Tech News Today 427
Recorded: January 31, 2012
Published: January 31, 2012
Tech News Today 427: You Got A Frand In Me
Amazon has good and bad news, Megaupload files are safe for now, Google's privacy policies, ...and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
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- Justin Robert Young
- Amazon.com reports Q4 sales up 35 percent to $17.43 billion; Kindle sales nearly triple during holidays
- Amazon Misses; Q4 Sales Up 35 Percent To $17.4B; Net Income Down 58 Percent To $177M
- Amazon: Big Kindle sales, but sales and outlook fall short
- Amazon reported its Q4 numbers
- It missed projections, but its earnings were ahead
- Earnings were $177 million in the fourth quarter, or 38 cents a share, on revenue of $17.43 billion, up 35 percent from $12.95 billion a year ago.
- Wall Street was expecting earnings of 17 cents a share on revenue of $18.25 billion.
- Amazon says Kindle sales tripled over the holidays, but didn't give numbers. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Jordan Rohan estimated 6M Kindle Fires sold over the quarter.
- Amazon says its Appstore for Android customers nearly tripled in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter. In addition, customers downloaded more apps from the Amazon Appstore during the fourth quarter than they had during all previous quarters combined.
- 2012 expectations: the outlook for the first quarter fell short of expectations. Amazon projected first quarter sales between $12 billion and $13.4 billion with a wide profit and loss range. Amazon projected an operating loss $200 million to a profit $100 million.
- Apple Suits Prompt EU to Probe Samsung for Patent Abuse
- Antitrust: Commission opens proceedings against Samsung
- Samsung under EU antitrust investigation for unfair use of 3G patents
- European Commission opened a formal investigation into whether Samsung has used its patents to "distort competition" in the European mobile market. Samsung currently trying to get Apple products banned in various EU members states for patent infringement.
- EU rules require companies that hold patents essential to the implementation of a standard to license them on FRAND terms.
- Samsung says it hasn't received a formal notice. EU investigation into Samsung started last November. when officials asked Samsung and Apple to turn over data related to the enforcement of mobile-related patents.
Florian Mueller at Foss Patents said "the launch of a full-blown investigation after a few months of preliminary investigations is an important step." warrants a more formal inquiry
- Apple says it didn't receive a patent offer from Samsung until after the lawsuit. Offer terms aren't public, but Apple calls it "manifestly not FRAND."
- Back in October a Dutch court ruled that Samsung is indeed obligated to offer Apple patent licensing under FRAND terms — which it hasn't done.
- "The Commission will investigate, in particular, whether in doing so Samsung has failed to honour its irrevocable commitment given in 1998 to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to license any standard essential patents relating to European mobile telephony standards on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms," the commission said in a statement.
- "Such commitments were given to ETSI by many patent holders, including Samsung, when the third generation ('3G') mobile and wireless telecommunications system standards were adopted in Europe," the EU said. "In order to guarantee undistorted competition and to reap the positive economic effects of standardisation it is important that FRAND commitments be fully honoured by the concerned undertakings."
- Google tried to explain that it is not collecting more data, it is collecting the same data.
- As for the lack of opting out, Google argued that its privacy settings offer control: "If a user is signed in, she can still edit or turn off her search history, switch Gmail chat to "off the record," control the way Google tailors ads to her interests using our Ads Preferences Manager, use Incognito mode on Chrome, or use any of the other privacy tools we offer."
- Google noted the new policy doesn't change old settings
- Google put up a post on the "Google Public Policy" entitled "Changing our privacy policies, not our privacy control." reiterating the points it made to Congress.
- We’re still keeping your private information private -- we’re not changing the visibility of any information you have stored with Google.
- We’re still allowing you to do searches, watch videos on YouTube, get driving directions on Google Maps, and perform other tasks without signing into a Google Account.
- We’re still offering you choice and control through privacy tools like Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager that help you understand and manage your data.
- We still won’t sell your personal information to advertisers.
- We’re still offering data liberation if you’d prefer to close your Google Account and take your data elsewhere.
- Megaupload data to get two-week extension
- FBI used MegaUpload Skype conversations to build its case
- Feds: We obtained MegaUpload conversations with search warrant
- MegaUpload ripped off YouTube, tried smearing rivals, U.S. says
- Ira Rothken, an atty for Megaupload, says that the hosting companies for Megaupload Cogent and Carpathia had been “very open to negotiating” to preserve the data.
- The company has worked with hosting companies to preserve the data for at least two weeks.
- Meanwhile the DOJ told CNet that it had a warrant to obtain internal Megaupload conversations held via Skype.
- "Electronic evidence was obtained though search warrants, which are reviewed and approved by a U.S. court," a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said.
- Previous reports said Skype did not receive any legal process.
- The Verge speculates that some tracking software was placed on Megaupload computers since Skype holds onto data for 30 days while the conversations the government have date back 5 years.
- Cnet dug into that 72-page indictment and found that the DOJ claims that Megaupload padded its library of content by downloading videos from YouTube in 2006
- "Well we only have 30 percent of their videos yet," Ortmann [MU employee] wrote. "In my opinion it's nice to have everything so we can decide and brainstorm later how we're going to benefit from it."
- Ira Rothken, MegaUpload's attorney, said today: "We believe the indictment is both wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. We will not comment on the specifics of the indictment we will save that for the court of law."
- Did Apple Really Best HP as Top PC Maker?
- A report from research firm Canalys is causing controversy
- It says that Apple is to the top PC maker for the fourth quarter of 2011, beating out HP.
- However, Canalys counts iPads as PCs (this isn't new for this research firm to do this)
- 120 million PCs were shipped globally last quarter, up 16 percent from the same time last year.
