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Episode 507

Tech News Today 507: Gone In 200 Milliseconds

Windows boots too quickly now, Google gets off cheap in Oracle case, Siri is now an outlaw, and more.

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  • Jury: Google did not infringe Oracle patents with Android
  • Google v. Oracle: no patent infringement found
  • Oracle vs. Google jury was deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of Google on fair use decision
    • Jury found that Google did not infringe on Oracle's patents
    • Judge Alsup dismissed the jury saying "This is the longest civil trial I've ever been in"
    • Jury previously found that Google infringed 9 lines of code, they also found Google infringed 37 Java APIs but could not agree on whether it was fair use or not
    • Judge Alsup ruled Google infringed with its use of 8 Java test files
    • Judge Alsup has yet to rule if APIs are copyrightable (briefings on that issue happening now regarding interoperability) - then Alsup is off for 2 days for personal reasons - so ruling coming sometime next week.
    • if APIs are not copyrightable, Judge will rule on other two infringements at up to $150,000 per infringement
    • if APIs ARE copyrightable all three infringement counts get bundled in new trial (or appeal)
  • Apple design chief Jonathan Ive is knighted
  • Jonathan Ive interview: Apple's design genius is British to the core
    • Apple Sr. VP Jonathan Ive is now officially a "Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the New Year Honours list for services to design and enterprise."
    • If you've never heard of Ive, he's the designer of the iMac, iPhone, and the iPad
    • To celebrate, Ive gave a long interview to The Telegraph that is being parsed by blogs everywhere
    • Highlights:
      • waxed poetically about design, and how he is “definitely the product of a very British design education”.
      • When asked if he could be remembered for just one Apple design, Ive answered “It’s a really tough one. A lot does seem to come back to the fact that what we’re working on now feels like the most important and the best work we’ve done, and so it would be what we’re working on right now, which of course I can’t tell you about.”
      • On Apple design/development
        • "We're developing products in exactly the same way that we were two years ago, five years ago, ten years ago. It's not that there are a few of us working in the same way: there is a large group of us working in the same way."
    • Tidbits:
      • When the interviewer mentioned the stitching on the leather looks of apps the Telegraphs says Ive winced, but replied with "My focus is very much working with the other teams on the product ideas and then developing the hardware and so that's our focus and that's our responsibility. In terms of those elements you're talking about, I'm not really connected to that."
      • Ive debunked the theory that the iPad 2 was inspired by a samurai sword
  • Facebook, Zuckerberg sued over IPO
  • Zuckerberg cashes in $1.1 billion selling Facebook stock
  • NYSE pitches listing to Facebook after IPO mess: source
    • Facebook shareholders are suing Facebook, CEO Zuckerberg and several investment banks on charge that crucial information was withheld ahead of IPO
    • Filed in US District Court in Manhattan : Brian Roffe Profit Sharing Plan v. Facebook, 12-04081
    • Failure to disclose "a severe and pronounced reduction" in forecast of revenue growth, outside of a small group of preferred investors.
    • Earlier in the month Facebook amended its SEC filing to say the shift to mobile was cutting into the price it could charge advertisers
    • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, later in the day issued a statement via e-mail
    • completed a transaction of the 30.2 million shares that he was slotted to sell, according a document filed with the SEC.
    • He sold the shares at $37.58 a share, netting him more than $1.2 billion.

Discussion Stories

  • IBM Outlaws Siri, Worried She Has Loose Lips
    • IBM CIO Jeanette Horan told MIT’s Technology Review Siri is banned at IBM b/c “The company worries that the spoken queries might be stored somewhere.” spoken confidential emails, numbers, etc
    • IBM also bans public file sharing tools like iCloud and Dropbox are disabled, and employees are banned from forwarding IBM email to external webmail services.
    • Apple’s iPhone Software License Agreement spells this out: “When you use Siri or Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text,”
    • Siri collects address book contacts and other vague user data, all to help Siri do a better job. sends to Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina
    • in march ACLU warned about Siri & reminded how ppl could turn off data collection
    • Edward Wrenbeck, the lead developer of the Siri app says for corporate users “Just having it known that you’re at a certain customer’s location might be in violation of a non-disclosure agreement"
  • Windows 8 boots 'too quickly' to be interrupted, Microsoft adding a new 'boot options' menu
  • Puny humans too slow for Windows 8's high-speed booting
  • Windows 8 Metro browser to include limited Adobe Flash support
  • Microsoft set to release Office for iOS and Android tablets in November
    • Chris Clark, a program manager in the Windows User Experience team, today in a Building Windows 8 blog post said Windows 8 boots too fast on SSDs to be able to get into setup mode like UEFI.
    • One UEFI mode to hit F8 is 200 milliseconds -- Also tablets don't have keyboards
    • Various settings consolidated to one boot options group
    • Boot options menu will appear anytime something prevents Windows from booting normally
    • You can access the options by going to the General options menu and choosing Advanced startup
    • You can also reboot into the menu by holding down the shift when rebooting from the regular menu or run shutdown.exe from command line as well.
    • legacy hardware that was made before Windows 8 will not have these new UEFI-provided menu features (booting to firmware settings and booting directly to a device). The firmware on these devices will continue to support this functionality from the POST screen as it did in the past.
    • ALSO - BGR reports Microsoft will release Microsoft Office for iPad and Android in November
    • ALSO - Rafael Rivera revealed today and the Verge confirms that Windows 8's Metro browser will support limited Adobe Flash content
  • Amazon Prime acquires access to Paramount films
  • If Video Sites Could Act Like Cable Companies
    • Amazon has an agreement with Paramount Pictures to carry hundreds of Paramount films including MI3, Braveheart and Mean Girls
    • Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MPVD) A company called Sky Angel, which largely carrier Christian-oriented programming wanted to add Discovery to its Internet service. Discovery declined but Sky Angel petitioned the FCC to make Discovery play ball under the rules of MPVD.
    • In a public comment period that ends in the coming weeks, the FCC is asking whether the rules of multichannel distributors — like the right to carry certain popular channels and the responsibility to carry some less popular ones — should apply to new online distributors

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"Hey TNT Crew,

I just got done listening to Episode 506 from yesterday where you guys discussed [Amazon's] new ""Test Drive"" feature for their app marketplace. The Windows Phone Marketplace has offered trial versions of apps since it was launched, which allows developers to offer a free version of their app that you can use to your heart's content and allows you to experience the main features of what their app has to offer.

Sincerely, Brad Kalamazoo, Michigan"


"Hi,

The Verizon Viewdini App, other than having a cheesy name, is nothing new. I have been using the Fanhattan app for quite some time now. It has a slick interface and shows you different sources to find the content. It also includes a synopsis and review from Rotten Tomatoes.

Thanks for you great shows,

Dion Norman"

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