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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.
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 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.
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.”
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
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!
Ever 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.
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.
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.
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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Today’s guest: Tim Stevens, editor-at-large CNET.com
Oh that watch. We finally have the details. An Apple Watch app comes first along with iOS 8.2 today. Thats how you’ll manage app selection and installation. It also will have a magnetic charger that snaps to the back after you exhaust the 18 hours of normal use battery life. The aluminum-bodied Sport collection comes in silver and space grey. $349 for the 38mm and $399 for the 42mm. The Apple Watch Collection has more band options and comes for $549 to $1049 for the 38 mm and $599 to $1099 for the 48mm depending on what band you choose. Finally the Apple Watch Edition collection comes in solid gold and if you have to ask you can’t afford it, but it starts at $10,000. You can preorder and get an in-store demo starting April 10 and the watches begin shipping April 24 in 9 countries.
Darren Kitchen is back to talk about arrests of malicious hackers in the UK and US and things he learned from NON-malicious hackers in Europe in February. Drones, Club-Mate and more! And yes Len Peralta is here to illustrate it.
Veronica Belmont and Justin Young are on the show to help fend off Apple rumors and talk about MLBAM’s OTHER opening day, the purported launch of HBO Now in time for the April 12 premier of Game of Thrones.
Mobile World Congress? Tech reporters are most concerned with how to smuggle jamón iberico out of the country in their pants. GDC? Hungover. BUT This coming Monday is an Apple announcement. And so the rumors are flooding in to fill the gap! Here. We. Go.
Patrick Beja joins to talk about whether Huawei, Pebble or someone else is winning the smartwatch war. And will Apple make it all pointless anyway? Plus Molly Wood pops in to sum up all you need to know about Mobile World Congress.