Tech News Today 261
Recorded: June 10, 2011
Published: June 10, 2011
Tech News Today 261: Honey Pot Becomes Money Pot
Spanish Bombs Anonymous, Apple plays the heavy, 1Gbps for $70 in the USA, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Spain arrests 3 Anons for Sony, bank hacks; AnonOps vows revenge
- Spain Detains 3 in PlayStation Cyberattacks
- Anonymous takes down Turkish site to protest censorship
- Anonymous Withdraws Indian Hack Under Pressure
- Arrests made recently in Barcelona, Valencia and Almeria. National Police identified them as local leaders of Anonymous -- suspected of being involved in attacks against websites belonging to Sony, Spanish banks BBVA and Bankia, Italian energy company Enel, and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Colombia, and New Zealand
- Spanish police say a computer seized in the home of a 31-year-old in Almeria sometime after May 18 after an attack on the Spanish National Electoral Commission
- Investigation began in October 2010 after hackers overwhelmed the Spanish Ministry of Culture’s Web site
- Arrests have been made in the US, UK and Holland previously
- all three were subsequently released, without bail, pending formal charges.
- To be charged with forming an illegal association to attack public and corporate Web sites, a charge that carries a potential sentence of up to three years in prison. Anonymous has currently targeted the site for Turkey's Telecommunications Communication Presidency. "The government now wants to impose a new filtering system on the 22nd of August that will make it possible to keep records of all the people's internet activity." according to an Anonymous statement
- Personal data stolen from UK developer Codemasters
- Codemasters pulls website after hackers pwn customer database
- British game developer Codemasters says names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth, passwords, IP addresses, XBox gamer tags, and biographies. were all taken on 3 June.
- Took website down as soon as intrusion detected. A new website will launch later this year.
- Advises users to change their passwords
- Payment card details are handled and stored by an external payment provider, and are not affected by the breach.
- Codemasters has employed controversial law firm Davenport Lyons to chase file sharers for damages over the alleged uploading of copies of its games onto file sharing networks
- Web Security Start-Up Cloudflare Gets Buzz, Courtesy of LulzSec Hackers
- LulzSec takes down terrorist site
- On the other hand.... Lulzsec loves Cloudflare. So as these kinds of attacks increase the Web may be getting more secure.
- Apple files motion to intervene in Lodsys patent infringement case
- Apple files motion to intervene in Lodsys patent lawsuit
- Apple has filed a motion to intervene in the patent infringement lawsuit that Lodsys slapped on seven iOS developers last Tuesday.
- Apple argued in its motion that is has the right to intervene because it has a vested interest in the property at issue, namely Lodsys patents for which Apple holds a license to use. Furthermore, Apple claimed, independent developers "lack the resources to fully and fairly litigate the issue of whether Lodsys’s claims are exhausted" under the doctrines of first sale and exhaustion.
- "While the Developers will likely be interested in resolving this case as quickly and inexpensively as possible, Apple's interest is in protecting its broader license rights with respect to thousands of App developers for Apple products who may be the subject of future Lodsys lawsuits or threats," Apple said in its motion
- In the proposed Answer and Counterclaim, Apple asserts, among other things:
- Apple is licensed to the patents in suit, and Lodsys purchased the patents subject to Apple's license.
- "Apple’s ability to use the technology embodied by the patents in suit in products and services offered to its customers is the essence of the value of Apple’s License to the patents in suit."
- "...under the patent law doctrines of exhaustion and first sale, Developers are entitled to use, free from claims of infringement of the patents in suit, those products and services to which Apple is licensed."
- "By commencing this suit against the Developers based on their use of products and services offered to them by Apple and by threatening other App developers, Lodsys has diminished the value to Apple of its License."
- AT&T lobbies Wisconsin GOP to nuke Wisconsin's best-of-breed co-op ISP for educational institutions
- AT&T Tells Wisconsin "All Your Tax Dollar Belong to Us"
- AT&T Donated Cash to Groups That Supported T-Mobile Merger
- Lobbyists (assumed to be AT&T and allies) have inserted a provision in Wisconsin's budget bill to effectively kill WiscNet
- WiscNet is a co-op network providing ISP services to libraries, schools, local government, and the University of Wisconsin system.
- Additionally, the language requires the UW Extension service to return federal stimulus funds that have started building a network that will connect schools, libraries, etc., in four Wisconsin towns where they cannot presently procure those services.
- Language might require UW to withdraw from Internet2 and other R&E networks.
- WiscNet is not providing connections to residents. This is a question of whether local governments can use a network they build and operate collaboratively with other public institutions like UW or whether they have to take whatever AT&T is selling
- Politico also has a story implying that cash AT&T donated to groups like NAACP, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Education Association
- 1 Gbps fiber for $70—in America? Yup.
- California ISP Sonic.net this week roll out its new 1Gbps, fiber-to-the-home service… for $69.99 a month in a pilot program in Sebastopol, CA.
