TDH – Evil & Information

This week on the show I talk about, and get a little frustrated at how companies are being evil, when they collect, use and sell information about you and your habits. The House passed a bill to limit patent trolls, and I hope that the driver who got pulled over for wearing Google Glass gets the third degree. Online ads should be more clearly marked as such, and in the spirit of Christmas, Microsoft and Google are fighting over tracking Santa.

 

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Gates and Zuck put $9M into improving school’s broadband

http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/04/mark-zuckerberg-bill-gates-put-9m-into-educationsuperhighway-a-non-profit-to-improve-broadband-in-schools/

 

Online ads should be more clearly marked

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/04/usa-advertising-regulation-idUSL2N0JJ1HP20131204

 

Instagram invites for December 12th event

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57614627-94/instagram-invites-press-to-share-a-moment-at-nyc-event/

 

Youtube’s non existent music service

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57614446-93/youtubes-music-service-said-to-be-delayed-until-next-year/

 

Driving with Google Glass

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/A-California-Woman-Got-A-Traffic-Ticket-For-5032833.php

 

Data haul by Android flashlight app

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25258621

 

Microsoft and government agencies team up to fight botnet

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2069940/zeroaccess-clickfraud-botnet-disrupted-but-not-dead-yet.html

 

House passes Innovation Act

http://gigaom.com/2013/12/05/house-passes-innovation-act-325-91-a-small-solution-to-a-big-patent-problem/

 

Mulally, CEO of Ford won’t replace Balmer

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-05/ford-s-mulally-not-leaving-company-board-director-says.html

 

6-Bit Byte:

Microsoft, NORAD, and Google’s annual Santa tracking battle

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/12/03/microsoft-norad-go-head-head-google-track-santa-christmas/#!pcUoE

 

TDH – Privacy: A Social Construct

This week on the show I talk at length about the comment from Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist about privacy. He claims that ‘privacy’ as we know it is an anomaly of society, and I say that is a bad argument for getting rid of it. I also rebuke Samsung’s idea of pre-installing anti-theft software on your smartphone, and we pour one out for WinAmp, which will be no more after December of 2013.

 

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Google’s Cerf, “Privacy may be an anomaly”

http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/20/googles-cerf-says-privacy-may-be-an-anomaly-historically-hes-right

 

Microsoft’s Xbox One Launch

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/22/5132732/microsoft-takes-over-times-square-xbox-one-launch-photos

 

Jury give $290 million more to Apple in Samsung case

http://gigaom.com/2013/11/21/jury-awards-290-million-to-apple-in-retrial-over-samsung-patent-infringement/

 

Carriers reject Absolute Lojack

http://news.yahoo.com/carriers-reject-kill-switch-stolen-smartphones-225739166.html

 

FCC to consider allowing cell calls at 10,000 ft.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/21/5130812/fcc-to-consider-cellphone-calls-on-us-flights

 

Not getting charged for Spam Texts

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/21/5131320/wireless-carriers-end-charges-for-spam-texts

 

Hydrobee to charge your phone off a river

http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/22/hydrobee/

 

Raspberry Pi now includes Mathematica

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/21/5130394/raspberry-pi-includes-mathematica-wolfram-language-free

 

The end of WinAmp

http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/11/after-15-years-of-llama-whipping-aol-shuts-down-winamp-for-good/

 

TDH – Free Information

This week on the show, I jump into the policy decisions of the new FCC chair, Tom Wheeler, as well as a big win for access to information out of the eight year long court case regarding Google Books. We look briefly at a new technology to replace the credit cards burning a hole in your pocket, and how and where people are turning for their news these days. All that and more this week.

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New FCC chair

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/16/5108920/new-fcc-chairman-tom-wheeler-starts-term-on-pro-consumer-note

Google wins book scanning case under Fair Use

http://gigaom.com/2013/11/14/google-wins-book-scanning-case-judge-finds-fair-use-cites-many-benefits/

IBM releases Watson API

http://gigaom.com/2013/11/14/have-at-it-programmers-ibm-makes-watson-available-via-api/

Amazon enters virtual desktop space

http://www.zdnet.com/amazon-want-you-to-run-windows-7-on-its-cloud-with-workspaces-7000023170/

Coin: to replace your wallet

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/14/5103820/coin-electronic-card-to-hold-all-your-credit-cards

CBS to air JFK footage

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/16/5111096/cbs-stream-four-days-of-its-live-coverage-of-president-kennedys

