Tech News Today 242
Recorded: May 13, 2011
Published: May 13, 2011
Tech News Today 242: Kick In The Joystick
Osama bin Laden's sneakernet, patent trolls after in-app purchases, Carol Bartz on the outs? Amazon's new tablets?, and more!
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell
- LimeWire settles with RIAA for $105 million
- Lime Wire founder Mark Gorton and his file-sharing company have agreed to compensate the four largest record labels by paying them $105 million.
- RIAA once argued for $75 Trillion, an amount the court found absurd. But Gorton could hav been found liable for as much as 1.4 billion. (maximum under the law)
- Gorton's assets include $100M in an IRA, his home in Manhattan valued at over $4M. Gorton also operates a hedge fund and a medical-software company." "We are pleased to have reached a large monetary settlement following the court's finding that both Lime Wire and its founder Mark Gorton are personally liable for copyright infringement," said Mitch Bainwol, chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). "As the court heard during the last two weeks, Lime Wire wreaked enormous damage on the music community, helping contribute to thousands of lost jobs and fewer opportunities for aspiring artists."
- Lodsys Threatens to Sue App Store Developers Over In-App Purchases and Upgrade Links
- iOS developers face legal threats over Apple's in-app purchase system
- Patent-holding firm Lodsys has sent several iOS app developers complaints accusing the devs of patent infringement
- Complaints related to U.S. Patent No. 7222078, entitled ""Methods and Systems for Gathering Information from Units of a Commodity Across a Network
- Devs are consulting with Apple since they use Apple's in-app purchase system
- The invention is credited to Dan Abelow, though his portfolio of patents were sold to Lodsys in 2004."
- Final Fantasy maker Square Enix hacked
- "We immediately took the sites offline to assess how this had happened and what had been accessed, then took further measures to increase the security of these and all of our websites, before allowing the sites to go live again."
- Email addresses of up to 25,000 customers and resumes of 350 Canadians have been stolen
- The two sites, EidosMontreal.com and DeusEx.com both had the message "Owned by Chippy1337" as well as several other known hacker names, including Xero, XiX and Venuism
- Blogger is back
- Google's Blogger outage makes the case against a cloud-only strategy
- Blogger down for 20.5 hours
- Some posts temporarily removed, now being restored
- Outage apparently caused by data corruption during a maintenance update
- Yahoo shares sink on worries about Alibaba stake
- Alibaba says Yahoo was told of Alipay deal in 2009
- Yahoo Is Quietly Looking For Carol Bartz's Replacement
- surprise disclosure by Yahoo on Tuesday that Alibaba had spun off its online payment service, Alipay.
- caused investors to re-evaluate the value of Yahoo's 43 percent stake in Alibaba, one of China's most powerful Internet companies.
- Some analysts believe Yahoo's Alibaba investment and a 35 percent stake in Yahoo Japan are worth $8 to $10 per share, accounting for about half of Yahoo's current market value.
- Alibaba CEO Jack Ma also runs the company Alipay was spun off too
- CEO Carol Bartz's contract with will end in about a year and a half, and Business Insider says everyone expects that she'll then be done.
- One industry source tells BI that Yahoo doesn't want to oust Bartz without a replacement on deck. Thus, Yahoo's board has been quietly reaching out to people over the past several months
- A person familiar with the board's thinking called BI to say "the board is fully supportive of Carol."
- Rumor: Amazon has an "entire family" of Android devices coming this holiday
- Ad-backed Kindle topping Amazon charts
- Amazon has an “entire family” of Android devices that will launch this holiday shopping season. - an industry insider told androidandme.com' Taylor Wimberley- *Apps in Amazon app store imply smartphones as well as tablets
- Digitimes reported that Amazon would use a Fringe Field Switching LCD display and touch panel from E Ink Holdings
- Sources told Wimberly Amazon would be using a Pixel Qi display
- sources tell me that Amazon has outsourced their software services to an embedded systems company that has experience with Android devices.
- as given the impression that Google is actually working with Amazon on these devices, so it is possible that Amazon could ship their products in Q4 with Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Far from being the cause of yesterday's Pirate Bay outage, ISP Comcast reportedly helped the often-controversial site figure out what was wrong. Or at least sent an email. ISP Serious Tubes says that Comcast did not help fix Pirate Bay and that the problem was caused by a different telco, Global Crossing, using reverse path filtering.
- The next generation of tablets, known colloquially as "the next ipad" could have ultra-sharp "retina" displays. Samsung will demonstrate a high-resolution LCD screen with a pixel density of 300 dpi and 40 percent power savings over current models. The screen is based on a display technology called PenTile, which adds a fourth "color" to the traditional trio of colors in LCD screens, red, green, and blue. PenTile screens should be available later this year.
