Tech News Today 287
Recorded: July 19, 2011
Published: July 19, 2011
Tech News Today 287: Wait, That's Not Funny
Anonymous arrested, Murdoch bested, Google's help requested, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Kevin Purdy
- First hand report on Orlando raids
- FBI arrest 14 in Anonymous hacking investigation
- 16 Suspected 'Anonymous' Hackers Arrested in Nationwide Sweep
- The FBI raided several homes in California, Florida, New Jersey and New York among others in connection with an investigation into Anonymous' hacking, w
- Fox News reports 16 arrested
- Feds issued 30-40 search warrants
- 14 arrests indetified in the same indictment. Two separate criminal complaints filed in Newark and Tampa.
- An FBI spokesman in San Francisco confirmed to CNET's Elinor Mills that "the FBI is part of a nationwide investigation" into hacking
- LulzSec say they'll release big Murdoch email archive
- Hackers Vow to Release News Corp. Emails
- Rupert Murdoch Attacked by shaving cream pie At Phone-Hacking Hearing
- "Sun/News of the world OWNED. We're sitting on their emails. Press release tomorrow. In the meantime check: http://t.co/qhqSjdT #antisec" a hacker known as Sabu tweeted yesterday.
- LulzSec Twitter account "This was the work of Lulz Security, dear media. We would like to give a shout-out to our bros at @AnonymousIRC though, we love those guys!"
- LulzSec Twitter: Thank you for the love tonight. I know we quit, but we couldn't sit by with our wine watching this walnut-faced Murdoch clowning around.
- Sabu released purported email/password of former NewsINt. EIC Rebekah Brooks
- anon_alex also posted log-in information for Bill Akass, managing editor of News of the World
- The Telegraph reports that one of the phone numbers belongs to Pete Picton, a former online editor with The Sun who left to work on News Corp's iPad-only publication, The Daily
- Rubert Murdoch appeared before the UK COmmons Culture Committee. After several hours of testimony, meanwhile, the hearing was disrupted suddenly when a man lunged at Rupert Murdoch and threw something that looked like shaving cream in his face.
- OS X launching tomorrow.
- Golden Master copies of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion arrive on hard disks at Apple stores
- Apple holding overnight Tuesday for possible Wednesday OS X Lion launch
- Mac OS X Lion promo materials surface
- Some Apple Directors ponder CEO succession
- Record quarterly net profit of 7.31 billion on quarterly revenue of 28.57 billion
- up from 15.7 billion rev. and 3.25 billion profit a year ago
- 20.34 million iPhones sold up 142% year over year
- 9.25 million iPads up 183% 3.95 million Macs up 14% (iPods decreased 20%)-
- When asked about September predictions (Q: The 12% revenue downtick in September is more extreme than your typical September guidance, which is usually up. Why do you expect this next quarter to trend softer than usual) said: expect a YOY increase in iPhone sales, and for iPad we plan to increase our capacity and expect a significant increase in sales
- also: we also have a future product transition that we are NOT talking about today
- WSJ reports Apple's board has discussed CEO succession with executive recruiters and at least one head of a high-profile technology company
- Italian website Macitynet.it has reported that third party retail stores have started to receive promotional materials for OS X Lion
- 9to5Mac reports Apple’s retail chain will be holding employee overnights tonight.
- Hard disk drives bearing the final copiesof Mac OS X 10.7 Lion have arrived at Apple's retail stores ahead of an imminent launch according to MacRumours... (COuldn't they have just downloaded them from the developer channel?)
- Early Redditor Charged With Data Theft
- Internet Activist Charged in M.I.T. Data Theft
- Co-founder of Demand Progress Aaron Swartz (created Infogami which merged with Reddit early on) is facing charges of data theft. Mr. Swartz was indicted last Thursday by the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Carmen M. Ortiz, and the indictment was unsealed Tuesday.
- The Boston District Attorney says Swartz stole millions of documents from JSTOR, an online archive for academic journals, while at MIT.
- In 2009 Mr. Swartz downloaded 19 million pages of federal court documents from a government database system, acting on the belief that they should be made available free.
- Mr. Swartz broke into a restricted area of M.I.T. and entered a computer wiring closet. Mr. Swartz apparently then accessed the M.I.T. computer network and stole millions of documents from JSTOR.
- Demand Progress says ""As best as we can tell, he is being charged with allegedly downloading too many scholarly journal articles from the Web"" and compares it to ""checking too many books out of the library."
- JSTOR is an online archive of print journals."
- Swartz used the Acer laptop to systematically access and rapidly download an extraordinary volume of articles from JSTOR. He used a software program to automate the downloading process so that a human being would not need to keep typing in the archive requests.
- When that was blocked he allegedly broke into a wiring closet and attached a hard drive
- On January 4, 2011, Aaron Swartz was observed entering the restricted basement network wiring closet to replace an external hard drive attached to his computer. On January 6, 2011, Swartz returned to the wiring closet to remove his computer equipment. This time he attempted to evade identification at the entrance to the restricted area. As Swartz entered the wiring closet, he held his bicycle helmet like a mask to shield his face, looking through ventilation holes in the helmet. Swartz then removed his computer equipment from the closet, put it in his backpack, and left, again masking his face with the bicycle helmet before peering through a crack in the double doors and cautiously stepping out.
- Google’s Schmidt: “Our competitors aren’t innovating, they’re responding with lawsuits”
- Google's Schmidt vows to defend HTC
- Schmidt speaks at Google's "Mobile Revolution" conference in Tokyo
- When asked whether Google would help HTC pay any fees associated with a guilty ruling, should the company’s appeal be shot down, Schmidt replied “We will make sure they don’t lose, then.”
