TDH – Snowden’s Legacy

This week on the show, we discuss the net-neutrality comments the FCC received, how a smaller telco hopes to shape the wireless industry in Africa, and how Amazon is going to lock horns with Square. We take a quick glance at Twitter’s aim to better it’s anti-abuse policies, as well as Apple’s diversity report. The main focus is on Wired’s piece on Snowden, how the FCC hopes to crack down on spying, and what is the best protection you can get right now when it comes to securing your online breadcrumbs. Lastly, I look forward to the 100th show, which is coming up next week.

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A look at the FCC’s open internet comments

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/08/12/339710293/a-fascinating-look-inside-those-1-1-million-open-internet-comments

 

Twitter vows to improve policies

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/08/13/twitter-vows-to-improve-our-policies-after-robin-williams-daughter-is-bullied-off-the-network/

 

YouTube updates TV app

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/14/youtube-tv-app/

 

Africell aims to disrupt telco giants in Africa

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/14/in-africa-a-telco-disruptor-looks-for-gaps-amongst-giants/?mod=rss_Technology

 

Snowden, and his legacy

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/edward-snowden/

 

Tor for the rest of us, device demoed at Def Con

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/08/a-portable-router-that-conceals-your-internet-traffic/

 

New FCC task force for illegal use of cellular data collection

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/08/11/feds-to-study-illegal-use-of-spy-gear/

 

Amazon going after Square and PayPal

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/13/amazon-square-rival/

 

Apple releases diversity numbers

http://gigaom.com/2014/08/12/apples-retail-stores-helped-its-employee-diversity-stats-but-it-still-employs-a-lot-of-white-guys/

 

Apple’s renewed focus on iPad

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-11/apple-s-suppliers-said-to-begin-production-of-new-ipad-tablets.html

 

TDH – I will not mention Lyft/Uber again period

This week on the show, we discuss Sprint’s withdrawl from the T-Mobile purchase, how Samsung and Apple haven’t really gotten past their petty money issues, and Wikimedia Foundation’s list of pages removed from Google results in the EU. I spend a deal of time ranting about Lyft’s latest idea, which lead to the affirmation as the title of the show. Switching gears, we highlight a doctoral student here at CMU for her work humanizing robots of the future, and praise Yahoo and Google for promising compatible end-to-end email encryption in 2015. Don’t miss the supermoon tonight, but if you do, you can catch an encore early in September. All that and more this week!

 

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Sprint withdraws T-Mobile bid

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/05/sprint-tmobile/

 

Samsung and Apple drop legal disputes (outside US)

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/5/5973485/samsung-and-apple-dropping-legal-disputes-outside-the-us

 

Lyft launching carpooling service

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/08/06/lyft-launches-carpooling-strangers-service-lyft-line/

 

CMU Spotlight:  the humanization of robots

http://www.businessinsider.com/heather-knight-social-robotics-paper-2014-8

 

Public Wi-Fi in Russia to require personal info

http://gigaom.com/2014/08/08/public-wi-fi-users-in-russia-will-have-to-log-on-with-id-under-new-information-war-order/

 

WarKetteh: using household pets for wifi recon

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/how-to-use-your-cat-to-hack-your-neighbors-wi-fi/

 

Homeland security contractor hacked

http://boingboing.net/2014/08/06/major-homeland-security-contra.html

 

Yahoo to team with GMail for end-to-end email encryption

http://www.cnet.com/news/yahoo-teams-up-with-google-on-encrypted-webmail/

 

Wikipedia reveals ‘right-to-be-forgotten’ removed links

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28672121

 

6-Bit Byte:

Disney can turn anything into a spinning top

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/09/disney-tops/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000595

 

Science News:

Supermoon tonight!

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/supermoon-2014-all-you-need-to-know-about-this-sundays-supermoon-9658849.html

 

TDH – A Show Plan

This week seems a little formulaic on the show. We follow up on the gender diversity stories from last week, eBay is beating Twitter and Google, our blood boils with revelations about the insecurity of the ubiquitous USB flash drives, and new policies and requests coming out of Russia, including registering popular online bloggers. Tor warned us this week of a possible attack in early July aiming to deanonymize users, and then we jump into product announcements. Apple will buy Swell, the podcasting app, Google is rolling out support for Hangouts for businesses, and there is a new player aiming to buy (part of) T-Mobile USA. All that and more this week!

