Tech News Today 489
Recorded: April 27, 2012
Published: April 27, 2012
Tech News Today 489: The Galaxy Strikes Back
How CISPA would affect you, Google doesn't have the most popular Android, Nokia falls from grace, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Chad Johnson ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- US House passes controversial CISPA cybersecurity bill, now on to the Senate
- How CISPA would affect you
- Insanity: CISPA Just Got Way Worse, And Then Passed On Rushed Vote
- The FBI Workaround For Private Companies To Share Information With Law Enforcement Without CISPA
- The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act: CISPA explained
- Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) --T.C. Sotteck on The Verge, Declan Mcullagh on CNET
- Passed House yesterday and will soon be debated and voted on by Senate. White House has indicated President will veto
- Originally meant to combat cyber threats, has been expanded to include national security
- Self-protected entities (Facebook, Google, etc.) Get the right to use cybersecurity systems to obtain threat information to protect their rights and property.
- They also get the right to share threat information with any other entity including the Feds
- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a self-protected entity may, for cybersecurity purposes -- (i) use cybersecurity systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information to protect the rights and property of such self-protected entity; and (ii) share such cyber threat information with any other entity, including the Federal Government
- This overrides all other privacy laws. So can share information on customers with government as long as it pertains to a cyber threat. Amendment by Rep. Ben Quayle limits to only the following purposes (rather than any lawful purpose) but expands beyond cyber threats to cybersecurity, cyber crime, protecting people from harm (death bodily injury), protecting children from exploitation, and national security
- under existing federal law, any person or company who helps someone "intercept any wire, oral, or electronic communication"--unless specifically authorized by law--could face criminal charges. CISPA would trump all other laws.
- "Efforts to harm public and private systems and networks"
- "theft or wrongful possession of public or private data, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information"
- Government cannot demand more information that a self-protected company authorizes
- Companies cannot use information shared to gain a marketplace advantage
- Private companies are indemnified against liability for mistakes made when sharing the information
- CTIA, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Internet Security Alliance, and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and large companies like AT&T, Verizon, Facebook, Intel, Oracle, and Microsoft.
- Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan "Without our ideas, without our innovation that countries like China are stealing every single day; we will cease to be a great nation."
- EFF, ACLU, Center for Democracy and Technology, American Library Association, TechFreedom
- Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado: CISPA would "waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity. Allowing the military and NSA to spy on Americans on American soil goes against every principle this country was founded on."
- Democrats largely oppose it and control the Senate and White House. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid would like to move forward on the bill in May
WHAT ALREADY EXISTS
- Forbes: Cyberthreat information can be given to a non-profit, called the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), which has a legal agreement with the government that allows it to then hand over info to the FBI.
- Amazon Kindle Fire is top Android tablet
- More Tablets Run Amazon’s Version of Android Than Google’s
- Comscore release
- February Comscore study that estimated Android tablet market share by tracking device traffic online.
- 54% of all Android tablets are Kindle Fires. 2nd most popular tablet, Samsung's Galaxy Tab, has 15.4% of the market. Motorola Xoom with 7% share, the Asus Transformer, with 6.3%, and the Toshiba AT100, with 5.7%.
- Fire practically doubled its share of market in the past two month, from 29.4% share in Dec 2011 to 54.4% February 2012.
- Amazon runs custom(forked) version of Android, cheapest offering of all the tablets. Kindle launched in November 2011 for $199. Launched earlier this month in Europe. They don't release Kindle sales figures, but they do say it's their best selling, most gifted, and most wished for product
- Larger screen tablets result in higher levels of content consumption. Comscore found that 10-inch tablets have a 39% higher consumption rate than 7-inch tablets.
- Amazon announced revenues were up 34% in Q1.
