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Episode 331

Tech News Today 331: Earth's Soul Patch

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Top Stories

  • Google Wallet, Confirmed
  • Google Wallet review: photos, videos, and availability
  • Launching Google Wallet on Sprint and working with Visa, American Express and Discover
  • MasterCard Defends Google Wallet Ahead of Its Official Launch
  • What Google Wallet Looks Like at American Eagle Outfitters
    • Ian Kennedy snapped this photo at a Peet’s Coffee shop near our offices in downtown San Francisco. Google has updated the Google Wallet website as well.
    • Google Wallet customers will be restricted to those with a Citi MasterCard (or prepaid card) and an Android-powered Nexus S from Sprint. Additionally, the merchant will have to have a MasterCard PayPass-enabled payment terminal.
    • MasterCard’s head of mobile, Mung Ki Woo said MasterCard already has 300,000 PayPass-enabled terminals worldwide, of which half are in the U.S.
    • Google Wallet, early adopter American Eagle Outfitters quietly began accepting Google Wallet payments about a month ago.
    • Releasing first version of the App to Sprint. Nexus S 4G phones get it. Can pay with Citi MasterCard and/or Google Prepaid Card. As a thanks to early adopters, we’re adding a $10 free bonus to the Google Prepaid Card if you set it up in Google Wallet before the end of the year
    • Visa, Discover and American Express have made available their NFC specifications that could enable their cards to be added to future versions of Google Wallet.
    • launching only in New York and San Francisco
  • Netflix Reactions from our inbox:
    • Streaming and DVD by mail are *not* two different businesses. They are two different ways to get one product. If I want to read "Flicker" by Theodore Roszak I can buy it from whether I want a physical copy or a digital copy. - Katharine the Political Scientist.
    • To apologize for tripping me is one thing, but to offer to make amends by jumping up and down on my head is simply too much. - Joseph Hauger
    • This company keeps making mistakes if their not careful Apple and amazon are going to pounce. - Jeff Ley
    • the ridiculous email that Reed Hastings sent this morning has made me wish I had some hills to scream to. - Nancy Melin
  • Facebook adding Spotify, MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody, and more?
  • Updates improve Facebook and Twitter connections
    • Facebook's developer conference, F8 begins Thursday. The New York Times has confirmed Facebook will launch a media service.
    • Facebook "will unveil a media platform that will allow people to easily share their favorite music, television shows, and movies, effectively making the basic profile page a primary entertainment hub."
    • Facebook users will be able to post links to the songs, music videos, or movies they're watching, and their Facebook friends will be able to click directly to the content and check it out themselves.
    • The Times lists Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, MOG, French company Deezer, and music video site Vevo--all services mentioned by code-sifter Schaap--as being among the companies signing on to the arrangement. It also says about five other music services will be involved
    • Facebook's 750 million users will be able to automatically share activity such as viewing, listening and reading in the live "ticker" stream, once they have opted in to the feature.
    • The New York Post reported that Hulu and Facebook would announce at this week's F8 confab deeper integration of their two sites. Netflix was also mentioned in the Post story." Zuckerberg is also expected to introduce changes to the "Like" button, allowing developers to create their own verbs such as "Want", "Desire" or "Need".

Discussion Stories

  • Metro Apps to Be Sold Only From Microsoft's App Store
  • Only enterprise and developers can bypass Windows Store for Metro apps
    • Metro apps for Windows 8 will be available only through Microsoft's own store (according to Ted Dworkin, a Microsoft director who leads the Windows Store development team, in a BUILD session Wednesday.)
    • a primer of the download market published by Microsoft said that it, like Apple, will take a 30% cut of all sales. (though that reference has been removed from the primer)
    • "We will examine every application that will be submitted to us [and] we will run a virus check and a malware check on every application," Dworkin said.
    • Metro developers that they must give customers a five-device license for any purchased app.
    • Side-loading is available for enterprises and developers.
  • AT&T Approaches Rivals to Save T-Mobile Bid
  • AT&T To Smaller Rivals: Buy Our Spectrum, Please
    • AT&T Inc. (T) is approaching smaller rivals including MetroPCS Communications Inc. and Leap Wireless International sell spectrum and subscribers as part of an attempt to save its T-Mobile bif said two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
    • Bank of America Corp. is advising AT&T on potential asset sale
    • Tom Krazit at PaidContent asks "After all, if the world is truly competitive, why would you want to give your competitors any kind of help?"
  • OS X Lion passwords can be changed by any local user
    • In OS X, user passwords are encrypted and then are stored in files called "shadow files" only accessible to high privileged users like root admin
    • In Lion, the system holds the password hashes in the system's directory services, which any user can look up. As a result, the hashes can be extracted without needing to supply admin privileges, and then be run through various hacking tools and scripts to recover the user's password.
    • Also using the directory service command line utility, a hacker can change passwords for any account.
    • Attacker needs local access (either physical, or already know an account and password to log in remotely) and directory service access
    • So 1. Diasble automatic log-in, enable sleep and screensaver passwords, Disable guest accounts, Don't always run as admin (and restrict user account from accessing apps that can modify directory services)

News Fuse




"Tom and Crew,

I don't think Microsoft should fool around with emulation like Apple did with Rosetta in the Intel switch. Apple switched over to Intel chips because they had hit a performance and thermal wall with PowerPC. Microsoft is coding for ARM only for the power savings, by all accounts ARM can't hit the same clock speeds or core counts that x86 can right now (this may change in the future, but I think it will be a while until power users see ARM as the best architecture for Windows). If Microsoft is really trying to improve their user experience, slow and inevitably buggy emulation is about the worst way to go about it.

Rich in (formerly) Lovely Cleveland"



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