Tech News Today 260
Recorded: June 9, 2011
Published: June 9, 2011
Tech News Today 260: The Trunk Is In The Coffee
Microsoft loses to Canadians, Apple blinks on subscriptions, electronics may endanger planes, and more!
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Nicole Lee
- Sprint Motorola Photon 4G hands-on: 4.3-inch qHD display, Gingerbread, WiMAX, and Tegra 2
- Virgin Mobile welcomes 4.1-inch Motorola Triumph, brings Froyo to the prepaid side
- Motorola Triumph for Virgin Mobile pushes the prepaid high end, launches this summer
- Sprint to add more than 10 Motorola devices this year
- Motorola’s Sanjay Jha and Sprint’s Dan Hesse took the stage this morning in NYC to announce a brand new Android 2.3 device coming this summer: the Photon 4G.
- Photon 4G: 1 GHz Tegra2 dual-core, 4.3 inch display w/ 540 x 960, WiMax AND GSM world phone, 1 GB RAM Photon 4G, Gingerbread
- Triumph, a 4.1-inch Android 2.2 handset for Virgin Mobile, 2 GB internal, HDMI out, 4.1-inch WVGA touch screen,
- Sprint and Motorola will launch more than 10 new Motorola wireless devices this year, Android 2.2 (FroYo)
- Microsoft loses to Toronto firm at top court
- SCOTUS makes patent holders happy, upholds $290M Microsoft verdict
- US Supreme Court rules unanimously in favor of i4i in patent case against Microsoft.
- Microsoft had argued that a patent examiner's decision to grant a patent should be given less deference when a jury is considering evidence that had never been considered by the examiner.
- Justice Sotomayor focused on the Supreme Court's 1934 decision of Radio Corporation of America v. Radio Engineering Laboratories, which held that patents had a "presumption of validity, a presumption not to be overthrown except by clear and cogent evidence."
- In 1998, the company patented a method of manipulating the structure of a document separately from its content. The company sued Microsoft in 2007 in the Eastern District of Texas, which is famous for its friendliness to patent plaintiffs. In 2009, a judge ruled that Microsoft was liable for $290 million in damages for infringing the patent. Microsoft appealed, and the issue reached the Supreme Court in April.
- Nokia loses another technology chief
- Rich Green, Nokia CTO, takes leave of absence for 'personal reasons'
- Nokia CTO Rich Green ended his long year or so-ish tenure at Nokia by stepping down creating major waves in the blogosphere
- He had just been elevated to the leadership team in the recent shuffle of executives.
- described as "the former VP of Sun Microsystems is charged with defining Nokia's technology vision; be it hardware, software, user experience, cloud services, or developer programs. "
- Official wordt is that he is taking a leave of absence for personal reasons
- a Finnish newspaper quoted sources inside Nokia saying he had left because of differences over strategy and would not return (related to MeeGo decision)
- Reuters says that Henry Tirri, head of Nokia Research Center, will be acting CTO Henry makes the Fifth CTO in the past 6 years."
- Citibank confirms hacking attack
- Malicious attackers stole the names of customers, account numbers and contact information for Citigroup banking customers.
- "We are contacting customers whose information was impacted. Citi has implemented enhanced procedures to prevent a recurrence of this type of event," a Citi spokesman said in a statement to the Reuters news agency.
- Around 1% of the bank's 21m account holders were affected - around 210,000 individuals.
- Some professional security consultants secretly get a kick out of Lulzsec
- Hackers warn NHS over security
- Patrick Gray's rant
- No, ICE didn't seize your domain; you've just been punked
- Patrick Gray of the Risky Business security podcast wrote a rant essentially saying security researchers have been warning companies about these kinds of hacks for years and were not listened to.
- Separately, lowellsfacts.com victim of a hack that added porn and MP3 links through an unsecured login, and then redirected the DNS of the site to the ICE warning page.
- Security types like LulzSec because they're proving what a mess we're in. They're pointing at the elephant in the room and saying "LOOK AT THE GIGANTIC FUCKING ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM ZOMG WHY CAN'T YOU SEE IT??? ITS TRUNK IS IN YR COFFEE FFS!!!"
- Updated: Apple Changes Up Its In-App Payment Terms
- Apple gives in to publishers, changes policy on in-app subscription prices
- Apple quietly drops special subscription requirements for iOS apps
- in-app subscription prices no longer must match non-app subscription prices
- apps are no longer required to offer an in-app subscription option if subscribed content can be accessed from within the app. However they still must use in-app purchase if they wish to offer any option to subscribe from within the app.
- Personal Electronics May Indeed Disrupt Avionics
- Original ABC News story
- ABC accessed confidential doc. A report by the International Air Transport Association, a trade group representing more than 230 passenger and cargo airlines worldwide, documents 75 separate incidents of possible electronic interference that airline pilots and other crew members believed were linked to mobile phones and other electronic devices.
- The report covers the years 2003 to 2009 and is based on survey responses from 125 airlines that account for a quarter of the world's air traffic.
