Tech News Today 499
Recorded: May 11, 2012
Published: May 11, 2012
Tech News Today 499: You Can't Do That, We're Rich!
Apple ditching Google Maps, Spider-Man renounces US citizenship, Facebook wants to charge you to post, and more.
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- iOS 6: Apple drops Google Maps, debuts in-house ‘Maps’ with incredible 3D mode
- Apple rumored to drop Google Maps, launch new 3D mapping service in iOS 6
- 9to5 Mac reports that "trusted sources" Apple will add their own Map app to iOS 6
- Similar to Google maps but "cleaner, faster, and more reliable"
- With purchases of Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9; Apple has created a complete mapping database.
- 3D mode will be an option based on C3's use of declassified missile target algorithms.
- Expect more at WWDC
- Eduardo Saverin Renounces U.S. Citizenship Ahead Of Mega Facebook IPO
- Facebook Co-Founder Gives Up U.S. Citizenship
- Facebook's IPO already oversubscribed: source
- Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, (who was played in the movie but the guy who is now the next Spider-man) has renounced his US citizenship
- Saverin was born and raised in Brazil and lives in Singapore
- “Eduardo recently found it more practical to become a resident of Singapore since he plans to live there for an indefinite period of time,” said Tom Goodman, a spokesman for Saverin, in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg.
- “This was done many months ago and had nothing to do with the IPO,” said spokeswoman Sabrina Strauss to Forbes.
- Saverin renounced his citizenship in September and was on a list released by the IRS April 30
- US citizens who give up their citizenship owe what is effectively an exit tax on the capital gains from their stock holdings, even if they don’t sell the shares. Singapore has no capital gains tax. Facebook shares will be valued much differently after the IPO.
- Reuters reports sources tell them the Facebook IPO is already oversubscribed, and the company is considering raising the price from 28-35 dollar range.
- A record 1,780 gave up their U.S. passports last year compared with 235 in 2008, according to government records.
- Facebook tests 'pay to promote post' tool
- Would you pay Facebook to help you promote certain posts?
- Facebook testing whether you’ll pay to ensure friends see your status updates
- pay to get your FB updates more visible in busy news feeds.
- tests are being carried out among the social network's users in New Zealand.
- FB user in NZ logged in & got msg asking to highlight an important post for 1.80 NZ$ to his friends could see it. Thought it might be a scam. NZ news site Stuff reported it. BBC reached out to FB, FB confirmed it was real.
- range of prices to make posts more visible. Comments on the tests suggest the highest price being charged was £1.25 ($2) while others cost 25p or 50p. Payments could be made via credit card or PayPal.
- experimenting with rev streams, last quarter rev growth numbers were down
- Facebook used to keep data it received about you from advertisers and 3rd parties for 180 days; updated to say they'll keep it as long as necessary. Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan says that means that if Zynga tells Facebook who their top scoring players are in order to target them with ads, Facebook erases that information as soon as the ad campaign is over. But if Zynga were to post information about its top scoring players on its wall, Facebook is not going to take it down within 180 days.
- Facebook makes it clearer it can display ads to you outside of Facebook based on your info. Previously it was worded as "social context" ads outside FB. “Everything you do and say on Facebook can be used to serve you ads,” says Egan. “Our policy says that we can advertise services to you off of Facebook based on data we have on Facebook.”
- Foxconn plans renewed shift into distribution
- Foxconn chief says company is preparing for Apple television - report
- China Daily reports: Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou speaking at a news conference in Shanghai said that his company is making preparations for iTV, but development or manufacturing has not yet started.
- The chairman said the recent deal with Sharp was made in preparation for a new Apple television.
- Apple could be interested in using Sharp's technology to produce Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) panels
- TV Broadcasters Warn of Huge Industry Shakeup If Barry Diller's Aereo Isn't Stopped
- NBCUniversal exec condemns Aereo's live TV streaming service, worries cable companies could copy it
- Aereo under fire: why NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox want to shut down the internet TV service
- Cable Carriage of Broadcast Stations
- Aereo is the startup backed by Barry Diller, that wants to rent you a micro antenna (and tuner and DVR) that you can access over the internet to receive television programs
- All major networks have taken Aereo to court, Aereo has filed a counter-suit. The question is over whether Aereo is an illegal retransmission.
- 2008 Second Circuit Court of appeals upheld Cablevisions right to remotely locate a DVR. The appellate circuit determined this was not a public performance. But that dealer with the DVR not the transmission of the programming.
- Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 requires cable systems MUST carry certain local broadcasts, but local stations can elect to require a fee for those broadcasts and exempt the cable provider from the must carry provision.
- Matt Bond, executive vp content distribution at NBCUniversal said in a New York federal court filing: "It makes little economic sense for cable systems and satellite broadcasters to continue to pay for NBCU content on a per-subscriber basis when, with a relatively modest investment, they can simply modify their operations to mirror Aereo's 'individual antenna' scheme and retransmit, for free, over-the-air local broadcast programming."
- Arguments seem to be as follows
- 1. We have a business model built on law we got passed in 1992, that this would undermine.
- 2. If it undermines we can't pay sports leagues huge fees to carry their programming, because we won't make huge fees on retransmission
- 3.We won't make immediate money off people watching not he Internet because we use 1970s technology to get ratings and charge for ads.
