Tech News Today 365
Recorded: November 4, 2011
Published: November 4, 2011
Tech News Today 365: Give Us Your Shoes!
Microsoft fixes Duqu, breaks fonts, Nook details leak like a big hole in the floor, Google gets into Cable TV biz, and more.
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- Groupon IPO: Shares surge on first day of trading
- Groupon IPO Shares Pop 40% On First Trade, Debuts At $28 With A $17.8B Market Cap
- Initial Public Offering $20 - Opened at $28- High $31--- Closed at $26.11
- gives the Chicago daily deals site a valuation of $12.7 billion.-
- Nasdaq was down .44%
- IPO was $12.7 billion, the highest tech valuation since Google went public in 2004 at a valuation of $23.1 billion
- Microsoft pushes out emergency fix to block Duqu zero-day exploit
- Microsoft offers temporary fix for Duqu malware exploit
- Microsoft released a workaround to block a Windows kernel vulnerability recently found to be exploited by the installer for the Duqu virus. Calls the vulnerability risk limited.
- The attack, discovered by Hungarian researchers, exploits a vulnerability in Windows' TrueType font engine.
- Microsoft recommends shutting off access to T2EMBED.DLL, the dynamic link library that allows applications to display TrueType fonts. While the fix will prevent attacks, it also means that fonts won't display properly in applications.
- A full fix for the problem is still pending, and will not be part of Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday" fixes for November.
- Workaround available by app here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2639658
- B&N launching Nook Tablet for $249 on November 16th, and we've got the dirty details
- Nook Color to drop to $199, get Hulu Plus and streaming music services
- Nook Simple Touch seeing price drop to $99, touts 'no annoying ads'
- 8.9-inch Kindle Fire coming next, not 10.1?
- B&N Nook announcement (coming Monday) leaks like a sieve
- Engadget: Nook Tablet comes Nov. 16th for $249 twice the RAM and twice the storage of Kindle Fire Pre-order Nov. 7
- "everything the Nook Color [does] + the best in HD entertainment."
- Android Central: Nook Color dropping to $199 but it will also be getting Hulu Plus, Rhapsody, MOG, and Grooveshark apps via a 1.4 software update
- Engadget: Nook Simple Touch falls to $99
- CBS turned down an ad-based Apple TV deal
- CBS boss reveals why the company is 'against joining Apple TV' (or Hulu)
- CBS’ Lanzone: If You Want Our Content, You’ll Have To Pay—A Lot
- On earnings call Les Moonves said that CBS had decided against joining an Apple TV service because it was based on an ad split.
- CBS insists on upfront payements not revenue splits
- "We -- frankly, we don't believe in them. We're not going to go out and we've sort of -- we've even been against joining Apple TV, which was an advertiser split."
- Could he be talking about channels on the current Apple TV, instead of a new service?
- Google Ponders Pay-TV Business
- Google mulling plan to offer pay TV services?
- WSJ: Google considers offering paid TV services to internet customers
- Wait a Minute. Does Google Really Want to Be a Cable Guy?
- according to The Wall Street Journal, now Google might be thinking about ways to expand that into pay video and telephone services.
- Google has looked at ways to expand a previously announced project to build a high-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., adding video and phone service
- As a result, Google has discussed distributing major TV channels from companies like Walt Disney Co., Time Warner Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc. as part of the video service, though the discussions were exploratory and no final decisions have been made.
- Google has reportedly hired cable TV executive Jeremy Stern to lead talks
- Sanford Bernstein analysts Craig Moffett and Carlos Kirjner 1. adds to their status in promoting net neutrality. 2. a laboratory for Google to learn about technology and consumer behavior 3. opportunity for Google to learn about the economics of deploying and running infrastructure
- Apple Headed for 60 Percent of Handset Industry Operating Profits
- Apple's Supply-Chain Secret? Hoard Lasers
- Apple generating a disproportionate share of the cash in smartphones.
- In third quarter Apple generated 52 percent of the operating profits, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. with only a 4.2 percent global handset unit market share.
- All the cash Apple has gives it a huge advantage in the manufacturing market.
