Tech News Today 244
Recorded: May 17, 2011
Published: May 17, 2011
Tech News Today 244: The Apology Package
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell
- Darren Kitchen
- Android User Data Easily Stolen
- Catching AuthTokens in the Wild: The Insecurity of Google's ClientLogin Protocol
- researchers at Ulm University in Germany found a big security problem on Android with its ClientLogin authentication protocol
- When an Android device authenticates user details for Android Market and Google services it passes an authentication Token in cleartext
- The problem is the returned authToken, which can remain valid for up to two weeks. When used on insecure http networks, hackers can sniff out the authToken and then use it to access personal data.
- Modifiable personal data: contact data, calendars, web albums.
- Any device running an Android version 2.3.3 and older is more or less wide open.
- The vulnerability in question applies not just to Google-developed Android applications, but third-party applications as well. any app that uses Google's services and the ClientLogin protocol over http rather than https is fair game." "- Android 2.3.4 uses https for the Calendar and Contacts apps but not Picasa (so that's still vulnerable)
- According to Google's stats as of May 2nd, 99.7%of Android smartphones are 2.3.3 and under.
- How to protect yourself:
- don't use open Wi-Fi networks
- use cellular data
- California Pushes for Tightened Social Network Privacy Controls
- Opposition Letter
- California law proposed: "SB242, social-networking sites would have to allow users to establish their privacy settings - like who could view their profile and what information would be public to everyone on the Internet - when they register to join the site instead of after they join. Sites would also have to set defaults to private so that users would choose which information is public."
- Facebook, Google, Twitter, Match.com and others signed a 4 page letter opposing this legislation
- the letter says SB242 would decrease overall consumer privacy, calls the bill unnecessary, says the bill would do significant damage to CA's tech sector, and is a violation of both the U.S. and California Constitutions.
- Details for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Customer Appreciation Program in North America
- Sony offers Playstation Network apology package
- Sony's "Welcome Back Package" for PlayStation Network outage is worth barely over $100
- All PlayStation Network customers can select two PS3 games from the following list. The games will be available for 30 days shortly after PlayStation Store is restored and can be kept forever. -- Dead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, Wipeout HD + Fury
- For PSP owners, you will be eligible to download two PSP games from the following list. The games will be available for 30 days shortly after PlayStation Store is restored and can be kept forever. -- LittleBigPlanet (PSP), ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, Killzone Liberation
- Amazon prepping dual-core ‘Coyote’ and quad-core ‘Hollywood’ tablets for 2011
- Boy Genius Report's source says that the “entry” level tablet, codenamed “Coyote” will be based on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform.
- “Hollywood” will be based on the NVIDIA T30 “Kal-El” with a quad-core processor with a 500% performance increase over the dual-core Tegra 2.
- No word on screen sizes at this point
- What Happens When It’s Google/Android Vs. Amazon/Android?
- New York aims to be the Next Top Digital City in America
- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a report explaining how:
- NYC of the future will offer wireless Internet access in parks, and have vast reserves of data available to programmers and host live chats with 311 agents.
- the city will register the .nyc web domain name and official partnerships with Twitter, Facebook, and NY-based startups Foursquare and Tumblr
- On Twitter, @nycgov account will be used for providing immediate updates on city news and services.
- Mr. Bloomberg doesn't use his Facebook or Twitter pages. He said, "I'm very old-fashioned. I use email."
- New York Releases 'Road Map for the Digital City'
- Boston named "most digital city" in 2010 by Center for Digital Government’s 10th Annual Digital Cities Survey.
- Intel CEO: Big shift to mobile
- Intel chief says won't use ARM to make chips
- Intel CEO Paul Otellini spoke about the company's plans at an investor meeting
- He reiterated Intel's focus on ultramobile tech
- "No big announcement from Intel on smartphones today," he said. "Phones in first part of next year...an area of intense focus for us."
- Otellini said Intel will not make ARM chips
- Advertisers Speak Up About Twitter Ads: “The click-through rates were paltry.”
- story on investors.com notes that non Promoted Tweets were often successful in doing what advertisers set out to do, possibly because, for small businesses, a Promoted Tweet that reaches a broad audience will not be targeted enough, while a free tweet sent just to their followers reaches the right ears.
- Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss really just refuse to rest until they get more money out of Mark Zuckerberg, in fact they're filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case, after last month a 9th Circuit Court Judge says the 2008 case... you know, the one in which they were rewarded $65 mil after claiming Zuck stole their social networking idea... was still binding, even though Facebook's valuation is a lot bigger than it used to be. Good luck, Winklevii.
- Nintendo and Best Buy are teaming up. If you have a 3DS, you can get free WiFi at 1000 Best Buy starting in June. By using Nintendo's SpotPass at Best Buy you'll get movie trailers, offers and "gaming extras." So if you've got a 3DS go hang out at Best Buy all day.
- The numbers are in, and we like Microsoft! The American Customer Satisfaction Index show satisfaction with Microsoft software reaching a new peak of 78 on the 100-point ASCI index. That’s up from a low of 69 in 2008. Microsoft has gained in the index 3 years in a row now as they distance themselves from Windows Vista and make strides with Windows 7. Now if they can just turn their revenue numbers around... the Windows division fell 4% last quarter.
- According to a report by Sandvine, Netflix is so huge that it accounts for 29.7% of peak downstream Internet traffic for North America. Last year, it was only 21%. Our guess is that if Netflix started carrying porn it would account for 100% of traffic.
- Sony's PSN hacker woes might be winding down, but now they've got new enemies.. PIRATES, REAL PIRATES! a shipment of Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphones to New Zealand has been stolen. Vodafone New Zealand tweeted from the account @vodafoneNZ “Regret to advise the Xperia Play launch will be delayed. Major security breach. The shipment of phones has been stolen." Stolen from Sony? Stolen from Vodafone? We don't know, but we do know that physical security issues are not what Sony needs right now.
- According to the Guardian, Apple is now investigating Lodsys' patent claims. If you forgot, Lodsys is trying to get app developers to pay it a license fee since it claims to have a patent that covers things like in app upgrades. Expect the investigation to be "magical."
- A new survey says that Sprint customers are the happiest wireless subscribers in the U.S. Verizon came in at number two. ATT and T-Mobile customers apparently were not exactly thrilled. Considering misery loves company, ATT and T-Mobile customers may be a good match.
- Back in November Prime Minister Cameron announced that the UK would review its Intellectual Property framework. The review was just published and calls for allowing people to rip their CDs and DVDs without making people criminals! On top of that, the plan also calls for an automated process to license copyrighted materials. We now await the content companies response calling this horribly evil.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Color photography turns 150 years old today
- Starting May 19th you can pre-order Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play or you could just wait until the 26th to pick it up in stores for around $200
- Barnes & Noble will have a "special announcement" on May 24th, so expect a Nook refresh.
- The Duke Nukem Forever Demo is slated for June 3rd. The full game's launch date is June 14th for the US and will be internationally available June 19th. No, really.
- Acer's Iconia Tab and Asus's Eee Pad Transformer will get Android 3.1 in early June.
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'Left Field' 'Seriously?' 'From The Dustbin' 'No, Really...' 'Would We Lie?' 'Whaaa???'
"With TNT and the News Fuse, you're missing The Boom! Then you can lower the boom! for your interest segment!
You're welcome if you use it. Justin in Ft.Myers FL"
A friend of mine mentioned that by accepting any or all of the ""Welcome Back"" program by Sony for the outage, that I could be signing away any rights to sue Sony in relation to the outage. Is there any truth to this, or is this a no strings attached apology from Sony?
Thanks, Adam "
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