Tech News Today 239
Recorded: May 10, 2011
Published: May 10, 2011
Tech News Today 239: No Does Not Mean "Not Now"
Jump the Grand Canyon with a jetpack, all the Google news broken down, Facebook leaks data like a sieve, and more!
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Google announces music streaming in beta, movie rentals for Android
- Movie rentals hit Android Market: available now for the browser, coming soon for phones and tablet
- YouTube and Google Movies rentals can be consumed on either platform
- Google's Music Beta
- A First Look at Google Music Beta
- Google Music Is "Completely Legal", But Label Cooperation Would Make It Better
- Music beta by Google
- Listen to music on any device, stored in the cloud
- Music Manager, program for windows and mac
- Instant Mix, a Pandora function
- Android music for tablet
- cache recently played music
- can select albums, playlists and artists to make offline
- Roll out in stages, invitation only by US users
- 20,000 songs in library, free while in beta
- any android 2.2 device will work even while waiting invite" "-Movie rentals get a tab in Android market (rentals start at $1.99)
- 24 hours to complete viewing
- across devices
- pin a movie to a device to store locally, for viewing offline
- phone app to 2.2 phones in "a couple weeks"
- Jamie Rosenberg, Google's director of digital content said that Google wanted to launch a music store at the same time as the Google Music service, but the company got hung up in negotiations with a couple of major labels
- Google announces Android Ice Cream Sandwich will merge phone and tablet OSes
- Google announces Android 3.1, available on Verizon Xoom today
- Google TV getting Android 3.1 Honeycomb, Android Market
- Google promises Android updates will get better, new devices will get updates for 18 months (update: partners still figuring out how it’ll work)
- Android 3.1 - comes to Verizon Xoom 3G customers today
- scroll through tasks
- resize widgets
- Android devices can act as USB hosts (control with game controllers, etc..)
- Coming to Google TV this summer, including Android market
- New TV coming from Sony, Vizio, Samsung, Logitech
- Ice Cream Sandwich is next Android os
- One OS everywhere tablets, phones, everywhere
- Advanced app framework
- All open source
- Head-tracking software
- Virtual camera operator (facial recognition - switches between who's
- New guidelines for android updates working with Open Handset alliance members
- new devices will get updates for 18 months after launch if hardware allows
- Google announces Accessory Development Kit and Android @ Home
- Android Open Accessory - platform support for open accessories
- open accessory reference design (ADK for android accessory development kit)
- based on Arduino
- No NDAs, no approval process, no fees
- Android at home
- Android at Home Framework, open wireless protocol
- Home control
- Partnering with Lighting Science - first LED lightbulbs
- Project Tungsten, connects to speakers and home stereo system
- Android Open Accessory - platform support for open accessories
- Microsoft to Acquire Skype
- Skype Confirms: We're Coming to Xbox, Outlook, Windows Phone & More
- Analysis: Investors slam Microsoft's Skype deal
- WSJ: Microsoft to buy Skype for $7bn. Rest of world: for real?
- Investor Silver Lake Defends Skype’s $8.5 Billion Acquisition Price
- Did Microsoft overpay for Skype? Hell yes — by $4.5 billion
- Ballmer to Skype Fans: You Can Trust Us
- Microsoft will buy Skype for $8.5B in cash (no stock) Biggest acquisition ever for MS.
- Skype will support Xbox & Kinect, Windows Phone,
- MS ""will connect Skype users with Lync (formerly Office Communication Server) , Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities""
- Skype becomes a new business div w/in MS. Skype CEO Tony Bates --> ""President of the Microsoft Skype Division"" reports directly to Steve Balmer" "Background:
- Skype launched in 2003
- Skype bought by eBay in 2005 for $2.5B
- Silver Lake bought 65% of Skype in 2009 for $2B
- Skype lost $7M last year, revenue $860M
- Long-term debt of $686 million
- “We’re irrepressible,” said Ballmer. “This Skype acquisition is completely consistent with our ambitious, forward-looking, irrepressible nature. Microsoft and Skype will bring together hundreds of millions — or as Tony said, billions! — of consumers and empower them to connect in new and interesting ways. It’s core to our mission, and it’s core to our technology direction.”
- Senators press Apple, Google for answers about location tracking
- Senate Hearing On Mobile Privacy Marked By Confusion, Distractions
- Apple responds to Rep. Markey on location
- DOJ wants wireless providers to store user info
- Microsoft stops tracking specific Windows Phones
- Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
- Apple VP of Software Technology Guy ""Bud"" Tribble and Google Director of Public Policy Alan Davidson
- Tribble repeated previous Apple statements about how the cell tower/wifi hotspot database is used. Emphasized that all apps must get user permission for location data, and emphasized Apple products do not track users.
- Davidson stressed their tracking is opt-in and pointed out Apple has fixed the bug that prevented users form opting out
- Jason Weinstein, the deputy assistant attorney general for the criminal division, advocated requiring mobile companies to collect and store info like IP addresses
- Jessica Rich, deputy director of the FTC's bureau of consumer protection - A company should adopt a policy of ""not collecting or retaining more data than they need to provide a requested service or transaction,""
- Separate from the hearing, Bruce Sewell, Apple's general counsel and senior vice president of legal and government affairs, the company addressed seven questions from Rep. Markey
- Microsoft has stopped identifying specific Windows Phone handsets when it collects location data from them, and will soon stop any unique device identifiers at all being sent to its location services, the company said yesterday.
