DTNS 2456 – Facebook Times

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja is on to discuss the rumored Facebook plan to bring NY Times and others pages into Facebook. Is it crazy to think it’s NOT a bad idea?

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Today’s Guest: Patrick Beja, DTNS contributor and independent podcaster, host of host of Pixels, Le Rendez-vous Tech and The Phileas Club

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Headlines

The New York Times reports that the New York Times may be among media sites in talks with Facebook to host content within the Facebook site. The New York Times would not comment to itself on the matter. According to several of the people briefed on the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were bound by nondisclosure agreements, he idea would be to improve the load time of links to news pages by not sending people away from Facebook. News sites would possibly sell ads on the pages. National Geographic and BuzzFeed are also allegedly considering the partnership.

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DTNS 2455 – Dirty Jobs

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAdam Christianson joins the show to talk about the not death of Google Glass and why Apple staff are so fired up about the unauthorized Steve Jobs bio.

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Today’s guests: Adam Christianson from MacCast

Headlines: 

Google Glass? Not so dead. The Verge passes along Google executive Chairman Eric Scmidt’s comments to the Wall Street Journal. Schmidt said “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true.” He said that’s why they gave it to Nest’s Tony FAdell so it could become user-friendly. He also said Glass is a long term project and that “[It’s] like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it’s not driving me around now.”

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DTNS 2454 – Great Walls of Fire

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen talks with us about the fragmenting of the Internet in light of the GreatFire DDoS and other crackdowns.Plus Len Peralta illustrates the show.

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DTNS 2453 – There Is No Zone 4

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Robert Young joins the show to talk about a Pew Research report that says developing countries don’t see the Internet improving morality. But it’s great for education and news.

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Today’s guests: Justin Robert Young, DTNS contributor and co-host of Night Attack, Weird Things and JuRY talks and JuRYmore podcasts

Headlines: 

The Next Web reports TAG Heuer, Intel and Google announced a partnership at the Baselworld watch fair. TAG will launch an Android Wear watch with Intel hardware by the end of the year. Intel previously has partnered with Fossil on smart watches and powered a smart bracelet called Mica.

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DTNS 2452 – The Vue Looks Pretty High From Here

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIyaz Akhtar is on to talk about the new PlayStation Vue Internet TV service. Should you cancel cable?

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Today’s guests: Iyaz Akhtar, Senior Associate Editor at CNET

Headlines: 

TechCrunch reports Microsoft’s Executive VP of Operating Systems told the audience at WinHEC in Shenzen, China that Windows 10 will launch this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. HE also said Windows 10 will be a free upgrade fro all Windows 7 users regardless of whether the user can prove their copy is legitimate or not. Kind of an amnesty program for Windows pirates tech. AND Microsoft will give select Xiaomi Mi 4 users the chance to test Windows 10 on their phones. Yes their android-based MI phones.

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DTNS 2451 – Internet Explorer of House Microsoft, the Eleventh of it’s Name, and Last of it’s Line, the Unpatched, Breaker of Compatibility, and Bringer of Frustration

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja talks with us about Nintendo’s tentative move to mobile phones and tablets and the mysterious NX console platform that’s coming.

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Today’s guests: Patrick Beja, DTNS contributor and host of the Pixels podcast, Le Rendez-vous Tech and The Phileas Club

Headlines: 

It’s that time again. Apple Television Rumor time! This one comes from the Wall Street Journal. Apple will supposedly launch a TV service with around 25 channels for around $30-$40 dollars a month. It would include ABC CBS and Fox channels but not NBC because of a dispute with Comcast. However 9to5 Mac has a source that says NBC wants to launch apps on Apple TV, Fire TV and Xbox in the second half of this year. The new NBC app would require a cable subscription in order to us.

 

Engadget reports that Google has started reviewing some apps before they are available for download in the Google Play Store.
The policy, which has been in effect for a few month, uses a mix of algorithms and human intervention.  Google also launched a rating system for Android apps that will label which games are appropriate for various age groups.

Nintendo announced in a press conference that it will partner with mobile game publisher DeNA to make original mobile games using Nintendo characters and worlds. Along with the new games, this autumn Nintendo will launch a cross-platform membership service for mobile devices, PC and Nintendo devices. One of those devices will someday be a new game console referred to as NX. Nintendo called it an “entirely new concept” but we won’t hear any details on that until next year. Ars Technica has one of the best stories rounding up the details.

