Tech News Today 230

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Episode 230

Tech News Today 230: I Want To Get Fired In Finland

Now VERIZON is down, PSN gets sued, Instagram exposes your location, and more.


Top Stories

  • From Apple: Software Update -- Sometime in the next few weeks Apple will release a free iOS software update that:
    • reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone,
    • ceases backing up this cache, and
    • deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.
  • In the next major iOS software release the cache will also be encrypted on the iPhone. We’re an engineering-driven company. When people accuse us of things, the first thing we want to do is find out the truth. That took a certain amount of time to track all of these things down. And the accusations were coming day by day. By the time we had figured this all out, it took a few days. Then writing it up and trying to make it intelligible when this is a very high-tech topic took a few days. And here we are less than a week later.

Discussion Stories

  • Nokia to cut thousands of jobs, outsource Symbian OS to Accenture
  • 3,000 employees transferred to Accenture to provide Symbian software development and support. 4,000 more jobs to be eliminated in phases. All will be paid through end of 2011. "Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company"
    • “This collaboration demonstrates our ongoing investment to serve our Symbian customers,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president for Smart Devices, Nokia. “As we move our primary smartphone platform to the Windows Phone platform, the transition of skilled talent to Accenture also shows our commitment to provide our Symbian employees with potential new career opportunities.”
  • Yahoo Sells Delicious To YouTube Founders
  • Delicious Blog Post on Sale
    • Delicious sold to Chad Hurley & Steve Chen, founders of YouTube thru a co called AVOS
    • Yahoo will run delicious until July 2011
    • Log in to Delicious, you'll have to agree to let Yahoo transfer your bookmarks. Opt-in only. If you don't agree to move, data will be wiped out
    • AVOS will continue Delicious service & will build a Firefox 4.0 extension (it's a ""top priority"" acc'g to Delicious FAQ)
  • PSN data leak cost could top $24 billion - Report
  • Sony sued for PlayStation Network data breach
  • Microsoft Warns of 'Modern Warfare 2' Phishing Attacks
  • Security experts: PlayStation Network breach one of largest ever
  • Ars readers report credit card fraud, blame Sony
  • Forbes estimates $318 lost per account, putting total cost at $24 billion. ---Patrick Seybold explains timing of announcements-- UK launching an inquiry into data breach, US Senator Blumenthal called on Sony to offer full disclosure to any user who's info was compromised. - Suit against Sony: Kristopher Johns, 36, of Birmingham, Ala., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    • Accuse Sony of not taking "reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users."
    • Seeking class action status
    • PSN breach affected over 75M users
  • "We learned there was an intrusion April 19th and subsequently shut the services down. We then brought in outside experts to help us learn how the intrusion occurred and to conduct an investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident. It was necessary to conduct several days of forensic analysis, and it took our experts until [April 25] to understand the scope of the breach."
  • Dr. Paul Judge, chief research officer and vice president of Barracuda Networks, says the PSN intrusion is "arguably the second largest data breach ever," trailing only 2009's Heartland Payment data breach, which impacted 175,000 merchants and millions of payment card transactions per month.

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science



"Hey TNT crew,

Daily watcher of the show, big time fan, and wanted to share this link. Sell promotion, I know, but thought it was important enough to send over. It's rather long winded I guess, but thought that most of it was necessary to explain what's going on.

As a short summary, I checked out an instagram photo I posted today to only realize that the public photo links give a fairly accurate Google map of the photo's location, even when you don't enter in a location or confirm that you want to share with Foursquare in the app. Doesn't ever show the location arrow to give the user some awareness in the status bar.

Maybe this is public knowledge and I'm a dumbass, but I had no idea that I was tweeting my location publicly for the last few months even when I didn't give a location to my Instagram photos. Fairly certain that Instagram added this map recently, but I don't know how recently. Never the less, with Apple's recent locationgate, thought that this was another example of why Apple needs to step to the plate and offer more disclosure of exactly what location data is being used in apps and by the device itself, because this scared the shit out of me and I'm a developer/relatively heavy iOS user.

Hope all is well guys, -Cameron "

"As requested....

When you take morphine

Poems flow forth like Sony

PSN data




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