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eBay’s gender diversity

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/01/ebay-gender-diversity/?ncid=rss_truncated

 

BadUSB: USB is no longer safe

http://www.zdnet.com/badusb-big-bad-usb-security-problems-ahead-7000032211/

 

Russia begins registering bloggers

http://gigaom.com/2014/08/01/the-registration-of-russian-bloggers-has-begun/

 

Russia asks Apple to submit code review

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/30/russian-government-asks-apple-to-hand-over-source-code-amid-spying-concerns

 

FISA court owns Verizon stock

http://www.vice.com/read/the-judges-approving-nsa-surveillance-requests-keep-buying-verizon-stock-725

 

UK’s ruling on ‘Right to be Forgotten’

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-07/30/right-to-be-forgotten-is-wrong

 

Tor warns of attack to deanonymize users

http://www.securityweek.com/tor-warns-attack-attempting-deanonymize-users

 

Apple to buy Swell

http://recode.net/2014/07/27/apple-to-buy-radio-app-swell-for-30-million/

 

Google Hangouts for business

http://recode.net/2014/07/30/google-sends-hangouts-to-work-enhances-chromebox-for-meetings/

 

Amazon going after Square

http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/27/5942781/amazon-may-be-going-after-square-with-a-credit-card-reader-of-its-own

 

Iliad offer $15bill for majority of T-Mobile

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/french-upstart-makes-offer-for-t-mobile-usa/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

 

6-bit Byte

HP contracts with Gilt for smartwatch

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/01/hps-gilt-exclusive-smartwatch-puts-fashion-first/?ncid=rss

 

Hilton to replace keys with your smartphone

http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/28/5944499/smartphones-will-unlock-doors-at-hilton-hotels

 

Science News:

Scientists investigate radio bursts from space

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/29/scientists-investigate-radio-w.html#more-321393

 

TDH – I’m not a lawyer

This week on the show, I talk briefly about the reparations that Sony is paying out as a result of the 2011 PlayStation Network hack, how Amazon has quite a bit of cash flow, and what Apple’s Public Beta of OSX Yosemite might mean for the desktop experience. We dive into why Twitter, Google and Facebook having a 70/30 gender split in their workforce might not be as evil as you might think, how judges don’t seem to understand how warrants work, and the fact that Apple just patented a wristwatch. I also freely admit that I’m no lawyer.

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Sony to pay for PSN hack in 2011

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/07/sony-to-pay-up-to-17-75-million-in-2011-psn-hacking-settlement/

 

Less than one-third of Twitter employees are women

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/10987902/Less-than-third-of-Twitters-staff-is-female.html

 

Amazon misses sales projections, still rakes in lots of money

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/24/amazon-drops-5-after-missing-in-q2-with-in-line-sales-of-19-34b-larger-than-expected-loss-of-0-27/?ncid=rss

 

Amazon announces Amazon Wallet, aiming to transition into offline point-of-sale transactions?

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/22/amazon-quietly-launches-its-consumer-facing-mobile-wallet-app-amazon-wallet/?ncid=rss

 

Judge’s warrant could undermine personal email security

http://www.dailydot.com/politics/gmail-warrant-probable-cause-judge/

 

Deaf advocacy groups don’t want Verizon’s accessibility argument against net-neutrality to stand

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/07/deaf-advocacy-groups-to-verizon-dont-kill-net-neutrality-on-our-behalf/

 

OSX Yosemite Public Beta released this week

http://www.macworld.com/article/2454516/with-yosemite-public-beta-apples-more-open-than-ever.html

 

Apple granted broad patent for the iTime wristwatch

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/22/apple-granted-comprehensive-itime-smartwatch-patent-with-in-strap-circuitry-arm-gesture-support

 

Science News

You could have a Terabyte of memory in your phone

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/529386/super-dense-computer-memory/

 

Japan’s Prime Minister wants a robot Olymics in 2020 alongside Tokoyo games

http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/22/5927879/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-wants-robot-olympics-2020

TDH – Confusion and Sadness

This week on the program, we start off by talking about technology that needlessly makes life ‘simpler’, Keurig’s new anti-copying K-Cup system and GE’s foray into Phillip’s smartphone controlled lighting market. Nielsen reports what we already suspected, that streaming is taking market control from downloads, at least in the US, and Google’s anti-webspan chief, Matt Cutts is taking leave for a few months. After talking about DARPA’s emergency response robot challenge, we go into examples of things that are threats to the open internet by 2025, misuse of the ECJ’s ‘right to be forgotten’, and revelations about how little you have to do for the NSA to follow up on your internet traffic. You also might want to steer clear of Facebook, especially if your mood is volatile. All this and more this week!
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Keurig’s DRM for Coffee

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/30/5857030/keurig-digital-rights-management-coffee-pod-pirates

 

GE to get into the smart lights market

http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/01/ge-link/?ncid=rss_truncated

 

Music Streaming continues market hold

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/03/streaming-is-killing-downloads/

 

What will kill the free internet by 2025

http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/3/5868359/free-internet-2025-pew-report

 

Google’s anti-spam chief to take some time off

http://www.zdnet.com/googles-embattled-webspam-chief-matt-cutts-is-taking-a-few-months-off-7000031242/

 

DARPA sets finals for robotics challenge

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249481/Ready_the_robots_DARPA_sets_finals_for_robotics_challenge

 

BBC doesn’t want Merrill Lynch article to be ‘forgotten’

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-03/the-bbc-doesnt-want-to-be-forgotten-by-google

 

Goldman Sachs got Google to delete a ‘sensitive’ email

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/03/us-google-goldman-leak-idUSKBN0F729I20140703

 

Simple file encryption

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/minilock-simple-encryption/

 

NSA targeting any private conscious individuals

http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/aktuell/nsa230_page-1.html