Engadget reports Microsoft announced Windows 10 will support logins by fingerprint, facial recognition and iris scan.  Of course the device it’s running on has to have the right sensor—- but a framework called Hello will make sure the login experience is consistent across different manufacturers.  For devices without sensors, a feature called Passport lets you enter a password and device-specific PIN.  All the biometric data and the PIN will be stored on the machine.

Engadget notes Sling TV launched today on Xbox One. You can pin Sling TV to your Home screen, control the app with Kinect for Xbox One and Snap with other activities so you can play games and watch Sling TV at the same time. Existing Xbox One owners can try out the service free for a month (up from the usual 7 day trial). If you don’t have an Xbox One you can get 3 months free if you purchase an Xbox One before March 22 2015 from a Microsoft retail outlet or online store.

PC World reports Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed details about the GeForce Titan X at the GPU Technology Conference.
The card has 3072 CUDA cores, 12 GB of RAM and costs $1,000.
Huang claimed the single-precision floating point performance is 7 TFLOPS but only 200 GFLOPs in double-precision. The one benchmark revealed was neural net analysis.  Titan X can process the data in 1.5 days compared to 5 days for the Titan Black.

ReCode reports NVidia also announced a self-driving car platform called Drive PX that will go on sale in May for $10,000. This is the platform teased at CES, powered by two Tegra X1 chips and supposedly 3,000 times faster than DARPA’s DAVE platform. The platform also can be trained and Huang said it gets smarter with every OTA update. NVidia hopes to expand its partnerships with Tesla, Audi and BMW. He’ll probably get his wish with Tesla since Elon Musk joined him on stage to talk about security with self-driving cars.

ReCode reports Facebook has launched the ability to send payments through Facebook Messenger at no cost.  Once you’ve tied your debit card to your Facebook account, you can click a dollar sign icon to open a payment screen in messenger.  If someone sends you money and you don’t have a debit card attached, Facebook will hold the money for you until you get it set up.  No payment can be sent without a PIN or thumbprint scan.  The rollout will start in selected US cities and progress internationally later.

3D printing start-up, Carbon3D, has developed a new 3-D printing process that works fast enough to be used for production instead of just protyping reports Re/Code. The process is called CLIP or Continuous Liquid Interface Production. CLIP involves using light and oxygen to grow objects from a pool of resin instead of building the object layer by layer. Carbon3D says CLIP is 25-100 times faster than traditional 3-D writing and can work with a wider array of materials. Carbon3D debuted the technology Monday at the TED conference in Vancouver and said they are turning it inot a shipping product but did not state price.

News From You:

tahras submitted the Verge article that Microsoft marketing chief Chris Capossel told folks at the Microsoft Convergence event that Microsoft is researching a new name for the Project Spartan browser that will come in Windows 10. Testing shows that whatever the name is, it is perceived better if it has the name Microsoft at the beginning. A version of Internet Explorer will also ship with Windows 10 but it will be the last of its name.

KAPT_Kipper wants you to know that you can now pause videos on your Google Chromecast with your TV remote. As long as it is infrared and has a play/pause button.  TechCrunch reports that Chromecast uses the HDMI-CEC protocol for the function.  So if starting a cast turns your TV on, then this should work for you.  The functionality doesn’t work in every app yet but works in many.

tninja3000 sent us the GeekWire report that Microsoft will let third party retailers Amazon, Best Buy and Target sell the Microsoft Band wearable starting today. The fitness and health tracker already available in Microsoft stores costs $199.99 in the US and offers notifications and lightweight apps, and integration with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The Microsoft Band will also launch April 15th in the UK,for £169.99.

Discussion Section Links:  

http://recode.net/2015/03/17/why-nintendo-making-mobile-games-is-such-a-big-deal/
http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/17/nintendo-partners-with-dena-to-brings-its-games-and-ip-to-smartphones/
http://www.cnet.com/news/mario-set-for-smartphones-as-nintendo-forges-new-mobile-deal/#ftag=CAD590a51e
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/03/nintendo-partners-with-dena-to-develop-mobile-phone-games/
http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/17/nintendo-nx-console/?ncid=rss_truncated

 

Pick of the day: streamingnation.com.au

G’day Tom, Jenny and Pals

Travis from Melbourne, Australia here – with a website that might be useful to other Aussies, especially over the next few weeks. It’s streamingnation.com.au, covering news about the local options for streaming video.

There’s two Netflix-ish services who’ve recently launched, being Presto and Stan, but the elephant in the room is Netflix itself (coming next week, baby!)

