Tech News Today 210

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Episode 210

Tech News Today 210: Go Robots

Should government broadband be illegal? Samsung installs secret keyloggers, the robots ride to the rescue in Fukushima, and more.



  • Cable-backed anti-muni broadband bill advances in North Carolina
    • North Carolina bill called the "Level Playing Field/Local Govt Competition act" has passed the NC House of Representatives. Makes it difficult for municipalities in the state to operate competitive ISPs. According to Rep. Bill Faison, ""Let's be clear about whose bill this is. This is Time Warner's bill." Tennessee's city owned EPB Fiber Optics service now advertises 1,000Mbps. Wilson, North Carolina's Greenlight Community Network, which offers pay TV, phone service, and as much as 100Mbps Internet . Time Warner's Road Runner plan advertises "blazing speeds" of 15Mbps max to Wilson area consumers.
  • Google bringing ultra high-speed broadband to Kansas City, Kansas
  • Background on the Google broadband (1 Gbps)
    • Google signed a development agreement with the city, and we’ll be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a next-generation web experience to the community.-----Plan to offer service starting in 2012
  • Verizon to install 100 gigabit network in U.S.
    • Upgrade segments of the backbone by the end of the second quarter The upgrade to 100G will happen in three segments: Chicago to New York, Sacramento to Los Angeles, and Minneapolis to Kansas City.

  • Samsung notebooks found shipping with keyloggers
  • Samsung responds to installation of keylogger on its laptop computers
    • Mohamed Hassan, founder of NetSec Consulting, discovered StarLogger software on Samsung laptops with model numbers R525 and 540 after running security scanning software on the systems after he bought them last month, he writes in a guest column in Network World posted today. The supervisor who spoke with me was not sure how this software ended up in the new laptop thus put me on hold. He confirmed that yes, Samsung did knowingly put this software on the laptop to, as he put it, "monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used."
  • Vanity Fair Excerpt
    • Mr. Allen says he eavesdropped on a discussion in the Microsoft offices in Bellevue, Wash., between Mr. Gates and Steve Ballmer, now the company's CEO, in which he heard the two men talking about Mr. Allen's recent lack of productivity and how they might dilute his equity in the company by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders. Mr. Allen said he burst into the room and confronted Messrs. Gates and Ballmer, both of whom later apologized to him and backed down from their plan. "While my recollection of many of these events may differ from Paul's, I value his friendship and the important contributions he made to the world of technology and at Microsoft," Mr. Gates said in a written statement.

Discussion Stories

  • Dell: Apple iPad Will Lose to Android, Windows Tablets
  • Dell's Andy Lark bashes the iPad, points out far-fetched figures instead of actual flaws
  • Dell head of global marketing Andy Lark in a recent chat with CIO Australia. - "I couldn't be happier that Apple has created a market and built up enthusiasm but longer term, open, capable and affordable will win, not closed, high price and proprietary," said Lark. "[Apple has] done a really nice job, they've got a great product, but the challenge they've got is that already Android is outpacing them." "An iPad with a keyboard, a mouse and a case [means] you'll be at $1500 or $1600; that's double of what you're paying," he claimed. "That's not feasible.... Apple is great if you've got a lot of money and live on an island. It's not so great if you have to exist in a diverse, open, connected enterprise; simple things become quite complex." Turns out he meant New Zealand Dollars which makes it about $1219.04 US.
  • Tablets might be a flash in the pan: Microsoft global chief strategy officer
  • Way to Sell Those Windows 7 Tablets, Craig
    • Speaking at a lunch held in Sydney by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA),Microsoft's global chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie -- I think there’s an important distinction–and frankly one we didn’t jump on at Microsoft fast enough–between mobile and portable,” he said. “Mobile is something that you want to use while you’re moving, and portable is something that you move and then use. These are going to bump into one another a little bit and so today you can see tablets and pads and other things that are starting to live in the space in between. Personally I don’t know whether that space will be a persistent one or not.”

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science




"Hi TnT,

In episode 209, Sarah compared tech analysts to meteorologists and claimed that what they do essentially the same things - make guesses and then just ""revise their outlooks"" when things don't match up. I am not a meteorologist but as a fellow scientist, I would like to take exception to this. Meteorology is based on extremely complex and computationally intensive weather models whereas most tech analysts' predictions are based on pulling claims out of a certain body part. Obviously, both occupations have prediction errors but those in meteorology stem from pushing the boundaries of science whereas those in tech analysts' world come from rumors and half-baked thinking.

I know Sarah was only being half serious and I might be being pedantic but I thought it fair to point this out.

Love the show, Nitin"

"Hi all

I was just listing to the march 29 episode on the way to work and tome mentioned mp3tunes being gone. Just in case no one else mentioned in, they have not died. When I bought a roku box I had that chance to signup and authorize the roku app to use mp3tunes. This gave me a 20gb locker to store music and video. There is a app, airband, that let's you play your music on iOS devices. It is still a bit primitive but functions well. You can also use the pc sync app to keep it updated and tie a couple systems together. I use dropbox for my document moving service and mp3tunes for my ""most wanted tunes"" for online access. That way I can keep more space on the iPad for TNT!

Thanks for always being interesting.

jerry coffey"




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