Tech News Today 213
Recorded: April 4, 2011
Published: April 4, 2011
Tech News Today 213: Why Tim Stevens Is Engadget's EIC
We talk with new Engadget EIC Tim Stevens, Google's new patent defense, Spear Phishing for everyone, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Tim Stevens ( )
- AOL Confirms Tim Stevens as New Engadget Editor-in-Chief
- It's official: AOL Fires Freelancers
- A's fans buy Engadget's talent: Topolsky and friends to start new tech site at SB Nation
- Millions caught in e-mail breach
- Marketer's security blunder means headaches for TiVo, Chase users
- Millions of live e-mail addresses are thought to have been stolen in an attack on US marketing firm Epsilon. Epsilon said it had detected an incident in which "clients' customer data were exposed by an unauthorized entry into Epsilon's e-mail system".Best Buy, TiVo, Walgreens, Capital One, Citigroup J.P. Morgan Chase, Capital One, US Bank, McKinsey, Marriott, Kroger, Disney Destinations, the US College Board, and roughly 2,500 others.
- As an example of what can go wrong: Condé Nast Got Hooked in $8 Million Spear-Phishing Scam
- How to Defeat Lizamoon in One Easy Step
- Clean up begins after massive website attack
- The Lizamoon attack was first detected by security firm Websense on 29 March and initially the rogue domains were only showing up on about 28,000 websites.--- By late on 3 April, Google was reporting that more than four million webpages were showing links to the domains involved in the attack. the first rogue domain appearing on compromised sites was lizamoon.com. A further 27 domains were also used as re-direction points. ----- Trend Micro blocked just over 2,000 attempts to visit the domains.
- RSA Explains How It Was Hacked
- Spearphishing + zero-day: RSA hack not "extremely sophisticated"
- EMC to acquire NetWitness in wake of RSA cyberattack
- 2 groups of email sent to low-profile employees at RSA (HR, Finance...) the emails contained an Excel spreadsheet attachment entitled “2011 Recruitment Plans.” and were makred as junk. Just needed one employe to open the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet contained a flash movie and a Zero-day exploit that took advantage of a weakness in Adobe Flash, which has since been patched. Installed a RAT (Remote Administration/Access Tool/Toolkit/Trojan) called Poison Ivy -- They gathered login credentials from the relatively low-level accounts they compromised at first, including usernames, passwords, and domain information, then escalated their privileges to gain access to secure systems. --- They gathered what they wanted, collected it in a “staging area,” compressed it, and then downloaded via FTP. We still don't know what was taken.
- Did Sony CEO leak plans for iPhone 5 camera?
- Sony CEO tips Apple built-in camera plans, iPhone 5 delay possible?
- Stinger said something to the effect of: ""Our best sensor technology is built in one of the (tsunami) affected factories. Those go to Apple for their iPhones...or iPads. Isn't that something? They buy our best sensors from us?""---early on, he raised the irony of Sony supplying camera components for Apple devices. It ""always puzzles me,"" he said. "Why would I make Apple the best camera?" OmniVision has been providing the image sensors for the iPhone 4, but recent rumors have suggested that Apple was switching to Sony camera components for the iPhone 5. Word was Apple was looking at Sony's Exmor R 8MP sensors, which are found in the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Neo smartphones (the iPhone 4 has a 5MP sensor). AND THEN: Japan's Nikkei is quoting Sony chief executive, Sir Howard Stringer, saying that the company's first Android 3.0 tablet will be on sale by the end of summer. Better yet, it'll pop for retail in the US first, according to the report. -- Sony told Japanese site AV Watch that it will release the tablet before the end of this year.
- Anonymous targets Sony over Geohot suit
- PSN outages, Anonymous claims responsibility, Sony says "sporadic maintenance"
- WithinWindows.com is reporting that Microsoft is testing a new interface for Windows 8. Screenshots show a Ribbon similar to that in Microsoft Office in Windows Explorer, which is Microsoft's file browser application. Also seen is a new welcome screen which looks a lot like Windows Phone.
