Tech News Today 198

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Episode 198


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.

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  • 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

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"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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