Tech News Today 279
Recorded: July 7, 2011
Published: July 7, 2011
Tech News Today 279: All My Nerds
ISP's agree to six strikes law while album sales rise, Murdoch kills paper over voicemail hack, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Gina Smith
- ISPs to Disrupt Internet Access of Copyright Scofflaws
- Major ISPs agree to "six strikes" copyright enforcement plan
- The deal, almost three years in the making, was announced early Thursday, and includes participation by AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon.
- After four copyright offenses, the historic plan calls for these companies to initiate so-called “mitigation measures”
- Nielsen SoundScan: Album sales inching up
- Illegal UK film downloads up 30%, new figures suggest
- U.S. album sales for the first six months of the year grew 1 percent according to Nielsen SoundScan (155.5 million up from 153.9 million)
- Digital tracks 660 million units up 10% over last year
- Track equivalent albums 221.5 million, an increase of 3.6 percent
- Is the first time the recording industry has seen any gains for the period since 2004.
- News of the World to close amid hacking scandal
- News Corp. Seen Weathering Tabloid Scandal Despite Black Eye for News Int.
- Sunday will be the last edition of News of the World after 168 years in publication
- Mr James Murdoch (head of News International) said no advertisements would run in this weekend's paper - instead any advertising space would be donated to charities and good causes, and proceeds from sales would also go to good causes.
- On Thursday, the Met Police said it was seeking to contact 4,000 possible targets named in seized documents.
- The Guardian says that Andy Coulson, formerly David Cameron's director of communications, will be arrested on Friday morning over suspicions that he knew about, or had direct involvement in, the hacking of mobile phones during his time as editor of the News of the World. Also a former senior journalist at the paper will be arrested.
- Mr. Murdoch said News of the World's operations "have been sullied by behaviour that was wrong - indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our company".
- Questions about whether this will affect government approval of News Corp's acquisition of BSkyB
- Mobile Games Generate More Revenue if Given Away for Free
- 65% of the top performing games on Apple’s iOS are making money by using a free-to-play model, up from only 39 percent in January.
- tracks the performance of more than 90,000 apps that use its analytics service
- Theory is free to play leads to some users spending much more than 99 cents to play
- Flurry said that can represent a lot more money, even though more than 90 percent of players never spend a dime.
- eBay Acquires Mobile Payments Provider Zong for $240 Million in Cash
- eBay Antes Up In Mobile Payments Game, Buys Zong For $240 Million
- eBay has acquired Zong for $250 million cash
- Zong enables consumers to post payments to their mobile phone bills, mostly to pay for virtual goods inside of games.
- eBay says they intend to use it as part of Paypal but will operate it as a standalone intially
- Zong is best known for working closely with Facebook to sell the social network’s virtual currency over the phone.
- Apple developing fixes for dangerous iOS vulnerabilities, AKA "jailbreaking"
- PDFs that exploit iPhone, iPad zero-day available on the Web
- Yesterday we reported that Jailbreakme.com had been updated and Germany had warned about it as a security vulnerability.
- One vulnerability involves how iOS parses fronts within the mobile version of the Safari browser. It can be xploited by a PDF
- Another vulnerability circumvents ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization)
- Alan Hely senior director for corporate communications in London, said in a statement that "Apple takes security very seriously, we're aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update."
- One of the hackers behind JailbreakMe, Comex, published a fix for the vulnerability called PDF Patcher 2, which is now in the Cydia app store.
- PDF files that successfully exploit the vulnerability are available on the Web, according to Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of Helsinki-based antivirus company F-Secure.
- In August 2010, Apple patched a pair of bugs used by JailbreakMe 2.0 just 10 days after the tool's release. although at that time the jailbreakers patched it faster.
- Recently, Dropbox changed its Terms of Service which caused people to panic because it looked like Dropbox was claiming some broad ownership of your files. Yesterday on a Dropbox blog post, the company makes it clear that "your stuff is yours and yours alone" and revised its Terms of Service yet again to make that point clear.
- A developer by the name of Jeff Rose did some rummaging in Facebook's video plugin code and found something called "Facebook Vibes." From the code, it looks like Facebook Vibes will be a downloadable piece of software and it's possibly related to a cloud music service. There have been rumors of a Facebook music service for some time now. So, the race is on: what will launch first in the U.S.? Spotify or Facebook Vibes - or are they the same thing?
- Apple speculation time - yes, again. The Wall Street Journal says that the next iPhone will be thinner and lighter than the previous edition with a fall launch date. Added to that, there's a rumor about yet another iPhone - possibly iPhone 6 - that will use a new method of charging, possibly inductive. One more rumor: a new iPad dubbed "iPad HD" with double the resolution of the current iPad will launch and will be sold alongside the current iPad 2.
- The U.S. District Court for Northern California says that Amazon can call its app store "Appstore." Apple filed for a preliminary injunction to stop Amazon from using the term "App Store" but it was denied. The court explained that Apple didn't establish the likelihood of confusion, but also said that "App Store" is not a generic term.
- Users of Amazon's Cloud Drive can now get unlimited mp3 and AAC storage for $20 a year. That deal is running for a limited time, but there was no end date announced. Any mp3s bought on Amazon will be free to store as well. On top of that, Amazon also announced iPad support for its Cloud Player -- but it's web only, there's no native app.
- The Internet Engineering Task Force is considering forming a group to ease the transition to IPv6 for home networks. This would require standardizing protocols so equipment from different brands would play nicely with each other. This is new stuff for IETF which is used to designing standards for big iron enterprises, not systems of two game consoles, a home server and a wifi access point.
- Back in December, China said it would export less rare earths which is troublesome considering China currently produces 97% of the world's supply of rare earths. The World Trade Organization has made a ruling on that move and says China broke international law by curbing exports. China's vice commerce minister says that China will comply with the WTO's ruling, but an appeal is expected.
- Insiders are saying that Apple has cut rates of its iAds by as much as 70% because companies are using other methods to advertise on Apple's devices. Apple used to charge $1 million or more to clients like Citigroup, but now is offering deals in the range of $300,000 to $500,000. Developers were also disappointed by the amount of money iAds generated for them and have branched out to other advertising means.
- According to a somewhat reliable Twitter user, @MSFTtm, Microsoft will release a pre-beta copy of Windows 8 at its Worldwide Partner Conference. Whether or not Windows 8 is released at WPC, Microsoft is expected to detail Windows 8 at the conference and a public beta of Windows 8 is also expected this September.
- The Motorola Droid 3 is now available online at Verizon's site. The phone will hit stores on the 14th. It has some nice specs, but no 4G.
- Rogers Communications just turned on its LTE network today in Ottawa and will expand to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in the fall.
- If you subscribe to the New York Times on a Kindle, you can now access all of NYTimes.com for free - no pay wall for you.
- The final space shuttle launch is scheduled for tomorrow, July 8 11:26 AM Eastern time, however a 70% chance of bad weather could delay the last takeoff.
- Samsung Series 3 and new Series 9 available for pre-order at J&R Electronics in Manhattan, The Series 9 should still be shipping in August, and the Engadget folks think the Series 3 will launch around the same time
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"I tried to sign up for Google+ and was met with a terrible suprise. Apparently, there is some age limit. I put in my birthday and it said that "You must be over a certain age to use this feature". It won't let me go back and do anything with Google+ from that account. I am 14 and can use all the other Google features, but for some reason, I can't use Google+. If google doesn't allow Google+ to younger audiences (ie teenagers), it cannot hope to succeed. I don't know what the actual age limit is, but apparently you have to be older than 14.
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