Tech News Today 232

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Episode 232

Tech News Today 232: Everything's Down

Google sued over geolocation, music industry's crazy MP3 locker demands, she looked beautiful in white but is a bit fat, and more!


Top Stories

  • Google sued over Android data location collection
  • Cellphone Companies Defend Privacy Practices
  • Verizon says it will put location warning labels on all phones sold
    • Google sued by 2 Michigan women, Julie Brown and Kayla Molaski, filed in US District Court in Detroit, seeking class action status
    • Seeks $50M & stop Google from selling phones w/ software that can track a user's location
    • Joe Barton (R., Texas) and Rep. Edward Markey (D., Mass) after the lawmakers asked the four main U.S. wireless carriers to explain their policies for collecting and storing location data.--The carriers–AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA–said they seek subscribers’ consent before tracking their location, but said they can’t control how applications developed by third parties use location information that the carriers don’t provide.
    • Google acknowledged last week that it collects location information--including GPS current location, timestamps, nearby Wi-Fi network addresses, and device IDs--from Android devices but said it was opt-in and not traceable to a specific individual.
    • Vz will be placing a warning label on ALL phones sold, label says the device can track your location and if you want to change that, access the user guide
  • Hackers claim to have stolen PSN credit card info
  • Sony Plans ‘Goodwill Gesture’, Says PSN Cloud Saves and Trophies ‘Intact’
  • FBI investigating PSN hack; Sony looking into compensating users
  • Governments press Sony on PlayStation breach
    • Credit card info stolen from PSN is on the black market
    • Kevin Stevens, a security expert with TrendMicro said in a tweet today he had seen discussions on online forums in which the purported hackers were offering to sell a database of 2.2 million Sony customer credit card numbers stolen during the PSN attack.
    • Sony was allegedly offered a chance to buy the data back but declined.
    • Internet security blogger Brian Krebs noticed similar activity and posted screenshots
    • "The FBI is aware of the reports concerning the alleged intrusion into the Sony online game server and we have been in contact with Sony concerning this matter," special agent Darrell Foxworth told Kotaku. "We are presently reviewing the available information in an effort to determine the facts and circumstances concerning this alleged criminal activity."
    • Sony Q&A #2 on PS Blog
    • Sony says download history, friends lists, settings, trophies, and PS+ cloud stuff are all not affected.
    • "To thank players for their patience, we will be hosting special events across our game portfolio," SOE said in a statement. "We are also working on a 'make good' plan for players of the PS3 versions of DC Universe Online and Free Realms. Details will be available soon on the individual game websites and forums." "We are currently evaluating ways to show appreciation for your extraordinary patience as we work to get these services back online."
    • As a follow up I called Citi Bank to add to my affidavit that I believe this was caused by the playstation hacking. They phone rep said they had been sent a list of affected credit cards from Sony and I didn't need to do more. I know it is hearsay but still intriguing. -sachmo jones
  • Amazon Web Services apologizes, promises better communication, transparency
  • Summary of the Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS Service Disruption [Dense read]
    • Slightly easier to read explanation
    • Amazon apologises and admits it needs to focus on better communications.
    • Amazon is providing a 10 day credit for 100 percent usage for elastic block stores (EBS).
    • Oversimplification: During a network capacity upgrade, primary traffic was shifted to the wrong router (not on the primary network but a lower capacity redundant router), which couldn't handle the traffic. This swamped connections disconnected the primary and secondary networks and isolated nodes. When connection was restored nodes were cut off from their mirrors and all started trying to mirror themselves at once, causing them to get stuck in a loop. when they couldn't find space. This began to deny 'create volume' request from the API which then began to back up and swamp the API. Eventually they were able to stop the cascade and began the process of trying to recover the stuck nodes which presented a whole other raft of problems, partly solved by having to install large amounts of new storage space.

Discussion Stories

  • Microsoft stock in biggest one-day fall since 2009
  • Boom: Apple More Profitable Than Microsoft
    • MSFT down 3% to $25.92, was down 4% which would have been the biggest drop since 2009.
    • Apple is the most valuable U.S. tech company at $321 billion, Microsoft is second at $225 billion and IBM is third at $207 billion. Apple now rakes in not just more in sales, but more net income per quarter than Microsoft. MSFT Thursday posted net income of $5.2 billion Last week Apple reported net income of $6.0 billion.

News Fuse




"Hi Guys

You were talking the other day about public / private wifi and how difficult it would be for the average user to set up. There was mention of a specialist ISP which had set this up.

BT, one of the major ISPs in the UK, operates something similar for the majority of its connections by default. You have to opt out if you don't want it. If you remain part of the programme, you give up a little but of bandwidth but in return you get free access to all their commercial wifi hotspots (of ehich rhere are thousands) and free access to all BT broadband connections which haven't opted out. Ok, to do this they give you a custom wifi router but then so do so many ISPs. Surely this has to be the way forward?

Great show, keep up the hard work.

Andrew London"

"You guys seemed to have missed the recent Supreme Court ruling affecting class action lawsuits (or maybe I just missed your discussion of it)?


Seems especially relevant given the problem with the PSN. The term "class action" has come up again and again in your discussions the past few days, but these might soon be a thing of the past...

Mark from Pasadena"



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