Tech News Today 341
Recorded: October 3, 2011
Published: October 3, 2011
Tech News Today 341: Alibaba And The 40 Percent
Rhapsody eats part of Napster, HTC Android security hole exposed, Alibaba might buy Yahoo!, and more.
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- Rhapsody Buys Napster Subscribers from Best Buy
- Rhapsody to acquire Napster
- Rhapsody Is Acquiring Napster
- Rhapsody is acquiring Napster’s subscribers and “certain other assets,” from Best Buy -- Best Buy gets a minority stake in Rhapsody
- Rhapsody is acquiring Napster’s “robust IP portfolio.”
- appears that current Napster subscribers will lose access to about two million songs. (Rhapsody 13 million Napster 15 million songs)
- The deal is set to close around November 13.
- Napster plans start at $5 a month Rhapsody $10
- Security hole in HTC phones gives up e-mail addresses, location
- HTC security vulnerability said to leak phone numbers, GPS data, and more, HTC responds (video)
- Android Police reported a vulnerability in HTC's Sense UI
- application package titled HTCLoggers.apk installed with root-level access. Apps with Internet permissions can access HTCLoggers.apk, which provides access to information like GPS data, WiFi network data, memory info, running processes, SMS data (including phone numbers and encoded text), and system logs that can include information like e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
- a partial list: Thunderbolt, EVO 3D, EVO 4G, EVO Shift 4G) can delete HTCLoggers from their devices if they root the phones.
- "HTC takes our customers' security very seriously, and we are working to investigate this claim as quickly as possible. We will provide an update as soon as we're able to determine the accuracy of the claim and what steps, if any, need to be taken."
- Facebook works with Websense to add phishing safety net
- Facebook Adds Malicious Link Protection
- Judge Refuses To Halt Facebook’s Timeline; Spills New Details
- Facebook teams with Websense to fight phishing
- As of next week, users will be warned if they are about to be taken to a malicious website.
- protection will be powered by Websense's "Threatseeker Cloud", a system which stores a database of known malicious URLs.
- The system can also detect unknown dangerous URLs by assessing threats in real-time.
- 'friend in the middle' attacks
- Alibaba’s Jack Ma at Stanford: “We Are Very Interested” in Buying the “Whole” of Yahoo
- a forum at Stanford University Friday afternoon Alibaba Group Chairman and CEO Jack Ma spoke
- In answer to a direct question about whether his company was going to buy Yahoo “We are very interested in Yahoo. Our Alibaba group is important to Yahoo and Yahoo is important to us … All the serious buyers interested in Yahoo have talked to us.”
- In response to a question from Kara Swisher, Ma said he wanted the “whole” company, but that the effort was complicated and included a number of players. Again, he said: “We are very, very interested.”
- Oracle Modeling Itself on Apple?
- There'll be nothing left of IBM once I'm done,' says Ellison
- Larry Ellison Bills Oracle as the Apple of the Enterprise
- Sunday keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld
- Ellison conceded that for the past decade, IBM's Power line of processors set the standard for integer performance, but with the Sparc T4 processor, announced last week, Oracle has closed the gap considerably.
- "We're better than IBM in Java, and we're going to beat them in integer arithmetic and then there will be nothing left," proclaimed Ellison, then started backing off a bit saying that if Oracle doesn't beat IBM's future Power chips on integer math, the company's chip designers would "be pretty close."
- "We're faster for Java, Mister Blue," Ellison said, referring to the benchmark test shown above. "You're faster for integer arithmetic. If you think companies do a lot of arithmetic, cool. We think they access a lot of data and run a lot of Java."
- "If you design the hardware and software in concert, you do a better job than if one company designs the operating system, another company comes up with the VM, another company comes up with the database…Apple, for example, is doing a pretty good job of designing hardware and software and online services that work well together."
- Sprint scores iPhone 5 exclusive thanks to $20 billion deal with Apple?
