Tech News Today 261

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Episode 261

Tech News Today 261: Honey Pot Becomes Money Pot

Spanish Bombs Anonymous, Apple plays the heavy, 1Gbps for $70 in the USA, and more.


Top Stories

  • 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
  • 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."

Discussion Stories

  • 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 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."

News Fuse




"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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Production Information

  • Edited by: Jason EJmcn
  • Notes: TNT is way out of date when it comes to Canadian news.
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