? Episode 308
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  • KUIK was hit by a Chinese virus last week. A popular digital recording device made by RCA was plugged into a computer and within a few minutes it brought down the network. The virus was a previously unknown virus that there was no antivirus program written. Devices that were previously not capable of computer interaction are now connecting to our computers via USB to we can electronically pull files off of them. These also include digital camcorders and smart phones.
  • A Chinese government-produced documentary has drawn suspicion for including a brief moment of footage that appears to show Chinese hackers attacking a U.S. website. There's been a long-running assumption that China has advanced hacking skills. CCT ran a 20-minute documentary called "Military Technology: Internet Storm Is Coming." The clip included a brief segment featuring a hacking tool that appears to be used to attack a U.S. website. While the subjects of the segment speak about theory, the video footage shows Chinese government systems launching attacks against a U.S. target, according to Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of anti-virus firm F-Secure. He called the situation "highly unusual."
  • With the departure of Steve Jobs from Apple, is this the beginning of the end? Apple shares were down sharply after his resignation but have bounced around since then. Jobs with continue to the Chairman of the Board, but without day to day responsibilities. Apple has never made any money without Jobs, but most people think Tim Cook will keep the company going. My personal feeling is that Apple will be a much smaller and less successful company in 5 years.
  • After a four month test, Facebook is getting out of the daily deals business. Facebook thought there was money to be made in a Groupon like business, but there wasn't. Just as Groupon is preparing for their IPO, would be shareholders are realizing this business may be a lot of smoke and mirrors. Groupon is having teouble with repeat business because the deals are so great the busineses who use Groupon lose a lot of money when too many people walk through their doors.
  • Federal investigators say Google co-founder Larry Page knew ads for unlicensed online pharmacies were illegal but allowed them anyway, suggesting the government may continue to carefully monitor Google's advertisements. Google late last week agreed on a $500 million settlement in a U.S. Justice Department criminal probe about Canadian pharmacies' advertising through Google-owned AdSense. A federal prosecutor today said government investigators sorted through more than four million documents and found numerous emails that they say show Page was aware of the ad sales but didn't stop them. Officials won't release the documents because Google settled the case and a trial was not held.
  • Not surprisingly, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt sees a brighter future for the poorly received Google TV at this point than almost anyone else does. Schmidt was in Great Britain the past few days once again showing off his virtuosic skills at generating headlines for the search company. He spoke about Google+ and privacy. He allegedly criticized the Brits' education system. He also made this comment, according to the Globe and Mail: "Virtually all the television manufacturers on their very high end will eventually adopt Google TV...or perhaps one of the competitors that will emerge. We know this space exists. The issue is getting that started, getting the applications built and so forth, and that's taken quite a while." Schmidt said this adoption of Google TV would occur within five years. That certainly is big talk, but is there anything to back it up? Google TV is software that places a Web browser on TV sets. With Google TV, owners are supposed to be enabled to access all manner of online video.
  • It was only a matter of time before the hacks for HP's now defunct tablet started to roll in. Android-modding group CyanogenMod released a video of its popular aftermarket software running on HP's TouchPad tablet, a product which normally runs webOS - not Android - as its primary operating system. "Our ultimate vision is to create a multiboot solution where the end user will be able to boot into WebOS, Cyanogenmod, and/or other OSes," the CyanogenMod team said in a statement to Android-enthusiast blog RootzWiki. Essentially, the team wants the TouchPad to be a blank slate, so to speak, able to run multiple operating systems indiscriminately. Since HTC first released its flagship Android phone, the Dream, the CyanogenMod team has been hard at work trying to get its software onto every Android device on the market. The software isn't a radical departure from the Android operating system: It's basically a mod that allows a user more control over his or her phone. From overclocking your processor to customizing your wallpaper, the mod enables subtle tweaks popular with the geeky, detail-oriented crowd.
  • Apparently a major security hole has been found in OS X Lion systems that are set up to accept authentication through LDAP servers, where users may be allowed to log in to the system without providing a password. For networked systems that uses LDAP-based authentication for managing users and restricting network resources, this may be a fairly severe security risk. Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a technology that handles access to directory services on a network, with one of its uses being to deploy network user accounts to PCs on a network. The technology is extensively deployed by IT departments to offer access control for users and groups on the network. With the current problem, on a network that uses an LDAP server, once a user logs into an OS X Lion system that is bound to the LDAP server, then the system will successfully log in when any other username is used, even if no password is provided. Some people are claiming that once the system is logged in then even usernames that do not exist can be used to authenticate the system.
  • Hold your horses. A Twitter feed claiming to be the "Official Motorola Droid Bionic Twitter page" is no such thing, spokespeople from both Verizon Wireless and Motorola said. That means the page's statement that the long-awaited Droid Bionic will launch on September 8 is unofficial at best. Today several news outlets reported on a tweet from "@DroidBionic," a page that claims to be the official Twitter voice of Verizon's much-anticipated smartphone. But the @DroidBionic page doesn't read like an official corporate communique, largely because of errors in punctuation and capitalization. For instance, the @DroidBionic page says "No pre-order's yet," which is a grammatical error.
  • On the eve of arch-rival Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference, Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) is offering rebates of $150-per-seat for customers who subscribe to the vendor's Dynamics CRM online application. Microsoft is hoping the "Cloud CRM for Less" offer will entice businesses and organizations that use CRM applications from Oracle, SAP and -- especially -- Salesforce. While Dynamics CRM Online has been available in the U.S. and a few other markets for several years, Microsoft just began offering the on-demand application globally in January. The service is a key element of Microsoft's cloud computing efforts.

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