Streaming Nation also has lists of newly added shows and films, and has recommendations, which I’m keeping for those nights when my wife just can’t make up her mind 🙂

Keep up the awesome work.

Trav.

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I am a cablevision internet subscriber. I don’t have a cable box, only a TiVo . If I subscribed to HBONOW through cablevision, how would I watch? Through apple TV with cable login? Would I have to get a box? If this is the case, why bother? Discounts? Otherwise apple TV would be more convenient, right? Thanks from one of your bosses, Bob

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Comcast in North Georgia cable modem users here. We have a 300 GB limit…. and if you cross the magic threshold, they just start charging you some flat rate for each additional 10 or 50 GB or something (I have NOT done this), so now they just make more money from bandwidth hogs.

Woo hoo. No more bandwidth caps. Just what I asked for, sort of.

whistl

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We asked for legal uses of P2P after the story that Windows 10 updates will be distributed peer to peer. Mink sent us a link to a makeuseof post from August 2013 that mentioned Archive.org, government data sets, BitTorrent Sync, and BitTorrent bundles. Branden from Winterless Salt Lake serves up 6.6 TB of apps and patches via P2P for the 40,000 computers in his school district. And William downloaded the entire BitCoin blockchain shaving a day off the time to get his bitcoin node up and running.

And Mink added the interesting question of “whether “mobile” (slower & less reliable networks with more data caps and using inherently smaller storage devices) will make torrents more or less attractive to users. “

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Hey guys!

A few months back I sent in an audio recording which you played where I discussed the opportunities that are created by GoPro’s new product with builtin wifi/internet service (hopefully). Meerkat would be crazy not to reach out to them for reasons I am sure you can understand. I shot Meerkats support a brief email as well since they are a fun little startup. They could do great things together.

Thanks!
Joe

BOL REUNION!

Just announced: The Buzz Out Loud 10 Year reunion on March 29th at 12:30 pacific /3:30 p eastern and 7:30p GMT! It’s free! Tom, Molly, Veronica, Jason and many other special guests! Tickets for the event at the Hak 5 warehouse are available at http://bit.ly/BOLreunion but if you want to attend online you don’t need even need a ticket. The event will stream live on Alpha Geek Radio and on YouTube with more details forthcoming.

Buzztown’s Back!

PODCAST AWARDS

Also Podcast Awards! Remember yesterday, and the day before, when we told you how you could vote for your favorite podcast in the Podcast Awards? Well guess what, you can vote again today! For example, you could vote for DTNS in the technology category, but you can also support Night Attack in the “Mature” and “Video” categories. Also you can vote for The Instance, Film Sack and our good friends at The Morning Stream and Night Attack. I guess you could also vote for Serial. But only once. Vote once a day at http://www.podcastawards.com/ until March 24th.

Wednesday’s guest: Iyaz Akhtar

 

DTNS 2450 – Down Meerkat, Up Periscope?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comNicole Lee joins us to talk about Meerkat. Has it brought back SXSW’s app magic? Can it survive?

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Today’s guests: Nicole Lee of Engadget.com

Headlines: 

The Verge reports Facebook updated its community standards page Sunday night to clarify what the policies are. They haven’t actually changed the policy. Among the clarifications Facebook says they want people to use the name they go by regularly, not necessarily their legal name. Hate speech is allowed for satire or commentary. Nudity is still not allowed but more strictly defined and exceptions made for artwork.

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DTNS 2449 – South by So Wealthy

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen and Brian Brushwood join to talk about the effect tech is having on Brian’s home town and the SXSW Interactive festival. Plus Len Peralta illustrates the show.

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Today’s guests: Darren Kitchen of hak5.org, Brian Brushwood of nightattack.tv  & Len Peralta of the Cleveland, Ohio Arts Society

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Headlines: 

Reuters reports Microsoft will use research from its Einstein AI project in the next version of Cortana. Cortana is coming to Windows 10 this autumn and Reuters sources say it will come to iOS and Android later as well. Einstein combines speech recognition with machine learning to anticipate user needs.
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DTNS 2448 – Ephemeral Billions?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Young is in for an early show wherein we greet the new FCC Open Internet Rules and discuss why Snapchat is worth $15 billion these days.

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“As Ars Technica reports the FCC released its report on “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet”. In the 400 page document the rules themselves make up 8 pages. The rest is commentary and analysis including a 64-page dissent from Commissioner Ajit Pai and a 16-page dissent from Commissioner Michael O’Reilly. Among the analysis are the forebearances from Title II which include this line that will cause most of the debate: “”we do not forbear from
sections 201, 202, and 208.”” The rules will now be published in the Federal Register within a week or two. 60 days after that happens the rules go into effect, except for additions to the transparency rules which require approval by the Office of Management and Budget. Let the parsing BEGIN!”

