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Episode 247

Tech News Today 247: Frontierville May Die Of Dysentery

More trouble for Sony, Kids on Facebook, Playbook's dismal sales numbers, and more!


Top Stories

  • Explosion at Foxconn's Chengdu plant kills two
  • Breaking: Foxconn Chengdu Manufacture Plant Explosion
  • Explosion at Foxconn's Chengdu plant kills two
  • What the Foxconn explosion means for Apple
    • An explosion occurred at Foxconn's Chengdu plant today
    • Two people are dead and 16 are injured with 3 in critical condition
    • Foxconn is known for building Apple products, this explosion was at an iPad 2 assembly line
    • cause of explosion is unknown, but the local govt has ruled out foul play, Apple is working with Foxconn to find out the cause: “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Apple said in a statement provided to AllThingsD. “We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event.”
    • On the business side: conflicting information about the importance of the Chengdu plant for iPads
    • One source says majority of iPads manufactured at Chengdu plant, another source says Shenzhen handled the majority.
    • Could impact Apple's bottom line in Q3
    • Apple's stock dropped over 1.5% today
  • Apple Is Said to Secure Music Accords With Labels for ITunes Cloud Service
  • Apple’s Cloud Music Hang-up
    • Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has signed Sony for its iTunes Cloud Service
    • That means Apple has Warner Music, EMI, and Sony lined up.
    • Universal is close to a deal, world's largest music company, but won't include publishing rights says AllThingsD
    • publishing companies–Warner/Chappell, EMI Music Publishing and Sony/ATV. " "- Peter Kafka at All Things Digital points out that Apple may not be ready to launch a service since they also need music publishers consent as well.
    • Music publishers have the rights to the songs' underlying compositions
    • Apple's dealings with the labels will secure them rights to the music recordings."
  • Phishing site found on Sony’s servers. Yes, it’s been hacked AGAIN
  • Sony alerts customers of another hack
    • F-secure is reporting that Sony Thailand's URL has a phishing site running on it.
    • It's a subdomain on Sony Thailand's site
    • F-secure rep Mikko H. Hypponen on how access was gained:
      • “If you have a large site with lots of legacy apps and mini-sites, it’s not unheard of for something like this to happen. In Sony’s case, it’s likely its a PHP or SQL hole rather than DNS access or htaccess edit on the server itself.”
  • 2nd Attack:
    • So-Net, Sony Japan's Internet service provider unit, alerted customers that an intruder broke into its system and stole virtual points from account holders worth 100 thousand yen! or... $1,225.

Discussion Stories

  • Zuckerberg: Kids under 13 should be allowed on Facebook
  • Consumers Union pushes Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to do more to keep out underage users, protect teens
  • Background: Introduction to Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
  • Mark Zuckerberg said he wants younger kids to be allowed on social networking sites like Facebook at a recent summit on innovation in education
    • Currently, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) mandates that websites that collect information about users (like Facebook does) aren't allowed to sign on anyone under the age of 13.
    • But Zuckerberg is determined to change this. "That will be a fight we take on at some point," he said. "My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age." COPPA requires commercial online content providers who either have actual knowledge that they are dealing with a child under 13 or who aim their content at children to obtain verifiable parental consent before they can collect, archive, use, or resell any personal information pertaining to that child.
    • Publisher of Consumer Reports wants Facebook to be transparent with its efforts to identify and remove profiles of individuals under the age of 13.
    • Recent survey showed that as many as 7.5M kids under 13 have Facebook pages
  • Study Sees Way to Win Spam Fight
    • 2 Universities in CA conducted a study that might mean the end of SPAM
    • The researchers first tried to receive as much spam as possible, then they actually bought the products in the spam ads over three months
    • They found that 95% of credit card transactions for the spam-advertised drugs were handled by just 3 financial companies (in Azerbaijan, Denmark and Nevis in the West Indies)
    • If credit card companies stopped payment to these places, spam could decline" - schools: UC San Diego and UC Berkley
  • University of Louisville research helps paraplegic man stand, regain leg use
    • Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in 2006, after getting hit by a speeding car. This week, however, doctors announced that Summers can now stand up on his own and remain standing for up to four minutes
    • It was all made possible by a spinal implant that emits small pulses of electricity, designed to replicate signals that the brain usually sends to coordinate movement.

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science



"G'day TNT Crew,

I was just catching up with show number 244 where you spoke about New York aiming to be the ""next top digital city"", including opening a Twitter and Facebook presence. During the discussion I thought you missed some of the potential for these accounts.

I live in Brisbane, Australia, and I'm sure you recall that in January this year we had some pretty horrible flooding. Our city's Twitter account @brisbanecityqld assisted our Police Service's Facebook and Twitter (@QPSMedia) accounts to share information, co-ordinate resources and combat mis-information. As an example, there was a resident living near my house who was cut off by flood waters and without power. This person required boiled water for medical reasons. A call was put out on Twitter, a gas stove offered and a person arranged to transport it to the stranded individual.

While not a life-threatening situation - those calls should always go to the emergency services phone number - I'm sure this and other acts assisted many people in a time of great need.

Thanks for the great show, keep up the good work.

Cheers, Adrian"



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