Tech News Today 304

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Episode 304

Tech News Today 304: Measuring Piles of Patents

Google Plus gets game(s), final word on the patent mess, PCs are over, and more.

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  • Google Tells ITC Judge: Microsoft Revealed Our Secret Source Code
    • Google has asked a judge at the International Trade Commission to sanction Microsoft, saying that the company revealed “highly confidential source code” to an expert witness Robert Stephenson in violation of the court’s rules.
    • Case is Microsoft against Motorola over an Android phone
    • Shows Google is involved and assists handset makers
    • Google says it should have had a chance to review the credentials of Stephenson and had a chance to object.
    • Google wants the ITC judge overseeing the Microsoft v. Motorola case to stop Stevenson from testifying.
    • Google has asked Microsoft to respond by August 15
  • PCs 'going the way of typewriters,' says IBM
  • Dean's post: "IBM Leads the Way in the Post-PC Era"
    • Mark Dean, IBM CTO Middle East and Africa wrote a blog post commemorating the 30th anniversary of the launch of the IBM 5150. (August 12)
    • "I, personally, have moved beyond the PC... My primary computer now is a tablet. When I helped design the PC, I didn’t think I’d live long enough to witness its decline... they’re no longer at the leading edge of computing. They’re going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs."
    • "PCs are being replaced at the center of computing not by another type of device - though there’s plenty of excitement about smart phones and tablets - but by new ideas about the role that computing can play in progress."

News Fuse






HTV-2b did not launch yesterday it was scrubbed due to poor weather over the Pacific Ocean


    • The DARPA glider, called the Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2 (HTV-2), blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California atop a Minotaur 4 rocket at 7:45 a.m. PDT. The U.S. military lost contact with an unmanned hypersonic glider shortly after it launched on a test flight today (Aug. 12) as part of a global strike weapons program to develop vehicles capable of flying at Mach 20 and reach any target in the world in an hour.

"Hi There,

I don't know if this is new (haven't listened to the last couple of shows yet) but as far as I am concerned, facebook has done about the dodgiest thing they have done so far in terms of privacy. If you run the facebook app for iPhone, the app has uploaded all your contacts to facebook - if you go to ACCOUNT > EDIT FRIENDS and then click on 'contacts' at the far left, you should see every contact from your phone address book with phone numbers - both people who are on Facebook and ones that are not. I guess I missed the TOS in facebook where they said they were entitled to upload all the data on my phone. Presumably this will make the whole Skype integration easier meaning you can call friends who aren't on facebook from within facebook. However, this not asking approach just seems incredibly underhanded. Did they really think that no-one would notice and they'd just get away with it? Keep up the awesome work.


Greg Lane"

FB's response: “Our Contacts list, formerly called Phonebook, has existed for a long time,” the statement says. “The phone numbers listed there were either added by your friends themselves and made visible to you, or you have previously synced your phone contacts with Facebook. Just like on your phone, only you can see these numbers.”

"Hey TNT,

Allen the web front-end engineer here. You guys were talking about how Amazon's new ebook web app didn't look right on the iPhone maybe because HTML5 isn't ratified yet. I'm sad to say that even if HTML5 was ratified, it wouldn't make that big of a difference. HTML5 isn't a magic bullet that makes web apps work across browsers and hardware (e.g., IE9, mobile, low-power CPU's w/ no GPU acceleration), and web engineers still often choose to optimize for one or two target browser types.

-- Allen"



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