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Why passwords have never been weaker, Google on the ropes in iOS, Our next trip to Mars http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Dan Goodin, IT Security Editor, Ars Technica
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tmThose of you tired of the Samsung-Apple patent case, I'm thinking of you Judge Koh, should be happy to know that closing arguments are done and it's headed to the jury. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung corporate strategy chief Gee-Sung Choi had a nice chat but didn't resolve anything. The jury must reach a unanimous verdict on Samsung's alleged uinfringement of 7 Apple patents as well as counterclaims Apple infringed 5 Samsung patents. Those of you who love patent cases, I'm thinking of... lawyers? should know that a separate Samsung-Apple case is moving ahead in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington.http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apple-samsung-patent-case-headed-to-jury/2012/08/21/2b36414e-eb86-11e1-9ddc-340d5efb1e9c_story.html

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slMicrosoft's Windows 8 Pro software has a price! $199, following a $69.99 promotional prices that expires on January 31st 2013, according to one source speaking to the Verge. For those upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro in retail stores the price is the same at $69.99 until January 31st when the price reverts to $99.99. Both the Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Pro copies will be made available from retailers on October 26th.http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/21/3257406/windows-8-pro-price-upgrade-price

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Microsoft Opens Windows 8 Upgrade Registrationhttp://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2408699,00.asp

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iaCanon’s introduced two new cameras. The SX160 IS and SX500 IS are both 16MP cameras and launch in September. Canon’s bragging about the zoom ability of both cameras. The SX160 has a 16x optical zoom lens and the SX 500 has a 30x optical zoom. These are point and shoot cameras, so they’re supposed to still be able to fit in your hands. The SX160 will cost about $230 and the 500 costs $330.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2408668,00.asp

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tmEverything Everywhere is a joint venture int he Uk of Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom. The company promotes both Orange and T-Mobile brands in the UK. So to simplify things, the company announced its new LTE service will launch soon with a brand dnew name. Right alongside Orange and T-Mobile and Everythign Everywhre. Soon they will have all the names.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/9489978/Everything-Everywhere-to-launch-third-mobile-brand.html

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slYesterday, a post on Techcrunch titled "Apple Is Not The Most Valuable Company In The History Of The World" made the point that while Apple's 661 billion dollar market value is impressive, with inflation in account, IBM remains the historic winner with a 1967 value of $1.3 trillion. But the article was citing the Columbia Journalism Review that was incorrect. IBM's 1967 market cap in today’s dollars is $192.3 billion. Microsoft is still #1 when you account for inflation. Its market cap, “was actually about $856 billion in constant dollars, $235 billion more than Apple’s current market cap.”http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/20/apple-is-not-the-most-valuable-company-in-the-history-of-the-world-ibm-won-the-prize-in-1967-with-a-value-of-1-3-trillion/

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iaIt looks like RadioShack is entering the wireless business. Engadget published a screenshot of a RadioShack announcement heralding the arrival of its “RadioShack No Contract Wireless” service to be powered by Cricket Wireless. The announcement also says that if you go with RadioShack, you’ll also get access to Muve Music which is supposed to give you unlimited full-song downloads. It’s supposed to launch on September 5th. http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/20/radioshack-mvno-launch-september-5/

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tmBarnes and Noble lost $41 million in Q2, down from $57 million for the same period last year. The closing of competitior Borders probably boosted retail sales, as did booming sales of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Digital results were mixed. Online sales fell 7.6% but not for eBooks. Digital content rocketed up 46%. The Nook business remained flat.http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/21/barnes-noble-2013-q1/

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slUS District Judge William Alsup, who oversaw the Oracle v. Google lawsuit, wants to know who Google may have paid to write about the trial. Google previously produced a general list of "types" of people at universities, grant recipients, Google employees, and bloggers that get money from the search giant and would have been in a position to comment on the case if they chose to. In a court document filed last Friday, Google denied specifically paying any of these individuals to write about the case, but that's not good enough for Alsup, who wrote that as it stands, Google hasn't complied with his order. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/08/judge-google-didnt-follow-show-your-shills-order/

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tmMicrosoft is opening up 500,000 registrations for the company's Xbox Live fall dashboard beta program today. Aspiring testers must agree to a non-disclosure agreement to participate in early beta testing. The first round of registrations in July filled up in hours. The update gets you the new Internet Explorer for Xbox app, additional languages for Bing voice search, Xbox Music, and the new Play To option for streaming from Windows 7 or Windows 8.http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/21/3257325/xbox-live-fall-update-beta-registration

