Tech News Today 236

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Episode 236

Tech News Today 236: Rare Earth Deficit

The real scoop on the LastPass breach, Who's buying Skype, Google's surprising social strategy, and more!


Top Stories

  • LastPass Security Notification
  • LastPass Loses Passwords for 1.25 Million Customers to Hackers
    • Tuesday morning saw a network anomaly
    • Also noticed an anomaly in the opposite direction from a database
    • strong non-dictionary passwords should be OK.
    • Could be attempt to brute force
    • Making all accounts verify email and change passwords
    • Traffic swamping means the process is not working so well."We realize this may be an overreaction and we apologize for the disruption this will cause, but we'd rather be paranoid and slightly inconvenience you than to be even more sorry later." - LastPass Blog
    • 1. How likely is this a bad guy attack?
    • 2. what could it be if it wasn't an intrusion
    • 3. What are the real risks? What do I worry about?
  • Exclusive: Facebook and Google mull Skype deals
    • Reuters reports Facebook and Google considering partnership or acquisition of Skype
    • Facebook already has a partnership sending Facebook contacts and news items to Skype
    • Google competes with GTalk and Google Voice
    • Source reports Zuck has had internal discussions about acquiring Skype, another source says a joint venture has been proposed
    • Google has reportedly held early talks about a joint venture
    • Skype IPO is on the books for laster this year"

Discussion Stories

  • New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a subpoena to three of the company's business divisions--Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sony Network Entertainment, and Sony Online Entertainment.
  • CEO: EA will switch from discs to digital
  • Electronic Arts posts higher 4Q earnings, revenue
    • During EA earnigns call, CEO John Riccitiello said ""Over the coming years, we will transform EA from a packaged goods company to a fully integrated digital entertainment company. We're transforming EA to a games-as-a-service model."
    • "What we've been doing is stepping down investment against our core Packaged Goods business, and stepping up investment against Digital opportunity," Riccitiello said, according to the Seeking Alpha transcript. "In fact, this year, we're getting reasonably close to 50-50."
    • earned $151 million, or 45 cents per share, in the January-March period. That's up from $30 million, or 9 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.
    • EA's adjusted revenue, which accounts for deferred revenue from games with online components, was $995 million, up from $850 million a year earlier. On this basis, analysts were expecting revenue of $922.6 million.
    • The company said its digital revenue grew sharply, to $211 million from $144 million a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, digital revenue was up 72 percent for the quarter to $268 million.
    • Eric Brown, EA's chief financial officer, said the company continues to weigh more of its business to digital. In fiscal 2011, 22 percent of the company's business came from the non-packaged side.
  • Google’s Plan To Win Location & Social
  • Marissa Mayer explains Google’s social strategy, skeptical on Facebook
    • Google VP of location and local services Mariss Mayer spoke at Social-Loco conference in San Francisco.
    • 1. Exploration and discovery
    • 2. interactivity
    • 3. new perspectives
    • introduced Google Business Photos and Google Earth Android
    • Google’s location-based services are growing fast too. Google Places now has 5 million user ratings and reviews, and it adds 1 million ratings and reviews each month, Mayer said.""Our social strategy is to help users connect with each other,"

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science




"Good morrow Tom and the rest of the fine lords and ladies of TNT,

I am just watching Episode 235, in which the gang is talking about streaming music services such as spotify (which now has download "packages") You regularly talk about how you wish we had more streaming music services, but I am not sure I ever heard any mention of Rhapsody. I have used Rhapsody for a few years now, and it's great. You can stream what you want, anytime, or download as much as you want to your computer, iDevice, Android, whatever! It's a service that is available now, and has been available for several years, and have quite a massive library. Just sayin, maybe give Rhapsody a little love next time.

As Three-Dog says, "Keep fightin' the good fight."




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