Recode reports that Apple has stopped selling Jawbone Up, and Nike + FuelBand in its stores ahead of the Apple Watch launch. The Mio, a heart tracking device worn on the wrist, can only be found in Apple’s online store. Recode checked stores in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles and New York. The CEO of Mio said Apple notified her a few months ahead of time that the tracker would be removed from the store, citing a desire to “rework branding for the stores, and to make the Apple brand more front and center” and “minimize the number of accessories.”

Bloomberg Business reports that 11,000 people have already signed up for a Stanford University cardiovascular study using Apple’s Research Kit. The medical director of Stanford’s Cardiovascular Heath department said that getting 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study would normally take a year, and 50 medical centers around the country. The article also notes some researchers are skeptical that the data won’t be skweed by the type of participant or rendered controversial by things like unclear consent forms. Way to harsh Stanford’s mellow, Bloomberg Business.

Buzzfeed reports that Twitter has issued new rules that say “You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.” and says it will lock the accounts of users who violate the rule. The company also issued a new FAQ regarding stolen nudes and revenge porn which they posted on reddit. Users can report possible violations through Twitter’s reporting process.

Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose said Tuesday that plaintiffs can bring a class action against Facebook regarding online purchases by children. Facebook argued against a class action, saying the claims were too disparate, and an injunction would not address them. The parents of two children who made large amounts of in app purchases brought the suit in April 2012. It says Facebook violated California law by refusing refunds under its “all sales are final” policy when the parents complained. A trial date is set for October 19th.

Bloomberg has sources that say Alibaba will invest $200 million in Snapchat based on a valuation of $15 billion. Snapchat is supposedly seeking a round of $500 million of investment. CB Insights says the valuation ranks it right behind Uber at $40 billion and Xiaomi at $45 billion.

Meanwhile Reuters reports Alibaba is hiring in Seattle for positions related to cloud computing. Microsoft and Amazon, also in the Seattle area, also do cloud computing. Alibaba has already hired 10 software engineers or computing experts from either Microsoft or Amazon since July 2014. Alibaba launched its first cloud computing hub outside of China on March 4 in Silicon Valley.

Reuters reports US District Judges Edward Chen and Vince Chhabria in San Francisco federal court said in two rulings that the status of drivers for Uber and Lyft will need to be decided by juries. Both companies face class action lawsuits on behalf of drivers who want the benefits of being employees not independent contractors.

The BBC is working with Samsung, Microsoft, ARM and the people behind Raspberry Pi to give 1 million 11 year-olds in the UK a free computer reports CNET. The low cost machine, still in development, is called the Micro Bit, and is similar to the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. The unit fits inside the palm of a child’s hand and sports a simple array of LED lights as a display plus Bluetooth. It launches this September and will support Python, C++, and Touch Develop. The BBC will also launchshows about programming as well as a new drama based on the development of Grand Theft Auto along with a documentary on Bletchley Park.

Reuters reports Xiaomi will being local production of devices in India within 12 to 18 months. Xiaomi has sold more than a million phones in 5 months in India. Xiaomi is also looking to invest in start-ups and service centers and will open 100 stores in the country to help consumers “experience” the phones. So you’ll be able to walk into a store in India and by a Mi Phone? No. Xiaomi insist on continuing to use online flash sales and Flipkart.com to actually sell phones.

The Next Web reports a new UK Parliamentary report from the Intelligence and Security Committee revealing how the agencies gathered bulk personal data, and recommending Britain’s laws governing those agencies should be overhauled. Some members of the UK’s intelligence services have been fired for “inappropriately” accessing personal data. The report concludes that existing laws were not broken and bulk data collection did not amount to mass surveillance or threaten privacy.

If you’ve seen the video going around of a laughing Spanish man subtitled as if he’s telling the story of how the new MacBook was created, the Next Web would like you to know. Juan Joya, a Spanish actor and comedian known as El Risitas. If you don’t speak the language, the story he’s actually telling is about washing pots and pans in the ocean. It is the new “Hitler Reacts.”

Bad news in chip town. Reuters reports Intel cut its revenue forecast for Q1 from $13.7 billion to $12.8 billion +- $300 million, citing lower-than-expected demand for business PCs and lower inventory levels across the PC supply chain.

