Tech News Today 370

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Episode 370

Tech News Today 370: Stick That In Your Nook And Stream It

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Top Stories

  • Google said to be launching music service next week
    • Google is holding an event on November 16th, and The Verge's sources tell them it's going to be for Google Music.
    • CNET broke the news last month that Google was planning a social "twist" to a traditional MP3 download store. The Wall Street Journal reported that the new music service would connect to the company's nascent social network, Google+.
  • Citi to Sell EMI Units for $4.1 Billion
  • Universal buying EMI Music for $1.9 billion, says WSJ
  • Universal closes in on EMI. Lawsuits to follow?
    • WSJ reporting EMI's recorded music group will be sold to Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion
    • Sony Corp.’s music division will buy the publishing operation for $2.2 billion
    • Bank may wait until weekend to make it official
    • EMI has been the most innovative of the 'Big 4' but also the most finanically unstable.
    • Earlier this week independent label trade group Impala called for the European Commission to investigate an acquisition of EMI by either Sony or UMG.
    • The four major record companies, UMG, Sony, Warner and EMI combined account for more than 80 percent of song sold.

- After all this if you still want an iPhone 4S you can get one contract-free in the US online store starting today. $649 for the 16GB $749 for the 32. $849 for the 64 GB.

Discussion Stories

  • Logitech CEO: Google TV 'cost us dearly,' no Revue replacement coming
  • Transcript
  • Logitech's new CEO sees the failures of the Revue clearly in hindsight and doesn't plan a sequel
  • QOTD: “Oops” — Google TV Edition
    • At Logitech's Analyst and Investor day Wednesday, CEO Guerrino De Luca acknowledged "mistakes" the company made with its Logitech Revue Google TV set top box. "a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature," according to the transcript posted on SeekingAlpha
    • "executed a full scale launch with a beta product and it cost us dearly."
    • "To make the long story short, we thought we had invented [sliced] bread and we just made them. [We made a commitment to] just build a lot because we expected everybody to line up for Christmas and buy these boxes [at] $300 [...] that was a big mistake."
    • The mistake cost the company "well over $100M in operating profits."
    • Former CEO Gerald P. Quindlen championed the Revue but stepped down in July.
    • "Google TV or a child of Google TV or the grandchild of Google TV will happen. The integration of television in Internet is inevitable. But the idea that it would happen overnight in Christmas 2010 was very misguided and that also cost us dearly."
  • Can A Twitter Account Be A Company Trade Secret?
  • Who gets custody of Twitter when an employee quits?
    • Noah Kravitz worked for PhoneDog, which is an "interactive mobile news and reviews web resource."
    • Kravitz worked as a reviewer and video blogger. He used the "@PhoneDog_Noah" Twitter account, and it amassed approximately 17,000 followers.
    • When he left the company he changed the account name to @noahkravitz
    • PhoneDog sued, asserting claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, interference with economic advantage; and conversion.
    • Court dismissed the economic advantage claim. PhoneDog seems to have not connected the dots on the harm. Chief Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James ruled that more evidence was needed for Conversion and trade secrets claims.
    • Venkat Balasubramani has excellent analysis at Eric Goldman's Technology and Marketing Law Blog
  • DARPA to detail program that radically alters security authentication techniques
    • According to Michael Clooney at Network World's Layer 8 blog DARPA will detail a new plan for password-free authentication development next week.
    • Active Authentication, looks to develop technology that determines identity through ""use of software applications that can determine identity through the activities the user normally performs,""
    • Examples include work with fingerprints and mouse tracking
    • The Active Authentication proposers day meeting will be held November 18, 2011 in Arlington, VA. If you're interested search ""Active Authentication meeting"" and look for the link

News Fuse





"About the Steam breach. From their post: "user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information"

The important keyword are "hashed", "salted" & "encrypted".

It probably means that crackers got a big list of encrypted blobs instead of credit cards. Sadly, we don't know how they were encrypted.

So, the missing keywords are "full disclosure".

Still, It's far better than Sony or EA's Origin.

-- David Montminy"

"The easiest way to find your IP address is through GRC's DNS Spoofability test: Just scroll down and start a normal test. After it's done scroll down and it'll give you your DNS's IP address. If you don't have a rogue you will also know how secure they are on top of it.

- -- Jerod Lycett"



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