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TDH – Product Heavy Show

This week on the show, we spend quite a fair amount of time on Apple, and the news of this past week, and the speculation on what will undoubtedly be the news of the week to come. The iCloud hack serves as a good Public Service Announcement for understanding how secure your personal effects actually are in the cloud. Not to be completely overshadowed, Motorola announced updated versions of the Moto X and Moto G smartphones, as well as the 360 smartwatch, and something called the Hint. We take a quick look through the latest from Nest, the home automation company, and talk about Tom Wheeler’s lofty goals for 25Mbps data speed broadband competition in the US. All that and more this week.

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Apple’s iCloud Breach

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/09/fbi-apple-investigating-celebrity-photo-hacks/

 

iCoud and the false security of two-factor

http://www.tuaw.com/2014/09/02/think-iclouds-two-factor-authentication-protects-your-privacy/

 

Apple to ramp up security alerts

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/05/us-apple-cybersecurity-idUSKBN0H005N20140905

 

Apple to launch new iPhones and the iWatch

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/technology/apple-smartwatch-and-bigger-iphones-to-be-introduced.html

 

Moto updates the Moto X and Moto G

https://gigaom.com/2014/09/04/motorola-updates-the-moto-x-and-g-and-debuts-its-swish-new-smartwatch-the-moto-360/

 

Actually wearable circuitry

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26145-fabric-circuits-pave-the-way-for-wearable-tech.html

 

Nest pushes update to Protect

http://gigaom.com/2014/09/04/nest-tweaks-protect-to-be-a-bit-less-sensitive-still-no-wave-function-though/

 

White House names Megan Smith the next CTO of the US

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/09/04/white-house-names-googles-megan-smith-the-next-chief-technology-officer-of-the-united-states/

 

FCC recognizes 25Mbps as competitive ground

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/09/most-of-the-us-has-no-broadband-competition-at-25mbps-fcc-chair-says/

 

Dyson’s Roomba competitor

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/04/dyson-robot-vacuum-leak/

 

Facebook Frackups:

Netflix teams with Facebook to disseminate movie recomendations

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/02/netflix-taps-facebook-to-let-you-privately-recommend-content-to-friends/?ncid=rss

 

6-Bit Byte:

Ikea’s new bookbook

http://www.tuaw.com/2014/09/05/ikea-releases-apple-parody-bookbook-ad/?ncid=rss_truncated&cps=gravity

 

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/

 

TDH – Full Address and Government Decisions

This week on the show, we speak at length about the recent news that the IPv4 addresses are essentially exhausted, as well as how FCC Chairman Wheeler wants to be able to preempt state laws for wireless broadband access. Tesla announces that all of it’s patents are free to be used by anyone, while the US Marshals Service holds auctions for the Bitcoins that were seized from Silk Road. Also of note, the 11th circuit court ruled that cellular location data can’t be obtained without a warrant, and NTT Docomo wants us all to use wearable SIM technology. I speak out nearly against the curation aspect of Amazon’s Prime Music service, in the context of it’s competitors, not Spotify or Rdio, but actual music on the radio. All that and a little more this week!

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IPv4 addressing is full

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/06/with-the-americas-running-out-of-ipv4-its-official-the-internet-is-full/

 

Feds to sell Bitcoins from Silk Road

http://www.cnet.com/news/feds-to-hold-a-bitcoin-auction-for-seized-silk-road-money/

 

Tesla’s patents are yours to use

http://thenextweb.com/dd/2014/06/12/tesla-tells-automotive-world-go-ahead-use-patented-technolgy/

http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you

 

Amazon launches Prime Music

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/12/5802898/amazon-prime-music-features-pricing

 

Starbucks rolling out wireless charging tables

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/12/5801716/starbucks-rolling-out-powermat-wireless-chargers-nationwide

 

Warrantless cellular location tracking is illegal

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/11/5801238/warrantless-cellphone-location-tracking-illegal-us-court-rules

 

NTT Docomo’s wearable SIM card replacement

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/10/5792024/docomo-portable-sim-wearable-authentication

 

Wheeler comments on broadband and state laws

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/state-laws-deprive-americans-of-broadband-internet-fcc-chairman-says/