News From You

metalfreak submitted the Ars Technica article that Google now claims its Project Loon balloons can stay aloft for more than 6 months and deliver LTE service to an area the size of Rhode Island. The US State of Rhode Island is 3,140 km².

philo1927 cited two stories of major companies taking a breather from competing. In a TechDirt article Cablevision vice chairman Gregg Seibert says “I don’t want to roll a truck to you every two years if you keep going back and forth to another provider … So we’re getting rid of that lower quality, lower profitability base of subscriber.” And in a CNET article, AT&T CFO John Stephens says “We won’t chase customers net additions for the sake of another account. We’re going to be smart about it.”

Discussion: Snapchat

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-11/alibaba-said-to-plan-snapchat-funding-at-15-billion-valuation
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/11/us-alibaba-snapchat-idUSKBN0M72L320150311
http://digiday.com/platforms/madness-snapchat-moves-closer-becoming-sports-broadcaster/
http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/03/dont-even-try-to-be-chic-on-snapchat.html

 

Pick of the day: tapiriik.com

I had wanted to keep this one to myself as it is so useful but it’s probably time to share…

I am a keen runner and will change running tracking app depending on features or, for example, whether my Garmin is charged! I also like to keep a backup of my runs on Dropbox. Have a look at the site – he supports all major providers – a massive selection and it keeps growing.

There is only one service which allows this – tapiriik.com. It is run by a chap called Colin Fair who offers great support. Best of all, it’s free for manual syncing. If you want automagic syncing, it costs a paltry $2 per year.

Oh, and it isn’t limited to running, but all sports. It will even sync activities marked private and keep them private.

I encourage listeners to try it and to pay for it!

Love the show, as ever.

Andrew from libertine London

Message:

Hello Tom,
Another issue with MLB tv is, if you are in between markets, you are considered part of their viewing areas. I live in Charlotte and when I subscribed two years ago I was considered to be in the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, and for some reason the Cincinnati Reds markets. As a Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox fan it seemed like every game I tried to watch was blacked out because of markets or national broadcasting rights, so I cancelled the service. Thanks for the great work.
Chris in Charlotte NC
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Tomorrow’s guest: Brian Brushwood! Darren Kitchen! Len Peralta!

DTNS 2447 – What the Puck Is Up With Sports Streaming!?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comEver wonder why pro sports can’t get rid of local blackouts on digital streams? Hockeybuzz’s Eklund is here to help us understand that and how Samsung hopes to force hockey fans to buy a Galaxy or Note.

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Today’s guest: Eklund of hockeybuzz.com 

If you were frightened scared and alone because of the Apple iTunes outage rest assured. Apple told CNBC “The cause was an internal DNS error at Apple.”

ReCode reports that one US FCC Official says the new Open Internet Rules are expected to be made public tomorrow. After which people can stop saying “we haven’t seen the rules yet” and move on to arguing about what the rules will actually mean in practice.

Along with lifting NDA’s on Google Pixel laptop reviews, Google also launched an online store to feature its hardware at store.google.com. If you’re looking for official Nexus versions of phones, tablets, watches and more that’s where you’ll find them now. TechCrunch notes this means devices will no longer be a section in the Google Play store which will focus on apps and media.

And if you’re in London The Telegraph notes Google has opened a physical store of sorts inside Currys PC World on London’s Tottenham Court Road. The Google Shop will have all its devices, conduct tutorials and demonstrations and feature lovely blonde hardwood tables. The “shop within a shop” should also come to Currys PC World in Fulham west London and Thurrock Essex.

And our hat trick of Google news comes thanks to PC Mag. Google Nearline is a beta cloud storage offering for 1 cent per GB with a promised response time of 3 seconds. It’s meant as a soft replacement for cold storage of data that still gives you reasonably fast access when an unexpected need arises.It will have redundant locations, OAuth and be fully integrated with other Google Cloud storage options.

TechCrunch passes along the WSJ report that Apple will add the Force Touch feature of the new MacBook to the next version of the iPhone. Force Touch senses the force of a touch, hence the name, which can be used as a contextual menu selection or to provide finer control of things like games.

Facebook has removed the “Feeling Fat” emoticon option after 16,000 people signed an online petition at Change.org reports the Verge. “Feeling Fat” was a recent addition to a list that Facebook users could add to their statuses. Petitioners argued that “fat is not a feeling” and that the emoticon encouraged negative body image among girls. While “feeling fat” a “Feeling Stuffed” status can still be chosen.