- Samsung Bests Nokia as World's Top Phone Maker
- Samsung Steals Nokia's Mobile Crown
- Samsung Ends Nokia’s 14-Year Run as Biggest Handset Maker
- Samsung reports record $4.46b profit for Q1 2012, thanks to smartphones and tablet panels
- Samsung exec confirms Galaxy S III / S3 name
- IHS iSuppli
- Samsung shipped 92 million handsets (-13%), Nokia 83 million (-27%) Apple 35 million (-5%) LG 14 milion RIM 11 milion
- ends 14 year run of Nokia as world's top phone maker
- Strategy Analytics
- Samsung 25.4% Nokia 22.5% Apple 9.5%
- IHS iSuppli - Apple (35 -33 million over Samsung) Strategy Analytics - Samsung (44.5 to 35.1 million)
- Samsung earnings - revenue up 98% year over year, record $4.46 billion profit for Q1
- Senior VP Robert Yi at end of earnings call
- "WE ARE ANTICIPATING VERY STRONG DEMAND OF GALAXY S III."
- U.S. Escalates Google Case by Hiring Noted Outside Lawyer
- FTC hires ex-DOJ prosecutor for Google antitrust probe
- Google Street View Investigation by U.S. Declared Closed
- Google Says It’s Being Investigated in Argentina, Korea
- The Federal Trade Commission, which is examining Google's search technology, on Thursday hired Beth Wilkinson, a former Justice Department prosecutor
- Wilkinson was key in the conviction of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh
- As former TFC official David Wales points out "this shows Google that if it doesn’t give you the remedy you want, you’re going to litigate."
- Experts are comparing the hiring of Wilkinson to the hiring of David Boies who represented the DOJ in the United Staves v. Microsoft case of 1998.
- While difficult to prove abuse of a monopoly in an antitrust case Douglas Broder, author of several antitrust law textbooks, said "It can be done."
- The general issue of the investigation is whether Google abuses its Internet search power.
- Google controls ~66% of the US search market, according to comScore
- Bing = 15%, Yahoo = 14%
- Critics argue that Google is manipulating results to hide competitors while Google asserts that "competition is a click away"
- The US isn't the only ones investigating Google. Last year both South Korea and Argentina began investigations into whether Google accepts payments in return for search result placement.
- Nintendo's gunning for retailers, expanding eShop offerings for Wii U, 3DS
- Nintendo plays catch-up, will offer downloadable versions of 3DS, Wii U retail games
- Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said in the company's investor briefing that Nintendo will sell its Wii U and 3DS games through its eShop.
- The first 2 games available via download will be Onitore Brain Training and some little game called "New Super Mario Bros. 2" NSMB will hit in August
- Unclear whether third-party games will be downloadable.
- Games will still be available via traditional brick and mortar stores. You'll be able to purchase "activation codes" for digital downloads. Downloads and in-store games will be available on the same day.
- downloaded titles will be tied to the specific 3DS system they're first downloaded to.
- If you're worried about space, don't forget that Nintendo uses standard SD cards in the Wii and the 3DS (no proprietary memory lock in)
- Yahoo accuses Facebook of dealing with dirty patent trolls
- Yahoo Slams Facebook for ‘Retaliation’ in Patent Lawsuit
- Byte Me: Yahoo Files More Patent Claims Against Facebook
- 1. Yahoo sued Facebook for allegedly infringing 10 patents (3 from acq. of Overture services, rest filed in-house)
- 2. Facebook accused Yahoo of infringing 10 patents (3 from NYU researchers 5 from other companies, all purchase within last 5 months) ***"Facebook purchased eight patents from non-practicing entities," Yahoo said in response to Facebook's counterclaim filed today in the US District Court in San Francisco.
- Accuses Facebook of not acting in good faith, called the patent acquisitions retaliation, asked court to declare counterclaims invalid: Yahoo notes that "two patents were purchased [by Facebook] from 'IPG Electronics 503 Limited,' a San Diego-based patent aggregator; two patents were purchased from 'Cheah Intellectual Property Licensing,' a California-based patent holding company; one patent was purchased from 'Right Point LLC,' a Texas-based patent aggregator; and three patents were purchased from New York University's intellectual property licensing department."