 

Google just acquired Skybox Imaging for .5 billion

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/10/google-acquires-skybox-imaging-satellites/?ncid=rss_truncated

 

6-Bit Byte

School cancels reading program to stop ‘hacker culture’

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/school-bans-cory-doctorows-novel-for-lauding-hacker-culture/

 

TDH – Good News for the Internet

This week on the show, I have two stories that continue my resolve when it comes to the power of the internet to be a resource of information for the human race. Specifically, the Wayback Machine surpassed 400 Billion indexed sites last week, and a UN report says that 40% of the world’s population will be internet users by the end of 2014. We also discuss what Apple’s purchase of Beats can and will mean, as well as one of Google’s new acquisitions, Appetas. NeoCities.org throttles the FCC, and the band Vulfpeck runs a scam on Spotify. Happy Mother’s Day!
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SpaceX Injunction dissolved

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/05/spacex-injunction-dissolved-us-can-buy-russian-rockets-for-space-launches/

 

Archive.org’s Wayback surpasses 400 billion indexes sites

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/05/09/wayback-machine-passes-400-billion-indexed-webpages-covering-web-late-1996-hours-ago/

 

UN Reports 3 billion users by end of year

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/7/5690764/the-internet-will-have-almost-3-billion-users-by-the-end-of-the-year

 

Apple = Beats + $3.2 Billion

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/9/5698158/what-apple-is-really-buying-with-beats

 

A Second (and third?) HTC-made Nexus device

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/05/htc-made-nexus-device-shows-up-in-android-source-code/

 

Google’s new GMail

http://www.geek.com/apps/google-is-testing-new-web-based-gmail-features-1593555/

 

Google buys Appetas

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/07/to-battle-yelp-google-buys-appetas-a-website-builder-for-restaurants-will-shut-it-down/

 

Webhost throttles FCC as act of protest

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/web-host-gives-fcc-a-28-8kbps-slow-lane-in-net-neutrality-protest/

 

Hacking aboard Aircraft Carrier

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/navy-sysadmin-hacking/

 

6-Bit Byte:

Band Scams Spotify

http://gawker.com/an-enterprising-band-made-20-000-scamming-spotify-1573217228

 

Vibram loses class-action

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/vibram-required-to-stop-all-health-claims-about-its-fivefinger-shoes/

 

TDH – Governmental Affairs

This week on the show I start by going over the news of the possible net neutrality reversal by the FCC, and move on the track of governmental affairs, from Pennsylvania’s sting on Uber and Lyft to SpaceX and their goal of an Air Force contract. Amazingly, Carnegie Mellon Computer Club successfully recovered some of Andy Warhol’s computer art from 1985. All that and more this week.

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FCC’s new opinion of Net Neutrality

https://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2014/04/fcc-changed-course-network-neutrality-here-why-you-should-care

 

Ride-sharing, and the cities they affect

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/04/as-ridesharing-firms-expand-cities-deploy-cops-in-sting-operations/

 

SpaceX sues Air Force to block contract award

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/25/spacex-sues-to-block-contract-award/8157667/

 

Microsoft becomes a phone manufacturer

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/microsoft-is-now-a-phone-company-as-nokia-deal-closes/

 

Apple’s iPhone sleep/wake button replacement

https://ssl.apple.com/support/iphone5-sleepwakebutton/

 

RasberryPi powered cell phone

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/man-uses-raspberry-pi-to-build-actual-working-cellphone-for-158/

 

Verizon relaying desktop browsing to Ad agencies

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20140425,0,2539606.column#ixzz2zvGVdsdK

 

Tech Giants agree to fund OpenSSL

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/tech-giants-chastened-by-heartbleed-finally-agree-to-fund-openssl/

 

Stanford’s password guidelines

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/stanfords-password-policy-shuns-one-size-fits-all-security/

 

Carnegie Mellon Computer Club finds Warhol images

http://studioforcreativeinquiry.org/events/warhol-discovery

 

Facebook Frackups

Facebook funds retrofit of Menlo Park police department

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/04/facebook-funded-silicon-valley-police-station-with-free-wi-fi-opens/

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