Tech News Today 232
Recorded: April 29, 2011
Published: April 29, 2011
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!
- 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.
- Behind The Scenes: Record Label Demands From Amazon
- Price war! Amazon launches 69-cent MP3 store for top-selling tunes
- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame App Makes People Actually Buy Music
- Post by MP3Tunes CEO Michael Robertson about Amazon's dealings with music industry
- Says Universal Music Group is concerned pirated tracks uploaded to locker, likens to laundering, wants only tracks that w/digital receipts to be uploadable (so wouldn't incl CD rips)
- Sony wants music loaded from 1 computer only, 1 emergency download of lockered music
- Warner Music: worried about multiple lockers shared to friends, wanted a central locker authority to administer locker assignments
- Labels want an annual per user fee
- Meanwhile: Amazon now pricing select top-selling tunes for 69 cents, down from 89 cents previously
- 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.
- Twitter Experimenting With New Text Ads
- Twitter putting text ads to right of timeline below Trends
- No real notices that it is an ad (unlike promoted tweets)
- She was dressed all in white, most think she looks beautiful, but sadly she's a little fat....
- White iPhone is 0.2mm thicker than black
- cases with tight tolerances may not fit
- The Royal Wedding set a couple of live streaming records today. Livestream.com said it had over 300,000 simultaneous viewers which is a record for them. An Akamai rep also said that the wedding beat the 2010 World Cup for most concurrent live streams.
- Microsoft's stock isn't the only thing giving Redmond problems. Windows Phone 7 updates to the Samsung Omnia 7 have been stopped due to a "technical issue." Previously, certain Omnia 7s were bricked by a Windows Phone update. Microsoft said its working on the problem, but there is no timeline yet.
- If you wanted to use two NVidia graphics cards in an SLI config, you'd have to get an Intel motherboard. Those days are over! Nvidia will license its SLI tech to motherboard makers that use AMD processors. Look at that - two competitors in the graphics card space learning to play nice together. Wacky.
- Intel released some specs for the next rev of its Atom processor codenamed Cedar Trail. The CPU and GPU will be a single die based on Intel's 32nm technology. The smaller process lets Intel boost clock speeds while conserving or even lowering the power needed to cool it. Cedar Trail will continue to use the same NM10 chipset as Oak Trail. Read up on more of the specs at anandtech.com.
- First Apple sued Sasmung over patent infringements related to the iPhone's look and feel. Then Samsung sued Apple over other patent infringements in several countries.Yesterday, Samsung decided to sue Apple in the U.S., too. This lawsuit revolves around - drumroll please - patents! Samsung says it has a patent on surfing the web while being on a phone call, which is something the GSM iPhone does. This legal battle is starting to look like a scene from a Tarantino movie where everyone has guns pointed at each other.
- Apple has begun adopting the "iCloud" name within several products currently under development, suggesting the appropriately labeled moniker is indeed the frontrunner for the company's soon-to-debut Internet cloud service. According to people familiar with the matter, Apple is prepping beta versions of both iOS 5.0 and Mac OS X Lion ahead of that integrate with "iCloud," letting users sync MobileMe like data and who knows maybe music too.
- Yankees suck... your data up... and email it out. Apparently. A sales rep for the New York Yankees accidentally e-mailed a spreadsheet containing account ids, names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and seat numbers of more than 21,000 season ticket holders to thousands of clients. All you need is an account ID number and a password to access an account on Yankees.com. The Bronx Bombers have sent a note to season ticket holders apologizing and assuring it will never happen again. 27 Rings!!
- Jeff Moss, a prominent computer hacker who founded the annual Black Hat and DefCon security conferences in Las Vegas, has been hired as the chief security officer for the organization that coordinates names of the world's Web sites. The Domain Name System has been in need of security overhaul and Moss can have a positive affect on those discussions. Moss, also serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's advisory council, and will start his new gig on Friday.
- Nexus S 2.3.4 update now available to early adopters via manual install
- ATT Bold 9700 and Curve 3G users get BlackBerry 6 today!
- AT&T's broadband data caps begin today. The new limits—150 GB for DSL subscribers and 250 Gigabytes for UVerse users
- HBO Go hits iOS and Android, free for subscribers
- Samsung has a couple of releases on Sunday: the Galaxy Tab 10.1v shipping on Vodafone Australia, and the Samsung Galaxy S II will be available in the UK
- The new limits on Spotify's free service go into effect in Europe on Sunday as well. Most free users will be limited to 10 hours of streaming per month and only five listens per track.
- Space shuttle launch delayed until Monday at the earliest
- On Monday the NASDAQ rebalancing takes effect. Apple will be the most affected by the move, with its weighting slashed nearly in half, though it will remain the largest component of the index.
- Starting July 1st, Microsoft Certification exams will cost $25 more, up from $125 to $150
- Formula 1 cars set to use electric energy coasting in and out of the pit lane to conserve energy starting in 2013, racing purists outraged already at at the thought of F1s breezing by silently. They're supposed to guzzle gas and make us deaf, you hippes!
- Intel touts 50Gbps interconnect by 2015, will make it work with tablets and smartphones too
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.
"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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