- "We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations. I’m not too worried about this."
- MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover join ISIS mobile payment network
- Carriers, Credit Card Companies Make Headway on Mobile Payments
- MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover — have all announced today that they’re joining ISIS, a partnership of American carriers formed last year
- ISIS is backed by ATT, TMo + VZw. Sprint is not part of ISIS
- Google Wallet's NFC payment system has a partnership with MasterCard and Sprint. Google isn't a part of ISIS either.
- Isis has announced it was going to launch initially in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas using near-field communication. It plans to roll out in the first half of 2012 with support from all four payment networks.
- China's Baidu licenses music from major US record labels for streaming and downloads
- Baidu Signs Label Deal For Ting Music But Still Links To Pirated MP3s
- US record labels have reached a deal with Chinese search engine company Baidu.
- The agreement between the search giant and One-Stop China, a joint venture of Universal, Warner and Sony BMG, will result in licensed tracks popping up in searches instead of pirated one
- Baidu launched its ting! social music service earlier this year with support from local labels and EMI
- Agreement ends all outstanding litigation
- Some details about the potential sale of Hulu are leaking out. According to Business Insider, Yahoo would be willing to pay $2 billion for the video site if the deal had a provision that Hulu would have 4-5 years of exclusive access to current content. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is no longer participating in this round of negotiations to buy Hulu, but that doesn't rule out future negotiations.
- Viral campaign or yet another leak, how bout you decide after you watch a video of Nokia's Windows Phone 7 device called "Sea Ray" that's making the rounds. in which a large case is removed from the face of the phone. the phone is spun around and then is shown to be a working model by using the camera application and seeing familiar tiles. So, whaddaya say? Ready to buy?
- Intel announced it's going to buy Fulcrum Microsystems for an undisclosed amount. Fulcrum makes networking chips and ethernet switches used in data centers. The move is seen as a complement to Intel's Xeon server chips. The deal won't be finalized until the end of Q3 of this year.
- Alright all you California ex-Amazon Affiliates, here's your chance to perhaps persuade Amazon to come back to the Golden State. Amazon has received approval from the California Attorney General to hold a referendum that will allow voters to possibly overturn a law that requires online vendors to collect sales taxes. Amazon needs over half a million signatures by late September for the matter to be subject to a statewide vote in February of next year.
- The long drawn out copyright infringement lawsuit between the Authors Guild and Google may be coming to an end. The judge presiding over the six-year old case has given Google, authors, and publishers a deadline of September 15th to hammer out some kind of deal. If the parties can come to an agreement, you'll be able to search scanned copies of lots more books for a price. If there's no deal, the judge promised a speedy trial to take place.
- Google is giving away customized Netgear routers that will include Measurement Lab software pre-installed. The MLab software will report all kinds of connection data to the Broadband Internet Service Benchmark project (a.k.a. BISMark) which is led by Georgia Tech and the University of Napoli. Right now, the routers are only available to the U.S. If the router deal isn't your thing, but you'd like to help the project, you can install BISMark on any OpenWRT-device.
- Big news: Document sharing site Scribd introduced Float! That's great. What's Float? It's a reading service that makes reading websites and feeds more book-like with a heap of social sharing features as is the norm these days. Float has an app for iOS that allows for offline reading. On top of that, Scribd set up partnerships with over 150 sites and blogs to provide content. It's free right now, but the plan is to include ads and possibly charge $8-$10 per month for content.
- Hey Apple, your revenue's all hot and big and powerful and guess what? Kodak's not afraid of you. Late Monday, the International Trade Commission ruled that Kodak does not infringe on Apple's digital photography patents. The ITC is also still looking into Kodak's claims that Apple is infringing on Kodak's patents. A final decision isn't expected until the end of August.
- TouchPad users, I've got good news... Amazon launched its Touchpad Kindle app last night
- After 2 weeks of review, Google Plus for iPhone is now available (not for iPod touch or iPad). Works on iPhone 3G and higher, lots of complaints of bugginess, already an updated app available
- While the Vizio tablet has been available for preorder since the 1st of July, Vizio's website says you can order that tablet today because they are in stock.
- OnStar FMV available at Best Buy July 24th for $300 - this is GM's aftermarket mirror that makes the OnStar service available to most cars - plus a $75 installation charge and $18.95 per month ($199 yearly) subscription
- This is My Next will get a new name this autumn. Editor Josh Topolsky announced the blog staffed by many former Engadgeteers will be officially launched under the name "The Verge."
- Sprint's Dan Hesse: significant 4G plans to be announced this fall
- Yahoo’s Q2 numbers are in, and there aren't any crazy surprises- Revenue's Down 5 Percent To $1.08B; Net Income Up 11 Percent
I heard Tom mention a while back during a pre- or post-show of TNT it would be nice for the ability to search titles of the various TWiT shows to avoid shows with similar names. While I'm sure the chat room is always happy to help with this task, why not do a little bit of screen scraping and stick everything in a database for convenient searching, day or night?
Show titles are current as of Monday morning (July 18). Moving forward, I can probably use the RSS feeds to keep the show titles up-to-date. It's far from perfect, but a work in progress. If there's any specific features you'd like to see be sure to let me know.
You can perform a simple search by entering a phrase into the text box. This will search all shows for that phrase. Your search can be narrowed to one or more specific shows using the checkboxes. To see a list of everything from one or more shows, just check the desired boxes and leave the phrase text box empty.
FYI, I'm not doing this for any kind of recognition -- just thought it was a fun and interesting project that hopefully a few of you guys might find useful. I enjoy and appreciate the work you guys are doing so keep-up the good work and best of luck in your new diggs.
Thanks! Ryan Heldt (cldfusn) Ames, Iowa"
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