Tech News Today 302
Recorded: August 9, 2011
Published: August 9, 2011
Tech News Today 302: A Box of Memories
Samsung Galaxy Tab banned in Europe, Nokia bows out of US, Will BlackBerry turn over rioters info to gov't? and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell ( )
- Sharif Sakr
- Preliminary injunction granted by German court: Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands
- Major Android setback: Galaxy Tab banned in Europe
- Apple wins preliminary design-related injunction against Samsung in Germany, Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales halted in EU
- The injunction is effective immediately, although Apple will have to do some paperwork to enforce it in each EU member nation
- (district court) of Düsseldorf, Germany Tuesday granted Apple (AAPL) a preliminary injunction barring distribution of the Galaxy Tab in the entire European Union except The Netherlands.
- Samsung is threatened with fines of up to EUR 250,000 (US$ 350,000) for each violation or imprisonment of Samsung's management in the event of continued infringement. (standard stuff under German tort law)
- released in Britain last week and became, according to the Telegraph, the country's fastest-selling tablet since the iPad 2
- Apple has a separate lawsuit underway in the Netherlands as well, asserting the same Community design.
- all about a tardemarked design-related intellectual property right
- Exclusive: Nokia to Exit Symbian, Low-End Phone Businesses in North America
- Nokia’s Drastic U.S. Steps: No N9, No Symbian, No Low-End Devices
- Nokia: the N9 isn't coming to America
- Nokia N9 (Meego) not launching in the US according to Engadget
- plans to end sales of its Symbian-based devices as well as low-end Series 40 handsets in US
- US President Chris Weber told AllThingsD “When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc.,”
- Will only sell phones via operators in the US.
- FCC to look at AT&T’s T-Mobile and MediaFLO spectrum buys ‘in a coordinated manner’
- FCC Extends Review of AT&T’s Plan To Buy Qualcomm Spectrum
- FCC pausing its 180-day time clock for reviewing AT&T’s plan to buy spectrum from Qualcomm.
- "we have concluded that the best way to determine whether either or both of the proposed transactions serve the public interest is to consider them in a coordinated manner at this time, without prejudice to independent treatment at a later date.” referring to T-Mboile merger as well as Qualcomm
- FCC did not formally merge its review of the two transactions
- As Riots Spread In London, RIM Will ‘Assist Police’. PS3 Also Playing Role?
- Police use Flickr to identify London riot suspects
- UK_Blackberry posted "We feel for those impacted by the riots in London. We have engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can." Patrick Spence, managing director, global sales and regional marketing confirmed to PaidContent
- Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), police can apply for details of a customer's phone records, including their location, details of calls made and received, and internet activity.
- MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, made a call for RIM to shut down BBM
- The Metropolitan Police’s Flickr photo stream includes some of the people it believes have been involved in the riots, asking people to help identify suspects.
- UK Riots: BlackBerry Hacked, Sony Burned, eBay On Alert
- RIM’s BlackBerry blog hacked after it cooperates with police over London riots
- Sony confirms investigation into warehouse blaze is underway
- Sony warehouse burns in London riots
- "Trick" from TeaMp0isoN posted a lettr to RIM blog site, RIM has taken blog site down
- eBay says they have not seen any unusual listing activity on the site but will remain vigilant.
- PaidContent found a listing for a torched polic car (joke)
- Sonys Digital Audio Disc Corporation (DADC) distribution centrein London area of Enfield burned
- housed CDs, DVDs, BDs and UMDs. Hundreds of discs for 150 independent labels."
- Video game rental service GameFly to offer PC game downloads, new features
- GameFly goes digital with PC game "rental" service
- Closed beta launches September 8, rent digital downloads of games
- Subscribers can play PC games at no additional charge. Access is ended when subscription ends.
- GameFly purchased Direct2Drive three months ago
- Full version expected by the holidays
- 100 games expected initially.
- Sign up for beta http://www.gamefly.com/download-games/beta/
- News from the Black Hat conference is still trickling out. According to Alex Stamos of iSec Partners, OS X is "significantly more vulnerable" than Windows 7 in network-based attacks and "almost every OSX server service offers weak or broken authentication mechanisms." Stamos also says the security by obscurity argument doesn't apply to Macs because over the past three years 1,151 major vulnerabilities have been found in OS X compared to 1,325 on Windows. Apple's latest version of OS X, Lion, uses sandboxing, which should help strengthen security.
