Tech News Today 357

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Episode 357

Tech News Today 357: Decaf, Look Into It

Amazon pulls a Netflix, China heats up the CyberColdWar and a thermostats you'll drool over... seriously, and more.

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Top Stories

  • iTunes creator working on Apple TV, report says
  • Apple TV? Think Bose VideoWave, Only More Apple-ish.
  • Content, licensing holding back Apple TV set, analyst claims
    • "I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson. "It would be seamlessly synched with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it." Rumoured to be customized programming, in which people could follow whatever channels or shows they want for a monthly fee
    • Apple vice president of consumer applications, Jeff Robbin, is heading up a team at the company that's working on launching a television, according to Bloomberg
    • Gene Munster thinks it will come late 2012 or early 2013. Shaw Wu says content licensing is what's holding it back.
    • In an interview with CNET, Walter Isaacson said Apple wasn't "close at all" to developing a television.
    • John Paczkowski at ATD reports that Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry thinks it will be like Bose VideoWave
  • Data points to China as source of March RSA breach, wider attacks
    • RSA executive chairman Art Coviello told attendees of the company’s conference in London two weeks ago that the March cyberattack on his company “could only have been perpetrated by a nation-state,”
    • Ars reports Data shared with Congress by security experts, however, suggests strongly that the nation-state in question was China and that the infrastructure used in the attacks had been active long before RSA was breached.
    • security blogger Brian Krebs reports, over 700 organizations’ networks were found to be transmitting data back to the command-and-control networks used to coordinate the attack
    • of the over 300 C&C networks used to coordinate the Flash zero-day attacks, the vast majority—299 of them—were located in China.
    • first communication with these networks dates back to November 2010, predating the known timeline of the Flash zero day by at least three months.

Discussion Stories

  • Judge says no to Sprint request for AT&T documents
    • a report issued Friday, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Inc. analysts Robin Bienenstock and Craig Moffett note that Comcast and TW Cable together hold a 20MHz block of the 1,700/2,100MHz Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum that covers about 80 percent of the U.S., and it happens to be the kind of capacity that "would drop neatly and easily into T-Mobile's existing towers." Considering T-Mobile's near-term spectrum issues and the fact that auctions are still well out on the horizon, "a deal with Comcast and Time Warner Cable for spectrum therefore looks appealing and is very likely the principal Plan B. Or, if you will, the new Plan A," the firm notes.
    • this would be a way for the cable industry to dodge the FCC's complaints that they're sitting on unused spectrum
    • companies like Cablevision have filed merger complaints with the FCC stating that they'd like to strike a deal with T-Mobile, but that AT&T ownership would make that all-but impossible
  • iPod fathers unveil their next project, the Nest Learning Thermostat (hands-on)
    • Nest Labs run by Tony Fadell, longtime SVP of Apple's iPod division, and lead engineer Matt Rogers.
    • Thermostat called Nest and will go on sale next month for $249 in places like Best Buy
    • six sensors, which keep tabs on metrics like temperature, ambient light, humidity and motion takes about a week to pick up on your routine
    • If you're not at home (no motion) , it lowers the temp to save energy -- Multiple thermostats talk to each other
    • Click wheel for adjusting temp, or you can use an iPhone app, or a web interface
    • Takes about 20 minutes to install.
  • Tablet owners still won't pay to read the news
  • Android Phones, Apple’s Tablets Serving Up Tons of Ads
    • Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Economist Group found that around 77 percent of tablet owners use their devices each day, spending an average of around 90 minutes in total.
    • 53 percent of those polled said they read the news daily. The only more popular activities were browsing the Web (which 67 percent do daily) and using e-mail (54 percent) Social networks was 39%
    • 33 percent of them said they spend more time getting news then they did before they bought their tablets.
    • Only 14 percent of those who grab the news through their tablets said they've paid for such content. Another 23 percent said they've subscribed to a print newspaper or magazine that includes digital access.
    • Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates
    • Apple tablet accounted for 97 percent of all ads shown on tablets a quarterly study from Millennial Media. Android serving up 56 percent of mobile ads on connected devices, double the figure for Apple’s iOS.
    • Sample info:
      • A phone survey reached 1,159 tablet users and 894 tablet news users, and a web-based survey asked news users about their news habits over the prior seven days. The study was conducted in the summer and early fall of 2011

News Fuse



  • Nokia World kicks off tomorrow in London - everyone's expecting official details on Nokia's Windows Phones including Microsoft.



"I have an legitimately evil twin. He maintains the mirror universe goatee which proves this fact. He is so paranoid that he very well might not upgrade to the iPhone 4s because I don't doubt that he thinks I will sneak in his house, unlock his phone and do something nefarious.

You can actually see the paranoia piercing your soul here.

Perhaps you better refer to me by my code name Ronoldo Diaz, he might be spidering the web for hits on me. Seriously he is the evil twin!

Anyways love the show, all the best.


"Just a few clarifications:

1) There have already been problems with the information released. One of OpDarknet's members was included in the list of usernames from Lolita City. They've backpedaled, saying that it was included by a vindictive member spreading FUD who has since been kicked from the project, but there has been at least 1 false positive already. 2) The information released from LC's user database contains no private information, so I don't know the value of releasing it, outside of creating false positives, as in #1. 3) The main attack is that they are DDoS'ing Freedom Hosting, which hosts the 40+ child pornography websites. Cut off the hosting provider, and you cut off the websites.

I agree that the darknet needs some cleaning , but Freedom Hosting also hosts websites for legitimate activities. The DDoS took them down as well. I wish there was a better way of going about this. I just can't think of one, but the attention it is drawing will bring one up as we work together to clean out what needs it. No Names Please"



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