Tech News Today 417

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Episode 417

Tech News Today 417: Auld Yang's Syne

Jerry Yang-ked from Yahoo! The Garage Band of eBooks from Apple? Could Samsung buy RIM?... and more.

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  • Jerry Yang Leaves Yahoo
  • Yahoo! Announces Resignation of Jerry Yang
    • Jerry Yang has resigned from its Board of Directors and all other positions with the company, effective today. he'll no longer be on the board of Yahoo Japan or Alibaba Group.
    • IS Bostock Next? What other board movements are coming?
    • Yahoo will report earnings Jan. 24
    • My time at Yahoo!, from its founding to the present, has encompassed some of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. However, the time has come for me to pursue other interests outside of Yahoo! As I leave the company I co-founded nearly 17 years ago, I am enthusiastic about the appointment of Scott Thompson as Chief Executive Officer and his ability, along with the entire Yahoo! leadership team, to guide Yahoo! into an exciting and successful future.
  • Twitter shutting down for SOPA? That's just 'foolish,' CEO says
  • Google will protest SOPA using popular home page
  • CloudFlare Builds ‘Stop Censorship’ App, Lets Sites Easily “Black Out” Against SOPA
  • Reeling MPAA declares DNS filtering "off the table"
  • House to take up SOPA debate again next month
  • SOPA protest swells as Google, Scribd, and Wordpress join
  • SOPA Rep Blasts Wikipedia Blackout, Says Law To Go Forward In Feb.
    • Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweeted in response to Radar reporter Alex Howard: "That's just silly, Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish." --"not shutting down a service doesn't equal not taking the proper stance on an issue,"
    • Jimmy Wales on Twitter: "We have no indication that SOPA is fully off the table. PIPA is still alive and kicking. We need to send Washington a BIG message."
    • Google will post a link on its home page tomorrow to notify users of Google's opposition (will not replace logo), Scribd, Wordpress, EFF, TwitPic among others joining the protest.
    • As of 4pm PST, anyone who uses CloudFlare can download the “CloudFlare Stop Censorship” app with one click from the CloudFlare App Marketplace. (code also on GitHub as well)
    • Words longer than five characters will be blacked out --- A "Censored" corner badge will appear at the top of your page.
    • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to go ahead with a vote on PIPA on January 24.
    • Rep. Lamar Smith - Believes debate on SOPA will resume next month. Regarding Wikipedia: "It is ironic that a website dedicated to providing information is spreading misinformation about the Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites. This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts. Perhaps during the blackout, Internet users can look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy".
    • "DNS filtering is really off the table," said Paul Brigner, the MPAA's tech policy chief, on Tuesday. His remarks came during a debate on SOPA at the State of the Net conference in Washington DC.

Discussion Stories

  • Facebook Koobface worm 'hacker gang named'
  • The Koobface malware gang - exposed!
    • Facebook and Sophos tracked down the creators of the Koobface worm that infected Facebook
    • A NYTimes article names the five men who are from St. Pertersburg, Russia
    • independent researcher Jan Dromer, and the Sophos's Dirk Kollberg revealed details of the investigation in a report
    • Received texts updating the amount of money they were making, and checked in on FourSquare
    • Facebook announced that it will begin sharing information about the group and how to fight them with security researchers and other Internet companies. It believes public namings can make it harder for such groups to operate and send a message to the criminal underground.
    • Koobface was a false video link that prompted the user to download a flash update which which actuallyw as the malware."

News Fuse





"Hey TNT Crew,

I’m just writing in response to the Windows 8 Secure Boot controversy.

When the iPad was released, I didn’t see dozens of stories saying, “iPad gets locked down so it can’t run Linux, it’s an outrage”, people just accepted that. For some reason though when the same choice comes up and Microsoft makes the same decision as Apple, Microsoft gets dozens of stories written about how bad they are. Double standards in reporting much? (not talking about your show, you generally present very balanced views, I’m talking about lots of the tech blogs here).

If we’re talking about choice here, why shouldn’t there be a choice available where I can buy a tablet for a kid or for my Mum and know that no matter what they do, no matter what deep, dark control panel they might end up in, they absolutely cannot disable a feature which protects the boot loader from Malware? Why should I not be allowed to have that choice, just because 1% of the community wants to use the tablet for something it wasn’t designed to do?

If they want to run Linux on a tablet, either buy an Android Tablet (which is Linux to begin with), or buy one of the countless x86 based tablets that I’m sure will be available for Windows 8 which they can modify to their heart’s content! Everybody wins then!




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