- Cabelevision introduced its new iPad app which gives subscribers VOD and 300 channels. Cablevision claims its app won't have the same problems as the Time Warner app since Cablevision already has contracts that would allow this kind of streaming. You can have up to three iPads registered, but only two will be able to stream video at the same time.
- Sprint is building its own service that allows for payments via NFC and it's supposed to roll out this year. The other wireless carriers, ATT and Verizion, have a competing NFC payment system called Isis, which won't launch until next year. Sprint is tinkering with a few ways to make money on this NFC system - it will be selling coupons and/or will target advertising to users.
- Last year, the FCC made some net neutrality rules that Verizon and MetroPCS both opposed in court. The wireless companies said the rules went "well beyond any authority provided by Congress." Those lawsuits have been tossed out! Is that because the Net Neutrality rules are bulletproof? Nope - not at all. The case was thrown out because of a timing issue, so expect a refiling of the suit soon.
- Twitter added some new enhancements to search that now let you actually find things. AS Engadget reports, you don't need the specific names of users, you can just search for what they post about. There's also an advanced search where you can add a smiley emoticon to get upbeat posts and a frownie to get sad ones.
- The Apple subscription scheme where Apple gets a cut of revenue from the publishers has some opposition in the form of the Financial Times. FT wants to sell its subscriptions directly to the consumer instead of using Apple App Store. It looks like these two are ready to have a staring contest. Who will blink first?
- A San Francisco ordinance states that cell phone packaging must include radiation level information right on the box. The CTIA is fighting this ordinance saying it conflicts with the First Amendment of the Constitution - particularly free speech. The CTIA is also arguing that giving this information to consumers will confuse them.
- Kevin Rose has gone public with his new company venture... it's called Milk. The company will be small to start - comprising of Rose and five others, one being Daniel Burka, former head of Design at Digg. Milk says its aim is to build mobile apps that solve industry problems. They're expected to try a slew of different concepts under the company name. Let's hope they don't discriminate against the lactose intolerant.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Larry Page takes over as CEO of Google today
- Coincidentally, SVP of product management Jonathan Rosenberg just resigned from Google. Rosenberg has been with Google since 2002.
- redsn0w untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1 released for Windows and OS X, lacks iPad 2 support
- April 4, 1975: Bill Gates, Paul Allen Form a Little Partnership
- AT&T makes you pay even more for iPhone
- Later this month Panasonic launches 100GB BD-RE XL discs (rewriteable Blu-ray discs)
- May 3rd - the voice to text service Jott is shutting down for good
"Hey TNT, You talked on Thursday's show about Google ""standardizing"" Android to keep the feel of the interface similar. Well, I am on Google's side.
Last November my family bought three Samsung Fascinates. I was told earlier this week from Verizon tech support the Fascinate may never get 2.2 because they can't get it to run smoothly with the extra bloatware they add tot he code (bloatware was my term, not theirs). At one point the rep even suggested that some people have installed unofficial versions of 2.2 on their Fascinates. He quickly back-peddled after I asked if a Verizon employee was recommending that I root my phone and void my warranty. As much as I love Android this is just one example of the problems with the OS being too fragmented.
-- Scott Hanson"
"In your recent episodes, you all have indicated preference for ""pure"" streaming option (where one does not upload one's own files to the cloud, but rather streams music in an unlimited fashion without ""owning"" the files, thanks to progressive licensing attitude from music labels).
In many cases, this is not the best option.
In my case, most of my music is from foreign sources (Asian Indian music) or old and obscure/discontinued vinyl or CD's that wont make it into the cloud because their publisher either does not exist, or is unlikely to ""cloudify"" its collection of songs. My MP3 files are the only way for me to listen to MY rare and unique collection of music.
Thus, I welcome Amazon's move and I hope Apple does something similar soon. I hope that the cost of hosting my MP3's comes down, though. I have about 1.5 TB of music and it is too expensive to put them all on to Amazon's cloud. So, the syncing process lives on, as far as I am concerned.
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