Tech News Today 392
Recorded: December 13, 2011
Published: December 13, 2011
Tech News Today 392: Conspiracy Theory Tuesday
UMG fights back against Megaupload, censors Tech News Today in the process, NTSB fights against cell phones, Microsoft embraces iOS.
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- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Nicole Lee
- Mark Turpin
- Universal: Artists didn’t consent to Megaupload video
- Will.i.am Sends Takedown Notice Over Megaupload 'Endorsement' Video (Exclusive)
- Megaupload Sues Universal Music Group over Illegal Takedown
- UMG has made a copyright claim agains our episode of TNT
- “This is an on-going dispute that surfaced several weeks ago with respect to the unauthorized use of a performance from one of our artists. We heard from a number of our other artists (and their representatives) who told us they’ve never consented to being portrayed in this video. As a result, at least one of them has already sent a takedown notice for this unauthorized use.”
- NTSB recommends full nationwide ban on cellphone use while driving
- U.S. Agency Proposes Total Ban on Talking and Texting While Driving
- NTSB calling on all 50 states to ban using electronics while driving unless they are driving-specific.
- “No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life,” Board chairman Deborah Hersman said in a statement on Tuesday. “It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving.”
- NTSB's director was specific about wanting to ban making phone calls, sending texts, and making Facebook updates, but gave a vague answer regarding possible provisions that would allow for driving-related uses like GPS navigation; additionally, no specific devices or technologies were listed as offenders.
- “CTIA and the wireless industry agree that when drivers are behind the wheel, safety should be their number one priority,” CTIA CEO Steve Largent said in a statement.
- Microsoft Cranks Out Two More iPhone Apps: Kinectimals and SkyDrive
- Microsoft releases OneNote as first Office app for iPad
- Microsoft brings SkyDrive cloud storage to iTunes Store
- Why Microsoft suddenly wants its software on the iPad
- Yesterday Microsoft announced OneNote for the iPad and Lync for the iPhone.
- Today iPhone versions of both Kinectimals ($2.99) and its SkyDrive online storage service.
- Already had Bing, PhotoSynth, Messenger, and Xbox Live
- SkyDrive app lets users access their documents, pictures, and movies, create folders, delete files, as well as share links to the items they have stored.
- With OneNote you can type notes, create bullet and checkbox lists, and insert photos from the photo library or by snapping a new picture. The initial download is free for up to 500 notes -- the unlimited version runs $4.99 for the iPhone and $14.99 for the iPad.
- SkyDrive app also on WP7
- Carrier IQ opens up about its service, but can it quell the unrest?
- Exclusive Interview: Carrier IQ Gets Transparent About Its Mobile Monitoring
- The FBI is using Carrier IQ data in investigations? Not so fast…
- Carrier IQ collected encrypted SMS 'unintentionally,' working on fix for logging issues
- FBI using Carrier IQ info for "law enforcement purposes," refuses to release records
- if an SMS was sent simultaneously while a user is on the phone, the SMS would be captured by CIQ software. Claims data is encoded and unreadable
- We have been approached by law enforcement about using our technology, and every time it’s happened, we’ve determined that that’s not an appropriate use of it.
- Michael Morisy, a journalist who founded an organization called MuckRock filed FOIA on Dec. 1 FOIA request denied by FBI because "release of the information contained in these responsive records could reasonably be expected to interfere with the enforcement proceedings"
- Regarding Eckhardt: What he was looking at there was an Android log file. And to be blunt, there was information there that shouldn’t have been. In order for Carrier IQ to get information off a device, we work with the manufacturers to deliver that information through an API. That information shouldn’t show up in an Android log file. We don’t read from Android log files; we don’t see Android log files. That info just shouldn’t be there. And, ultimately, what goes in that log file is up to the manufacturer.
- Google's response to Siri codenamed Majel, could be released by end of year
- Taylor Wimberly at Android and Me
- Google voice assistant codenamed Majel
- Evolution of Voice Actions
- CERN physicists find hint of Higgs boson
- CERN: 'Don't believe the Higgs-Boson hype' (update: not yet)
- Firm Evidence Of A Higgs Boson At Last!