6-bit byte:

Adobe password leak turns into crossword, yet another thing that exists only because XKCD

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/16/5111750/adobes-colossal-security-leak-becomes-a-playable-crossword-puzzle

Facebook Frackups

Facebook bids $3Billion for Snapchat

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/11/13/snapchat-spurned-3-billion-acquisition-offer-from-facebook/

People turn to multiple social news outlets.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/11/14/pew-study-social-media-news/3544443/

Science News:

Dramatic improvement of conductivity

http://news.wsu.edu/2013/11/14/accidental-discovery-dramatically-improves-electrical-conductivity/#.Uojs_8SkppU

TDH – NQS (Not Quite Speechless)

This week on the show I am left, not quite speechless regarding a couple of things, some of which are rather scary when you extrapolate the precedent, like the loss of your 4th amendment rights if you auto-identify as a hacker, or the high frequency spread of BIOS level malware. We explore what it means for the Obama administration to partner with reliability engineers from Google, Oracle and Red Hat to fix the issues with healthcare.gov. Will we get to the bottom of the genes that express mathematical aptitude?

 

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healthcare.org calls on tech companies for fixes

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-31/google-oracle-workers-enlisted-for-obamacare-tech-surge-.html

 

Google Nexus 5 actually announced

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/31/nexus-5-announced-specs/

 

Cisco to open H.264 for WebRTC penetration

http://gigaom.com/2013/10/30/mozilla-will-add-h-264-to-firefox-as-cisco-makes-eleventh-hour-push-for-webrtcs-future/?t=t

 

New FAA guidelines to allow more device use

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/31/new-faa-guidelines-permit-more-device-use-all-the-way-from-take-off-to-landing/

 

If you believe in the 4th amendment, don’t say you are a Hacker

http://www.digitalbond.com/blog/2013/10/22/call-yourself-a-hacker-lose-your-4th-amendment-rights/

 

NSA may be tapping Google and Yahoo’s fiber

http://allthingsd.com/20131030/how-the-nsa-may-be-tapping-yahoos-and-googles-fiber-optic-cables/

 

badBIOS, an innovative form of malware spread

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/10/meet-badbios-the-mysterious-mac-and-pc-malware-that-jumps-airgaps/

 

6-Bit Byte

DNA source of mathematical aptitude

http://www.nature.com/news/root-of-maths-genius-sought-1.14050

 

Google was bored at Nortel patent auction

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/02/dealtalk-nortel-google-idUSN1E7601QM20110702

 

TDH – Nokia and All the Internet

This week on the show I talk at length about the Nokia announcement, and the implications of Apple releasing Mavericks for free. We get into a long series of stores on new things going on in the internet these days, from nationalization of internet within countries to the decline of Wikipedia. It should be a no brainer, but don’t text, call or be distracted while driving, it comes up with the announcement of Chrome coming to Tesla Model S in 2014.

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Nokia News!

http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/10/22/heres-everything-nokia-announced-nokia-world-today/

 

OSX Mavericks is free for all

http://allthingsd.com/20131023/whymavericksisfree/

 

Nationalized Internet

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-usa-spying-germany-idUSBRE99O09S20131025

 

Mozilla’s Lightbeam helps you understand tracking

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/10/25/mozillas-lightbeam-firefox-add-lets-users-visualize-sites-tracking/?utm_campaign=social%20media&awesm=tnw.to_c0cTH&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Spreadus

 

3D-printed ‘gun-parts’ may not be for a gun

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/25/5027282/uk-police-seize-3d-printed-gun-components

 

Decline of Wikipedia

http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/520446/the-decline-of-wikipedia/

 

YouTube to launch Spotify competitor

http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/10/24/billboard-youtube-launch-spotify-music-videos/

 

Internet is damaging to your sleep schedule

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/22/heres-how-much-the-internet-hurts-your-sleep-schedule-productivity-and-personal-life/

Tesla Model S to get apps and Chrome by 2014

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/22/tesla-model-s-to-get-app-support-and-chrome/

 

Facebook Frackups

⅔ of US adults get news from Facebook

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/24/net-us-facebook-study-news-idUSBRE99N0SV20131024

 

TDH – A Twick Twament

This week on the show I have not so twick twaments (quick comments) regarding piracy, and the ideas behind it, as well as how Google plans to keep updating Chrome on XP a year after Microsoft ditches the OS. We learn that Elon Musk wants to make the Lotus Espirit Bond prop that he bought into a real thing, we just aren’t sure if it will be branded Tesla yet.

