Tech News Today 420
Recorded: January 20, 2012
Published: January 20, 2012
Tech News Today 420: Intuit 4 Life
SOPA and PIPA are dead for now, details on the Megaupload case, Xbox 360 looks crappy, and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- Leaders In House And Senate Postpone Piracy Laws
- Senator Harry Reid Caves: PIPA Postponed
- MPAA chairman Chris Dodd expresses regret over pro-SOPA strategy, calls for compromise
- At GOP debate, all four candidates oppose SOPA
- Reid's Twitter account "optimistic on a PIPA agreement in coming weeks"
- Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tx) announced that the House Judiciary Committee is suspending a planned mark-up for the Stop Online Piracy Act
- This came after Sen. Harry Reid announced he was suspending a vote on PIPA in the Senate. Reid later tweeted he was "optimistic on a PIPA agreement in coming weeks."
- At the GOP debate, all four candidates voiced opposition. Newt Gingrich, "But the idea that we're going to preemptively have the government start censoring the Internet on behalf of giant corporations' economic interests strikes me as exactly the wrong thing to do." Mitt Romney called it, "The law as written is far too intrusive, far too expansive..."
- MPAA chairman Chris Dodd says he would like to have a summit with Internet companies and content companies. Dodd thinks the lack of backing from Hollywood workers against the Web opposition hurt the bills.
- Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The MegaUpload Closure Leaves Users Unable To Access Their Files
- Why the feds smashed Megaupload
- Megaupload assembles worldwide criminal defense
- MegaUpload Founder Denied Bail At Extradition Hearing
- Google cut off Megaupload's ad money voluntarily back in 2007
- Megaupload site wants assets back, to fight charges
- DOJ Official Statement
- There's a Twitter backlash to Megaupload being taken down by the FBI. People are complaining that they can no longer access their legal files on the service.
- Nate Anderson has a piece up on ArsTechnica explaining "Why the feds smashed Megaupload"
- Government argues that Megaupload's employees knew that the site's main function was to distribute infringing content and points to internal emails and chat logs showing that employees shared copyrighted material with each other.
- The claim is that this knowledge would take Megaupload outside the safe harbor of the DMCA
- ArsTechnica also found in the 72-page indictment that in 2007 Google told Megaupload that it could no longer provide AdSense to Megaupload because of numerous links to copyrighted content. Megaupload created its own internal advertising agency in response.
- Kim Dotcom, aka Kim Schmitz is facing extradition to the U.S. and was denied bail at his hearing. He's a German citizen w/joint New Zealand and Hong Kong residency. His next hearing is Monday.
- Ira Rothken, who has previously represented Isohunt, is a part of the Megaupload team and says his clients are recruiting technology and copyright attorneys for their defense.
- Rothken says the charges against his clients are similar to the ones YouTube faced and YouTube won its war.
- "The company is looking at its legal options for getting back its servers and its domain and getting its servers back up online," Megaupload's lawyer Ira Rothken told Reuters. "Megaupload will vigorously defend itself."
- Swizz Beats, named as CEO on Megaupload site, not named in 72-page indictment, actual role unclear
- Facebook in talks to replace YouTube as Vevo's host
- Cnet's sources tell it that Facebook is in negotiations with Vevo its music videos from YouTube to Facebook
- The sources say the discussions are very preliminary and the current YouTube/Vevo deal still as a year left on it.
- The Facebook deal would be similar to the YouTube one - both companies sell ads and share profits
- Xbox 360 color space fix coming, still no word on restoring 1080p playback
- XBox Live update produces color issues, poor video resolution
- After the recent Xbox 360 dashboard update, users are complaining of wonky colors in video playback. Black levels are off and colors are washed out.
- The problem is limited to video playback, but not gameplay.
- The bug was acknowledged by Xbox Live's Major Nelson and says a fix is coming.
- The update may have more bugs - Eurogamer confirms that video playback is limited to 720P on non-Zune Marketplace content. Zune content can playback at 1080p. Microsoft has not officially recognized this bug.
- German court rules against one of Samsung's patent suits with Apple
- Apple says Galaxy Nexus infringes slide-to-unlock utility model in Germany
- Today, the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany ruled that Apple did not infringe on one of Samsung's patent.
- Samsung sued Apple over infringement related to 3G/UTMS telecommunications in Germany
- Samsung didn't say if it will appeal the ruling.
- That doesn't end the Samsung/Apple patent war in Germany. There are four other lawsuits over 6 more patents.
- FossPatents reports the same court held a hearing on an Apple suit against Samsung, this one is about slide-to-unlock - technically, this isn't a patent suit, but this relates to intellectual property called a "utility model" - and those aren't given a presumption of validity like patents
- Damning Evidence Emerges In Google-Apple “No Poach” Antitrust Lawsuit
- In 2010 the DOJ conducted an investigation to see if Adobe, Apple, Intel, Intuit, Google, and Pixar, Lucasfilm conspired to stop competition for skilled labor in response to a class action lawsuit.
- The report was made public last night and it says that C-level management did enter into anti-competitive agreements
- The evidence states that the defendants agreed not to poach employees from each other or give them offers if they voluntarily applied, and to notify the current employers of any employees trying to switch been.
- TechCrunch dug through the report and found some gems
- May 2005, Adobe’s CEO Bruce Chizen emailed Steve Jobs regarding “Recruitment of Apple Employees”. In the message, Adobe’s SVP for human resources writes “Bruce and Steve Jobs have an agreement that we are not to solicit ANY Apple employees, and vice versa.”
