Tech News Today 189

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Episode 189

Tech News Today 189: "Creepy Wink" To Block Porn

If Baidu is a pirate, isn't Google? Can "App Store" be trademarked? Microsoft Windows 8 tablet coming by June? and more.



  • US says China's Baidu is notorious pirated goods market
  • Allofmp3 clones, Baidu top US list of "notorious" IP infringers
    • US Trade representative published its "Out-of-cycle Review of Notorious Markets" (it's out of cycle, because it goes farther than it's normal required report which names counties) -- Among the named miscreants IsoHunt, The Pirate BayDemonoid, BTJunkie. But also AllofMP3, even though the report admits it no longer exists. Baidu wihc the report cites for "Deep Linking" I'd like to add Bing and Google as well. Also of interest it lists actual brick and mortar retail stores.
  • Apple: Why We Need An ‘App Store’ Trademark
  • Apple fights for 'App Store' name, calls Microsoft clueless as usual
  • Apple filed for a trademark on "app Store" In January, Microsoft filed an objection, claiming the mark is generic. Apple has now filed its response. Crux of argument is the prevalence of "nonun plus store" marks such as "The Container Store" But their most biting example is this one -- "Having itself faced a decades-long genericness challenge to its claimed WINDOWS mark, Microsoft should be well aware that the focus in evaluating genericness is on the mark as a whole and requires a fact-intensive assessment of the primary significance of the term to a substantial majority of the relevant public," says Apple in the filing. "Yet, Microsoft, missing the forest for the trees, does not base its motion on a comprehensive evaluation of how the relevant public understands the term APP STORE as a whole."
  • HBGary chief exec resigns over Anon hack
  • Dems push for Congressional investigation of HBGary Federal
  • HBGary Federal chief exec Aaron Barr has resigned. Short story: Barr led an effort to reveal names of some participants in Anonymous. Anonymous responded by hacking HBGary and revealing emails. Among many revealing emails, were messages that purported to show HBGary was planning a dirty tricks campaign against WikiLeaks. But Barr is far from out of the spotlight. A dozen Democrats in Congress asked various Republican committee chairs to launch probes of HBGary Federal's idea for a "reconnaissance cell" targeting pro-union organizers.

Discussion Stories

  • Former Apple employee guilty of conspiring
    • Paul Devine, the former Apple manager accused of taking some $2.5 million in kickbacks from Asian suppliers in return for information that helped them win the company’s business, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy on Monday, agreeing to forfeit more than $2.25 million in proceeds from the scheme. A former supply chain manager at chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices charged with participating in an insider trading scheme is negotiating with prosecutors to plead guilty to the charges, The Wall Street Journal reported toda----Mark Anthony Longoria was among four people charged in December. Federal prosecutors in New York City said he leaked confidential information about unannounced earnings to investors as part of his role as a consultant with Primary Global Research
  • Guilty Plea Pending From Former AMD Manager Charged in Insider Trading Case
  • T-Mobile Killing Off Microsoft’s Danger Servers Ahead of Android-based Sidekicks
    • T-Mobile announced on Monday that it plans to kill off the Microsoft Danger service that powers the current generation of Sidekick devices as of May 31. Sidekick's are cloud based and require a connection to Danger servers (owned by Microsoft). Without that connection you can only make calls and text messages. Future Sidekicks will be Android. T-Mobile said it will provide various unspecified offers ahead of that date to help current Sidekick owners move to a new device. It will also offer Web tools on its Web Site to allow customers to export contacts, photos, calendar info and other data from the Danger service.
  • Microsoft plans to demo Windows 8 tablets by June
  • Microsoft delivers its 'other' tablet operating system: Windows Embedded Compact 7
    • Company source told Business Insider Microsoft plans to demo Windows 8 tablets by end of June. This follows Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet's report on Microsft's road map for Windows 8, and a leaked Dell plan with a Windows 8 tablet codenamed Peju. In the non-rumor category - Microsoft announced general availability on March 1 of the final version of its Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system, codenamed “Chelan.” -- esigned to power phones (including Windows Phones), medical devices, industrial automation products and retail systems, as well as slates/tablets.

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science




"There's a 3rd possible result to the Open Internet Coalition lawsuit. Verizion and (other C-block carriers) could be forbidden from selling software-locked devices.

Apple could still sell a software-locked LTE iPhone because Apple didn't sign the C-block carrier license agreement and, because of the Openness clause, Verizon would be required to let the iPhones work on their LTE network. It would kneecap carrier subsidies but that's about it.

Dynamite show guys, James the formerly civil engineer"

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