- Facebook caught exposing millions of user credentials
- Consumer Reports: Facebook has 7.5 million underage users
- Facebook apps may be sharing more than you think
- Symantec claims Facebook has leaked millions of users' photos, profiles, and other personal info because of a year-old bug
- Apps use access tokens to peform certain actions on behalf of the user (like wall posts)
- For years, many apps that rely on an older form of user authentication turned over these keys to third parties, giving them the ability to access information users specifically designated as off limits.
- The Symantec researchers said Facebook has fixed the underlying bug, but they warned that tokens already exposed may still be widely accessible.
- Facebook users can close this potential security hole by changing their passwords, which immediately revokes all previously issued keys.
- Apps that use authentication that predates OAUTH leak access tokens in URLs that work indefinitely." "- About 7.5 million active Facebook users are lying about their age -- they're younger than 13. And among those preteens, more than 5 million are under 10, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey
- Anon: Group didn't hack Sony, but members may have
- Audio statement for Anonymous
- Audio statement was posted online today at Anonops.blogspot.com,
- While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves, AnonOps was not related to this incident and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened,
- Consumers will get emergency alerts for hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters on their cellphones as part of a new alert network to be announced Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission. The Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN) will allow emergency officials to send geographically targeted text messages to cellphones in areas where danger threatens. New York will receive the rollout first, followed by Washington DC.
- Internal docs leaked to TMoNews.com indicate that starting May 11th free WiFi calling will go live for T-Mobile users, allowing calls to be made on home networks w/o using in-plan minutes. T-Mobile users will be notified via text message when WiFi calling is live. Also leaked were new features supposed to be coming May 22nd, including Name ID, a more info-rich caller ID system, and Voicemail to text.
- Adobe has unveiled a new demo web browser that exists solely to demonstrate the company’s proposed CSS Regions layout tool.Regions is a set of CSS layout tools that make it easy to build complex, print-style layouts on the web — think text that flows around circular regions, or text structured into shapes. If Adobe can convince browser makers and the W3C to get onboard with the idea, web design might come into reach of even phillistines like Tom.
- Did you download "The Expendables" via BitTorrent? Well sit down, we have some bad news to tell you. The U.S. Copyright Group had already obtained permission to get information from ISPs about downloaders of the movie and will be sending out subpoenas next week. The group is suing 23,000 people from lots of different ISPs including Alltell, ATT, Comcast, Optimum Online, and Verizon. Wired has a list of the IP addresses up if you want to see if you may be sued.
- A new report out of the NPD Group says that iPads really aren't responsible for cannibalizing sales of PCs. Nearly 75% of iPad purchasers weren't thinking even iPad or PC -- in other words, they just wanted an iPad. Only 14% of iPad purchasers saw it as a choice between the tablet and a PC. NPD also credits the iPad with bringing lot of money to the PC category thanks to sales of iPad accessories.
- Paperback books are getting their butts kicked by ebooks (if paperback books had butts, that is). Talking at the World E-Reading Congress, HarperCollins CEO Victoria Barnsley said the company's ebook sales were growing 5-10% week on week, but the paperback fiction market is down 7%. Barnsley places the poor sales of paperbacks squarely on ebooks.
- DoubleTwist added a new trick to its Android media player - squirting! An update to their Android app will allow you to send media by tapping two Andorid phones with NFC together. DoubleTwist calls this "doubleTap," and it will work with songs and video files as well. Photo sharing is coming soon.
- Yesterday we told you about chaos breaking out when someone tried to jump the line in an Apple store in Beijing. Chaos as in, people were hurt and glass was broken, and now Apple has compensated a consumer who was injured in the fracas. Ding Wencheng received about $3,080 since he was allegedly assaulted by an Apple Store employee. He just wanted a white iPhone 4, but 3000 bucks ain't bad.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Images sent to Joystiq by a Microsoft tech support employee tell some exciting stuff: Xbox 360 Spring 2011 update launches May 19 and will roll out through May 30th, adds PayPal support; Avatar Kinect coming May 27
- Blizzard's Aiming For Q3 2011 for Diablo 3's External Beta Testing, says Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime, but stresses this date is not official yet. No word on how big the beta testing group will be yet.
"Greetings from Sweden again,
When the first news about problems at the PlayStation appeared, I didn't think much about, since I'm way too old for that sort of thing. Until I realized that without the PSN I can't watch Giants games via my son's PS3 on our home TV!
Of course I can still watch them on my iPad, which is nice, but that isn't the same thing. The first few days of the outage it didn't matter so much because the Giants were losing. But I really wanted to see those games the Rockies!
Just want to point out that there might be other repercussions of Sony's problems than those one might first think of.
George Wood Radio Sweden"
"Hello Tom, Jason and crew,
This is a response to the emailer who wanted to stream podcasts at 2x rate. There is an app for the iPhone called Podcaster that can stream audio and video podcasts at 2x rate. I thought I would mention this so you can pass it on to listener.
Have a great show, Almerica (pronounced Al-Merica)."
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