Tech News Today 285

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Episode 285

Tech News Today 285: Buried In The Website

Microsoft takes on Google Plus, Canadian ISP violates net neutrality, TSA body scans, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Microsoft leaks its Tulalip social network plans
  • "Nobody wants another Facebook?" Microsoft lets slip some social networking project
  • What is Microsoft's Tulalip?
    • Fusible was investigating Microsoft's purchase of the domain - Found a site called Tulalip
    • "Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever," and its Metro-styled interface sported buttons to sign in with both Facebook and Twitter.
    • SearchEngineLand called it a "hybrid search/social-networking service."
    • Microsoft says was an "internal design project" from a Microsoft Research team, published to the Web by mistake. It ends, "We didn't mean to, honest."
    • Company has other research projects like Spindex that identified trends in your feeds,
    • Speculation that it could be for some kind of tracking service, Mary Jo Foley suspects it could be a Twitter app
  • Hotmail banning common passwords to beef up security
  • Hotmail adds "my friend's been hacked" reporting feature
    • MS is changing its password policy for Hotmail, will forbid common passwords
    • Common passwords like "12345" and "password" are banned as are Common phrases "ilovecats" is an example.
    • MS may extend the ban to exisitng accounts in future, forcing some users to change their passwords
    • If a friend starts sending you suspicious emails, you can click the ""My Friend's been hacked"" button.
    • Microsoft then checks this against other factors to see if the account has truly been hacked.
    • If so, the account is locked and the account holder will go through the account recovery process.
    • Reports are also sent to other providers like Gmail and Yahoo. No word on what is done with them.
  • Shaw to turn the Internet into a two-tier service
  • Shaw launches Netflix rival
  • "Very bold or very dumb": data caps don't apply to ISP's own movie service
  • Taking on Big Telecom: A Trip to the CRTC's UBB Hearings
    • Shaw has announced that its upcoming online video service, Movie Club, will be exempt from its data caps.
    • Costs $12 a month and gives access to movies on TV and Computers and smartphones
    • “There should be some advantage to you being a customer,” Shaw Communications president Peter Bissonnette told the Calgary Herald on Thursday.
    • CRTC has spent the past several weeks holding public proceedings on whether over-the-top video services — such as Netflix — should have to adhere to the same Canadian content regulations as traditional broadcasters,
    • CRTC recently concluded its first week of hearings into the ongoing debate about the usage-based billing practices of Canadian Internet service providers.
    • Michael Geist has written a post questioning whether this violates Canada's rules -- “The obvious complaint will be that Shaw is giving itself an undue preference in violation of violation of Section 27(2) of the Telecommunications Act.”
    • Peter Nowak (Canadian Tech Journalis) on Twitter: "First Shaw tries to illegally tie internet service to cable, now it's clearly violating net neutrality rules. Either very bold or very dumb."
    • Some perspective on Shaw from an emailer:
      • "Unfortunately Shaw is not a national provider with a footprint in all large metropolitan areas. If I want to subscribe to this service, I would be dipping into my Rogers bucket. I wish that I could access this magic fountain of unlimited streaming. Regards, Neil (Ottawa)"

Discussion Stories

  • Appeals court: TSA must halt airport body scanners
  • Appeals court rejects constitutional challenge over full-body scanners
    • The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C ruled today that the TSA violated federal rules when it installed full-body scanners without following proper procedures.
    • "It is clear that by producing an image of the unclothed passenger, (a full-body) scanner intrudes upon his or her personal privacy in a way a magnetometer does not," wrote Judge Douglas Ginsburg for the three-judge panel.
    • Ginsburg said he would not order TSA to immediately halt the full-body screening- "the agency promptly to proceed in a manner consistent with this opinion." The judges said the TSA violated the Administrative Procedures Act for failing to have a 90-day public comment period, and ordered the agency to undertake one
    • The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, filed the lawsuit in July 2010 asking for an immediate injunction pulling the plug on TSA's body scanning program.
    • EPIC executive director Marc Rotenberg said today: "The TSA is now subject to the same rules as other government agencies that help ensure transparency and accountability. Many Americans object to the airport body scanner program. Now they will have an opportunity to express their views..."
    • The court ruled 3-0 that searches were not unconstitutional however.
  • 24,000 Pentagon files stolen in major cyber breach, official says
  • 24,000 files stolen from defense contractor: Pentagon
    • Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III, who disclosed the March breach during a speech to roll out the Pentagon’s new cyber strategy, The Defense Department lost 24,000 files to “foreign intruders” in the spring in what appears to be one of the most damaging cyberattacks to date on the U.S. military,
    • The March breach was not the first: “It is a significant concern that over the past decade, terabytes of data have been extracted by foreign intruders from corporate networks of defense companies,” Lynn said.
    • “Our strategy’s overriding emphasis is on denying the benefit of an attack,” Lynn said Thursday. “Rather than rely on the threat of retaliation alone to deter attacks in cyberspace, we aim to change our adversaries’ incentives in a more fundamental way. If an attack will not have its intended effect, those who wish us harm will have less reason to target us through cyberspace in the first place.”
    • Lynn said the data theft had "compromised information relative to the design of military equipment"" but had not ""set us back in terms of the development of the system."
  • Sony’s Tablet Reveal Leaves Many Questions Unanswered
    • Sony launched S1 and S2 this week but failed to answer important questions
    • when it will launch and how much it will cost?
    • No tech specs
    • Hands-on was limited mostly to main screen
    • No release date
    • The current prototypes are running the initial 3.0 version of Honeycomb, though Sony says it may well update the software closer to release.
  • Microsoft snatches up a pair of Sony related domains, internet runs amok with rumors
    • Picked up "" and ""
    • Rumors everywhere now. Sony Windows Phone 7 Device? Could Sony computers run Windows? Wait. they already do.
    • Engadget points out this URL pick up is a bit noteworthy as MS doesn't own LG-microsoft or somilar.
    • could be something as mundane as a joint marketing campaign for Sony laptops

News Fuse





"Hey there TNT Crew,

The way you represented ""bandwidth"" in TNT 284 was misleading! Networks do have a maximum finite capacity of bandwidth per unit time, and if you exceed it, packets get dropped. This is why ISPs throttle during peak usage times! If you take the capacity per unit time (X Mbps) and multiply it by a month (Y seconds), you end up with the ""supposedly-mythical"" bucket capacity (X•Y Mb). Sure, ISPs don't say how large this communal ""bucket"" actually is, and like to work with average values ""in the name of fairness"" (which is totally unrealistic), but that doesn't mean bandwidth is an unlimited resource (it's not). Saying otherwise just confuses the issue.

I'm a big fan of the show & listen to it on my morning commute literally everyday. Thanks for keeping me entertained with your antics (which thankfully don't include any mouth-breathers) & keep up the good work!


Matt Lubner"



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