TDH – Happy End of Year

This week on the show, I talk about the security community, both in how they try to prove strength, and how the NSA could improve it’s public image. We learn that Google is assembling more robotic companies under their perview, and those crazies with tape over their laptop cameras might be able to say “I told you so”. Facebook lets you donate to non-profits, and hopefully the IEC will make all laptop chargers a standard.

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Obama Urged to Curb NSA Activity

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/us/politics/report-on-nsa-surveillance-tactics.html?_r=0

Google Buys Boston Dynamics

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/technology/google-adds-to-its-menagerie-of-robots.html?_r=0

$200,000 to crack Telegram

https://telegram.org/crypto_contest

http://thoughtcrime.org/blog/telegram-crypto-challenge/

New Mac Pros Onsale

http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/18/apple-mac-pro-december-19/

Webcam Spying

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/18/research-shows-how-macbook-webcams-can-spy-on-their-users-without-warning/

IEC Laptop Power Charger Standard

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/one-charger-to-power-nearly-every-laptop-coming-from-standards-group/

Delta CEO Prohibits In-Flight Calls

http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/18/delta-ceo-grounds-in-flight-calls/

Dish’s Interest in T-Mobile

http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/19/5227504/dish-also-interested-in-buying-tmobile

 

Facebook Frackups:

Launch of ‘Donate’ Button

http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/16/facebook-donate-now-button/

 

6-Bit Byte:

Collins Dictionary’s Word of The Year

http://www.collinsdictionary.com/words-and-language/blog/collinsdictionary-com-word-of-the-year-the-changing-face-of-words,86,HCB.html

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TDH on December 22nd

The show this weekend will be an hour earlier, running from noon to 1 ahead of WRCT’s airing of a Holiday Concert starting at 1pm.

You will, as always, be able to get your very own copy of the show right here following the airing.

Please tune in on the radio if you are in Pittsburgh, or online if you are not.

 

Thank you listeners for a great year, and here is to 2014!

TDH – A Bit of a Follow-up Show

This week on the show, I follow up on both the story of Instagram’s announcement and about Alan Mulally being the new Microsoft CEO. It seems like you can now text your friends pictures through Instagram and we have another name to cross off the Microsoft CEO short-list, Qualcomm’s Mollenkopf. Google may be doing you a favor when it comes to email advertisements, and may be trying to cut Intel out of the server chip market. All that and more this week.

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GMail change with relationship to images

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/12/no-gmails-tweak-wont-stop-e-mail-marketers-from-knowing-if-you-open-their-email

Google considers making own server chips

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-13/intel-seen-threatened-as-google-mulls-own-server-chips.html

Qualcomm taps Mollenkopf as new CEO

http://allthingsd.com/20131213/qualcomm-taps-steve-mollenkopf-rumored-as-microsoft-successor-as-its-next-ceo/

Ongoing FCC decision regarding cell phones on planes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25355399

Instagram’s announcement, Instagram Direct

http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/12/5203302/instagram-direct-photo-text-messaging

Amazon rumored to announce Sams Club competitor

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/12/12/amazon-pantry/4001707/

Microsoft joins FIDO Alliance

http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/12/microsoft-joins-the-fido-alliance/

Norway is digitizing all books, and making them free online

http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/11/5199472/norway-is-digitizing-all-its-books-and-making-them-free-to-read-online

6-Bit Byte:

Groupon counters Amazon drone plan

http://www.businessinsider.com/groupon-parody-amazon-drones-catapults-2013-12

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