Tech News Today 227

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Episode 227

Tech News Today 227: We Need More Boatloads

Samsung strikes back, Google gives up, Amazon and Sony stay down, and more.


Top Stories

  • PSN Network still down (day 2)
  • Hackers Deny Involvement in PlayStation Network Outage
  • The PlayStation Network remains down, dev blames hackers
    • PSN down for second day
    • Error messages say ""PlayStation Network is currently undergoing maintenance."" or is ""suspended.""
    • Sony PS Blog: "we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running"
    • Anonymous is denying it caused this outage "For Once We Didn't Do It" with a blogpost, TL:DR version "Sony is incompetent."
    • Dev at Q-Games still blames hackers, says PSN is being DOS attacked. "We had a big free Easter weekend [PixelJunk] Shooter 2 unlock planned, but we had to give up on it because of the stupid hacker PSN DOS attack, idiots."

Discussion Stories

  • iPhone tracking: The day after [written by Pete Warden]
  • Apple, Google Collect User Data
  • Why and How Apple Is Collecting Your iPhone Location Data
  • Google: Of Course Our Location-based Services Require Your Location Info
    • Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden respond: note they cited previous research but apologize to Alex Levinson, note the usefulness of the data if it were with permission, believe it's more than just cell tower locations, thank OpenStreetMap. Security analyst Samy Kamkar, an HTC Android phone collected its location every few seconds and transmitted the data to Google at least several times an hour. It also transmitted the name, location and signal strength of any nearby Wi-Fi networks, as well as a unique phone identifier. Apple "intermittently" collects location data, including GPS coordinates, of many iPhone users and nearby Wi-Fi networks and transmits that data to itself every 12 hours, according to a letter the company sent to U.S. Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) last year. Collecting this data can improve location-aware applications and help cell systems route calls more efficiently. Google says it uses data to build traffic maps, and says it remains anonymous and deletes start and end points fo trips. However the IMEI seems to be transmitted along with the data.
    • Google stressed such services are optional and that even for those users that opt in, the information is not tied to a Google account or other personally identifiable information. The information is uniquely identified per device, but that unique identifier is an anonymized token.
  • Apple signs cloud deal with Warner Music
    • Sources say Google told labels they are now negotiating with Spotify to be a partner.
    • Sources also saying Apple signed deal with Warner (no official word out of either party)

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science



"On episode 226, the panel came to the conclusion that if you're worried about iPhone location tracking, then you *shouldn't* jailbreak. While I understand the rationale of that argument, I think it's worth mentioning that if you don't want that data to exist on your phone (in case of theft or if you don't agree with law enforcement being able to grab that data directly from the phone), being jailbroken is the only way to keep that data from being collected. Within 24 hours of this story breaking, there was an app called untrackerd in Cydia that continuously cleans the location data from consolidated.db.

- Justin Cardinal"

"Hi, I'm Ainal and I have recently begun to listen to your show from Malaysia. Usually in my car on my way to work.Or via Mediafly. You mentioned about the new organisations that was joining the Open Invention Network in your VD Day webcast. I think what prompted them to join is related to the sale of Novell to Attachmate. Part of this deal was the sale of 882 patents owned by Novell to CPTN Holdings LLC which is a consortium that includes Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC. This should have been interesting to observe because Novell probably owns many patents regarding networking and possibly Unix since it was a major tech player in the past. I am surprised how little attention was paid to this story. It was though, interesting enough to the DOJ for it to step in and demand changes to be made in the deal.

I've was a fan of TechTV back in the day and it's great to hear from familiar voices. Anyway, keep up the good work.

Ainal Saidin"



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