Tech News Today 227
Recorded: April 22, 2011
Published: April 22, 2011
Tech News Today 227: We Need More Boatloads
Samsung strikes back, Google gives up, Amazon and Sony stay down, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Darren Kitchen
- Samsung countersues Apple
- Samsung strikes back at Apple with ten patent infringement claims
- Florian Mueller from FOSS Patents has a great chart up
- Why Samsung went international
- 10 alleged infringements against iPhone and iPad, filed in South Korea (5), Japan (2) and Germany (3). Patents mainly involving power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology.
- Amazon Web Services Starting to Come Back Online but Problems Persist and Questions Unfold
- Amazon Says It’s “All Hands On Deck” As Cloud Troubles Enter Day Two
- Amazon.com’s real problem isn’t the outage, it’s the communication
- Amazon still struggling with its EC2 servers, but still updating AWS status site
- "8:49 AM PDT We continue to see progress in recovering volumes, and have heard many additional customers confirm that they're recovering. Our current estimate is that the majority of volumes will be recovered over the next 5 to 6 hours. As we mentioned in our last post, a smaller number of volumes will require a more time consuming process to recover, and we anticipate that those will take longer to recover. We will continue to keep everyone updated as we have additional information."**
- New site shows who is affected by the EC2 problem http://ec2disabled.com/"
- 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."
- 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.
- IP address can now pin down your location to within a half mile
- How People Broadcast Their Locations Without Meaning To
- Finding celebrity locations via Twitter — Celebrity Exif data mining
- And of course people are just giving away their location a lot: During a presentation at the computer security conference Source Boston, Ben Jackson of Mayhemic Labs and Larry Pesce, a senior security consultant with NWN, described the way photos taken by many phones are routinely encoded with latitude and longitude tags. Reserach report presented at USENIX earlier this month, researchers from Northwestern presented new methods for estimating location through IP address ----uses local businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions as landmarks, helping it achieve a median accuracy of just 690m—less than half a mile.
- Project Cafe: The Tech Behind Nintendo's Next Console
- Fresh Details About Wii 2’s Unusual Controller (And Why It Won’t Kill The Wii Remote)
- New, more powerful Nintendo console for $400?
- IGN: Dubbed Project Cafe, price $350-$400, ships from Foxconn in October, could retail as early as November. (price and ship date could be changed)----- revamped version of AMD's R700 GPU architecture, NOT AMD Fusion, 1080p with possible steroscopic 3D, custom triple-core PowerPC, Considering the name "Stream", about the size of original Xbox. Kotaku on the controllers: touchscreen, two analog sticks and a camera, screen 6.2 inches, 8 buttons, Project Cafe will still support Wiimote type controllers, wireless,
- 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)
- In case News.me and Trove weren't enough, now Google has a way for you to get personalized news. “News for You” will now include stories based on your news-related web history. The products also introduces Recommended Sections” in the side column that suggests topics you can add to your news page as custom sections, based on stories you’ve clicked on before.
- The PSP Go may not be as entirely gone as we thought. Sony Computer Entertainment America told Gamasutra the company will be “continuing production of PSP Go in North America.” Sony similarly ended production of the Walkman worldwide but kept production going longer in the US. But I would expect this to just be the death rattle of the PSP Go, not a resurrection.
- T-Mobile customers can relax a bit. A: the company won't be sold to AT&T at the earliest until 2012, and B: as part of their filing to the FCC, AT&T declared their intention to let T-Mobile customers keep their current rate plans, even if they upgrade to a newer AT&T phone. They'll also get free mobile-to-mobile calling and of course the "freedom" to switch to any AT&T plan anytime.
- Attendees of Google I/O usually get free stuff. This year Google is asking for them to give too. Google is asking I/O 2011 attendees for their unwanted, unlocked Android smartphones in a campaign dubbed "Android for Good." Donated devices collected at the event will be donated to charities in developing nations. Android Devices should be unlocked and in good working order.. What if you want to donate your iPhone?
- Want to rank high in Internet Freedom? Look to the Estonians. A report published by Freedom House has placed Estonia, the United States, Germany and Australia as the top 4 in Internet Freedom. Interestingly, Australia earned its rank by not doing something. Freedom House highlights the lack of actual censorship in Australia pointing out that the highly unpopular proposed ISP level censorship has been shelved since the 2010 Australian election.
- Yahoo might be seen as dead or dying in the tech press, but according to ComScore, more than 212 million Americans surfed the Web last month, and once again, Yahoo was their top destination, scoring nearly 180 million unique visitors. Google trailed Yahoo with more than 176.8 million unique visitors. Microsoft, Facebook, and AOL followed the search giant with 176.4 million, 153 million, and 118 million unique visitors, respectively.
- Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd. said Friday it's in talks with Hulu LLC about gaining paid access to the video website's content for users of its new tablet device, the PlayBook. "Hulu blocked access to its shows and movies from PlayBook users this week as part of its broader strategy to pretend like tablets aren't computers and somehow require you to pay for things you can get free on the laptop sitting next to it with a bigger screen.
- It turns out that Ivan Kaspersky may or may not have been kidnapped, but either way, he's safe now. Kaspersky Lab issued an official statement which neither confrimed nor denied the reports of Ivan Kaspersky's kidnapping, and rather gently asked the media to hold back on its speculation, and not to report on rumors and allegations. Russian tabloid Lifenews broke the story and also reported on a supposed release of the security firm founder's son.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Sprint’s Google Voice integration goes live today (ahead of its rumored Apr 26th launch)
- Happy 1st Birthday, Facebook Like button
- Today is the day when the White iPhone was stocked by Vodaphone UK
- Acer Iconia A500 Honeycomb tablet available for purchase at best Buy starting Sunday April 24
- The documentary "Life in a Day" created by YouTube users will hit theaters on July 24th
"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.
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