Tech News Today 372
Recorded: November 15, 2011
Published: November 15, 2011
Tech News Today 372: That Was Just Ballmer Talking
Facebook attacked by porn, Did Ballmer say Windows 8 will run on Windows Phones? Google leads fight against SOPA, and more.
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- Kindle Fire arrives
- Some B&N stores already selling NOOK Tablets
- Yes, You Can Install the Nook App on a Kindle Fire (EXCLUSIVE)
- Kindle Fire tear-down by iFixit in progress
- AT&T to sell Kindle Touch 3G
- Kindle Fires randomly arriving. Some got them today some didn't. ON sale at retail.
- Under the settings section labeled “Device,” there is an option that says “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources.”
- Mashable was able to use GetJar. Picked an Android 2.3 device. Some apps redirected to Amazon store, some didn't work at all, but some did.
- One that worked was the Barnes and Noble Nook
- One area store lists unavailable at Best Buy, but the rest say ""In Store Only"" but list as available.
- Starting next week, AT&T said it will sell the 3G version of the Kindle Touch e-reader, one of three new e-readers recently announced by Amazon. The Kindle Touch offers a new touch screen. AT&T will charge $149 for the device, the same price as Amazon.com.
- Reports that some people may have gotten the Nook Tablet today.
- Clickjack attacks plaguing Facebook with 4chan-like porn, violence imagery
- Facebook Blames “Coordinated Spam Attack” for Surge in Porn Imagery
- Facebook clickjacking attack uses a link disguised as an innocuous news story
- Once the bait is clicked, it uses the victim's news feed to spread offensive images to followers
- images of Justin Beiber edited into sexual situations and photos of animal cruelty,** No group claiming responsibility
- Facebook said today that a “coordinated spam attack” was to blame for the posting of pornographic and violent images on the news feeds of unsuspecting Facebook users.
- “We’ve put in place backend measures to reduce the rate of these attacks and will continue to iterate on our defenses to find new ways to protect people,” a Facebook spokesman said.
- Ballmer sees no value in splitting Microsoft up
- Ballmer Didn’t Necessarily Say Full Windows Is Coming to Phones, But Might It?
- Microsoft clarifies that Windows 8 isn't coming to phones (video)
- Microsoft had its annual shareholders meeting this morning at a conference hall in the Meydenbauer Center, a few miles down the road from Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus,
- At one point while talking about Windows 8 Ballmer mentioned Windows Phone. Some folks interpreted it to mean full Windows 8 would come to the phone form factor. Let's hear what he said.
- A Microsoft rep confirmed to us that if transcribed correctly, Ballmer's remarks (on display in the video below) should read, "We've got broad Windows initiatives driving Windows down to the phone. With Windows 8, you'll..."
- "There's nothing that I see in creating fundamental value in splitting the company up," Steve Ballmer said in response to a question about unlocking value by cleaving the company.
- "The company doesn't invest in things that are idly independent," Ballmer said. "Drawing a set of arbitrary boundaries is quite hard."
- And as the meeting was adjourned, some of the several hundred shareholders attending were still keen to ask questions. One yelled from the back of the that the company should continue the meeting. Microsoft didn't oblige.
- “We’ve got broad Windows initiatives … driving Windows down to the phone … with Windows 8 … you’ll see incredible new form factors powered by Windows from tablets, small, large, pens, smaller, bigger, room-size displays. We are in an era in which the range of smart devices is continuing to expand. That’s a fantastic thing for Microsoft. That is a real opportunity.”
- Google, Facebook, Zynga oppose new SOPA copyright bill
- Congress begins hearings on SOPA tomorrow, Nov. 16. Groups calling for "American Censorship Day"
- Congress hearing before the full House Judiciary committee tomorrow (11/15) at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT)
- Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, eBay, Mozilla, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn, wrote a letter asking politicians to "consider more targeted ways to combat foreign 'rogue' Web sites."
- Most in Congress support SOPA, including the leaders of both partie's relevant committees.
- Members of Congress opposed to SOPA have circulated their own letter (PDF), which was signed by Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo, of California, and Ron Paul, of Texas, among others. They say SOPA will invite "an explosion of innovation-killing lawsuits and litigation."
- EFF calls it "disastrous"--because it would force changes to the Domain Name System and effectively create a blacklist of Internet domains suspected of intellectual property violations.
- Google was the only oppositional voice invited to the hearing. No civil liberties groups were asked.
- Several groups are calling for participation in American Censorship Day tomorrow.
- Gartner's Q3 2011 smartphone figures: Samsung on top globally, Android tops 50 percent share
- Android Crushed the Smartphone Competition Last Quarter
- iPad demand said to be fading as competition heats up
- Gartner the latest with Q3 smartphone market numbers.
