Darren Kitchen is back and we’ve got a well-reasoned arguments why low-flying drones could cause serious problems. Also a stolen ID database that sort of doxxes hackers and normals alike, and Kindle’s devious all-you-can-eat ebook service. And Len Peralta illustrates something out of that gumbo of tech news.
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Kind of ‘free,’ but not really: Engadget reports The European Commission says Google is responding to its request to change how in-app purchases are handled, but Apple is not. At the end of September, Google will no longer use the word “free” to describe games that have in-app purchases and will guide apps not to encourage children to buy things in-app. Apple already implements alerts warning of in-app purchases and other parental controls as well as a kids section of the app store but has not responded to the EC with new strategies. habichuelacondulce and spsheridan submitted this topic on the subreddit.
But do they carry “50 Shades of Grey”? The test pages must have worked, since Engadget reports Amazon has officially launched Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can read ebook subscription service for $9.99 a month. The service claims to have more than 600,000 books and thousands of audio books. Not all books from major publishers are part of the service, but big names like “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Hunger Games” are among those that are. Independent publishers must agree not to sell their ebooks anywhere but Amazon in order to be part of the service. spsheridan and MANAGEMIKE submitted this topic on the subreddit.
It’s 10 inches, I swear: GigaOm reports Lenovo announced it will no longer sell Windows-based tablets in North America if they’re smaller than 10 inches. Remaining stock will be diverted to countries where demand is higher including Brazil, China, and Japan. Lenovo will continue to sell smaller Android-based tablets int he North American market.
Bitcoins accepted here: The Next Web reports Dell will start accepting bitcoin for all items sold on Dell.com to U.S. customers. If the pilot program goes well, the company may consider expanding it internationally. Bitcoin payment processor Coinbase will power the payment process.
Dude, where’s my password? TechCrunch reports on a new search engine called Indexeus, which searches databases of stolen names and passwords. Interestingly, the databases not only include stolen data from big targets like Yahoo and Adobe, but also smaller sites, including some forums where attackers discuss stealing user names and passwords. Brian Krebs tracked down the creator of the index, Jason Relinquo from Lisbon, Portugal. The site charges Bitcoins for various features, though it now allows requests for removal of information for free.
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KAPT_Kipper posted the TechCrunch story that the FCC has received more than 1 million comments from the public regarding its proposed Open Internet Guidelines. The comments range from form letters from people like Joe McTrusty to long pleas from groups like Public Knowledge and businesses like AT&T. After tonight the process moves into the stage that allows the public to respond to comments from the first period.
normgregory submitted the CNET story that PC Advisor thinks Amazon is about to release an Amazon Prime Instant Video app for Android and if that isn’t rumory enough for you it could feature 4K resolution. Because reasons! Amazon has an iPad and Kindle Fire app for Amazon Instant Video but only some rather inconvenient workarounds can get it streaming in a browser on Android. Amazon’s Fire phone is due out July 25 which makes CNET’s Scott Webster think that might be the day for a new Android app too.
Johnsie776 and Galcyon both submitted the story from yesterday that Level 3 believes Verizon implicated themselves in their chart accusing Netflix of being at fault for their own streaming problems. In a continuation of negotiation of business contracts by public press release, Level 3 points out that Verizon admits its interconnection is at capacity and Level 3 magnanimously offers to pay for the equipment to upgrade it, although they less magnanimously did not offer to change their peering arrangement based on the decidedly different ratio of traffic that would be involved. Listen people, I’m not a network engineer. But from what I understand Verizon, Level 3 and Netflix all three are undergoing a rather normal peering negotiation involving a change in forecasted traffic. The only difference in this case vs thousands of previous negotiation carried out by sites like Google, Facebook and more is that its being carried out in public and therefore not being carried out as politely. But it’s all about these companies trying to get the best deal. None of them will share any of the money with you if they win.
Pick of the Day: Scientific American via Tom