Tech News Today 170

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Episode 170

Tech News Today 170: WWSEO Smackdown!

Google and Microsoft start name-calling over search, Will Kindle get kicked off iPad, What happens when the net runs out of addresses, and more.


Top Stories

  • Now Microsoft confirms Yahoo! as the data leak culprit
    • Researcher Rafael Rivera--Yahoo’s IMAP server ( does not respond to FETCH requests correctly. Yahoo is sending ~25 times as much data as it needs to. (This can also be read as: Your phone is downloading 25 times as much data as it normally would, had you sided with another email provider.)
    • Yahoo apologizes for Windows Phone 7 data bloat
      • temporary workaround is to change settings for "Download new Content" and "Download email from" to say "manually" and "last 7 days" to spare on the data.

Discussion Stories

  • Last blocks net addresses set to be shared
    • APNic requested to /8 blocks -- This triggers a policy that when five blocks remain they will be distributed to the regional internet registries (RIRs) (like APNic) --- a ceremony for this handing over is set to take place in mid-March. Five RIRs --AfriNIC, ARIN, APNIC, LACNIC, RIPE. Normal allocation will continue for 3-6 months from APNic and special allocation for up to five years to enable IPv6 transition.

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science




* The federal government will decide by March 1 whether to reject a CRTC decision on usage-based internet billing, after Prime Minister Stephen Harper requested a review.


Just wanted to let you guys know that Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to review the issue of usage based billing in Canada.

From the article: ""The Harper government will decide by or before March 1 whether it will overturn the federal regulator’s decision which effectively kills unlimited Internet download plans.""

""Mr. Harper put more weight Tuesday behind Industry Minister Tony Clement’s Monday decision to order a review of the CRTC ruling. The move thrusts the Conservatives into a contentious debate over just how much Canadians should pay for Internet service – one that erupted after the Jan. 15 ruling that will hike prices for consumers and businesses.""

Love the show!

Mike (thirdstage in the chatroom)"

*SaskTel is government owned and provides unlimited broadband and wireless with no caps. -Nse Ekong

"Hey Tom,

Just wanted to send a quick note regarding the story of Canadian ISPs lowering their bandwidth caps to 25 GB from 200 GB.

SaskTel is a provincial Crown Corporation (meaning that it is owned by the executive branch of the government) and operates under the authority of the Saskatchewan Telecommunications Act. It is the only remaining Crown Corporation in the Canadian telecommunications industry.

As far as I know, SaskTel is the only ISP in North America that offers both unlimited broadband and unlimited wireless Internet usage with no data caps whatsoever. Also, because SaskTel is effectively government owned, they try to provide services to as much of the population as possible. According to Wikipedia, SaskTel provides telecommunications services to 13 cities, 535 smaller communities and surrounding rural areas, including 49,000 farms. In contrast, Rogers cellular coverage is comparably poor in many places in the province as they only cover only a fraction of the areas that SaskTel does. Residents of Saskatchewan end up subsidizing SaskTel services through higher taxes and other fees (similar to the CBC or BBC).

Anyway, just thought that I'd bring this up as it's unlikely that SaskTel will follow the other ISPs and meter Internet in the province of Saskatchewan.


Nse Ekong Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

P.S.: Love the show. More Worley!"

* Rogers cable Internet comes down hard on caps too.

"Hey gang, First, just like to say how great it was to see you guys cover the frustrating download cap situation going on up here. If you could mention that'd be great. There's a petition going on there that has already drawn the attention of the Liberal party, which is a nice start.

Besides the fleecing we're getting up here from Bell, we do also have Rogers coming down HARD on caps. We pay phenomenal amounts of overage fees to Rogers, and where Bell at lease has the CRTC behind them in stating that the costs are so high, we've heard no justification of jacking the prices on the cable networks. Just heard word yesterday too that TekSavvy will be forced to drop their Unlimited plan (run over Rogers network) stifling the entire country under caps (as far as I know anyway).

A HUGE smile came to my face hearing you guys talk about the mesh networks, as it feels all doom and gloom up here with Rogers and Bell having their way with us.

Love the show, Spencer"

"Today Google opened the virtual doors to 17 famous museums, using street view technology the unwashed masses can get a lot closer to classic paintings that they could ever hope to do if they actually visited the real world buildings.

/HateBadDesign (In Exile)"

"Hi guys again! Here is a link to translations of the Google Speak to Tweet service. thanks!

-Dena Reiter"



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