- The Tech Erra. found some code in iTunes 10.5 beta 9 indicating Apple could support rentals of apps
- A few strings in the iTunes beta code appear to be pop-up messages to notify customers about the state of rented apps
- "Apps are automatically removed from your iTunes library at the end of the rental period" and "This app will be deleted from your computer" are a couple of the included statements.
- The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint has entered into an agreement with Apple to purchase over $20 billion worth of iPhones over the next four years — that’s around 30 million iPhones. It’s said that Sprint won’t even break even on the transaction until 2014
- BGR reports some crazier rumours about Sprint getting a WiMax exclusive on the iPhone 5. Hard to swallow.
- Yahoo and ABC News announced a new partnership where both will co-produce major news events. An original interview series called "Newsmakers" will run on both Yahoo.com and ABCnews.com. The first interview will be conducted by George Stephanopoulos and he'll be talking with President Obama. This is a bit of an expansion of Yahoo and ABCnews' relationship - the two announced a content distribution deal way back in December 2000.
- Verizon wants to stop the FCC's net neutrality rules, and they are suing! The company filed suit on Friday that argues the FCC lacks authority to make those regulations. The complaint described the rules with the magic words "arbitrary and capricious." This isn't the first lawsuit opposing the net neutrality rules, Free Press sued last Wednesday arguing the rules didn't go far enough.
- Tesla, the electric car maker, held an event on Saturday to show off its Model S sedan. Apart from requiring no gas to run, the Model S will also have a 17-inch LCD display as the centerpiece of its in-car entertainment. A 12.3-inch display will serve up normal dashboard info like speed, fuel and the like. The Model S is to be priced at $57,400, but isn't expected to be launched until next year.
- Reports of the Zune's death are premature. Today, the Zune website looked different - there was no Zune MP3 player on there. References to Zune software still existed, but not the hardware, which made people think the Zune was finally dead. Microsoft says it was a "publishing error" and the Zune HD is back on the site.
- Apple's got a store, Microsoft's got a store, now Google's in the game! Last Thursday, a Chromebook mini-store was unveiled inside of PCWorld/Curry's in London. It's a bench with a dozen Chromebooks so people can try them out or buy one. More stores are set to be rolled out across the UK.
- Windows Phone Mango has a plenty of cool new features, but it also contains a fix that ought to calm privacy fans. Windows Phone 7.5 no longer sends location data without first getting a user's permission. Prior to the update, the OS would grab certain location data before displaying a notification to the user.
- In an interview, Eric Schmidt said that Motorola Mobility won't be given any special treatment when it comes to Android. “We need strong, hard competition among all the Android players. We won’t play favorites in the way people are concerned about.” He also expressed confidence in the patents Google would get with Moto saying, "we will end up having enough patents that we can end up with a rough truce with everybody else."
- Adobe made some waves today announcing its acquisition of font site Typekit. Typekit's technology will become part of a service called "Adobe Creative Cloud," which is designed to help people create content in the cloud. Typekit will still be available as a stand alone service.
- The Kindle Touch 3G will not be able to access the entire internet when connected to 3G. In a customer forum post, an Amazon spokesperson explained that 3G connectivity would be limited to Wikipedia, the Kindle store and downloads of books and periodicals. On Wi-Fi, the browser can surf to any site. The Kindle Keyboard 3G will still be able to surf anywhere - for now.
- iPhone Announcement tomorrow October 4th. Watch TWiT for the live coverage.
- HP closed its Autonomy deal today for $12 billion
- The countdown to o-NYE-ric Ocelot begins, Ubuntu 11.10 arrives October 13th
- MIPCOM kicks off today - they call themselves the world’s entertainment content market - lots of studio executives on the future of content, as well as reps from Netflix and Facebook
- Adobe MAX user conference kicks off today
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 coming to T-Mobile on October 26th, price remains a mystery
- Samsung Galaxy Note hits the UK November 17th - reminder that this is the 5.3 inch phone/tablet thingy that both intrigues and confuses.
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