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Many of the most Pirated movies aren’t available for streaming

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/15/people-pirate-movies-because-they-cant-get-legitimate-copies/

http://www.canistream.it/

 

YouTube is going more and more mobile

http://allthingsd.com/20131018/youtube-is-going-mobile-first-too/

 

Google’s stock price touches 1k

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/17/us-google-results-idUSBRE99G17Z20131017

 

Google to update Chrome for WinXP through 2015

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/16/4844466/google-continuing-chrome-updates-windows-xp-through-april-2015

 

Canonical releases Ubuntu 13.10, along with Ubuntu Touch

http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/10/17/ubuntu-13-10-now-available-comes-first-stable-version-ubuntu-touch-smartphones/

 

Apple Refutes ability to read iMessage

http://allthingsd.com/20131018/apple-no-we-cant-read-your-imessages/

 

Square Cash

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/15/square-cash/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000601

 

Lenovo signs NDA to review Blackberry

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/17/lenovo-blackberry-bid/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000601

 

6-Bit Byte:

Elon Musk to make the James Bond Lotus submarine car a reality

http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/17/autos/musk-bond-sub-tesla/

 

Science News:

Tungsten optical disc to store data for 1 billion years

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/168548-tungsten-optical-disc-can-store-data-for-1-billion-years

 

TDH – Touch Texture

This week on the show, I talk about how the Internet governance agencies have split from the United States guidance, we see T-Mobile offer very generous roaming data rates, and how Disney has been working on touch screen textures. Chris joined us to talk about brewing beer in space, and how Google installed monorail cars in the Sydney office.

 

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Core Internet institutions abandon US government

http://www.internetgovernance.org/2013/10/11/the-core-internet-institutions-abandon-the-us-government/

 

Google to rebrand Google TV

http://gigaom.com/2013/10/10/google-tv-rebranded-android-tv/

 

US Army plans exoskeleton

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24474336

 

Skype under investigation in Luxemburg

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/11/skype-ten-microsoft-nsa

 

Microsoft to roll out Remote Desktop to iOS and Android

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/08/microsoft-remote-desktop-android-ios/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000601

 

T-Mobile launches unlimited international data for free

http://blog.laptopmag.com/t-mobile-international-unlimited-data

 

Disney invents touchscreen to feel textures

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/08/disney-invents-touchscreen-that-lets-you-feel-textures/?wprss=rss_business

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zo1n5CyCKr0#t=29

 

6-Bit Byte:

Google buys monorail cars

http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/10/10/google-engineer-submits-joke-support-ticket-asking-for-a-monorail-google-buys-monorail-cars/

 

6th grader to brew beer in Space

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/10/sixth-grader-wins-approval-to-brew-beer-in-space/

 

Science News:

Nobel Prize awarded for Higgs boson

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57606460-76/higgs-boson-theory-nets-nobel-for-pair-of-physicists/

 

TDH – Tesla Fire and Lightning Charging

This week on the show, I talk about the end of the hunt for the voice of Siri, thanks to Ms. Susan Bennett, how HTC may end up being a Windows Phone partner like Nokia, but thanks to Nokia, you might be able to charge your phone with a thunderstorm. All that and more this week.

 

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OSX Mavericks Released as GM

http://9to5mac.com/2013/10/03/os-x-mavericks-goes-golden-master-now-out-for-developers/

 

Apple buys Cue, intelligent personal assistant

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/3/4799754/apple-reportedly-buys-cue-personal-assistant-app

 

Susan Bennett confirms she is voice of Siri

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/04/apple-siri-susan-bennett/?ncid=rss_truncated

 

HTC may add Windows Phone to OS line up

http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/10/04/htc-could-add-windows-as-a-second-option-on-its-android-devices-according-to-bloomberg/

 

Tesla stock dips after a model S catches fire

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/2/4796834/tesla-stock-dips-model-s-fire-youtube-video

http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/model-s-fire

 

Lavabit’s NSA protest uncovered

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/10/lavabit_unsealed/

 

Facebook Frackups

Instagram to show ads in feed, both image and video

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/03/instagram-starts-showing-in-feed-video-and-image-ads-to-us-users/

 

Science News

MIT’s self-assembling cubes

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/simple-scheme-for-self-assembling-robots-1004.html

 

Microsoft’s browser gaming hopes

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/10/microsoft-touts-browser-gaming-with-web-based-relaunch-of-windows-95s-hover/

 

Scientists charge a phone with a lightning bolt

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24347185

TDH – Apple’s Genre Experts

This week on the show I talk about how Apple is hiring “Genre Experts” and should be hiring college radio DJs, to do the same thing. Uber and Lyft are now an officially legal thing in California, and while Google spins off Calico to fight aging, Steve Ballmer calls Microsoft a monopoly. All in a day’s work.