- That mentality—spend exorbitantly wherever necessary, and reap the benefits from greater volume in the long run—is institutionalized throughout Apple’s supply chain, and begins at the design stage.
- IberoAmerica has suspended OpCartel after their member was released by the drug cartel The Zetas. The hostage was released with a message for the world - the Zetas would kill ten people for every name of a Zeta associate released by Anonymous. In retaliation for the Zeta cartel kidnapping an Anonymous member, OpCartel was to expose identities to those tied to the cartel.
- During an earnings call, U.S. Cellular's CEO Mary Dillon said the company turned down an opportunity to carry the iPhone 4S. She called Apple's terms "unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint." What could these terms be? Sprint took the plunge and the WSJ said Sprint won't break even on its iPhone investement until 2014. Dillon also announced tiered data plans are coming to U.S. Cellular in 2012.
- Stop me if you've heard this one, but Apple just seeded a beta of iOS 5 to fix the battery issues. Well you have heard this before, but Apple released a second beta less than two days after releasing the first beta. iOS 5.0.1 should fix the battery drain issues caused by iOS 5 as well as a security hole that lets people unlock an iPad using the smart cover. Usually it takes weeks between betas, so this may indicate the fix will be available to the public sooner than later.
- Let's check in on how the government is checking in on you. A report from the AP says that a CIA team known as the "vengeful librarians" are watching over 4 million tweets per day as well as looking at Facebook, chat rooms and more. One of their missions is to gauge public opinion. Meanwhile a new piece of technology made by Columbia University, but funded by DARPA, have created fake documents that will ping a location if they are opened. The docs may alert the user that the docs are trying to contact a server, so the tech probably needs some more work.
- DARPA-funded fake docs track unauthorized users
- Google's made some changes to its search engine algorithm. Now the timeliness of an item will be a factor and Google expects this to impact about 35% of all searches. So if you're looking something like the Olympics, you'll get results about the most current Olympics first. This ought to drive certain SEO experts a little nuts.
- European Union's antitrust body said Friday, that they have sent requests for information on the enforcement of standards-essential patents to Apple and Samsung, claiming the requests are standard procedure. If the commission finds grounds for formal proceedings it can open formal proceedings. Most of Samsung's suits against Apple fall under standards-essential patents.
- Canon's red carpet event was yesterday and it introduced the Canon EOS C300, the company's foray into professional-level film making. Sorry, no 4K video capture here, the C300 tops out a 1080p, but it has a 8.29 megapixel sensor that is the same size as Super 35 film. The C300 will cost a very reasonable $20,000. Lenses will range from $45,000 to $47,000. Canon also showed off a D-SLR that could capture 4K video, but it's just a concept for now.
- RED finally made its Scarlet X camera official last night. Its specs kick the heck out of Canon's C300. The Red Scarlet can handle 4K capture for $9750 and it'll ship as early as November 17th. A full kit with a lens, LCD, and more will cost a total of $13,000. Now you've got no excuse to make a movie!
- Richard O'Dwyer was in court in the UK to stop extradition to the United States for copyright infringement. O'Dwyer operated a site called TVShack that listed links to top movies. TVShack doesn't have servers in the U.S., O'Dwyer isn't in the U.S., and the site doesn't host the works. In today's hearing, O'Dwyer's lawyers argued that the site was like Google - just links. The US government argues that O'Dwyer deliberately promoted links that he knew were infringing. The case will resume on November 22nd.
- Apple's 5th Avenue glass cube store has been unveiled after its reengineering. It now uses 15 panes of glass instead of the original 90 and does away with pretty much anything visibly holding it together
- Good news for comics fans who prefer bits and bytes- Marvel Comics will now offer digital releases same day as print releases.
- ChevronWP7, the Windows Phone 7 unlocker has gone live, with Microsoft's approval. If you have a Windows Live ID and $9, you get unlimited unlocks on a single phone.
- heads up to Playstationers- PSN games bought after November 18th will be subject to a new two-device activation limit
- not really a surprise- AT&T has pushed back its expected closing date for its purchase of T-Mobile up to 3 months due to regulatory scrutiny - we're now looking at mid-2012 instead of early 2012.
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