- The company has even secured the contract to manage Google's own 1Gbps fiber network that will connect 800+ faculty homes at Stanford University.
- Includes stringing fiber lines to home and a pair of VOIP numbers
- Xbox Live TV tied to regions in US
- Relevant interview stuff:
- Q: Will live TV be universal, or will it be regional TV services provided by whoever your cable provider is?
- A: It will be tied to either a satellite broadcast company or a cable company. So in international markets, you'll just have one provider. In the U.S., it will be bifurcated by region, by market. You'll be a Comcast guy [in Seattle], for example.
- Q: So you'll have to be a Comcast subscriber, similar to the way you need a subscription to get the ESPN content on the Xbox now?
- A: Yes
- Microsoft talks Xbox Live integration in Windows 8, says service will be 'pervasive' across devices
- peaking to The Seattle Times, Microsoft VP Mike Delman said that "Live has been successful on the Windows Phone," and that "Live will be built into the PC. It will be the service where you get your entertainment."
- Delman went on to add that "Xbox Live will the pervasive media service across devices," and that "whether it's us or Apple or anybody else, people want to be able to navigate through multiple devices in a certain ecosystem very seamlessly so we're committed to that."
- Delman, "you will not just see consoles and handhelds at this show next year, this show's going to morph into other devices."
- Google continues its quest for world domination in advertising. This time, Google is in the final stages of buying AdMeld. AdMeld works with publishers to get the best prices for their inventory from different ad networks. Google would pay $400 million for AdMeld assuming the government lets the deal go through.
- TNT reports on news that is over 1 year old! See web page.The CRTC has finished its review of usage-based billing and hasn't changed it's mind... much. Bell will be allowed to put in caps not just for its own customers but third parties who buy access to it's pipes. However, Bell must apply usage-based billing to all of its retail customers before it can implement the scheme with its wholesalers. Meaning no grandfathering. Your move, Prime Minister!
- Spotify is one step closer to actually launching in the United States. According to AllThingsD, Universal Music Group has signed a deal with Spotify, but Warner Music still isn't on board. Neither Universal nor Spotify have given an official statement, yet.
- The state of Alaska has released Sarah Palin's emails to the public. The only catch is that you must pay $725 for them because the state is releasing only print copies of emails. However, a site called Crivella West hosted by MSN has made the emails accessible online, searchable, and free.
- Public, searchable archive of #PalinEmail now online [@BreakingNews]
- only in for the link
- YouTube revealed some information about how users interact with ads. Even though YouTube has a "Skip Ad" button which appears after 5 seconds, only 30% of pre-roll ads were skipped. Google also explained that people who chose to watch ads were 75% more engaged than an average user. So hopefully this sends a message to video sites - give us the option to skip ads, and maybe we'll pay more attention to them!
- The Android Market web store got a bit more useful for people with multiple Android devices. When you look at apps in the store, you'll see a notification that tells you if that particular app works on all your Android devices. Compatibility notifications are already in the Android Market if you're on your Android device, but this little update brings it to the web.
- According to NPD's "Blu-ray Disc Report," only 15% of consumers say they have used a Blu-ray player in the past 6 months. That's up 9% compared to the prior year, but that's still not too great. Blu-ray adoption has likely been impacted by that whole format war with HD-DVD and the proliferation of video on demand services.
- Facebook is testing a new feature called "Happening Now," which is a real-time update section that shows off your friends' activities in a shorter form than the News Feed. The feature is live for a small percentage of users, however there appears to be a major bug related to permissions. There is a possibility that photos may be viewable even if it has privacy restrictions via the "Happening Now" section. Looks like the new feature may need some work.
- To clarify from yesterday's announcement Google made via Twitter that Chromebooks can be preordered from Amazon & Best Buy: that's true for Amazon, but Best Buy's Web site says only that the devices are "coming soon"
- BlackBerry PlayBook rolling out internationally over the next month - the UK only has to wait another 6 days. other Recipients include Hong Kong, India, and Australia
- iTunes in the Cloud Won’t Enter the U.K. Until At Least 2012, negotiations are still at a very early stage- at least that's what a spokesman for the Performing Right Society, a U.K.-based organisation which ensures composers, songwriters and music publishers are paid for their work, told The Telegraph
- General Motors said today that dealers in all 50 states can take orders for the 2012 Chevy Volt, which will come in a model priced just below $40,000.
"Here's a story that might very much so interest you all.
i thought this was a prank or a joke at first. Freedom of speech anyone? **sighs**
-- Mike "
"Hi TNT crew
I've been thinking about iMatch and haven't heard anything discussed about music formats. If Apple gives you back and downloads High Quality AAC versions of your music into iTunes on all your devices, they at a stroke migrate a massive portion of the user base off MP3.
What impact do you see this having on music formats and other player platforms in the future??
Have a great weekend Robin"
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- Edited by: Jason EJmcn
- Notes: TNT is way out of date when it comes to Canadian news.
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