Tech News Today 443

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Episode 443

Tech News Today 443: Ride My Champagne Buffalo

How the President plans to protect privacy, Sanjay Jha out at Motorola? How to get Windows 7 with MS Office for cheap, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Google Said to Plan Replacement for Jha as Motorola Mobility CEO
  • Dennis Woodside's LinkedIn
  • Exclusive: Susan Molinari to head Google’s D.C. office
    • THREE people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg Google is close to naming Dennis Woodside to run Motorla after the acquisition is approved.
    • Woodside led Google’s ad sales in the Americas before leaving that job to oversee the merger
    • Sanjay Jha would be out
    • Christy Wyatt, Motorola Mobility senior vice president, and Chief Strategy Officer John Bucher were also considered
    • Also Former congresswoman Susan Molinari was named head of Google’s Washington office. vice president of public policy and government relations for the Americas. She will manage policy advocacy and government outreach in North and South America.
  • Big Tech, Obama And The Politics Of Privacy
  • White House announces new privacy "Bill of Rights," Do Not Track agreement
  • Obama unveils Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
    • President Obama announced a framework for new US privacy regulations white paper that will lead to legislation giving the Federal Trade Commission further tools to oversee companies’ use of consumer data.
    • "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" is the centerpiece
    • ALSO the Digital Advertising Alliance was Voluntarily signed by a group of web advertising networks and "leading Internet companies," including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL. Account for 90% of the behavior-based activity.
    • The companies entered into the agreement voluntarily, but will become subject to the Federal Trade Commission's oversight and enforcement of its terms.
    • will let consumers opt out of tracking “cookies,” Mozilla says "welcome to last year bitches"
    • Individual Control: Consumers have a right to exercise control over what personal data organizations collect from them and how they use it.
    • Transparency: Consumers have a right to easily understandable information about privacy and security practices.
    • Respect for Context: Consumers have a right to expect that organizations will collect, use, and disclose personal data in ways that are consistent with the context in which consumers provide the data.
    • Security: Consumers have a right to secure and responsible handling of personal data.
    • Access and Accuracy: Consumers have a right to access and correct personal data in usable formats, in a manner that is appropriate to the sensitivity of the data and the risk of adverse consequences to consumers if the data are inaccurate.
    • Focused Collection: Consumers have a right to reasonable limits on the personal data that companies collect and retain.
    • Accountability: Consumers have a right to have personal data handled by companies with appropriate measures in place to assure they adhere to the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

Discussion Stories

  • OnLive Desktop Puts Windows 7/MS Office on the iPad
    • OLD (free) released in Jan. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint,Adobe Reader for PDFs, & 2GB of cloud storage. Access from on PC
    • OLD Plus $4.99/month, adds gigabit-speed IE browsing with Flash capability.
    • OnLive isn’t sending you all of the data from your browsing session, only a stream the size of your screen. hi-def video, OnLive sends only the data the iPad can show. If someone is off-screen, you've scrolled past it, data not sent
    • OnLive says it needs 2mbps connection on your end. 4G and healthy wifi good.
    • tap for mouse clicks (stylus handy for small buttons), on-screen keyboard, bluetooth keyboard capable
    • David Pogue notes: "On a real Windows PC, you could open the Control Panel to enlarge the controls for touch use — but OnLive’s simulated PC is lacking the Control Panel."
    • when switching between apps, doesn't remember your spot, have to continously log in. Onlive working on a fix.
    • Coming soon, OnLive Desktop Pro $9.99/month- 50 GB cloud storage, ability to customize with additional PC apps
    • working on Android version, iPhone/iPod Touch
  • Proposed web standard would allow copy protection on HTML5 video, but is it 'unethical?'
  • "Unethical" HTML video copy protection proposal draws criticism from W3C reps
    • A proposal by developers from Google, Microsoft, and Netflix would add copy-protecion from streaming and downloadable video as part fo the HTML 5 standard
    • The structure would rely on a "content decryption module" or CDM that could operate independently of the browser, possibly through hardware or firmware. With the CDM in place, a company could then send a key to decrypt a given portion of HTML.
    • Google's Ian Hickson, for example, called the proposal "unethical," and said that in any case, it did not provide enough content protection to make it worth implementing.
    • Mozilla's Chris Pearce, meanwhile, asked how the proposal would affect open source browsers, which could theoretically be patched to allow people to capture streaming video or audio.
    • Netflix's Mark Watson said that while hardware solutions could solve some of these problems, such browsers would need to stream the content through a "protected media pipeline."

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  • Edited by: Jason
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