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Submission + - Google is working on end-to-end encryption for Gmail (

awyeah writes: PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, is an encryption utility that historically has been difficult to break. But Google has “research underway to improve the usability of PGP with Gmail,” according to a person at the company familiar with the matter.

Submission + - Major ISPs target pirates with 'six strike' plan (

awyeah writes: "AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon have reached an agreement with music and movie publishers that will help enforce copyright infringement while giving the ISPs a chance to level with their customers." It's a six-step process that involves notifying the offending user multiple times as well as helping to educate them in case their system has been compromised and illegal activity is taking place without their knowledge.

Submission + - Amazon To Offer Ad-Supported Kindle (

awyeah writes: Amazon will soon be offering a discounted, ad-supported wifi Kindle called "Kindle with Special Offers." The price will be $114, a $25 discount from the $139 wifi-only device. Note that the advertisements will not appear during reading, only on the screen saver and home page. Will that be enough of a discount to get readers to purchase an ad-supported device?

Submission + - iPhone and Android Apps Breach Privacy (

awyeah writes: The Wall Street Journal has been investigating iPhone and Android apps that collect personal information, and tracking where (and to whom) the information is sent to.

An examination of 101 popular smartphone "apps"—games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones—showed that 56 transmitted the phone's unique device ID to other companies without users' awareness or consent. Forty-seven apps transmitted the phone's location in some way. Five sent age, gender and other personal details to outsiders.

Submission + - Did the FCC just bless a capped, two-tier Internet

awyeah writes: From Ars Technica:

You like the idea of Internet data caps and overage charges, right? And the prospect of paying your ISP separate fees for "the Internet" and for "managed" IP services like voice, video, VPN, telehealth, and smart grid applications, even when these directly compete with similar Internet-delivered services?


Submission + - Apple Removing Some Restrictions on App Store Deve (

awyeah writes: Apple is removing some of its restrictions on app development — specifically, it will allow developers to use third-party tools to develop apps, as long as the apps don't download code:

In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.

Additionally, Apple will be releasing the app store approval guidelines.


Submission + - Nokia and RIM Respond to Apple's Antenna Claims 2

awyeah writes: In response to Apple's press conference, where videos of a few devices were shown losing signal bars with a tight grip, RIM and Nokia have both taken shots at Apple. RIM's co-CEOs say that Apple's claims "appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation." Meanwhile, Nokia, noting that they are pioneers in antenna design and were the first company to bring to market a phone with an internal antenna, prioritizes "antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict."

Submission + - TiVo Introduces New TiVo Premiere (

awyeah writes: TiVo has just introduced it's newest DVRs, the TiVo Premiere and TiVo Premiere XL. The boxes are slimmer, feature larger hard drives than their predecessors — and a completely revamped user interface with 1080p output (the previous models support 1080i).

TiVo also announced new accessories — a Wireless N adapter and a bluetooth remote control with a full QWERTY keyboard.

"TiVo's pitching the Premiere line as a single-box solution for getting content on your TV, so although there's long been support for services like Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand, it's now being pushed to the front — content will show up in searches and be exposed on the main screen. There are also new partnerships with Pandora and FrameChannel."


Submission + - Why Apple denied Google Latitude App (

awyeah writes:

Another Apple patent today looks remarkably similar to the functionality of Google Latitude which Apple relegated to WebApp status earlier this year. Obviously if Apple is working on their own version of Google Latitude (or owns the IP rights to this functionality), they'd be hesitant to put an app with the same functionality on their devices from another company.

Glad they're fostering competition!

Submission + - Companies to FCC: 'Gateway' to replace CableCARD (

awyeah writes: Finally, the FCC is listening: CableCARD isn't the best solution, and they asked for ideas from companies. They already made an inquiry into why the cable companies have a near monopoly on set-top boxes, and it looks like TiVo, Sony and others have come up with some ideas on how to open up the video services to 3rd-party devices in a way that actually makes sense.

Submission + - Apple Planning a Subscription-Based TV Service? ( 1

awyeah writes: Apple may be planning a subscription-based service, according to TechCrunch. From the article:

Apple may be on the verge of gaining two key television network agreements, according to The Wall Street Journal. Specifically, CBS and Walt Disney (which runs ABC) are said to be considering a proposal by Apple to offer a subscription-based TV service over the Internet. Presumably, this would work through iTunes like all of Apple-based content, but also presumably it would work over Apple’s Apple TV device (though maybe a new version of it) to bring this content into the living room, where people are used to consuming it.


Submission + - Google - The Meaning of Open (

awyeah writes:

At Google we believe that open systems win. They lead to more innovation, value, and freedom of choice for consumers, and a vibrant, profitable, and competitive ecosystem for businesses [...] in our industry there is no clear definition of what open really means.

Submission + - F.C.C. May Pry Open the Cable Set-Top Box (

awyeah writes: The New York Times reports that the FCC is finally looking into the practice of cable companies requiring use of their set-top boxes to access their digital cable and video on demand services. The inquiry states "Consumers can access the Internet using a variety of delivery methods (e.g., wireless, DSL, fiber optics, broadband over powerlines, satellite, and cable) on myriad devices made by hundreds of manufacturers; yet we know of no device available at retail that can access all of an MVPD's services across that MVPD's entire footprint."

Yes, there are a few devices out there — for example CableCARD-enabled TVs, and CableCARD/Tuning Adapter-enabled TiVos and Windows Media Center PCs, but only the cable companies' set-tops can access services other than broadcast TV, such as video-on-demand and pay-per-view.

Is it finally time to open these devices and embrace actual standards and competition?

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