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Episode 384


Tech News Today 384: Carrier IQ: Who Put It There?

Why does Carrier IQ exist? AT&T says FCC "lacks all credibility," Assange says "you're all screwed," and more.

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  • AT&T issues fierce rebuttal to FCC's report on T-Mobile buy: 'the document lacks all credibility'
  • AT&T lobbyist: government is out to get us, report "lacks all credibility"
  • FCC consumer affairs chief 'deeply concerned' by AT&T's report comments
    • AT&T issued statement in response to FCC publication of findings
    • competition good enough for rural areas but fragile in cities?
    • Points to rural wireless initiative and states FCC must think it's unnecessary
    • ATT calls out FCC on spectrum crunch: "the report's authors find this evidence inconvenient, and simply claim it does not exist." Claim FCC underreports regional spectrum holders influence by averaging across regions.
    • HOWEVER: In this circumstance, we understood the issues such a combination might raise, and we made clear, publicly and privately, our readiness to address those concerns.
    • Jim Cicconi, AT&T's senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs: ""We believe that the utter absence of balance is clear, and demonstrates that the document lacks all credibility.""" The Commission's chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Joel Gurin, relayed a message via the FCC's official Twitter account: Deeply concerned about @ATTPublicPolicy J. Cicconi comments today re: FCC’s role in protecting US consumers. ~J.Gurin, Chief Consumer Bureau

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  • Researchers find big leaks in pre-installed Android apps
  • Assange: 'iPhone, Blackberry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'
  • WikiLeaks Launches New Whistle-blowing Platform
  • Wikileaks docs reveal that governments use malware for surveillance
    • NC State university researchers Michael Grace, Yajin Zhou, Zhi Wang, and Xuxian Jiang published a paper finding Android smartphones from Motorola, HTC, and Samsung don't properly protect privileged permissions from untrusted applications.
    • HTC Legend, EVO 4G, and Wildfire S; the Motorola Droid and Droid X; the Samsung Epic 4G; and the Google Nexus One and Nexus S.
    • Google and Motorola have confirmed vulnerabilities, HTC and Samsung "having trouble" accepting the reporting
    • "explicit" capability leaks that allow applications to exploit a public interface or service of another app without making a permission request, and "implicit" leaks that allow other applications to inherit permissions from another application signed with the same digital certificate
    • "an untrusted app on these affected phones can manage to wipe out the user data on the phones, send out SMS messages (e.g., to premium numbers), record user conversation, or obtain user geo-locations—all without asking for any permission."
    • MEANWHILE: Wikileaks posted 287 documents about International Surveillance "Who here has an iPhone, who has a Blackberry, who uses Gmail?" Assange asked. "Well you're all screwed," he continued, "the reality is that intelligence operations are selling right now mass surveillance systems for all those products".

Discussion Stories

  • iPad feeling some heat from Amazon's Kindle Fire
    • Best Buy Web Site shows the Fire in first place followed by the 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 at $499 coming in second. A range of other iPad flavors from different carriers are scattered throughout the top 40 tablets.
    • DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim now expects Amazon to ship up to 6 million Fire tablets this season, up from 4 million previously.
    • J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz said he'd trimmed his fourth-quarter sales estimates for Apple's tablet to 13 million from 13.3 million previously. Moskowitz attributed the lower forecast mostly to more limited growth in production but also pointed to the Fire. Moskowitz believes that over time the iPad will actually gain more traction in the business and educational markets.

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"I thought this might interest Tom.

http://www.ktuu.com/news/uaa-slows-down-internet-to-combat-piracy-20111130,0,3132049.story

[University of Alaska, Anchorage] is chopping down the internet speeds in the dorms, apparently as a result of complaints from the RIAA. They are college students in a dorm, but it goes along with due process- is the RIAA substantiating their reports, or is it a PFA (pluck from air)?


Keep up the good work team, you all are great!

-- Shawn McGilvary North Pole, Alaska"

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