Tech News Today 420

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Episode 420

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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Top Stories

  • 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

Discussion Stories

  • 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.”

News Fuse





"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,


"Hey TNT

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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