- Hulu and its network leash holders are close to a new deal that will keep programs from NBC, Fox and ABC on the site. The pact is being negotiated by Hulu managment, led by CEO Jason Kilar, and officials from News Corp. and Disney. Investor Providence Equity Partners also has a say. Terms are not known but sources tell AllThingsD that it should result in more choices for Hulu Plus, while leaving the rest of the service pretty much the same.
- We finally have progress int he Sony outage. Sony Online Entertainment has announced it's apology package. It's similar to the one PSN users will get. US customers get identity theft, subscribers get one month free service plus more if the outage lasts longer than 30 days. Customers who've paid for "lifetime" subscriptions will get free in-game currency (20,000 coins for Free Realms, 7,500 Galactic Credits for Clone Wars Adventures, and 10 Marks of Distinction for DC Universe Online).
- Well we found out what that $500 million Google paid the Department of Justice was for. Drugs! Apparently the cool half a bill will settle a criminal investigation into the search giant profiting from rogue pharmacy ads. The FDA and Rhode Island’s attorney general have been looking into whether Google profited illegally from ads placed by non-US pharmacies.
- You can run with your app store trademark filings, Apple... but you can't hide! Microsoft has a posse! Joined by HTC, Sony Ericsson and Redmond's new best buddy Nokia, Microsoft hopes to invalidate Apple's trademark registration for the terms APP STORE and APPSTORE in Europe. Amazon was the first to object to the filing in Europe, last month. Microsoft and Apple are also fighting the app store trademark in the US.
- There's a new way to make video calls and chat quickly and easily right in your browser. No, Yahoo Live! isn't back. This one's from AOL. AOL AV can handle video chats with up to four people at once, and the originator of a chat can both invite and remove other people. The system supports audio and video, along with text-based chat. Unlike Yahoo Live! AOL AV chats are not public.
- Kodak has won round one of their patent skirmish with Apple. ITC Judge Robert Rogers determined that Apple's allegations of patent infringement are unfounded, adding that one of Apple's patents is even invalid. At issue are two digital camera technologies owned by Apple. One allows a camera to process multiple photos at the same time, while the other enables users to simultaneously adjust an image's balance, color and resolution.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Starting yesterday, May 12th, all videos uploaded to FlipShare will expire after 30 days, including any you already have up there.. The service will continue for two and a half years, but none of your videos will stay permanently.
- Android tablet users can pick up a new version of the Barnes & Noble Nook app. The app supports Android 2 and 3 as long as you have a resolution of 800 x 480.
- Sprint adds two new 3G mobile broadband plans, unlimited WiMAX for all
- Samsung Infuse 4G coming to AT&T Sunday May 15
- The HP Veer 4G will hit ATT for $100 Sunday May 15
- Monday May 16 Groklaw will stop publication
- DroidX2 launches May 26th
Yeah....I did send it to both BOL and TNT. But it was unintentional. I wrote it first to BOL and saved it to send later but then listened to your podcast and decided to mail it to you guys instead. I thought I just deleted the draft to BOL....until I heard it read on their podcast too. My bad
That's ok though, I think it's an important topic that should be discussed by as many parents as possible.
I've listened to Tom since the ""Snakes on a Plane"" obsession back at BOL and was glad to hear there are still a lot of cross podcast listeners still out there.
Cheers, Wayne the Unintentional Spammer"
"Hey TNT crew -
In light of Google's Music Beta announcement, I wanted to pose a question to you guys about subscription music streaming services. What I'm wondering is - why are small startups like Rdio and MOG able to secure licensing from the record labels, yet the big guys like Amazon and Google can't? Spotify is struggling to come to the U.S. because they want to offer a free option, but I don't see why no large media company has been able to offer paid music subscriptions. Part of me wonders if these companies would be better off acquiring Rdio or MOG to get their hands on the licenses.
Just wanted to hear your thoughts - love the show!
Bennett from New Hampshire"
"Hey guys, Don't think I've heard mention of this on the show, but in the last few days, Netflix has completely quit working on a lot of people's PS3s. No longer does ignoring the PSN error do the trick. Sure, the movie choices still load, but you simple can't get them to play, no matter how many times you ignore the error. So, I'll tally another fail on Sony's scorecard and be thankful that I have a Mac Mini hooked up to the tv. I'm sorry for those out there who just got another kick in the joystick by Sony's insistence in forcing you to log into PSN to use services that you don't subscribe to through them.
Jeffrey Matthias (muh-thigh-us) Denver, CO"
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- Edited by: Jason
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