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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.
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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.
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
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?”
… 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.
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.”
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.
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