- Samsung becoming the number one smartphone manufacturer worldwide with sales reaching 24 million,
- Android's quarterly market share inching over 50 percent to best iOS -- Android managed to soar from 25.3 percent in Q3 2010 to 52.5 percent today.
- Apple shipped 17 million iPhones in the quarter, which represents an annual uptick of 21 percent, but a 3 percent drop from Q2 2011
- Microsoft claiming just 1.5 percent of the worldwide pie, a fairly precipitous drop from the 2.7 percent it had a year ago.
- BGR reports Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope suggested Apple’s firm grip on the global tablet market may finally loosen "
- Google now lets you hide your Wi-Fi network from its location services
- Google announces 'opt-out' feature for wireless network owners, aims to allay privacy concerns
- Google's blog post
- Don't want to be used in the Google Location Server geolocation database? add _nomap to the eed of your SSID
- "we hope that over time the “_nomap” string will be adopted universally."
- Apple named Arthur Levinson as non-executive chairman today, replacing the position left vacant by Steve Jobs. Levinson has been a co-lead director on Apple's board since 2005 serving on three committees. Also, Disney CEO and President, Bob Iger was named to the board as a director and part of the audit committee. Iger famously patched up Disney's relationship with Pixar.
- CNET got its hands on a Department of Justice statement that will be official tomorrow. In it, the DOJ asks for the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to be interpreted so violators of terms of services can be prosecuted by the agency. The provision subject to interpretation prohibits an act committed on a computer "without authorization or exceeding authorized access."
- Everybody's trying to be the first to provide cable TV service over the Internet. The Wall Street Journal reports Sony is in talks with media companies about launching a TV-like service that would be delivered to its PlayStation 3 game console and other connected devices. The idea is to create an Internet-based alternative to pay TV services offered up by existing cable and satellite companies, with potentially lower prices and more flexibility for consumers.
- RIM announed two new BlackBerry 7 devices for sale today, but options traders are betting that RIM will sell itself soon. Without getting into the business jargon of puts calls and skew, essentially the traders are betting their money that the stock is going to rise. The only logical reason for most traders is their feeling that someone like Microsoft or Samsung will buyout the company soon.
- Just in time for the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet, Netflix just launched an overhauled Android app (which will work on both those devices). Netflix's official blog says you'll see twice as many choices as you did before. iPad users, hang tight - you'll see the new version of the app in "the coming weeks."
- A dispute between Facebook and controversial author Salman Rushdie is now over. Facebook's real name policy required Rushdie to go by his legal first name, which is Ahmed. Rushdie called attention to his dispute with Facebook on Twitter by mocking Facebook saying it would require J. Edgar Hoover to be "John Hoover." Once the issue was resolved, Rushdie also announced that Facebook had apologized.
- Toshiba, Sony, and Hitachi are officially merging their small and medium-sized display production by transferring those assets to a new company called "Japan Display". Each company will have a 10% stake in the joint venture. Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, which is majority funded by the government of Japan, will own the remaining 70%. Panasonic will also transfer its Mobara Plant to Japan Display.
- Square is updating their CardCase app to allow businesses to identify regulars and offer them discounts to thank them for their loyalty. CardCase uses geofencing tech in iOS 5 to be able to tell when customers are near stores. Now merchants that participate an identify how frequently customers visit and how much money they spend, and start offering freebies or discounts.
- The impending Android 4.0 release has Android fans wondering which phone to buy, but Sony wants you to know that its entire Xperia 2011 line of Android phones will get Ice Cream Sandwich, so buy now! If you're in the U.S., you can add the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and the neo V to that list, because they just got released this week. Sony made mention of this on its Facebook page last month, but this is the official announcement.
- The Xbox is 10 years old! Back in 2001, Sony had the Playstation, Nintendo had the GameCube and Sega had the DreamCast. Then on Nov. 15 the Xbox debuted and sold 1.5 million consoles by the end of the year, a record.
- Intel 4004, world's first commercial microprocessor, is over the hill! Happy big 4-0! Back on November 15th, 1971, Intel unveiled the 4004 as an ad that ran in Electronic News. - 4-bit, 16-pin microprocessor with a full 2,300 MOS transistors, and about 740kHZ of horsepower
- An Australian court will hear Samsung-Apple case in March 2012 - no specific date given, it's said the hearing will last for 3 weeks
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I heard you mention last night (my time) that iTunes Match had finally launched. I just tried to subscribe to it, but when I try to do so with my primary iTunes account, which is Swedish, I get an error message that the iTunes store is temporarily unavailable and to try later.
When I try with my French account I get the message: ""Cet article est temporaire indisponsible. Veuillez réessayer plus tard.""
When I start the process with my American account, it seems to work, but since I would prefer to pay from either of the other two, I haven't tested the whole process yet. Perhaps the whole thing is indisposed and I'll have to try ""plus tard"" under any circumstances. But I'm wondering if you've heard anything from anywhere else outside the US about access to iTunes Match?
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