Tech News Today 279

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Episode 279

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.


Top Stories

  • 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

Discussion Stories

  • 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.
  • Apple developing fixes for dangerous iOS vulnerabilities, AKA "jailbreaking"
  • PDFs that exploit iPhone, iPad zero-day available on the Web
    • Yesterday we reported that 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.

News Fuse





"Here is a car that flies and is FAA approved from a group call iTec

Car is named Maverick

Jason Reed"

"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.

A very dissatisfied

Jeremiah Wooten"



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  • Edited by: Jason
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