- Lori McAdams of Pixar wrote an internal email to others at Pixar in April 2007 stating, “I just got off the phone with Danielle Lambert [of Apple], and we agreed that effective now, we’ll follow a Gentleman’s agreement with Apple that is similar to our Lucasfilm agreement.”
- Zynga confirmed to AllThingsD that the company is in negotiations with companies to bring online gambling into its portfolio of games. Zynga says that its 30 million people per month play "Zynga Poker" and those customers have told the company that they are interested in playing with real money. Zynga would need to get some licenses and may opt to acquire another company to help speed along things.
- If you want to sign up for a Google account you may have to tell them your name and gender. Google is experimenting with a new signup form as part of an effort to expand Google+ You can find the new account page if you follow the links on Google’s homepage. The older Google account page, which does not require signing up for Google+ or Gmail, is currently still accessible through Google Reader, Calendar and other Google services.
- One of the CyanogenMod crew, Kousik Dutta AKA "Koush" is starting up a marketplace for misfit Android apps. The CyanagenMod App store would provide access to apps rejected from the Official Android Marketplace. Custom ROMs, gaming emulators, unofficial tethering apps, Visual Voicemail apps, one-click rooting apps, and more will find a happy home there if all goes well.
- Google may have fallen short of the profits investors expected but it's still the best place to work according to Fortune. The magazine published it's top 20 places and Google topped the list. NetApp in Sunnyvale rabnked sixth due in part to huge bonuses and Intuit nabbed 19th for giving workers 4 hours a week to work on independent projects that lead to innovation. So why has Quicken got progressively suckier with each release?
- An analyst from Northland Capital Markets says that Verizon is testing two Voice over LTE in two trial markets right now and a nationwide roll out is planned for next year. Voice over LTE would get rid of reliance on CDMA or GSM to make calls. It definitely seems plausible as Verizon recently said that all smartphones and tablets on its network must be LTE-enabled.
- SkyGrid just launched an iPad app called Touchtv that includes programming from networks including CNN, ESPN, and NBC. Now this isn't cable tv on your iPad, it's a limited collection of clips. The app is free and will also be available on LG televisions in the first quarter of this year.
- Iyaz showed you the Ion Audio Guitar Apprentice from CES Unveiled. Remember the iPad Guitar instruction app that fit into a cool guitar case? yeah, you liekd that? Hmm. Then sorry about this news. FutureMusic reports that Behringer served Ion Audio with a cease-and-desist letter right on the CES show floor, claiming that Guitar Apprentice infringes a patent it was awarded the first day of CES. "Guitar Apprentice" is also the trademark of a company called Legacy Learning Systems. Ouch.
- Iran has confirmed the execution order of a software developer. Permanent Canadian resident Saeed Malekpour, 35, was arrested during a visit to Iran in October 2008. After a year in solitary, he confessed that he was connected to a porn site. An Iranian court sentenced Malekpour to death in October 2010 for "designing and moderating adult materials online." Malekpour appealed the ruling and rescinded his confession. Iran's supreme court has confirmed the death sentence this week according to CNET.
- The Amazon Kindle topped UK sales charts last Christmas season but gift recipients may be storing the Kindles next to the jumpers Grandmum knit for them. MyVoucherCodes.co.uk claims 48 per cent of Brits received presents they haven't used yet. 22 per cent of those respondents admitted they haven't used the Kindle yet, with 53 per cent of them citing the fact that they hadn't downloaded any books to date as the reason.
- Good news, TiVo Premieres owners..you're getting an HD guide, integrated Hulu search, and Premiere-to-Premiere streaming! The update is rolling out to everyone now. Also, if you buy a new Premiere or Elite that was shipped with older software, once you're done with setup your guide will update itself to the latest version.
- Capcom's Resident Evil 6 is coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 20th, with a PC version to follow. The 3+ minute trailer is out now for a taste of what's to come.
"Hey TNT Gang, As a college professor I give the ""new and improved"" release of iTunes U and iBooks a meh. Education has seen several releases of digital ""solutions"" such as, iTunes U (which was a flop), publisher propitiatory ebooks, and Kindle education, none of which has radically changed how students purchase books. The linchpin for every digital solution is publisher buy-in and the education publishers have been dragging their feet to release material or just flat out refusing to release e-material. It doesn't matter how easy to use or beautiful your app is if the publishers don't support it. It looks like Apple is trying to counter this with the release of the iBooks writing app and while it looks great and makes it very easy for me to publish ancillary materials I worry about the EULA negatively effects copyright holders and potentially authors. If I can only release my materials on iTunes then I won't use it. I'll create my only ebook, without all the fancy bells and whistles, and sell them on all the other ebook sites.
Thanks for listening,
My name is Mitchell, I'm 16 and live in Sydney, Australia.
I was listening to ep 419, and you guys where talking about apples announcement for textbook support.
In New south Wales (its a state in Australia) in all public schools the government handed out Lenovo laptops for ""educational"" use. All of our text books are in PDF form and we wright notes in onenote. They have stopped exe files and they use a white list for web pages. But we found a work around. This is a cheaper option to iPad for kids, laptops and in all the text book my school bought, they had disc at the back with an electronic version of the book.
Till next time Mitch"
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