Tech News Today 384
Recorded: December 1, 2011
Published: December 1, 2011
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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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Scott Johnson
- 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
- Carrier IQ: What it is, what it isn't, and what you need to know
- Carrier IQ tracking on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, and more: the story so far
- More Carrier IQ Detail: Nokia, Google, O2, Verizon, Vodafone UK Say No Dice
- Carrier IQ Improves My Wireless Service by Logging My Keystrokes? Please Explain.
- Phone 'Rootkit' Maker Carrier IQ May Have Violated Wiretap Law In Millions Of Cases
- Senator Al Franken asks Carrier IQ exactly what it's doing
- You Can Test Your Android For Carrier IQ (Sort Of)
- Carrier IQ is on iOS - it does appear to be disabled along with diagnostics enabled on iOS 5
- US Senator Al Franken sent a letter to Carrier IQ President and CEO Larry Lenhart asking to explain exactly what info the software records, where it is transmitted and who it is hared with. He also notes that some of the info CarrierIQ collects may violate federal privacy laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
- Statements flying denying use or authorization of Carrier IQ, RIM, Nokia, Verizon, O2, Vodafone, Orange (France Telecom) -- HTC says doesn't receive data and looking for ways to turn it off. --- Apple says it used to use it but it stopped with iOS5 and they plan to remove it completely in future updates.
- Google Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and the original Xoom tablet do not contain Carrier IQ software.
- Reference to CIQ found in iOS.
- CIQ press release references partnerships with Vodafone, Huawei, and NEC. Vodafone says it was a trila that has now ended.
- Sean Hollister from The Verge spoke with Andrew Coward, the VP of marketing who said that have no further comment now but will after it has external security companies conduct independent validation of the privacy implications in that same video. "
- Carrier IQ statement: “While we look at many aspects of a device’s performance, we are counting and summarizing performance, not recording keystrokes or providing tracking tools. The metrics and tools we derive are not designed to deliver such information, nor do we have any intention of developing such tools.”
- Email: I'm probably going to be alone in this, but I'm not ready to rule Carrier IQ the doer of evil the tech blogs are painting them out to be. If cell phone carriers wanted to see the content of text messages and browsing history, they could do it at the network level in the same manner the government can tap terrorist phone calls and texts. The thought that the carriers are secretly logging all of this via 3rd party is a little crazy. Software that logs phone & network performance can be invaluable to carriers honing their networks and phone manufacturers trying to build better products. Should this type of activity be disclosed to users? Absolutely, but let's wait and hear what is officially being done with the data before we start hanging carriers and Carrier IQ out to dry.
Love the show and listen daily!
Ian - Atlanta, GA"
- 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".
- Google Wants to Create an Amazon Prime for the Entire Internet
- Google, Retailers in Talks on Fast-Delivery Service
- WSJ: Google Inc. is in talks with major retailers and shippers to create a service that lets consumers shop for goods on the Web and receive orders within a day for a low fee
- People search directly on Amazon for products
- Service is expected to go under a pilot test in San Francisco next year.
- Chrome usage within striking distance of Firefox
- StatCounter: Chrome leapfrogs Firefox for the first time, still trails Internet Explorer
- StatCounter November: IE 40.6% Chrome 25.7% Firefox 25.2%
- NetApplications: IE 56.2% Firefox 22.1% Chrome 18.2%
- NA Mobile (6.7%): Safari fell to 55% Opera Mini 20.1% Android 16.4%
- 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.
- Michael O’Leary, the senior executive vice president for global policy and external affairs of the Motion Picture Association of America, said that the industry is meeting with Congressional staff to alter the Stop Online Piracy Act, aka SOPA. Leary said “We will come forward with language that will address some of the legitimate concerns." He also took a swipe at opponents saying they were just "running out the clock" trying to preserve the status quo.
- The New York Times reports that TPG, a venture firm currently pursuing a minority stake in Yahoo, is talking with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman for his expertise. In related Yahoo news, there's a rumor that someone out there may pay $20 per share . Kara Swisher at AllThingsD thinks it's just a stock-manipulation ploy that appeared to have worked. So what's definitive about Yahoo's sale right now? Nothing.
- People are unhappy with the Jawbones Up, the wristband that is meant to track your fitness and health. Complaints include the cap falls off too easily, failures to sync with its iOS app and battery issues. Jawbones' CEO Hosain Rahman speaking to AllThingsD said that that these issues affect a minority of users and the company is working on solutions. Jawbone is offering free replacements if your Up is defective.
- Sprint signed a four year deal to pay Clearwire $1.6 billion over four years for access to Clearwire's WiMax network. Sprint gets unlimited access to Clearwire's network for the next two years and limited access from 2015. Clearwire gets a cash infusion so it can pay off a $237 million interest payment that the company had considered skipping.
- Barnes & Noble's second quarter was full of good news/bad news for the company. The good news is that the Nook Tablet is the fastest selling Nook the company has made and sales related to the Nook - that's digital sales and the devices - totaled $220 million. The bad news is that Barnes & Noble had a net loss for the quarter and missed analysts expectations.
- Apparently, Siri doesn't know everything. Several groups including the ACLU have taken issue with Siri because it has no information when it comes to finding abortion clinics. Apple says the app is in beta and this is not an intentional omission.
- Even though Siri isn't pleasing everyone, a ChangeWave survey showed that 49% of iPhone 4S users say Siri is the best feature about their phone. "Ease of use" came in as runner up. The least favorite thing about the 4S was short battery life followed by lack of 4G.
- Google's added a new feature to Google Hangouts - you'll be able to make free phone calls in the U.S. and Canada from a Hangout. To find the feature now, you have to visit http://plus.google.com/hangouts/extras. This is just the newest extra added to Hangouts - older ones included screensharing and Google Docs integration.
- YouTube's redesign is going live today. It matches that Google Plus aesthetic that has become ubiquitous on Google properties and puts YouTube Channels in the spotlight. When you login, you'll see activities from users you subscribe to. The new YouTube will also pull video recommendations from Google+ and Facebook.
- What's better than the iOS game Infinity Blade? MORE INFINITY BLADE! Infinity Blade 2 is available in the iTunes app store today for $6.99.
- Like bleached fast things? Not talking about Julian Assange in bed here folks. The WHITE Galaxy S II Skyrocket has LTE and is coming to AT&T on December 4th.
- Apple's much-anticipated Grand Central Terminal Store will open on December 9th. The opening date was made official today with an updated message on the digital signage installed on the construction barrier surrounding the store.
- These days you can't even trust an official source, which is what we did when we believed an official Asus spokesperson who said the US would get the Transformer Prime on December 9th.. Asus now says the release date will be Dec. 12 online, and Dec. 19 retail. WARNING: Those dates could slip a bit if Asus doesn't get enough pre-orders. Pricing will be $499 for the 32GB version and $599 for the 64GB version.
- Finally IDG announced that the much-loved GamePro magazine will cease publication after the next issue. The GamePro website will cease to exist on December 5 and will begin redirecting users to PC World's website
"I thought this might interest Tom.
[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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