- 3. Yahoo now accusing Facebook of violating 2 more patents U.S. District Court in San Jose: #7,933,903, covering a "system and method to determine the validity of and interaction on a network," and #7,698,315, covering a "System and method allowing advertisers to manage search listings in a pay for placement search system using grouping."
- Facebook: "We remain perplexed by Yahoo's erratic actions. We disagree with these latest claims and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously."
- Not to be left out of the cloud storage news this week, Dropbox introduced version 1.4 of its applications which will auto-upload videos and photos. If you're worried that camera uploads will eat up your storage, Dropbox will increase your storage every time you upload 500MB photos and videos using the feature with a max of 3GB extra for free.
- How much would you pay to make your car self-driving? According to a J.D. Power and Associates survey, 20% of vehicle owners said they'd "probably" or "definitely" pay $3,000 to make their cars drive themselves. 25% of men were up for the feature while 14% of women were.
- Apple's hit the 10,000 app mark in its Mac App Store according to both MacGeneration and Macrumors. The App Store is available on Snow Leopard and higher and launched in January 2011. Apple didn't confirm the number, however.
- Google doesn't seem to be down despite all kinds of pressure from government investigations because if you search for "zerg rush" you'll be greeted with a game. Letter "O's" start dropping from the top of the screen and begin destroying your results. You'll have to click each O to stop the destruction. And if zerg rush sounds familiar - it's related to Starcraft.
- The PlayStation Vita might be able to play PSOne games soon. "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command," a PSOne game, showed up in the European Vita Store but was not playable directly. According to a user at the NeoGAF forum the game boots in a PSP emulator. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida said via twitter that PSOne support is coming and to be patient.
- French gaming site Gamekult has posted leaked video of Rayman Legends, the follow up to Rayman Origins. The Wii U version will have online gameplay, new characters, and NFC support. An Ubisoft spokesperson confirmed with Gamespot that the video is indeed the real thing and it is simply a "internal demonstrative video" and isn't the finished game.
- An internal presentation slide from HP has leaked showing the HP Slate 8. So it's an 8-inch tablet? Nah, it'll have a 10.1-inch display -- the 8 refers to Windows 8 because the device will come with Windows 8 Professional. The tablet is next to the Elitebook in the slide which has people guessing it's part of the Elite line. The slide also says it'll have 8-10 hours of battery life and have an aluminum body.
- It's going to be hard to get into WWDC. First, the event sold out in two hours and now Apple is canceling orders from companies that ordered multiple tickets using the same credit card. The Next Web reports that Apple is reinstating those tickets - all you've got to do is contact the company.
- NHK partnered up with Panasonic to build a ginormous 145-inch 8K plasma TV. With a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320; the prototype will be demonstrated at NHK's open house in May. Before you snicker that there's no 8K content - the 2012 London Olympics will be offered in that resolution from NHK and BBC at screenings in Japan, the US, and the UK.
- New iPad lands in Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa, and Thailand today. 4th stage of staggered rollout.
- Tomorrow is Nvidia's 'special' GeForce announcement - from their LAN/NVIDIA Gaming Festiva. in Shanghai, China at 7:30 pm PT
- Monday Google Wave will crumble into the sea so this weekend is your last chance to read and export. Editing on Google Wave has been disabled since 1/31.
- Next Thursday May 3rd we'll stop reminding you about hak5.org/1111
"Howdy Tech News Today,
yesterday Tom mentioned that he has never seen a 3D phone in the wild. Lies! At this past years Blizzcon I (finally) met Tom in real life and took a photo with him. A 3D photo, on my 3D phone (the Evo 3D). See attached (we even did the point-hands-at-screen thing to show off the 3D). Now, I'll be frank: I don't use the 3D unless I want to show someone the 3D. So, I don't disagree with him about the usefulness of mobile 3D.
Love the show, Ted the Engineer"
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