Tech News Today 181
Recorded: February 16, 2011
Published: February 16, 2011
Tech News Today 181: The Gary Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
Google's subscription paywall nicer than Apple's, nVidia's core crazy, Facebook stresses you out, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Becky Worley ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Texas Wants Google To Spill Its Secrets–Here’s the List
- Texas Attorney General Seeks Google Ad Rate Formula
- Google counters Apple subscriptions with more flexible One Pass
- With Google’s One Pass, Two More Newspaper Chains Join The Paywall Brigade
- Google CEO Eric Schmidt presented One Pass on Wednesday in Berlin with a number of publishers that will be on board for the launch, including Axel Springer AG, Focus Online, Stern.de, Popular Science, Media General, NouvelObs, Prisa, and Rust Communications. The service is already available to publishers in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Publishers set their own prices and terms for their digital content” --“Publishers can maintain direct relationships with their customers” (subtext: no frustrations on getting customer data).--existing print subscribers can get free access -- single sign-on across all platforms and across news organization.-- 10% cut to Google according to unnamed source to MocoNews. “(One Pass) also offers payments in mobile apps, in instances where the mobile OS terms permit transactions to take place outside of the app market.”
- Google announces One Pass payment system for online content (video)
- A simple way for publishers to manage access to digital content
- Fallout from Apple subscription announcement
- Netflix exempt?
- kindle reader only no in app purchasing?
-August timeframe for tablets, holiday season for smartphones (slightly downgraded version)"
Comcast - Revenue and earnings beat estimates,- company lost 135,000 cable subscribers, those losses are smaller than they were a year ago, and smaller than the preceding quarter as well. - comcast ended up adding nearly 700,000 subscribers overall, by adding more broadband and voice customers. – revenue per subscriber was up 10.6 percent. Cablevision - subscriber numbers were up 8.2 percent to 3.3 million from a year earlier and rose 8.9 percent from last quarter --
- Anonymous speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack
- CMS was vulnerable to SQL injection
- used 128-bit hash algorithm called MD5, known to be vulnerable to rainbow tables
- weak passwords, the same used for email, Twitter accts
- social engineering to get access to rootkit.com
- WikiLeaks, free speech and Twitter come together in Va. court case
- US Government is attempting to get personal information from the Twitter accounts of three people linked to the WikiLeaks probe. The government has asked for personal Twitter information from Assange; Bradley Manning, the Army private who is suspected of supplying classified material to the Web site; Birgitta Jonsdottir, a former WikiLeaks activist who is also a member of Iceland's Parliament; and two computer programmers, Rop Gonggrijp, a Dutch citizen, and Jacob Appelbaum, an American.
- John Keker, a lawyer representing one of the Twitter clients, said the users' data would give the government a map of people tied to WikiLeaks and essentially halt free speech online.
- Hilary Clinton internet rights irony
- Sony's trying to remove all traces of PS3 hacks and cracks available online, and now they're targeting gamers by threatening to revoke access to the Playstation network and Quirocity services to anyone using circumvention devices or running unauthorized software. If that sounds like you, you might want to lay low for a while, or...find a workaround.
- We've got official word on the Xoom pricing from Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha himself: $799 for the 3G version, WiFi-only version for $600. Pre-orders and reservations may begin as soon as tomorrow via Best Buy, and possibly a full Xoom launch Thursday, February 24th.
- IN all the hub-bub about Nokia and WIndows joining forces, a lot of attention was given to the so called plan b, 9 young investors who wanted to takeover the board, rile up share holders and fire elop to save the company. Turns out there are no 9 young investors, just a bored engineer, with a who was psyched to get so much ink for his HOAX. OK nokia fans- it's time to accept microkia- there is no plan b
- Recent rumors of a revamped MobileMe have tied the service to the alleged iPhone Nano and audio streaming abilites. Now, an anonymous source tells Cult of Mac that MobileMe may gain mobile video streaming, a location check-in system called iGroups, geo-tagging, and a personal webpage builder in order to make it a Facebook, Foursquare, Ustream, and Ping superservice. Wait...what's Ping again?
- Skype CEO Tony Bates has some good news for those 1000+ disgruntled Nokia workers that walked off the job last week after the Microsoft deal hit: "Our primary engineering focus just so happens to be somewhere between Finland, Estonia and Stockholm" yadda yadda yadda "WE'RE HIRING." Expect Skype's Windows phone app to magically stop working any day now.
- Details on Sony's "S1" customized Honeycomb tablet are emerging: Tegra 2 processor, front and rear cameras, USB port, Playstation certification, and quick access to Qriocity- Sony's music, games, ebooks, and VOD service. Rumored price for a WiFi version is $599 and a planned September ship date. We shall see.
- A sad day for all the Jesse's girls out there.. car stereo tape decks have been pronounced dead. You can go retro on the dash and install your own tape deck, but you won't find one in a stock model stereo. The 2010 Lexus SC 430 was the last car to offer one, the 2011 edition has dropped it.
- Warner Brothers has launched "App Editions" with films Inception and The Dark Knight - free apps with access to download or stream each film and special features available via in-app purchase. Inception is currently priced at $11.99, The Dark Knight at $9.99. Besides general app convenience, Warner Brothers says App Editions offers video to iOS device owners in countries without access to iTunes Movie Stores.
Kickers and Weird Science
- TiVo To Brick All Remaining UK PVRs On June 1
- Microsoft brings first app to the Mac App Store
- SXSW coverage Saturday and Sunday 3/12 and 13
"Hey TNT Crew!
Watson on Jeopardy creeps me the HELL out! While it's ability to recognize human language is very impressive, that alone isn't the reason I have the heebie jeebies. It's that in combination with the fact that it could research a seemingly infinite set of data, analyze it against some text passage, determine a confidence level for that analysis, choose a course of action based on it's confidence and then carry out that action. Not only that, but the course of action in this case is to speak a fairly natural-sounding English. While each of these parts are just a series of algorithms in varying complexity, seeing the sum of those parts is just kind of off-putting. Don't get me wrong-- I've always wanted to have the Enterprise-like computer that I can just talk to and get answers (and incorporating speech recognition seems like the natural next step if it can be good enough), but seeing something this close in reality just weirds me out, albeit in an excited, I'm-so-happy-to-see-it-score-thirty-thousand-dollars-more-than-Ken-Jennings sort of way. Am I the only one?
Sorry for the long e-mail.
Love the show, Cass in Seattle"
"Hey, Guys -
Watch or listen to the show all the time -- thanks for the great work.
I did notice the other day that Your Gang was possibly overly ""brand-new-meme'd"" by the upcoming Radiohead direct sale offer. Here are a few examples that illustrate the not-so-newness of this concept:
Elvis Costello http://www.nationalransom.com/
The Arcade Fire: http://www.arcadefire.com/the-suburbs/
David Byrne/Brian Eno: http://www.davidbyrne.com/music/cds/everything_that_happens/buy.php
Nine Inch Nails: http://theslip.nin.com/
I agree that this is a great way to eliminate the middleman - who basically doesn't exist anymore anyway, unless you're happy with adulterated MP3 files from iTunes. In fact, the only detail in the Radiohead offer is the inclusion of full-blown WAV files, rather than some FLAC, Apple Lossless, or some other lossless compression format.
- Edited by: Jason
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