- After months of development, Facebook has launched "Facebook Messenger" for both the iPhone and Android in the U.S. and Canada. The app was developed by the Beluga team (Facebook bought Beluga back in March) and allows users to message each other in groups or individuals via Facebook messages or even SMS - however it doesn't integrate with Facebook chat. Facebook says the rest of the world will get the app "shortly."
- California is asking Facebook to shut down access to the social networking site to the state's inmates. Some inmates' use of Facebook are the standard every-day fare, some are using Facebook to continue harassing their victims. Access to cell pones are violation of prison rules, but not a crime. A Facebook spokesman says that Facebook will disable accounts that "are violating relevant U.S. laws or regulations or inmate accounts."
- According to a BookStats survey, there's good news for ebooks! Between 2008 and 2011, ebook sales were up over 1000% with a net sales increase of 114 million units. Back in 2008, ebooks comprised less than 1% of the market and rose to 6.4% in 2010. If you're wondering what kind of books people are buying - adult fiction had a big revenue increase of nearly 9% over three years.
- Yesterday, Apple released the "Lion Recovery Disk Assistant" tool which lets you create a recovery partition for Lion on an external drive. The download is a tiny 1MB, but you'll need about 1GB on your external drive. The backup creates a mirror of the recovery partition on your Mac, so the backup will only work on YOUR machine.
- Tired of being called a "state actor" or an "Advanced Persistent Threat," China says that it was the target of half a million cyberattacks. Half of those attacks were from overseas. What kind of attacks? Apparently China is being hit with Trojan horse attacks and 14.7% of them apparently originated form the United States.
- ViaForensics says that some mobile apps are keeping our data in cleartext without encryption. 76% of apps stored Usernames in clear text, but then again 90% of the apps encrypted passwords. ViaForensics conducted tests from November 2010 to June 2011 and examined a variety of apps including social networking and financial apps. A couple of notable financial apps that didn't make ViaForensics happy include Mint and Square.
- Lodsys is in the midst of suing a bunch of app developers claiming that they are infringing on Lodsys' patents related to in-app purchases. Well, Lodsys just made an unexpected enemy - Wolfram Alpha and Wolfram Research have jointly filed for declaratory judgment against Lodsys. The case is pretty narrow though. Wolfram is not asking to have the court invalidate the patent, but wants the court to declare that Wolfram does not infringe on any valid Lodsys claim.
- Well it had to happen sometime. Yahoo investors are now suing Yahoo claiming that the shareholders were misled about the restructuring of its deal with Alibaba. The suit was filed yesterday in a federal court in San Francisco. The shareholders are arguing that they should have been notified by management about the restructuring to stay - y'know - informed of corporate going-ons.
- Tecmo Koei Champion Jockey looks ridiculous
- Say hello to "Champion Jockey" and like modern games it uses motion control. The game allows you to be a jockey! If you needed to know how to be a jockey, you can watch this video.
- Old Twitter is dead, long live new Twitter! The redesigned Twitter is now the default for all users.
- Boxee just released its iPad app today.
- Is September 17 America's Own Tahrir Square-Style 'Facebook Revolution? - Adbusters the publication would like to think so. Adbusters want 20,000 people take over Wall Street for months, until their demands are met- it's still taking shape but based on corporate policies, capitalism, and the state of the US economy. The campaign's nerve center urges protestors to "set up tents, kitchens [and peaceful barricades," apparently in anticipation of settling in for the long haul.]
- Samsung's solar-powered laptop, the NC215s, is available for pre-order in the U.S. for about $400
- 8-Inch Vizio Tablet Shipping Nationwide, $300
- Wal-Mart will shut its MP3 store August 29th. They actually have been selling digital music since 2003.
I am surprised that my fellow esteemed barrister, Iyaz Akhtar, forgot to mention the major benefit of patent law that DOES indeed encourage innovation; namely, that patent applications are public. The patent seeker gets protection for granted patents, but in exchange, s/he must make their detailed process and original work public such that the knowledge is shared. The particular industry is advanced because other manufacturers can decide to improve upon the innovation without copying it or not waste time reverse engineering-- what would otherwise be clandestine trade secrets-- and instead, decide to license the technology and incorporate it into even more innovation deriviative works. -- Duane Andrews"
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