Tech News Today 76
Recorded: September 16, 2010
Published: September 16, 2010
Tech News Today 76: 802.11pigeon
Fast winged broadband, Google gets sued by SkyHook, Android's monster marketshare rise
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Becky Worley ( )
- Nate Lanxon
- Erik Lanigan ( )
- Why Skyhook Is Suing Google: Google Basically Forced Motorola To Ditch Skyhook To Pass Compliance Tests
- Netflix, Twitter, OpenTable, Flixster, and Travelocity have all confirmed plans for their Windows Phone 7 apps. Those apps should be availabe by the holiday season accoring to Microsoft
- ABC TV's My Generation Sync iPad App will will display polls, trivia and other content timed to be relevant to what is happening on the show while you're watching. Audio watermarking embedded in the broadcast triggers timed content. The app can be used to watch live or recorded broadcasts.
- A House Judiciary subcommittee today passed the Cell Tax Fairness Act of 2009 (H.R. 1521). The bipartisan bill would ban new state or local taxes on mobile phones for the next five years. Currently, cell phone consumers spend on average more than 15 percent in taxes on their wireless service. This is compared with about 7 percent in taxes on other taxable goods, according to Lofgren. How nice of the Federal government to ban state and local taxes while leaving the door wide open for Federal taxes.
- Researcher Nicholas Sze has calculated the Two quadrillionth digit of Pi using Yahoo's Hadoop cloud computing technology. The computation took 23 days on 1,000 computers. This is just a slice of Pi, not a continuous string. But it's the farthest slice we've had yet. I am beside myself with elation
- Justin.tv for iPhone 2.0 adds live video broadcasting, chatting and Facebook and Twitter sharing, catching the iOS crowd up with their Android neighbors. The Android live streaming app accounts for 20 percent of Justin.TV's live streaming broadcasts.
- More than one million Web domains were infected with malicious code in the second quarter of 2010 — around one percent of all active Web domains, according to new data from anti-malware firm Dasient. The number was extrapolated from data gained through a sample scan of sites combined with customer deployments. One could presume the solution must to be to buy some anti-malware. From Dasient. Just guessing.
- Verizon today said it would bring the new faster 4G LTE wireless to 30 'NFL' cities by the end of the year. I guess this means Green Bay is getting LTE, since there are only 32 teams and 4 of them share a metro area. Either that or Verizon thinks the Packers play in Milwaukee.
- Many groups are up in arms over the sale of violent video games to minors, but the FTC has done some research and says it's relatively hard for minors to get ahold of m-rated games. at least when compared to the difficulty level for buying mature rated cds, r-rated movie tickets and r rated DVDs. while they didn't compare the m-rated video game purchase to being 16 and trying to buy a six-pack, we do think this data should at least keep the common sense media folks off the video game witchhunt for a while.
- On Monday the head of a state run holding company Russian Technologies State Corp. showed off a prototype of the country’s first domestically-manufactured 4G smartphone. The 4G phone is expected to launch next year under the Yota brand, which already makes a portable wi-fi “egg” that looks vaguely Apple-inspired in its design.
- Excited about IE9, but still running WIndows XP- wahwah, Microsoft senior director of IE business and marketing, told the register No IE9 hardware acceleration features in the current version of IE8, or older PCs running Windows XP.
Kickers and Weird Science
- iPad comes to China Friday 9/17
"Hey Tom and company,
Just finished listening to the Wednesday TNT here in Bangkok and the listener voicemail at the end compelled me to comment.
It's exhausting to hear people (particularly Leo himself) keep repeating the mantra that the world contains determined pirates and ""honest people"" with nothing in between. Repeating this line of wishful thinking over and over doesn't make it true, and I think it's being naive to ignore human nature.
How many of us can honestly say that we never used the original Napster, or Bittorrent, or installed a friend's copy of a program on our computers? You shouldn't need to have a degree in behavioral economics to realize that if piracy is made fast, easy, and anonymous, that a great number of people will participate, often justifying it as a victimless crime.
Most copy protection schemes acknowledge this reality and are just trying to slow down that huge group of us in between the felons and the saints.
In the segment about Google firing the employee for doing creepy things Tom indicated that this guy was a real concern as opposed to the accidental sniffing of too much packet data. A concern of privacy advocates is that while Google the company may have no intentions of doing anything bad with the data they accidentally collected (or the giga-tons of data that they intentionally collect), having it all under one roof makes it tempting for individuals at the company.
The IRS has had problems in the past with employees looking up information on famous people.
Google probably has way more interesting information on you than the IRS has.
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- Edited by: Erik
- Notes: Mediafly publish: 5:00
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