Tech News Today 287

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Episode 287

Tech News Today 287: Wait, That's Not Funny

Anonymous arrested, Murdoch bested, Google's help requested, and more.

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Top Stories

  • 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: #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 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?)

Discussion Stories

  • 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.

News Fuse




"Hey Guys-

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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