Tech News Today 206

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Episode 206

Tech News Today 206: OMG FYI LOL In OED

Text donations to Japan delayed by carriers, Google Music gets a little more real, the PlayBook gets Android apps, and more.



  • Hack Obtains 9 Bogus Certificates for Prominent Websites; Traced to Iran
  • Delay in disclosing SSL theft put Iranian activists at risk, says researcher
    • March 15 attack against Comodo Group (certificate authority) compromised a partner account (Registration Authority in Southern Europe) , requested 8 SSSL certs for six domains (,,,,, Attack has been traced to an IP address in Iran. Attacker created a ninth cert for a domain of her own.--only the yahoo cert was used, attackers tried to test it using a second Iranian IP. Comodo CEO Melih Abdulhayoglu said the certs would only be useful if you had access to DNS. State-sponsored attackers ar emost likely in that scenario. "By keeping this quiet for eight days, Comodo and others put lives at risk," said Appelbaum, referring to Iranian anti-government activists who may have been redirected to fake sites and thus revealed their identities and plans. "They were completely unable to protect themselves during that time. Users should have had this information sooner." - Jacob Applebaum
  • Wireless carriers delay paying Japan's text-to-give donations
    • a text donation will take as long as three months to get to the relief agency. wants you to help put pressure on and wireless carriers such as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to speed things up. A petition asks these organizations to follow the precedent they set for Haiti and send the text donations to Japan immediately.

Discussion Stories

  • Google begins testing Google Music internally
    • Two weeks ago someone writing at the XDA Developers forum claimed to have accidentally discovered Google Music after installing the Honeycomb version of the Android operating system on a phone. - and apparently that was real. "Google is negotiating for the right to store users' existing music libraries on the company's servers", the sources said.

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science




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Production Information

  • Edited by: Jason
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