Tech News Today 74
Recorded: September 14, 2010
Published: September 14, 2010
Tech News Today 74: Dude, Where's My House?
Nigerians steal a house by email, we meet the Sheriff of Craigslist and Nokia's plea for attention
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Patrick Beja ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Erik Lanigan ( )
- "the lack of any dramatic price decline in broadband rejects any claim that US policy results in dramatic quality-adjusted price declines in broadband services."
- Microsoft's Bing has passed Yahoo to become the number two search engine in the US, according to the latest data from The Nielsen Company. In August, Bing grew from 13.6 percent to 13.9 percent of the US search market while Yahoo shrunk from 14.3 percent to 13.1 percent. Meanwhile, Google's share was up from 64.2 percent in July to 65.0 percent. Combined, Bing and Yahoo had a search share of 27.0 percent, still less than half of Google's.
- Adobe Systems warned yesterday of a zero-day hole in Flash Player that reportedly is being exploited in the wild and could allow an attacker to take control of a computer. The critical vulnerability affects Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, and Android. It also affects Adobe Reader 9.3.4 and earlier version for Windows, Mac, and Unix and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Mac. A patch for Flash is expected the week of 9/27 and updates for Reader are coming the week of 10/4.
- Google blacklisted and blocked The Pirate Bay after a vulnerability in their OpenX ad-serving platform caused malicious scripts to be executed on the site. The ads exposed visitors to Windows Trojans.
- According to a study out of York University, individuals higher in narcissism and lower in self-esteem spent more time than others on Facebook and filled their pages with more self-promotional content. They also were most likely to think this study was about them.
- Joule Unlimited has received Patent No. 7,794,969 for an engineered form of cynobacteria, or blue-green algae, which grows in water and is capable of secreting biodiesel fuel. The company asserts that it can make diesel fuel directly using only sunlight and waste carbon dioxide in glass bioreactors for as little as $30 a barrel.
- For a limited time you can get a TiVo premiere DVR for free as long as you agree to a two-year contract for the TiVo service which will cost you $20 a month. That's more expensive than the normal $13 a month, but hey, free TiVo.
- Clearwire announced it has started "operational readiness activities" in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. During this phase, 4G service will be available in select areas. Clearwire did not announce specific dates for when the cities would be fully covered other than by the end of the year. Occasional 4G service will also be available in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Nashville, Denver, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh as final work in those markets is completed.
- Intel plans to bring their next generation Atom processors, code named Oak Trail, to market early next year. The Oak Trail system on a chip will consume half the power of current Atoms, on average, allowing hardware manufacturers to slim their devices down and possibly dispense with active cooling.
Kickers and Weird Science
- It appears Verizon will unveil an app store for Andoid called the V CAST app store at a conference on Sept. 21. This will replace the Android Marketplace on Verizon Android phones and be a walled garden like the Apple app store.
- Microsoft will launch the IE9 Beta Wednesday Sept. 15 at the 'Beauty of the Web' event in San Francisco
- The Diaspora project goes open source Wednesday Sept. 15
Anonymous: Our caller has a voice controlled remote
"Saw TNT when you showed off PlayStations attempt at viral marketing. Well, Kinect fans don't hang about ... http://yaynobuttons.com is now registered, and does ... well exactly what you'd expect of a anti-viral mocking ...
Love the show.
On TNT 70 you talked about warrantless cell phone tracking and I was surprised you all seemed so blasé about it. I would have thought you'd compare it to using IP addresses in copyright cases as identification. To me getting cell phone locations only gets you the cell phone location, not necessarily the location of the person law enforcement is interested in.
-Adam Coventry, CT, USA, North America, Earth"
- Edited by: Erik
- Notes: Mediafly publish: 4:55
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