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iaYour phone will be able to talk to your refrigerator! Panasonic has created its own “Panasonic Smart App” for Android that will let users control their air conditioners, washers & dryers, and other compatible devices. The app is free and hits Japan at the end of September. Panasonic did not announce if and when this tech is hitting the rest of the world. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57497164-93/android-app-will-let-you-control-your-panasonic-appliances/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

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tmWhy passwords have never been weaker—and crackers have never been strongerhttp://arstechnica.com/security/2012/08/passwords-under-assault/GUEST: Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

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Graph of days to crack based on password lengthhttp://arstechnica.com/security/2012/08/passwords-under-assault/4/SCREEN

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Dan Goodin at Ars Technica has an in-depth piece on the state of password protection
- Back in 2007, an verage web user maintained 25 separate accounts but uses just 6.5 passwords (study from Microsoft Research)
- A PC running a single AMD Radeon HD7970 GPU, for instance, can try on average an astounding 8.2 billion password combinations each second.
- free password cracking programs such as oclHashcat-plus require little tinkering, forums allow pooling of resources
- The ever-growing list of leaked passwords allows programmers to write rules that make cracking algorithms faster and more accurate; Hash lists are dumped daily on pastebin.
- 2009 hack of RockYou.com exposed 32 million plaintext passwords, 14 million unique, run those through hash, and now you can get many hashed passwords, the more password leaks happen the better the list gets
- Lists like RockYou also reveal techniques like adding "!!" at the end of passwords, or transforming S to $.
- So "Julia1984" would take 19 days to brute force UNLESS you know proper names and years are a pattern. Then you use a mask attack it takes 90 seconds.
- Harder passwords are bruteforced to build a better database of patterns
- Goodin also explains Rainbow Tables, importance of salting passwords, and secure hashing algorithms (SHA1, MD5, and DES are NOT secure)
- Upshot, Use a unique password for each site, and unique from the rest of the world!, Minimum of 10 characters.

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sl7 Is The New 10? Google Showing Fewer Results & More From Same Domainhttp://searchengineland.com/7-new-10-google-showing-fewer-results-131006

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- Google testing move from 10 to 7 results, with more from top domain hit
- News isn't included in 7, box included by Google Universal Search. Images also extra
- Why only 20% and not all the results? It seems that Google is tying the new display format to whether “sitelinks” appear with listings.
- doesn't seem to apply to brands only. "england" brings up sitelinks too
- Danny Sullivan notes also a rise in results from same site in single query. "track android phone" search result, 4 results from same site
- It’s been happening for several weeks, with reports stronger since Google’s Penguin Update.
- WHAT'S THE POINT? brands push down negative/competing content?
SEOmoz.com's Dr. Peter Meyers used Mozcast Google “turbulance”prediction tool to see how many results have 7 rather than 10. set of 1000 queries & 10 Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) measured every 24 hours. 20% of(SERPs) at Google now show only 7 listings.
GOOG statement: We’re continuing to work out the best ways to show multiple results from a single site when it’s clear users are interested in that site. Separately, we’re also experimenting with varying the number of results per page, as we do periodically. Overall our goal is to provide the most relevant results for a given query as quickly as possible, whether it’s a wide variety of sources or navigation deep into a particular source. There’s always room for improvement, so we’re going to keep working on getting the mix right.

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tm50 Shades of Grey boosts Barnes and Noble sales - Nook doesn'thttp://allthingsd.com/20120821/barnes-noble-loves-mommy-porn/

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Barnes and Noble sales jumped 4.6% buckign the trend that Q2 is slow for booksellers
- Take out Nook sales and it's even a betetr jump of 7.6%
- Borders went out of bnusiness and '50 Shades of Grey' sold like hotcakes
- Nook business posted flat sales for the quarter, but saw losses increase from $51 million to $57 million.
- BN still planning to spin out Nook as a subsidiary
KEY QUESTION: Has Nook gone from being brilliant for BN to being a deadweight?

