Tech News Today 198
Recorded: March 13, 2011
Published: March 13, 2011
Tech News Today 198: I Have A Light Leak Problem
Live from SXSW: The great Engadget exodus, Twitter blows off devs, Google's latest social network, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Brian Brushwood ( )
- Jonathan Strickland
- Baratunde Thurston ( )
- Judge denies request to throw out order seeking WikiLeaks Twitter records
- Judge Theresa Buchanan, in the Eastern District of Virginia, ruled that because the government was not seeking content of the Twitter accounts in question, the subjects did not have standing to challenge the government’s request for the records. Government sought full contact details for the accounts (phone numbers and addresses), IP addresses used to access the accounts, connection records (“records of session times and durations”) and data transfer information, such as the size of data file sent to someone else and the destination IP. for Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland’s parliament; Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks; Bradley Manning, suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks; WikiLeaks’ US representative Jacob Appelbaum; and Dutch businessman and activist Rop Gonggrijp. Jonsdottir and Gonggrijp helped WikiLeaks prepare a classified US Army video that the site published last April.
- Twitter tells third-party devs to stop making Twitter client apps
- On the developer's mailing list, Ryan Sarver of Twitter's platform team said developers should no longer attempt to build conventional Twitter client applications.---claims over 90 percent of Twitter's audience is now using a client built by the company rather than a third-party offering such as TweetDeck or Seesmic. -- adjusting terms of service to reflect the stricter requirements."We need to move to a less fragmented world, where every user can experience Twitter in a consistent way. This is already happening organically--the number and market share of consumer client apps that are not owned or operated by Twitter has been shrinking," wrote Sarver. "Developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no."Well-established third parties (like presumably TWeetDeck for instance0 can continue to develop their software but no new entrants, please. The changes to the terms of service that were introduced today prevent third-party developers from displaying data from alternate services alongside data from Twitter's APIs. The intention is to block developers from presenting their own trending topics or follower recommendations in Twitter client applications.
- Why Twitter Should Think Twice About Bulldozing the Ecosystem
- leak, yellowing affecting some iPad 2 users
- Inside the iPad2: 50% better browsing performance
- iPad 2 ship times reach 3 to 4 weeks
- Report: AT&T already shipping iPad 2
- Egyptian blogger Hossam Arabawy came into possession of a CD from a raid on an Egyptian Security Agency and has been uploading a set of Secret Service officer pics to Flickr for the past week. Arabawy posted on his on blog that Flickr removed the photos, citing copyright infringement. Flickr says their guidelines prevent users from posting pictures that are not their own work. One Flickr community member thinks this is disingenuous.
- While it's not as important as the human cost, Japan's tech industry is taking a hit after the earthquake. The supply of flash memory chips, will likely be affected by the earthquake in Japan, according to a report by Objective Analysis, a firm that does semiconductor-related market research. Over 40 percent of the world's NAND flash and roughly 15 percent of the world's DRAM are manufactured in Japan. This could slow down delivery of many products.
- An Engadget reader spotted an image at the Hulu's website, showing an image of a Samsung Nexus S (which comes with Android 2.3) and the words "select Android 2.2 devices" and "Coming soon" Hulu is most likely waiting for implementation of DRM, the same thing that delayed Netflix on Android. But if this ends up being true, could Google TV be far behind?
- Twitter has a probation officer. The Federal Trade Commission has accepted a settlement with Twitter over its 2009 security breaches. The FTC said that Twitter had "serious lapses in the company’s data security," and as a result, Twitter must implement and maintain a "comprehensive information security program" that will be independently evaluated every other year for 10 years. Twitter is also barred from misleading consumers about its security practices for 20 years.
- Netflix is geeting closer and closer to passing HBO in subscribers. No wonder Time Warner's so pissy about Netflix. According to SNL Kagan, HBO dropped 75,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter, down to 28.2 million. Meanwhile Netflix gained 7.7 million subscribers and shot past the 20 million mark leaving Showtime and Starz behind them.
- Like so many phones before it, the Samsung Galaxy S II aka GT-i9100 hit the FCC for authorization and revealed some juicy tidbits about itself. It supports 850MHz and 1900MHz GSM frequencies making it most likely to be an AT&T phone, and possibly have a Canadian version. It also shows 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, meaning it'll almost certainly come with dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Mobile Giving: A List Of Shortcodes To Donate To Japan
- Apple now taking Red Cross donations through iTunes for Japan relief fund
- No show tomorrow in observance of International Pi day, 3.14
- The official launch for users of Internet Explorer 9 is, Monday, March 14th at 9:00 PM Pacific Time.
- HP holding a press event March 14 - not touchpad?
- Samsung Galaxy Tab's WiFi-only version rumored to cost $399, arrive on April 4th
- Google ships last Cr-48 laptop 'for now,' partner Chrome OS devices still on track for summer
"Hi Guys, Just been listening to TNT here in Hokkaido, Japan.
Social and new media has been playing a big part in the events of the past few days here. Twitter and social networks like mixi and facebook are helping people make contact with family and friends while phones and normal pathways are out of order. Skype has proved useful for many while regular phone calls can't be made. People are retweeting advice for people with no tv or radio like nobody's business.
Some TV stations have been using online streaming (eg FujiTV has been using UStream) to broadcast their live stream and get information out to folk who can't get a tv signal due to power cuts to transmitters etc.
All in all old media and new media are coming together to give necessary information the best chance possible to get to those who need it most.
Personally facebook and twitter have been great for letting family and friends in the UK know I am safe and sound without getting 1001 different emails to reply to, and to confirm members of our organisation are safe and relay that information home.
John O with OMF International in Japan. @flat3d"
"TNT, I was chatting with my mom on Skype when the earthquake hit. My mom was able to send in 3 mgs to me saying they were having an earthquake before we were disconnected. I had no way of knowing if she was alive or dead. Luckily, she called me on her cell phone 30 minutes later to tell me she was still alive. That was the last time I talked to her for almost a day because cell phone service was spotty & power was not restored for 12 hrs. I put a message on her facebook page telling everyone that she's okay in case anyone went there for their information. Earlier today I video chatted with my parents on Skype to get updates from them because cell phones were still unreliable. If I hadn't been chatting with her that night, I would've woken up Friday morning finding out about the earthquake for the first time. Skype alleviated a lot of my fears and concerns and it didn't cost me a dime. Thank you Skype! Reith from Silverdale, WA"
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