- 4.If people can watch TV on Internet connected screens they'll stop using Hulu which would stop us from artificially delaying when they watch stuff.
- 5. LOOK! PIRATES!
- Verizon Refuses to Identify Alleged BitTorrent Pirates
- John Wiley and Sons one of the first publishers to try to sue pirates, a la music and TV industry
- Going after people who allegedly download unauthorized copies of "For Dummies" books
- Wiley got a court to issue a subpoena for ISP records
- Verizon has refused to hand over the personal details of accused subscribers.
- One of the reasons given by Verizon is that Wiley is demanding the information for improper purposes, namely “to harass, cause unnecessary delay, or needlessly increase the cost of litigation.”
- In addition, the Internet provider doubts whether the subpoena will lead to the discovery of “relevant information.” In other words, Verizon seems to doubt that the person who pays for the account is also the infringer.
- echoes opinion of New York Judge Gary Brown from last week. An IP address is not a person.
- ALSO: The company asserts that Wiley is seeking “information that is protected from disclosure by third parties’ rights of privacy and protections guaranteed by the First Amendment.”
- Wiley has asked Judge Katherine Forrest to compel Verizon to respond. Wiley is only asking for 10 accounts.
- Let's start with Oracle Google madness.Judge William Alsup warned Oracle that the most they would likely be able to claim on copyright damages int he case would be $150,000 in statutory damages. Oracle doesn't care. They're going with an 'infringer's profit' case. Alsup warned that this might mean they wouldn't win anything at all and called it "the height of ridiculousness" for Oracle to expect hundreds of millions of dollars. Alsup could still rule APIs aren't copyrightable making it all moot.
- NVidia's stock took a jump after the company predicted Q2 sales will exceed analysts estimates, partly due to optimism over selling Tegra 3 powered tablets for smartphones tablets and Windows RT devices. CEO Jen0HSun Huang said demand is much greater than supply for its GPUs, which could be bad news if it can't work out supply chain issues with TSMC.
- Panasonic had a much worse day announcing revenue down 10 percent compared to last year and a loss of 772 billion yen ($9.7 billion) during the fiscal year. Part of the downturn is related to the earthquake in Japan and floods in Thailand, but sales were off too. Panasonic's LCD TV sales were down 28 percent and plasma TV sales dropped 41 percent.
- Looking for cheap cloudd storage? The Verge reports Droplr announced Droplr Pro, which gives you 1GB uploads!! and 100GB of storage for introductory pricing of just $3 a month or $30 a year. Google Drive charges $5 a month for equivalent storage and smaller allowed file size. Dropbox charges $20 a month. Droplr does not do file syncing or drive mounting liek Dropbox, but Droplr does offer password protection and custom domains.
- The Telegraph reports Virgin Atlantic will be the first airline in Britain to offer full mobile access on an airplane. Starting with Airbus A330 planes, passengers will be able to access the web over GPRS mind you, so not fast, but also send text messages and *make phone calls.* The service will debut on Virgins London to New York route though phone calls will have to be shut down 400 KM from the US thanks to US regulations. Also no devices on during takeoff and landing please.
- Alex Stamos, CTO of iSec Partners has received $9.6 million to develop Artemis Internet, a generic T-L-D meant for banks, healthcare providers, and other groups who want to avoid malware and phishing. Artemis has applied for the domain .secure. To use a .secure address a company would agree to abide by stringent requirements, including offering end-to-end encryption and to follow a strict code of conduct, and undergo rigorous screening.
- Adobe Creative Cloud now available for $49.99 per month, includes access to Creative Suite 6 and Adobe Muse
- The USPS has announced that starting May 16th it'll refuse to ship any gear containing lithium ion batteries overseas. The postal service believes combusting power packs have caused two fatal cargo plane crashes since 2006 -- hence the ban
Andrew sent us his blog post:
here's what I think is one of the most interesting parts of his argument regarding Windows RT and the browser issue we discussed yesterday:
On Windows RT, the desktop is there for 2 reasons only: Firstly it’s to run the 4 Microsoft Office apps that will come included in Windows RT (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) that Microsoft simply hasn’t had time to port over to the Metro environment (because that’s would be a massive job) and secondly it’s to left there for those who need to access certain parts of Windows that aren’t available in the Metro environment yet (Windows Explorer, some of the more advanced stuff in the Control Panel and Internet Explorer advanced settings etc.). It is NOT designed to be used on a daily basis, it’s not designed for you to use it to surf the internet using the Classic Desktop version of Internet Explorer (the next few paragraphs will even explain why it’s there) and it’s not designed to run legacy 3rd party software (you simply can’t do this).
"Tom & the gang -
I think you're missing a critical part of the argument over Microsoft restricting browser choice on Windows RT to Explorer. The difference between an RT tablet running only IE, and an iPad restricted (for the most part) to Safari is that Safari is at least a standards-based, compliant browser. Microsoft has improved IE considerably in the last few versions, but it still can't be said to be standards compliant.
Without a compliant browser as a competitor on Windows RT, the only thing keeping Microsoft from messing with HTML and CSS standards is market share. If Windows tablets are a hit, I can see a lot of sites being ""optimized"" for IE, that won't work on iPad or Android tablet browsers, or default to a less-capable ""mobile"" site.
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