 

Facebook Frackups:

Privacy Group files over Facebook’s mood experiment

http://www.ibtimes.com/privacy-group-files-complaint-ftc-over-facebook-mood-experiment-1619126

TDH – The Digital Hazard for OSX

This week on the show, I talk about some of the cool announcements out of Google’s I/O conference this past week, including the new form of phone unlock, and a refactoring of the runtimes in the OS. Also in Google news, they have begun compliance with the EU ‘right to be forgotten’ law. Meanwhile, Apple has discontinued Aperature, and plans to build a 4.7” iPhone. A potential win for the state of Missouri when it comes to personal security of digital communications. We talk about the NSA transparency report and Facebook’s attempt to recover bulk data that was turned over to New York state. All that and more!

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Google’s I/O conference this past week, Announces new unlock type

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/25/google-makes-phone-logins-easier-with-personal-login-feature-for-android-l/

 

Android to move from Dalvik to ANT

http://phandroid.com/2014/06/25/android-l-migrates-to-art-runtime-abandons-dalvik/

 

Google Chromecast to jump air-gap, and talk to devices not on same network

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/26/5846726/chromecast-will-use-ultrasonic-sounds-to-connect-nearby-devices

 

Google begins removing search results under EU law

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/26/5844982/google-begins-removing-search-results-under-EU-right-to-be-forgotten

 

Apple discontinues Aperature

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/27/apple-to-cease-development-of-aperture-and-transition-users-to-photos-for-os-x/?ncid=rss

 

Apple to begin production of 4.7” phone

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-24/apple-s-big-iphones-said-to-start-production-next-month.html

 

Simon & Schuster to make all ebooks available to libraries

https://gigaom.com/2014/06/26/simon-schuster-makes-all-its-ebooks-available-to-libraries-following-successful-trial/

 

NSA posts first full transparency report

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/27/5849618/the-nsa-just-posted-its-first-ever-transparency-report

 

Missouri to amend state consitiution to require warrant for digital searches

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/23/missouri-may-amend-its-constitution-to-require-warrant-for-digital-searches/

 

Linux continues to dominate supercomputer operating systems

http://www.zdnet.com/linux-dominates-supercomputers-as-never-before-7000030890/

 

Facebook Frackups:

Facebook tries to recover bulk data from New York law enforcement

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2401462/facebook-tries-to-recover-bulk-user-data-seized-by-new-york-law-enforcement.html

 

TDH – Is Elon Musk Ironman?

This week on the show we talk about music in it’s latest incarnations, YouTube plans to block artist’s music videos if they don’t pay for the subscription service, but T-Mobile won’t be counting your music listening against your data usage on their plan. Google launches an initiative to get more young women interested in Computer Science, which I feel falls a little short of what it promises, but Google might be turning out the next generation of women coders for the drones that NASA is going to fly on Titan. We talk quite a bit about personal encryption and security, as we follow up with the TrueCrypt story and new revelations out of the UK regarding industrial strength data collection. A few FCC stories, regarding a bill in Congress to prohibit internet ‘fast lanes’ as well as the reason behind the largest fine the FCC has ever handed out. All that and a little more this week on the show.

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YouTube to block artists who don’t pay

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/17/5817408/youtube-reportedly-block-videos-indie-artists

 

T-Mobile to exempt music streams from data caps

http://gigaom.com/2014/06/18/t-mobile-exempts-music-streaming-from-its-data-plans-partners-with-rhapsody/

 

Google launches ‘Made with Code’ for women in CS

http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/06/19/google-launches-made-code-initiative-encourage-girls-code-backed-50m-pledge/

 

TrueCrypt advises against forking codebase

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/06/following-truecrypts-bombshell-advisory-developer-says-fork-is-impossible/

 

Update on US Marshal’s Bitcoin auction

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/us-marshal-hits-reply-all-reveals-those-interested-in-anonymous-bitcoin-auction/

 

Elon Musk plans solar factory in Buffalo, NY

http://blog.timesunion.com/business/tesla-founder-has-plans-to-make-solar-panels-in-ny/60493/

AT&T to be exclusive carrier for Amazon

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/18/att-will-sell-amazons-fire-phone-for-199-on-a-2-year-contract/

 

Congress members propose bill to make FCC prohibit ‘fast-lanes’

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/17/5817258/new-net-neutrality-bill-would-make-the-fcc-stop-internet-fast-lanes

 

FCC issues $34.9mil fine, largest ever

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/19/5824344/fcc-issues-signal-jammer-seller-largest-fine-ever-34-9-million

 

UK Intelligence revealed policy of surveillance of social network use

https://www.privacyinternational.org/press-releases/uk-intelligence-forced-to-reveal-secret-policy-for-mass-surveillance-of-residents

 

Pentagon to make the internet more secure from NSA spying

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/16/5814776/the-pentagon-is-building-ways-to-make-the-internet-more-anonymous

 

Science News

NASA to send drones to Titan

http://rt.com/usa/167124-nasa-send-quadcopter-drone-titan/

 

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