Tech News Today 257

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Episode 257

Tech News Today 257: IPO Face

Apple's WWDC keynote including iCloud, TV on your XBOX, Droid 3 gets leaked, and more!



  • Apple's WWDC announcement
    • Apple's iOS 5: all the details
    • iTunes in the Cloud beta available today, iTunes Match lets you ‘upload’ the tracks you already own for $24.99 a year
    • Apple details iCloud's digital storage and syncing, free 5GB of storage
    • Mac OS X Lion available only in Mac App Store for $29 in July. Use Leapord? You'll have to get Snow Leapord to upgrade then.
    • iOS 5 brings new notification system, Twitter integration, newsstand, tabbed browsing in Safari
    • Camera update, use volume button to take pics, get to cam right from home screen
    • PC Free for both iPhone and iPad, software updates OTA
    • Game center updates
    • iMessage
    • Wireless Airplay mirroring
    • WiFi sync to iTunes
    • Devs get iOS 5 today, launch in ""Fall""" "- iCloud ""demote the PC""
    • Keep iPhone, iPad, PC in sync (contacts, calendars, iBooks gets Whispersync )
    • 5GB for calendars, contacts
    • Slams self for ""Mobile Me""
    • iCloud is free
    • Wireless backup to the cloud. Changing phones is easier. Type in Apple ID, download content. Daily backup to iCloud over WiFi.
    • Backup camera roll, device settings, purchased music, and backup apps.
    • Documents in the cloud (Pages, Keynote, Numbers)
    • Photos sync, works with Macs, AppleTV, and Windows in the Pictures folder. iCloud handles the last 1000 photos
    • iTunes in the cloud: ""purchased"" button shows you history of your song purchases. can download the song you've already purchased for no extra charge. Can set up future purchases to be pushed to all machines. up to 10 devices
    • iOS 4.3 beta out today for end users (iTunes cloud access)"

Discussion Stories

  • Sony hacked Saturday by Lebanese hacker Idahc
    • Sony's servers have been hacked. This time, a Lebanese hacker going by the name of "Idahc" claims to have successfully used an SQL-injection technique to grab databases of Sony Europe users. Idahc managed to obtain 120 usernames, passwords in plaintext, email addresses - you know the drill by now.
    • Nintendo's American website servers hacked, Lulzsec claims responsibility
    • Nintendo claims no customer info stolen
    • LulzSec published data Friday, claimed to be from Atlanta chapter of InfraGard, a security group operated by the FBI a
    • A Lebanese hacker working under the nom-de-keyboard Idahc claims to have used a rudimentary SQL-injection technique to acquire a database of Sony users
    • Chester Wisniewski, blogging for the security firm Sophos, counts this latest attack as the thirteenth to hit a Sony site since its Web security troubles began in March. " "BREAKING: The LulzSec hacker group today released what it describes as 54MB of source code from the Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network as well as internal network maps of Sony BMG, while Sony Pictures Russia and Sony Music Brazil also were attacked.
    • A list of Sony hacks on the site lists 15 but does not include the latest LulzSec leak of Sony BMG data.
    • The Sony Pictures Russia site. meanwhile, was offline this morning after reportedly being compromised using a SQL injection, according to a post in Pastebin.
    • And over the weekend, Sony Music Brazil was defaced, according to a report yesterday on The Hacker News, which shows a screenshot of the site saying on which a group called "The UnderTakers" took credit for he defacement.
  • China linked to new breaches tied to RSA
  • Chinese media calls Google a 'political tool'
    • The People's Daily, a newspaper published by the Communist Party of China, ran a front-page editorial in today's overseas edition charging that Google ""slandered"" the country last week. Calling Google a Political Tool
    • several security researchers told CNET that the RSA-powered attacks against Lockheed, Northrop Grumman and L3 are linked to China
    • "APT is a euphemism for China," said Rich Mogull, chief executive of Securosis. "There is a massive espionage campaign being waged by a country. It's been going on for years, and it's going to continue."
    • "If it's any kind of military espionage, military adversaries are going to be high on the list," Wysopal said. "The question then is who in China--is it government agents or independent contractors selling to the Chinese government?" said Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at Veracode.
  • Record industry lobby says it no longer supports 3-strikes copyright termination laws
    • Australian copyright enforcement group MIPI(Music Industry Piracy Investigations backed by Australian Recording Industry Association and labels like Sony BMG and EMI) responded to the UN report by changing its stance on 3 strikes.
    • MIPI general manager Sabiene Heindl, told the Sydney Morning Herald that while MIPI supports "mitigation measures" for dealing with persistent illegal file-sharers, "such measures would not include termination of Internet accounts."
    • But film studios, represented by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), are still backing the controversial measures
    • Heindl was also speaking on behalf of the Australian Content Industry Group (ACIG), which includes MIPI and the book, computer software and video games industries.

News Fuse




"Hey Tom, Jason, Iyaz, Sarah, (insert other guest name here)

In regard to your discussion about the Main Street Fairness act that would require online retailers to charge tax based on the customer's location, I actually think this is a great idea. Here's why: Right now, there is (at least in MN) an obscure tax law that most people aren't aware of that states a person can spend $750 online, tax-free, on products (not services). Once you go above that amount, no matter by how much, you are then charged tax on the entire sum of your online purchases. Now here's the problem: this is all self-reported; I have to keep a running tab on every dime I spend on products online that isn't taxed. I would love to have a Federal law that would, hopefully, just clear up all this online taxation confusion, even if it means I pay a little more on Amazon.

That's my nickel & two cents, keep up the 'splosive good work, JoshuaCaleb"

"Dear TNT Hosts,

On Episode 256 you read an email declaring that the analogy between the Boston Tea Party and so called "Hacktivists" targeting Sony was flawed. The email made the case that civil disobedience in general and the Boston Tea Party in particular are protests against a government and Sony is not a government and thus no attack on Sony could be civil disobedience. It's worth pointing out that tea thrown into the harbor in 1773 was not property of parliament or the crown. It was owned by the East India Company which was one of the first corporations to be founded. The colonists targeted private property whose owners were benefiting from the unjust taxation and monopoly laws. Similarly the argument goes that the hackers are targeting a private company who they think to be benefiting from unjust intellectual property laws.

Additionally it's worth noting that both the East India Company and Sony (through the RIAA and MPAA) had considerable lobbying power and influence with the government which they used to push for the unjust laws in each case.

Thanks, Jerome"



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