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California Greenlights Uber and Lyft

http://gigaom.com/2013/09/19/ride-sharing-services-like-uber-and-lyft-get-green-light-in-california/

Twitter to add banks to IPO

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/19/us-twitter-ipo-idUSBRE98I0NA20130919

iPhone 5s on sale with limited gold numbers

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4749888/iphone-5c-5s-begin-sale-in-stores-gold-numbers-limited

Google goes flat

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/19/google-makes-its-new-flat-logo-and-app-launcher-style-nav-menu-official-will-roll-out-over-the-next-few-weeks/

Google announces Calico

http://googlepress.blogspot.com/2013/09/calico-announcement.html

Ballmer calls Google a monopoly

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4751516/ballmer-calls-google-a-monopoly

Cyanogen spun up as company

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/18/cyanogen-is-now-a-company/

Apple hiring ‘genre experts’ to better iTunes Radio

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/09/17/apple-hiring-genre-experts-to-fine-tune-itunes-radio-programming

Apple to fix iOS lock screen hack

http://allthingsd.com/20130919/yes-apple-is-working-on-a-fix-for-the-ios-7-lock-screen-hack/

Apple can read iMessages

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/09/19/apple_can_read_your_imessages_whenever_they_want_researchers_claim.html

6-bit Byte:

Cat can unlock Touch ID

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/19/watch-a-cat-unlock-the-iphone-5s-using-touch-id-and-the-fingerprint-sensor/

1888 Hotel will waive fee for 10,000 Instagram followers

http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/09/1888-hotel-lets-you-stay-for-free-if-you-have-more-than-10000-instagram-followers/

 

TDH – Microsoft’s iPads

This week on the show, it is really cold in the studio, so I talk rather quickly to keep myself warm. But what do I talk about? The Twitter IPO, AT&T’s purchase of spectrum from Verizon, Facebook’s atrocious idea for ads, as well as the very scary backdoor the NSA has in a cryptographic spec. Oh, and the new iPhones. Those silly things…

 

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Twitter goes public, privately

http://allthingsd.com/20130912/twitter-files-for-ipo/

 

Twitter to release Spotify app

http://evolver.fm/2013/09/12/twitter-releases-spotify-app/

 

iPhone 5c pre-orders

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/09/iphone-5c-pre-orders-available-from-apple-carriers-and-retailers/

 

Fingerprint authentication backlash

http://boingboing.net/2013/09/12/why-fingerprints-make-lousy-au.html

 

Motorola’s Moto X, made in the USA

http://www.techhive.com/article/2048551/made-in-the-usa-moto-x-manufacturing-facility-opens-its-doors-on-google-street-view.html

 

Intel ships Haswell

http://www.citeworld.com/tablets/22385/intel-ships-haswell

 

Microsoft to buy iPads

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/13/4725944/microsoft-ipad-trade-in-deal-offer-surface

 

Michael Dell’s buyout

http://allthingsd.com/20130912/dell-shareholders-approve-25-billion-buyout-to-go-private/

 

Verizon’s Net Neutrality challenge

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrydownes/2013/09/11/what-verizons-net-neutrality-challenge-is-really-about/

 

AT&T finalizes spectrum purchase from Verizon

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/att-finalizes-700mhz-spectrum-purchase-from-verizon/

 

Hacker compromises 2 million Vodafone customer database

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-12/vodafone-germany-hacker-accesses-2-million-clients-banking-data.html

 

NSA backdoor in cryptography spec

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/09/new-york-times-provides-new-details-about-nsa-backdoor-in-crypto-spec/

 

6-bit Byte:

Phoneblocks

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57602510-1/phonebloks-a-modular-phone-you-update-a-piece-at-a-time/

 

Facebook Frackups

Auto-play videos on Facebook Mobile

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/09/12/us-facebook-video-idINBRE98B17020130912

 

Zuckerberg speaks out against NSA

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/11/4719732/facebooks-mark-zuckerberg

 

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