Tech News Today 193
Recorded: March 7, 2011
Published: March 7, 2011
Tech News Today 193: An Eclair In My Pocket
France hit by major cyberattack, Google remotely kills Android malware, Facebook commenting alternative, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Darren Kitchen
- France hit by cyberattack with G20 focus
- Hackers Target French Government Computers For G20
- Bercy, headoffice of the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry Ministry, hit by an attack over the weekend- Seems to be an attempt to find documents related to G20-- Ministry has been forced to shut down 10,000 computers-- hacks have been traced back to China, but you know how that goes.
- Facebook Offers Easy Commenting Alternative
- Facebook Comments Have Silenced The Trolls — But Is It Too Quiet?
- How Facebook Is Killing Your Authenticity
- The Real “Authenticity Killer”
- Google using remote kill switch to swat Android malware apps
- Google Plans To Remotely Kill Rogue Apps in Wake of Android Attack
- Researcher finds serious Android Web Market bug
- Remember those 58-some malware apps Google removed from the Android marketplace last week? Turns out they're also removing them from people's phones. Google will also be using its remote kill switch to forcibly uninstall the application from infected handsets. Malware only went after device-specific (IMEI/IMSI, unique codes which are used to identify mobile devices --- Google says that the bug is fixed in Android 2.2.2 and later, but there are still a large number of users at risk because their handsets runs a previous version of the operating system.
- Judge OKs subpoenas for PS3 hacker's accounts
- Judge allows Sony to see IPs of those visiting PS3 jailbreak site
- Sony wins subpoenas revealing visitors to PS3 jailbreaker site
- Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero of San Francisco awarded Sony a subpoena allowing IP address of everyone who has visited www.geohot.com since January 2009 and logs from geohotps.3.blogspot.com -- From YouTube The subpoena demands data to identify who watched the video and “documents reproducing all records or usernames and IP addresses that have posted or published comments in response to the video.” Other subpoenas give Sony access to Twitter, demanding the disclosure of all of Hotz’s tweets, and “documents sufficient to identify all names, addresses, and telephone numbers associated with the Twitter account., and information about his account on the PSX-Scene website. Why? 1. to prove distribution of the file. 2. To Justify the suit in Northern California.
- Sprint announcing Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D, and EVO View tablet at CTIA?
- Sprint's Nexus website is 'coming soon'
- Nexus S 4G, EVO 3d, and EVO View
- Skype to start serving ads in US, Germany and UK ahead of upcoming IPO
- Germany, UK, and US only - paid-for display ads on the Home tab of its Windows desktop client.
- Research proves online gaming at work is good for you – and for your boss
- Study from L. Reinceke, Hamburg Media School, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, German
- Broken DRM schemes? Didn't work. Suing the fans? Disaster. Third time's a charm right? The international music trade group IFPI has found a new way to shut down piracy, cut off the pirate sites ability to accept major credit cards. Both the credit card companies and the UK police have agreed to act on the music industry complaints. Who needs judges when the police carefully examine the evidence and the credit card companies agree to take them at their word.
- Facebook just finalized their list of accepted ad networks for use within Facebook Apps and guess who was not invited to dinner? Google! AdSense was not on the list of approved services and all Facebook would say was a snotty passive agressive "any missing ad network has yet to agree to the Facebook TOS." We know what you mean. Google's being a jerk about data portability, so you can be a jerk about ads. And who loses? The developers.
- Hey Xoom users, you can root that device until the cows come home and still get your 4G. Motorola has officially confirmed it will attempt to perform its 4G upgrade on all Verizon Wireless-riding Xoom tablets it receives from users, rooted or not. They do say that you'll have a better chance at a successful upgrade if you reinstall virgin firmware, but they're still game to give it a try. They just can't make any guarantees.
- Western Digital just announced a monstrous deal to acquire one of its primary competitors, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Under the deal, which is a mix of $3.5 billion in cash and $750 million in WD common stock, the two will combine in a way that sees the Western Digital brand and headquarters surviving, while Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer of Hitachi GST, will join WD at closing as president.
- Following several reports of Facebook users announcing their intention to commit suicide online, Facebook and UK-based Samaritans.org have teamed up to allow users to report friends who may be considering suicide. Anyone worried about a friend can fill out a form that asks for the Facebook pages where the messages are posted, the user's name, and any networks or groups they may belong to. Suicide-related alerts will be escalated to the highest level, for attention by Facebook's user operations team.
- We've heard Verizon iPhone data speeds are slower than their AT&T iPhone competitors, and according to a new study by mobile analysis firm Metrico, they're even slower than we thought: The AT&T iPhone’s download speeds are about double the mean download speed of Verizon’s, although the latter's got the edge on call reliability. Metrico notes that average browser load time on both devices is about the same.
- The QT framework, owned by Nokia, is the heart and soul of Symbian and MeeGo development, two mobile OS's Nokia is de-emphasizing. So no surprise that Espoo is ditching the framework by selling the Qt commercial licensing and services business to Digia. Nokia assures us it will continue to invest in QT development. It can afford it too. Bloomberg reports today that Microsoft is paying Nokia in excesss of $1 billion for the WinPho7 deal that led to the Meego-Symbian demise.
- Stamp haters rejoice! The Swedish postal service plans to allow citizens to pay their postage via mobile phone text message instead of stamps. Users send a text and get a special code sent back. That code gets written down on the physical letter as proof of payment. No word on the official launch date, but a similar system is set to launch in Denmark April 1st. Sweden and Denmark say that people will still send letters, paying postage by mobile just makes it easier.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Pwn2own starts Wednesday at CanSecWest, WebKit just got patched, expect Safari to be patched before the contest. But Charlie Miller has pwned Safari three years running and seems confident he'll do it again.
- Hackers will have a chance to "pwn" IE8, Safari 5, Firefox 3, and Chrome 9 running on the latest hardware. Winners get cash prizes from a pool of $125,000, as well as laptops, including a 13" MacBook Air for the hacker that takes down Safari. Participants also have a chance to crack four different mobile platforms, including a Dell Venue Pro running Windows 7, an iPhone 4 running iOS, a Blackberry Torch 9800 running Blackberry 6 OS, and a Nexus S running Android.
- AOL closes Huffington Post acquisition
- HP Touchpad showed up on Amazon today... kinda
- Comscore numbers are out: upshot is they show Android in the lead in the US for the first time, overtaking BlackBerry OS. Just like Nielsen
"Regarding Windows Phone update issues -- Look, what do you know... the manufacturer having trouble with a phone update is Samsung. At least it sounds like they are not having as huge of a problem as they did with the android updates. I blame Samsung and will not buy another smart phone from them again. An the other hand, now that I have rooted the phone and flashed the bionix ROM, the phone is great... except for the GPS which because of hardware is not always great...
"I have a friend who used to pirate because he didn't have the money to buy the item. He later graduated college, got a good job, and then went back and bought most of what he pirated. This gave me an idea that maybe most pirating is done by the poor. If this is the case couldn't RIAA et al. start a charitable organization that would 'pay for' pirated work. Then they could count the loss of a pirated work as a tax write-off. This is especially beneficial because they could write of $100,000 for every $20 work. This may be a business model in itself...
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- Edited by: Jason
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