- Dave Carson of Boeing, the co-chair of a federal advisory committee that investigated the problem of electronic interference from portable devices, says that PEDs radiate signals that can hit and disrupt highly sensitive electronic sensors hidden in the plane's passenger area, including those for an instrument landing system used in bad weather.
- A Blackberry and an iPhone were both over the limit, but the worst offender was an iPad.
- ABC News's own aviation expert, John Nance said There is a lot of anecdotal evidence out there, but it's not evidence at all. It's pilots, like myself, who thought they saw something but they couldn't pin it to anything in particular. And those stories are not rampant enough, considering 32,000 flights a day over the U.S., to be convincing.""
- "If an airplane is properly hardened, in terms of the sheathing of the electronics, there's no way interference can occur." says Nance. Older planes may not be that hardened.
- A company called ForeSee is trying to clarify this whole Lodsys-patent mess. Lodsys says it has a patent that covers in-app purchases and devs should pay it a royalty. ForeSee's customers (like Adidas and Best Buy) have been targeted by Lodsys and ForeSee is now seeking a declaratory judgment in Chicago federal district court against Lodsys saying there is no patent infringement. If ForeSee gets the declaratory judgement, it might help others being pressured by Lodsys.
- All Things D reports that News Corp is getting closer to distancing itself from MySpace. The rumored deal is News Corp would continue to own 20% of the social network. The other partners are rumored to be an investor group which includes Activision Chairman & CEO Bobby Kotick acting as an individual, not as a rep for Activision. Talks with Vevo and MyYearbook apparently haven't worked out. Oh, and News Corp apparently is not going to get anywhere near the $100 million it wanted.
- The newest Nook, the Simple Touch Reader has a little secret - a web browser! While Barnes & Noble doesn't list a browser as a feature, you can navigate to URLs via the search bar. The browser is a little buggy, so that may be a reason it's not an official feature.
- A CTIA report says that texting only grew 8.7% in the second half of 2010. That's the smallest increase in a long time. If people aren't texting what are telecoms to do? Oh, that's right, just add data caps and charge like crazy for data.
- It turns out AT&T may have ran afoul of the Internet Tax Freedom Act by collecting millions of dollars in taxes that it wasn't supposed to. A class-action lawsuit led to a pretty big settlement, which requires AT&T to refund or credit wireless customers around $950 million. If you're an AT&T customer who was taxed, odds are you're a part of the lawsuit unless you opted out.
- What was once TechTV, the old home of many TWiTs, may soon become the Ultimate Fighting Championship channel. The UFC is in talks to purchase G4 from NBCUnviersal. G4 isn't doing so well, but if the deal goes through, it could bring new meaning to "Attack of the Show"
- How much security does your bank owe you? According to one U.S. district court in Maine, not a whole lot. The case revolved around a construction company suing a bank for charges related to the electronic theft and recovery of funds. The court effectively said that if a bank offers a customer a username and password along with some security questions, that is "commercially reasonable" security.
- Chromebooks are going on sale soon, but there's a snag. This time, it's thanks to a company called ISYS that filed to trademark "ChromiumPC" and therefore "Chromebooks" infringes on its trademark. ISYS is suing Google and wants retailers to not market Chromebooks. Google already opposed the ChromiumPC trademark because of its "Chromium OS." Google hasn't officially commented on this latest lawsuit.
- Starting today, you can get a Windows Phone 7 device on T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon for only a penny with a 2 year deal. Deal is running at MicrosoftStore.com until July 2nd.
- Samsung and Acer Chromebooks now available for pre-order at Best Buy and Amazon
- Duke Nukem Forever launches outside the US tomorrow Friday June 10
- Friday June 10 is also the last day the public can still file oppositions or supportive comments about ATT-T-Mobile merger
- HP confirmed the 16 GB TouchPad Wi-Fi version shipping July 1 for $499 (32GB for 599) in the US. The UK, Ireland, France and Germany get it a few days later. Pre-orders begin June 19 — and AT&T model coming later this summer
Good morning/afternoon. I hope that this message finds each of you doing well. I think that referring to the EU’s privacy concerns over Facebook’s facial recognition software as FUD may be a little unjust. I’m not saying that the EU is going about handling the issue in the right or wrong way, but there is cause for concern.
We all know that we live in a world with a small population of wack-a-doodles, so what is to stop some of these maladjusted individuals from sitting outside of a Planned Parenthood facility with a zoom lens and taking photos of staff and those seeking services, and then uploading the photos to Facebook in order to have the facial recognition software provide the name of the individuals in the photos? I can see this being a potential problem for jurors or potential jurors, those who choose to march for or against a cause, are for those who just may want to keep the fact their political, religious, and social affiliations/outings private. Sadly, there are people who will use this type of technology to bring harm to and influence others. Will Facebook be held liable for identifying an individual in a photo who is then harmed in some way?
Love the show, Adrian Arlington, TX"
A) entities within the US are allowed under US law to create private currencies as long as they are exchangeable with the dollar. BitCoin exchange floats, unlike, say, the Yuan, so this should be less odious than the Chinese economy.
B) BitCoin founder said that it is not untraceable (because everything is logged) nor was it designed to be.
Keep up the good work,
Rob Maxwell Damascus, MD"
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