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Episode 464

Tech News Today 464: Soap Versus Perfume

Facebook vs. employers, apps vs. web apps, real planes vs. fake planes, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Facebook warns employers not to solicit passwords, calls it an 'alarming' practice
  • Facebook says it may sue employers who demand job applicants' passwords
  • Senator Wants To Make It Illegal For Employers To Ask For Your Facebook Password
  • Facebook fans flames with privacy policy tweaks
  • Facebook asserts trademark on word "book" in new user agreement
    • Earlier this week story from the AP described scenarios where people looking for work are asked to share FB p/w with employer. Majority of cases are public agencies law enforcement positions, police officers, 911 dispatchers.
    • Facebook Chief Privacy OfficerErin Egan: "Facebook takes your privacy seriously. We’ll take action to protect the privacy and security of our users, whether by engaging policymakers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action, including by shutting down applications that abuse their privileges."
    • Illinois & Maryland lawmakers considering bills would forbid public agencies from forcing into a prospective employee's social networks. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, is drafting legislation that would outlaw the practice of employers asking for login credentials to social networking sites and e-mail accounts. FB says sharing p/w in violation of their user agreement.
    • Also, FB says companies should watch out for themselves. if an employer uses FB to find out someone is a member of a protected group (age, race, orientation, etc) that employer may open themselves up to claims of discrimination if they don’t hire that person.
    • Last year the city of Bozeman, Mont., finally ended a long-standing policy of asking job applicants for p/w to their email addresses, networks.
    • Reports have applicants made to friend HR managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview. Employees have been required to sign non-disparagement agreements that ban them from talking negatively about an employer online.
  • Disconnect: Ex-Googlers Raise Funding To Stop Google, Facebook & More From Tracking Your Data
  • What Google Hasn’t Done: Explained Why We as Users Would Want a Unified Online Identity
    • Gizmodo essay called “The Case Against Google,” Mat Honan. Liz Gannes wrote a reaction piece about how Google needs to explain the benefit of letting them handle everything
    • In October 2010, Google engineer Brian Kennish created Facebook Disconnect, a Chrome extension that disables all traffic from third-party sites to Facebook servers but still allows you to access Facebook itself. Now collectively attracting over 400K weekly active users.
    • Started a company called with another ex-Google engineer, Austin Chau and consumer rights advocate Casey Oppenheim. The team is launching Google Disconnect and Twitter Disconnect for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
    • Kennish also built Frictionless with Nik Cubrilovic to take having to download a Facebook app out of the process of reading news on the social network.
  • Rovio to get Angry Birds Space for Windows Phone: CEO
  • Angry Birds Space' Confirmed for Windows Phone
    • Initially, Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer of the game's maker, Rovio Entertainment Oy, told Bloomberg that supporting Windows Phone would mean rewriting the game. He said Rovio would skip development of Angry Birds Space for Windows Phone. Executive Mikael Hed over Rovio told Reuters: "We are working towards getting Angry Birds Space to WP7"
    • "We are working closely together with Nokia to bring our games to their platforms," Hed said. "Our mutual goal is to bring the best possible experience to our fans, including all fans using Windows Phone devices."

Discussion Stories

  • Insight: Samsung: "fast executioner" seeks killer design
  • Samsung's VP for Design Offended by Apple's Allegations of Copying
  • Samsung: We’ll match Apple’s iconic design
    • Reuters story on Samsung has people buzzing
    • "Samsung is like a fantastic soap maker," said Christian Lindholm, chief innovation officer of service design consultancy Fjord based in Finland. "Their products get you clean, lathers well. However, they do not know how to make perfumes… "Samsung is like a fantastic soap maker," said Christian Lindholm, chief innovation officer of service design consultancy Fjord based in Finland. "Their products get you clean, lathers well. However, they do not know how to make perfumes
    • Lee Minhyouk Samsung Mobile's vice president for design
    • "I might not be at (Ive's) level yet, but I believe Samsung will produce such iconic products one day. It's not just effort that makes it possible for a new product to be a massive hit. It also has to be timely, and technology should be ready to make a certain design a reality."
    • "I've made thousands of sketches and hundreds of prototype products (for the Galaxy). Does that mean I was putting on a mock show for so long, pretending to be designing?"
    • "As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. (The Galaxy) is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it. It's a totally different product with a different design language and different technology infused."
  • Government Security Gurus: All Our Networks Are Belong to Them
  • Foreign spies 'penetrate' US military networks
    • James Peery, director of the Information Systems Analysis Center at the Sandia National Lab "I think we have to go to a model where we assume that the adversary is in our networks [...] They’re on our machines, and we’ve got to operate anyway. We have to protect the data anyway."
    • 29:50 Dr. Wertheimer of NSA Research - developers of tool sets - is most concerned that production of Computer Scientists is on the decline and they aren't being retained.
    • Wertheimer said low pay, delays over promotion and wage freezes made it very hard for the US government to attract and keep talented computer security staff
    • 67:00 Dr. Gabriel of DARPA "The shelf life of cyber capabilities is short [...] the shelf life of cyber skills is relatively short"
    • Gabriel argues that half of their top program managers or ""cyber punks"" don't have masters degrees -- their insight comes from experience within the cyber security community -- and they will only have a shelf life of 3-5 years" "- The open session was followed by a closed debate about the capabilities the US was developing to hit back against those who had won access to sensitive networks.
    • The DoD oversees 15,000 networks that connect about seven million devices.

News Fuse





  • Hey guys,

I just spoke to 2 filmmakers who are in the end of a kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary about the Internet.

They are planning to explain how the net works before explaining some of the Net neutrality / SOPA PIPA / other big fights. I don't know if TWiT has a policy about covering stuff like this, but I would love to see it get funded (I gave some money personally) and I think many in the TWiT army may be interested in this project getting funded.

Next week, they will release another animation of how they plan to explain packet-switching. They plan to explain nitty gritty details to demystify how it all works before talking about how important it is that it remain open.

Take care,

Christopher Mitchell

  • Hey TNT

In regards to the story about Microsoft restricting the use of company money to buy Apple products - this isn't the the first time I've heard of "Brand Wars" (cue graphic). AB has done this for years - the company would give a company credit card to the employee that was specifically for buying friends/family/strangers AB beers. Overhead at the bar "Hey I noticed you were drinking a Miller - the next Bud Light is on me". This isn't new and it's not like it will go away - the company wants the employees to promote their own products (even if they might be slightly inferior) as it keeps company morale up.

Also if Tom didn't pick up on who AB is - I hereby revoke his StL Cardinal fanhood.....maybe



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