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slThe Rise Of Third Party Services And Fall Of Google In iOShttp://www.macstories.net/stories/the-rise-of-third-party-services-and-fall-of-google-in-ios/

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- google maps stripped out of iOS 6 got ppl talking, now YT is out. apple/google rivalry
- iOS 1, all Yahoo & Google data (pre-app store)
- iOS 2, MS Exchange support, app store
- iOS 4, Bing support, iTunes Ping, FB integration goes sour
- iOS 5, Twitter, Siri (all about 3rd party apps but hidden in native OS experience)
- iOS 6, FB, China (Baidu, Youku, Tudou and Sina Weibo)

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iaRadioShack No Contract Wireless may be getting ready to launch September 5thhttp://www.engadget.com/2012/08/20/radioshack-mvno-launch-september-5/

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- Engadget has a screenshot showing that RadioShack is entering the wireless business
- Rumored before
- Screenshot says Radio Shack will offer no contract wireless service starting September 5th
- It will be powered by Cricket Wireless
- Radio Shack’s wireless will include Muve Music for unlimited full-song downloads
- There’s an “exclusive 8GB SD memory card with all Muve Music phones”

- no more contracts! more competition in the american market!

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iaNew probe to provide InSight into Mars' interiorhttp://arstechnica.com/science/2012/08/new-probe-to-provide-insight-into-mars-interior/

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- NASA announced that it’s sending a new probe to Mars
- It’s called the InSight. Launches in March 2016, lands on Mars Sept. 20th
- Stands for: Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport
- Current rovers (like the Curiosity) do surface chemistry
- InSight will contain seismic instruments, heat-flow probes, and gravitational detectors, built by American (JPL), French (CNES), Swiss (ETH), British (Imperial), and German (DLR) laboratories.
- Together with a powerful drill, these instruments will provide data about Mars' shape, rotational wobble, internal temperature, and density.
- By finding out this info, we’ll get a more complete picture of Mars’ history

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Starting August 28, Jawbone will let you customize the grill and caps to the Jambox Jawbone.com. You can mix and match between 13 grill and 9 cap colors for over 100 color combinations.
A week prior to launch, Jawbone insiders and Klout users will have an inside track from August 21 to the 27th to customize and order before the rest of the heathens.
Pricing remains the same at $199.99, and only applies to the original, not the big Jambox.
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On your show today you guys (and gal) were discussing the merits of being able to see multiple news stories in one view, and how tablets and phones are disadvantaged to news papers this way. Have you tried the app called Pulse (Pulse.me) for ios and android devices, and now with a new web interface? I totally agree that most rss feed apps lack "info density" but this one is great for that! You can't skim through as much as a paper, but you can subscribe to tons of different sources and scroll through them in one view instead of flipping and clicking like Flipboard. Give it a whirl and it would be cool to hear your thoughts!

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Many of the tech new outlets have a great headline today: Judge says Google Failed to Comply with Court Order!

The Judge ordered both Google and Oracle to disclose those who might have received payments from Google that might have been influencers on their behalf. I think it was not a very well-worded request and definitely overbroad. If I recall correctly, Google's response was that the request needed to be clarified and narrowed because responding to the broadest possible interpretation would result in a uselessly high number of names. It is perfectly normal to respond in a very narrow manner and request further clarification. Yes, that will result in a "failed to comply" response from the court, but it is just part of the process. I have had to do this myself on a couple of occasions, on a MUCH smaller scale, of course.

So, I think it can be a bit misleading when that quote is read out of context since it makes it look as if Google was either snubbing the court, or trying to hide something.


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Hey TNT,

Yesterday you were talking about what to call this hardware development surge coming out of Silicon valley. I think It already has a name: The Internet of things.
While it's not a perfect name applied to an individual piece of hardware, all of these devices are either talking to the internet directly or through your phone:

A game console where you get your games from the internet
A watch that talks to your phone (which is talking to the internet)
A little printer that outputs pictures/data from the internet.

All of these things are headless mini-computers that take their orders from the internet. The folks down in the valley aren't really changing their tune. They're still working on the internet, just from a different angle.

thanks for the show, it's awesome.
-Aaron Eiche (Ike)

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Hi TnT,

I've been working in the tech industry for more than 20 years and what happened at Onlive is not unusual, I've been at two different companies where a similar thing has happened.

In both cases the company is inherently viable but had some baggage that prevented it from being a going concern.

In Onlive's case it sounds like the problem was two fold, too much debt and leases on too many servers.

Usually, the only option other than "Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors" is to simply go under and let the creditors scavenge the pieces. Selling isn't an option because the baggage prices the company out of the market.

Rob from Toronto

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