and remove the trojan
- Apple investigating new iPad Wi-Fi connectivity issues
- Apple investigating new iPad WiFi issues, tells AppleCare to replace affected units
- 9to5Mac has internal AppleCare document, APPL investigating 3rd-gen iPad WiFi-related issues. # of users complaining about WiFi from connection drops, slow dl's, upload speeds, or probs picking up Wifi networks
- doc tells US retail stores & contact centers to "capture" any third-gen iPad showing these probs & replace, even if there are evidence of physical abuse.
- LTE versions seem ok
- 9to5Mac notes thread on Apple online support forums w 700 replies from users with similar issues.
- "capture" means ship device to Apple’s engineering centers for examination and investigation. Apple employees are instructed to Capture the iPad itself and included accessories (the charging adapter and USB cord).
- Draw Something notches 50 million downloads in just 50 days
- Zynga’s Draw Something Slingshots Past Angry Birds in App Store
- 50 dls in 50 days. fastest-growing original mobile game of all time. Angry Birds Space overtook it as #1 paid app in app store briefly, but DS is back on top.
- Over 6B drawings have been created. 3 draws/second were created on the day the game launched, now 3k drawings/second. Most popular words in the game are starfish, pregnant, hangman, six pack, & boom box. The least popular word is latrine.
- Zynga bought OMGPOP for $180M last month & acquired team, save for one, Shay Pierce. no evidence of slowdown after OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter tweeted that Pierce was the weakest member of the team and good riddance to him. Has since apologized. Consumers don't care.
- Both the WSJ and NYT DealBook report Facebook has decided to pick Nasdaq as its stock exchange once it IPOs and will trade under the symbol FB. Facebook didn't confirm the deal, but that's bad news for the NYSE as it has been trying to get technology companies. Facebook's still expected to IPO next month.
- Dropbox is sick of you taking advantage of it! The company has a deal where if you get an HTC Sense 4.0 device, you can get 23GB extra for free. Some folks figured out a way to game the system and picked up the extra storage without having an eligible device. Dropbox said it plans to remove any space obtained by this ill-gotten method.
- A new Pew Research Center survey says that e-reader owners like to buy ebooks rather than borrow books. Those same e-reader owners also are avid readers. 88% of those who read ebooks also read printed books. Ebook readers consumed 24 books per year. Those without - only read 15 books.
- You know what we haven't talked about in a while? Ebooks. The Wall Street Journal reports that the ebook publishers currently in hot water over price fixing in the US and Europe are working on a settlement. Apple, ever the team player, is apparently holding out. The Journals sources say that a potential settlement option is for Apple's contracts with the publishers to be invalidated and publishers would allow Amazon to set prices on ebooks as well.
- Hat-trick! Dell's done it! Dell has picked up its third company this week. Make Technologies, a software company will join Clerity Solutions and Wyse as the newest Dell underling. Dell only bought eight companies for all of last year. Maybe it's a mid-life crisis? Dell was last seen trading in its mini-van for a sports car.
- This story got our fantastic redditors all riled up - but someone's willing to buy RIM. Private company United Vision Marketing Firm issued a press release offering an all stock swap with RIM to acquire RIM's BlackBerry assets. The same press release also discusses its CEO, self proclaimed Dr. Nono C. Pearson, who is "headed to Wall Street with the copyrights to prove that he is the owner of what he calls 'Corporate Hip Hop' …" Good luck with that.
- Well regardless of who owns RIM, the U.S. government still loves its BlackBerries. The Washington Post reports the US government has no plans to switch from its smartphone of choice. The chief information officer at the General Services Administration, Casey Coleman, says the government appreciates "RIM's focus on security, which is paramount for government use."
- Skyhook Wireless CEO Ted Morgan says there's a major phone coming that's based on Android, but without a Google experience (that means, no Google Play). In the past, Skyhook provided location and positioning technology to both iOS and Android. Let the wild speculation start - who will make this phone? Facebook? Amazon? MySpace?
- YouTube announced that 1080p short-form videos will be automatically converted to 3D. You'll see a 3D option next to the settings gear in the YouTube player. There a several 3D options, but you can go old school with red/cyan or go full color. YouTube introduced its 2D to 3D video conversion tool as a beta back in September 2011.
- Today, Sprint Nexus S 4G users can download Android 4.0.4
- The Asus PadFone will go on pre-order in Taiwan tomorrow and will launch in mid-April. Pricing is available now -- a little over $600 for just the phone, if you want the tablet set (phone, tablet housing, and bluetooth headset/stylus) it's about $850.
- The HTC Rezound is supposed to get ICS tomorrow.
- Penny Arcade's PAX East starts tomorrow, runs through Sunday 4/8 in Boston
- April 12th, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai will host a Corporate Strategy Meeting, where he'll explain.. um, Sony's corporate strategy.
"On TNT 472, Sarah compared Bravo's ridiculous "reality" show to television candy. Please stop sullying the good name of candy in comparing it with this sort of stupidity. Thanks!
"Tom and Posse,
I find it a little odd that in the reviews of the Lumia 900 people have been disappointed that Nokia didn't put in the ""latest and greatest"" technology, this was echoed by Iyaz on yesterday's show. Its my understanding that Windows Phone 7 runs on very specific hardware; there is no code base to support higher resolutions, multiple cores, more than 512mb ram or crazy camera optics (41-megapixels anyone). While Nokia supposedly has more latitude to customize WP7, I don't think they have the access, resources or time to rewrite the operating system to support even one of these features (of course this raises the question of what Nokia can offer to the platform other than from a design perspective). Not to say people can't complain about the hardware on the Lumia 900 and reviews are appropriate to point out this is a deficiency compared to other platforms, but I think the blame should be focused more on Microsoft than Nokia for not being on the cutting edge.
Rich in Lovely Cleveland"
"I wanted to clarify a couple things about the terrafugia flying car spoken about on TNT.
It is being certified as a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) which is a relatively new class of aircraft, only a few years old.
They are limited to 120 mph top speed, gross weight of 1320 lbs. and can only carry 2 people. There are some other limitations as well that I don't remember off the top of my head at the moment.
With the LSA's there came a new pilot rating called sport pilot, while the requirements are less than what are required for getting your private pilots license a sport pilot is limited in the size and speed of aircraft they can fly to the Light Sport category. They also have to get supplemental training to be able to fly into the busiest airports and cannot fly at night.
It has allowed more people to learn how to fly as it significantly reduces the cost of learning to fly. Sport pilots have been flying for several years now and the accident rate is no different than the pilot population at large.
Another thing I wanted to address is that flying is not just for the wealthy, there are a lot of flying clubs and partnerships that make flying accessible to most in the middle class. I bought an older used plane for $18,000 and enjoy flying it very much. I got my private pilots license a few years ago for about $3000.
If you shop around and inquire at some of the smaller airports there are very affordable ways to get into the sky and enjoy the incredible views, utility, and fun that small aircraft offer.
It is truly like nothing else you can do.
Thanks for a great daily podcast!
-Sam Butler Oregon"
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