The Verge passes on the news from The Wall Street Journal that Sony’s internet TV service, Playstation Vue will launch in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia in the next two weeks. Selected users have been testing the service in those cities for a few months. PSVue (not to be confused with PS2) will deliver around 75 broadcast and cable channels like CBS FOX NBC Comedy Central, FX, Discovery. Users can watch live or store recorded shows for 28 days. Still no word on cost. The goal is to roll out Vue nationwide by the end of 2015.

Oh did you say you wanted MORE on demand video services? Well, Recode reports that Verizon announced a programming deal with DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV unit to provide more than 200 hours of new shows across two channels one for teens and one for families, featuring DreamWorks most recognizable characters. So, Shrek. According to Verizon CEO Fran Shammo, the service is aimed at people who want to watch video via a wireless connection, which likely means on phones and tablets. No word on cost just yet but it’s expected to launch this summer.

News From You:

habichuelacondulce sent us the Engadget version of a WSJ story that the US Justice Department is using the Cessna mounted electronic sniffer boxes called dirtboxes. Theses are the boxes that mimic the behavior of cell towers intercepting ID and registration information. A $100 million flying man-in-the-middle attack. The technology, developed for use in the Middle East, has been repurposed by the US Marshals Service with help of the CIA and Boeing. The EFF and ACLU have filed Freedom of Information Act requests regarding the program plus additional information about the acquisition, possession and use of cell site simulators.

zuntax alerted to us a Verge story on the end of the PlayStation Mobile platform. PlayStation Mobile was Sony’s store for indie games and classic PlayStation games for the PS Vita and selected Android Phones. No new content will publish after July 15th and by Sept 10th you’ll no longer be able to re-download games you already own.

And goofball_jones wanted us to note a column from David Post at the Washington Post about the pressure being put on ICANN to fight copyright infringement through its issuance of domain names. Post notes prohibiting end-users from copyright infringement is in ICANN’s contract with registrars but asks if a domain name administrator should be enforcing intellectual property law. Definitely worth a read.

Discussion Section: 

http://www.thestar.com/business/sportonomics/2015/03/09/new-nhl-deal-is-heavy-on-content.html
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=757434
http://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybrown/2015/03/09/in-market-streaming-of-mlb-games-could-hinge-on-allowing-mlb-tv-to-co-stream/
http://digiday.com/platforms/madness-snapchat-moves-closer-becoming-sports-broadcaster/

 

Pick of the day: Bosch on Amazon Prime via Stan Cook

You guys need to check out Bosch on Amazon Prime. One of the pilots from last year that made it. A real good detective series.
Best Regards, Stan Cook

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Derrick Chen chimes in:
“advertising’s latest fad, programmatic buying, shifts from working directly with sites to automated processes that focus on select inventory or targeted audiences, and prevents sites from selling traditional buys where a lump sum buys a certain amount of media over time. This is particularly challenging for smaller and medium independent sites who can’t provide the reach and scale advertisers need. With that, to your point Tom, we’ll most likely see more sites fold or merge into larger groups. So to the discussion yesterday, it’s not just competition within the category, we’re seeing fundamental shifts in the way the web is used and sold. Is it too early to say web 3.0?”

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Hi Tom,
… I think there’s another reason why display advertising on the web isn’t growing fast enough – paid content. This has become so widespread that advertisers expect to be able to buy editorial and almost seem to be puzzled when they find out that they can’t.
Greg Lane

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Alex adds. “there is and always will be a limited supply of good talent, in this case quality journalists who know what they’re doing and provide compelling news and content that people want to read, which will be monetarily more valuable. The other limitation is audience attention.

In short, only the cream will rise to the top. This can applied anywhere: news, podcasting, clothing retail, dog walkers, you name it.”

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Hi Tom,

Your story about the CIA creating a hacked version of XCode and OS X reminds me of a really old story about Ken Thompson hacking the login program to capture passwords. Then he hacked the C compiler to insert the login hack when compiling the login program. Then he hacked to C compiler to insert the C compiler hack when compiling the C compiler. He then gets people to use this compromised C compiler, and once they do, they can’t get rid of the hack. If they recompile login, or even the C compiler itself, the system is still compromised. And it completely passes source code inspection. It would require inspecting the output of the C compiler to realize it was up to something.

The optimistic interpretation is that you have to trust someone, or anything can be compromised. The pessimistic one is trust nothing, since anything can be compromised.

If you haven’t heard this story before, you can search for Ken Thompson Hack or Ken Thompson Reflections on Trusting Trust to read the details.

Thanks for reminding me of an interesting story on a crazy news day.

–Alan

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