- 15.43 million were Apple iPads and 5.2 million were Macs, accounting for 17 percent of the total, Canalys said.
- Final Cut Pro X updated with multicamera editing features, advanced time syncing, new import options
- Apple releases updated Final Cut Pro X, brings multicam support, broadcast monitoring love
- Apple introduced a major upgrade to Final Cut Pro X
- Multicam support finally back, but also includes the ability to sync automatically. FCP will sync via audio cues and other properties. Supports timecode syncing, creation time, markers, and audio.
- Photos are lined up automatically as well, good for time lapse
- Supports up to 64 cams
- Deeper XML import and export support, but no standard EDL support. Apple says "EDL is a legacy format, and XML is really the future."
- New chroma keying features
- And there's support for third-party plugins and tools including 7toX a tool that lets you move your FCP7 files to FCP X.
- "Broadcast Monitoring," which will allow Macs to connect to a broadcast monitor via PCIe card or a Thunderbolt device, once the appropriate drivers are developed
- Samsung offered up the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N in response to Apple's claims that the original was too similiar to the iPad, but the higher regional court in Dusseldorf has ruled the original still can't be sold in Germany, and neither can the smaller Galaxy Tab 8.9. It's another blow to Samsung who's counter-suing over mobile technology patents, but has lost two out of three infringement claims so far. The final case will be ruled on in early March.
- ARM Holdings announced its quarterly numbers and it only saw a 45% rise in quarterly profits. 45%. Revenue was also up to about $217 million, which is a 21% increase. If you haven't heard of ARM, they power a ton of smartphones and tablets out there since they license their chip designs to folks like NVidia, Qualcomm, and Apple.
- AT&T is executive juggling! John Stankey moves from president and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions to group president and chief strategy officer. Ralph de la Vega leaves the top post at AT&T's wireless business and consumer wireline broadband business to president and CEO of AT&T Mobility. Andy Geisse will now be senior executive vice president of AT&T Business and Home Solutions. Finally, John Donovan's now senior executive vice president of AT&T Technology and Network Operations. Donovan was previously CTO. Everybody reports to CEO Randall Stephenson.
- British Sky Broadcasting Group announced a new internet based TV service that won't be tied to a preexisting Sky service. The company will sell content in two models - unlimited access or pay as you go. The service will launch later this year and will be available via "PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone, games console or connected TV."
- A state judge in San Jose, CA, has dismissed Oracle’s claim that it was duped into settling a dispute over its hiring of HP’s former chief executive officer, Mark Hurd,. Oracle says HP fraudulently hid that it was planning to hire Leo Apotheker as CEO and board chairman Ray Lane, and claimed HP was secretly paying Intel Corp. $88 million a year to “artificially continue” the Itanium chip. The judge said all this “did not prevent Oracle from participating in the negotiations” over the Hurd settlement “or deprive Oracle of the opportunity to negotiate.”
- A report from the Organization of Co-operation and Development says that over a four year period, Mexican consumers were overcharged $13.4 billion per year for internet and phone services. These fees were disproportionately levied on the poor. The report suggests Mexico allow for foreign investments in the telecom business toe help alleviate the issue.
- T-Mobile can claim it's the first carrier to offer Square credit card readers to retail outlets. Stores equipped with T-Mobile smartphones can use the Square card reader dongles via the audio jack to finalize transactions by swiping their cards. This is great for cash-only businesses, says T-Mobile, who's emphasizing small business offerings, though not every T-Mobile store is participating out of the gate.
- In its never-ending quest to please every user ever, Microsoft showed off some changes to the Windows 8 version of Explorer. By default, the Ribbon interface will be minimized! Microsoft says it will show keyboard shortcuts next to each Ribbon button so users can move to keyboard shortcuts easily if they'd like. File transfers also get tweaked to make moving duplicate files as Windows 8 will offer the user the chance to automatically skip copies.
- An online petition urging Apple to "Make the iPhone 5 ethically" has gotten 35,000 signatures in the first 24 hours of the effort. Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, executive director of SumOfUs which created the petition said “I use an iPhone myself. I love it, but I don’t love having to support sweatshops, and neither do millions of other Apple consumers,”.
- If you're a Dish Network customer, starting tomorrow you can sample smartphone and tablet streaming apps like Remote Access for iPad by signing up for Dish Test Drive. The trial will include live TV access, recorded shows, and on-demand programming for 24 hours. Sign up on Dish's website.
- Tomorrow is also Kinect for Windows day - hardware and software hits 12 countries (including US, UK, & Canada), at a suggested retail price of US $249. Includes "near mode" and supports gesture and voice. The SDK is free for developers to go nuts!
- Sprint's given LightSquared 6 weeks from today (that's mid-March) to get FCC approval to build its proposed LTE network or Sprint will back out of its 15-year deal with LightSquared.
- Tonight's the Crunchies in San Francisco. Awards will be issued for things like best mobile app, best cloud service, and Investor of the year. They'll be streamed live online.
First off let me tell you that I am a fan of your show and that you guys do great work.
Secondly, you guys were talking about the MegaUpload case and their hosting provider. It is common practice in the enterprise hosting industry with the dedicated server (which they had) market to not keep backups unless they wanted to do so. In 99.99% of the cases with dedicated server clients they get a dedicated server (and pay the big bucks to do so) because they want a custom completely tailored solution to fit their needs. Also, when a client has their equipment seized it is up to them (the client) to get the data to their clients, it is not up to the hosting provider to provide the data to the client of the client (confusing.. I know).
Keep up the good work
-- Nick Zyren CTO Future Hosting"
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