- Possible Higgs boson signals, but we won't know for sure until next year
- Atlas experiment showed a statistically suspicious increase in activity that indicates the Higgs could be pinned down with a mass of 126 giga-electron-volts, and showing some important agreement, its independent CMS experiment found a possible result nearby at 124GeV.
- The LHC's detectors have been gradually ruling out ranges of possible mass for the Higgs boson.
- The Higgs boson isn't observed directly, but rather is detected by extremely rare side effects of collisions between protons smashing into each other. To increase the likelihood of collisions, the LHC operators have been gradually increasing the beam intensity.
- CERN physicist and Atlas leader Fabiola Gianotti said the CMS results predict with a 95 percent confidence level that the Higgs boson has a mass between 115.5GeV and 131GeV.
- Another experiment, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), also helped narrow down the possible mass of the Higgs boson. Its results showed with a 95 percent confidence level that the particle can't be between 127GeV and 600GeV, Tonelli said.
- Amendments to the Stop Online Piracy Act introduced by Representative Lamar Smith hope to narrow the scope of the act. Private parties would no longer be able to directly impact infringing sites - instead a court order would be necessary before ad networks would be forced to stop working with certain sites. The Act would also focus on only foreign sites. In related news, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales Wikipedia is currently deciding whether to blank out the entirety of Wikipedia to show his opposition to SOPA
- WinRumors uncovered a bug in Windows Phone 7.5 that would allow an SMS to shutdown the receiving device and disable messaging functions after the phone is rebooted. WinRumors hasn't publicly announced what the SMS would have to say and is currently working with Microsoft.
- DriversEd.com is fighting back after Apple kicked its app out of the App Store. The app allowed a user to create mock driver's licenses and was pulled by Apple after U.S. Senator Bob Casey alerted Apple that the app could create counterfeit licenses if printed out. The app maker's CEO says that the app should not have been pulled because the app generates low resolution replicas and the app intentionally has inaccurate designs compared to government-issued IDs.
- Facebook and charity group Samaritans are working together to help suicidal people. Facebook users will be able to flag friends who post distressing messages. Samaritans will receive notifications from Facebook and then Samaritans can provide counseling. Samaritans hopes to one day offer live chat support as well.
- Google's Street View has captured photos of over 44,000 kilometers to document the damage Northeast Japan suffered as a result of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. Before and after photos are available at a new site called "Memories for the Future." Google hopes the images will help researchers who study the effects of natural disasters.
- Microsoft issued a patch that should be the end of Duqu. The Duqu malware worked via an exploit in TrueType which granted the malware access to the Windows kernell. Microsoft's temporary fix was to disable the TrueType DLL. The new patch will let you see fonts displayed correctly, so if you want to be safe, update your machines.
- ViaForensics says that Google Wallet may not be so secure. Using a rooted Nexus S 4G, the security firm found payment transaction data stored in an unencrypted database. In older versions of Wallet, removing a credit card from Google Wallet did not remove its transaction history. That flaw was not present after software updates. Apart from that, ViaForensics said that Google Wallet did a "decent job securing full credit cards numbers…"
- According to the Calcalist financial daily, Apple is in serious talks to buy flash memory tech company Anobit Technologies for half a billion dollars. Neither Apple nor Anobit made official statements on the matter. Apple has worked with Anobit in the past as Anobit designed a chip for increased flash drive performance for Apple products like the iPhone and MacBook Air.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is reworking its iAd program so advertisers could buy in at $400,000 as opposed to the original $1 million price point. Apple is also offering campus tours to marketing executives and created a marketing training program in an effort to gain new advertisers.
- Tomorrow, the ITC will rule on whether HTC infringes on some of Apple's patents. If Apple prevails, it could lead to a ban of HTC imports.
- Coming up on Thursday, December 15 - Engadget says the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will be available in the U.S. at Costco for $290.
- Nintendo also announced that Kid Icarus Uprising is coming on March 23rd.
"I know, I’m shocked to, but on the AT&T sales page it lists the iPhone 4s as a 4g phone. I’m not sure how their engineers could make that work when Apple didn’t include it, but wow, I better run and get one before they sell out.
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