Tech News Today 229

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Episode 229

Tech News Today 229: Zuck's Young Bucks

Sony PSN outage reveals almost everything, SETI sends alien calls to answering machine, the FaceBox, and more.


Top Stories

  • Update on PlayStation Network and Qriocity
  • PlayStation hacker took user info
  • New theory on why PSN is down
    • theory on Reddit by a person claiming to be a PSX-Scene Moderator: PS3 custom firmware called Rebug released in March allowed users to spoof developer units and use fake credit card numbers to pirate PSN content, which some say led Sony to pull the plug on the entire network until the loophole could be closed.
    • PSN content includes tv, movies, full games
    • PSN is down for its 6th day" "Sony officially explains on PS blog:
    • "We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network."
    • "we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained."

Discussion Stories

  • Facebook Is Latest Rival to Groupon and LivingSocial
  • ChoozOn aggregates the deal aggregators
    • Facebook Deals launched today in 5 cities
    • Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco
    • You can "like" deals or post comments on the deal's FB wall
    • This is not FB's ""Check-in Deals"" launched last year (discounts when you checked in an area)" "- ChoozOn aggregates deal aggregation data from Groupon, other deal sites, and companies like Apple, Lego, and Walmart
    • Can monitor brands or categories
    • limited testing started today - Alpha
  • SETI: The Search for Extra Terrestrial Income
    • the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence is over due to budget issues
    • The Alien Telescope Array in Northern CA was shut down last Friday
    • There is a SETI Donation page if you want to give money to it directly: "Each dollar you donate buys 4 million channels scrutiny of a single world."


  • Nielsen Survey: Apple Slips In Desire Stakes To Android
  • Apple, Google leagues ahead in developer survey
    • Neilsen Study: 31.1% say they want next smartphone to be an Android device (up from 25.5% when polled in July-Sept 2010)
    • 30% said iPhone (down from 32.7%)
    • 20% said not sure
  • Appcelerator Quarterly survey: Apple still the leader in dev interest
    • 85% of devs very interested in writing for Android Phones (down 2%)
    • 71% devs very interested in writing for Android Tablets (down 3%)
    • 91% of devs very interested in writing for iPhone, 86% very interested in writing for iPad [down 1% each compared to January figures]
  • Xoom Sales Estimate: At Best a Dud, at Worst a Bomb
    • Estimates from Global Equities puts Xoom sales at 5-15% of all Xooms manufactured.
    • 500k-800k is the manufactured estimate
    • meaning 25k-120k Xooms sold

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science




"As a Blackberry owner , I'm wondering about your reaction to this new tablet and your opinion regarding whether AT&T will allow no charge bridging to it. Thanks, Russ Sent via BlackBerry "

"I'm a Sprint customer here in Fort Myers, FL and after making my Sprint number into my google voice number I haven't had any issues, just make sure to edit the Sprint line phone and make sure it's set to receive calls and text messages. And for those of you reading a shout out to all my fellow original Palm Pre users!!!

~ Justin Crittenden"

"Hey, guy. I also did the Google Voice Sprint integration deal on my EVO last week and have been having the same phone doesn't ring when someone calls, regardless of what type of network I'm on (cell, WiFi, etc). I also haven't been getting GV missed call notifications on my phone, but strangely enough they do come through on ny iPod Touch (when it's got an active WiFi connection). The missed calls show up in the missed call list on my phone, but no notification...

I've sent this feedback to Google as they provided a feedback link with my service invite. Luckily I don't get too many phone calls; if I depended on my phone for important calls the service would be nixed.




Production Information

  • Edited by: Alex
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