Tech News Today 370
Recorded: November 11, 2011
Published: November 11, 2011
Tech News Today 370: Stick That In Your Nook And Stream It
Google Music about to launch? Do you own your Twitter account? Log in securely without a password, and more.
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- Nicole Carrico
- Darren Kitchen
- 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.
- Apple: We Continue to Investigate iPhone Battery issues
- iOS 5.0.1 update causing contact, WiFi headaches for some users
- iOS 5.0.1 didn't fix battery drain bug, say some users
- Apple's US online store begins selling unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S: $649 and up
- Apple deleting developer's iCloud libraries in advance of iTunes Match launch
- Apple told ATD: “The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices. We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.”
- A variety of comments on the Apple Support Forums have so far revealed several people who say the fix did nothing to improve battery life.
- The Next Web reports that some users aren't getting a proper contact name displayed when receiving a call
- GigaOm reports that users are complaining of microphone problems, WiFi signal issues, and difficulty connecting to cell networks.
- 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.
- Logitech CEO: Google TV 'cost us dearly,' no Revue replacement coming
- 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 fbo.gov link
- IBM in conjunction with Juniper Networks today announced a new service today called IBM Hosted Mobile Device Security aimed at helping IT admins get control of mobile devices. Capabilities include making sure personal devices comply with corporate security policies, protecting them against malware, tracking user activity and making sure network connections are secured. The service works with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia’s Symbian, and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.
- Sony's losing their shirts over TVs but CEO Howard Stringer isn't just sitting there twiddling his PSP. He told the Wall Street Journal "There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set." Yeah there is String! And Apple's apparently after it. But Stringer doesn't believe Apple will break into the television space with a new idea so easily, telling the Journal that "it will take a long time to transition to a new form of television."
- The video game company Activision estimates they sold more than 6.5 million copies of Modern Warfare 3 within 24 hours of its launch. And they only released it in the UK and North America. CEO Bobby Kotick called it the "biggest entertainment launch of all time" and pointed out it was the 3rd straight record breaking Call of Duty release. That means its sales outdid the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings movies.
- In the wake of Barnes and Noble's Nook Tablet announcement, Amazon's been busy making it clear that they have Netflix too. But the Nook also has Hulu Plus.. Well, today Amazon announced that Hulu Plus and ESPN ScoreCenter apps will be available on the Kindle Fire when it ships next week. Stick that in your Nook and stream it.
- Tired of the confusion between SIM and microSIM? Well it's going to get worse. The Verge reports Giesecke & Devrient — the German firm that brought you the first commercial SIMs in 1991 — has debuted a new "nano-SIM" that trims about 30 percent of the size off the already tiny micro-SIM. And yes, they can make a mint off adapters.
- Google just bought two new companies to help with Google + and Chrome. Katango is a social algorithm specialist that will focus on improving the Circles feature in Google+. The second company is called Apture and they are known for in-page pop-up windows--- as seen on sites like the New York Times. They're supposed to help the end user experience in Chrome.
- Microsoft began selectively rolling out its Xbox 360 fall dashboard update to its public preview program members today. The Metro-like interfcae also comes with cloud storage for profiles and saves, additional Kinect voice search and gesture support, live TV programming and new social tools. NO word on when they rest of us mortals will get the update.
- Sony wants to encourage you people with stacks of UMDs from your PSP to still consider bying the PlayStation Vita, even though it doesn't have a UMD drive. Sony Japan announced UMD Passport Program coming via an app December 6th, that will let Japanese PSP owners register UMD games to secure discounts for repurchasing titles on the new console. Yes repurchasing. The games you already bought. Boo.
- There's an app called "I'm a WP7" that lets Windows Phone users find each other. And sometimes they find prototype Windows Phones! The blog WP Central posted a screenshot of a listing for a Nokia device codenamed "Champagne". According to WP Central, it's running Windows Phone 7.10.8711. Maybe that's a fancy number for Tango, the next Windows Phone 7 OS.
- Sprint locking down iPhone 4S SIMs for new customers. The company will unlock the SIM's - but only when the phone is taken abroad for customers in good standing for 90 days
- Droid RAZR on sale now, only $111.11 at Amazon Wireless
- OH and by the way, it's rooted - the root tool is only available for Windows users, no recovery tool yet
- Adobe releases final Flash Player version for Android, BlackBerry PlayBook, promises future updates
- Science Hack Day SF is happening all weekend 11/12-11/13 - sf.sciencehackday.com
- Mario 3D Land launches Monday November 13th
- Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara Tuesday 11/14-17
"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: https://www.grc.com/dns/dns.htm 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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