Tech News Today 440

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Episode 440

Tech News Today 440: I Feel So Very Windows

Windows new logo, Google web tracking explained, Android's unlock patent, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Microsoft announces new Metro style logo for Windows 8
  • Redesigning the Windows Logo
    • It's official. Microsoft has changed the Windows Logo
    • Gone is the colorful flag; in its place is an angled monochromatic logo that looks like a window
    • The logo was designed with the help of Pentagram (designers of things like OLPC, MoMA, Citi, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Guitar Hero and others.
    • Paula Scher of Pentagram asked, "your name is Windows. Why are you a flag?"
    • "We did less of a re-design and more to return it to its original meaning and bringing Windows back to its roots – reimagining the Windows logo as just that – a window."
    • MS was kind enough to show off its many Windows logos on its blog and the new one looks like Win 1.0 a bit
  • Google's iPhone Tracking
  • Google and others caught circumventing Safari and Mobile Safari privacy restrictions
  • Google hit with FTC complaint, says circumventing Safari privacy features accidental
  • Garg's method
  • Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer's explanation of how he found the issue
    • Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer (and later confirmed by WSJ) found that Google's Doubleclick and Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group, and PointRoll have used an iframe trick to set cookies in Safari that would otherwise be blocked. (This problem also occurs in IE6/7 but can be resolved by sending a P3P header.)
    • Under its default settings, both the desktop and iOS versions of Safari only accept the files from sites that individuals specifically visit or interact with.
    • developer Anant Garg first described the method in 2010, which uses a blank form sent in the background
    • Google said in a statement that "the Journal mischaracterizes what happened and why. We used known Safari functionality to provide features that signed-in Google users had enabled. It's important to stress that these advertising cookies do not collect personal information."
    • an update to Webkit that closes the loophole—and was prepared by two Google engineers—could be incorporated into future versions of Safari.
    • The Consumer Watchdog advocacy group today asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google violated a previous privacy agreement with the FTC
    • Essentially as I understand it,Safari blocks 3rd-party cookies by default, however third-party cookies are allowed when a form is posted. Google wanted to include +1 buttons in ads, but since doubleclick and G+ are at different domains, they used the form posting function to make the connection. Google claims this had the unintended side effect of allowing other cookies to be set from other advertising. Google has shut off the form and is actively removing the cookies that were set unintentionally.
  • Amidst Apple Patent Fight, Google Preps New Android Unlock Options
  • Google files for slide-to-unlock patent as Apple battle heats up
    • Patently Apple reported a Google patent published earlier this month would offer Android manufacturers "new options to unlock future Android devices."
    • Patently Apple suggests one way this might play out is o to have a user drag one icon to another icon on the screen
    • There's also mention of dragging apps to unlock directly to that app as well as voice-activated unlocking as well as the option to draw an unlocking pattern on the touch screen,
    • yesterday, Apple won a key ruling in a German court that said Motorola Mobility is violating Apple's slide-to-unlock patent in several of its mobile devices.

Discussion Stories

  • Amazon taps Foxconn to make Kindle Fire 2. Should start shipping it in May/June
    • China Times reports Amazon decided to add Foxconn to the Kindle Fire 2 OEM list. To lower the costs, Amazon will also take over the selection/certification of components
    • Quanta reportedly will continue to assemble the original Kindle
    • suppliers expect to start component deliveries in March. Next generation Amazon tablet volume shipments are scheduled for May/June.
  • Nevada Approves Self-Driving Cars After Google Lobbying Push
    • Bruce Breslow, director of the Nevada DMV: "These regulations establish requirements companies must meet to test their vehicles on Nevada's public roadways as well as requirements for residents to legally operate them in the future."
    • one reported incident of a fender bender involving a driverless car but Google says it was in manual mode at the time
    • BMW, Volkswagon, and Audi all in the process of developing self-driving prototypes.
    • Florida and Hawaii looking into testing of driverless vehicles.

News Fuse




"Hi everyone I love your show, I listen everyday. What struck me as interesting in your recent story about the next version of OS X is it's expected release date, sometime in the summer. I was thinking that this would likely coincide with a refresh of the Mac Book and Mac Book Air line of computers. If this happens then it is likely that Apple would leave the iPhone update to the fall so as to spread out it's product launches. This would be in opposition to what many people think, that the new iPhone would be launched in June. I was wondering what you guys thought about this as a likely scenario? Keep up the good job.


"Hey guys and Sarah. Have you ever heard of an electric cooperative. If not, they are customer owned electric companies. There are also telephone cooperatives in areas of the country. Why don't people in rural areas form there own ISP cooperatives. Other cooperatives were formed when rural areas were underserved with electricity or phone service so why couldn't ISP's be formed. The infrastructure for supplying internet service is cheaper than it has ever been so now would be the time to do it. Also cooperatives are not meant to make a profit just provide the infrastructure and maintain it. Just sayin'





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