Episode 180

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GLENN’S SHOWNOTES

Yahoo7 calls an end to online dating

The Australian portal and its New Zealand affiliate, yahoo.co.nz, have given their patrons a few months to take elsewhere their online search for romance.

Yahoo7 head of business development and partnership Emma Harrington said the portal would close its dating site in June, when Match.com will assume control of the service.

Ms Harrington said its subscribers would not be forced to migrate to Match.com, but would be encouraged to sign up to the new provider.

 

Match.com hopes Yahoo7 customers will be prepared to pay up to 30 per cent more for full-subscription services.

Match.com has 300,000 active subscribers in Australia.

Ms Harrington declined to reveal how many subscribers used Yahoo7’s dating service but said it was fewer than Match.com.

Match.com’s took over NineMSN’s online dating platform in April 2008.

Doctor Who debuts on ABC’s iView

The next incarnation of the sci-fi smash hit, Doctor Who starring the new Doctor Matt Smith, will premiere in Australia on ABC’s internet video service.

In a first for ABC TV, the new series of Doctor Who will launch on the iView online video platform two days before it airs on ABC1, and just under two weeks after its UK debut on the BBC.

From midnight Friday, April 16, Australian fans can stream the first episode at abc.net.au/iview, ahead of its TV broadcast at 7:30pm Sunday, April 18 on ABC1.

However, the remaining episodes will only be on iView after they air on TV, where they will be available for two weeks. ABC plans to fast track the series, with weekly episodes continuing to air two weeks after their UK showing.

 

Westp.ac domain ‘sale’ raises bank’s ire

DAYS after trying to flog the Qant.as domain name to the Flying Kangaroo, online entrepreneur Dominic Holland has struck again with Westpac Bank in his sights.

Mr Holland had approached Westpac to sell the rights to the Westp.ac domain name, which he owns.

But like Qantas, Westpac has scorned Mr Holland.

Last week, Mr Holland redirected http://Qant.as to display Virgin Blue’s homepage to show Qantas the domain name could easily fall into the hands of a competitor.

A few days later the website went offline. Mr Holland attributed this action to Qantas’s alleged “hostile tactics”.

“Qantas used hostile tactics and bullied my previous host into suspending my account by stating the domain infringed on their trademark,” he claimed.

He has since changed hosting providers. but still the redirection is gone-some other url shortening service.

A Qantas spokeswoman declined to comment on legal proceedings, saying the airline was “currently assessing its position”.

Dot-com marks 25th anniversary

25 years ago — March 15, 1985 — that the first dot-com domain name — Symbolics.com — appeared on the Internet, ushering in the commercial age of the World Wide Web.

It took more than two years for the first 100 sites to go online and by 1995, the number had grown to 18,000.

But from those humble beginnings the Internet has grown to more than 80 million dot-com domain names, according to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

Crunching the numbers, 99.9 percent of all Internet growth has occurred over the past 15 years.

Sony unveils Move, its PS3 motion controller

A small device that looks like a microphone — but with something on top of it that looks like a ping pong ball with an LED inside — Move is Sony’s bid to gain control over the motion controller wars that are currently led by Nintendo, with its Wii controller, and which many think will be dominated by Microsoft and its Project Natal controller system.

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Microsoft fined $114m over patent dispute with VirnetX – Security – Technology – News –
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/169831,microsoft-fined-114m-over-patent-dispute-with-virnetx.aspx
Microsoft fined $114m over patent dispute with VirnetX

Microsoft has been ordered to pay US$105.8 million ($114.6 million) in damages to communications security firm VirnetX after being found guilty of breaching two of its patents for virtual private network (VPN) technology

Microsoft launches IE9 platform preview – Software – Technology – News – iTnews.com.au
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/169730,microsoft-launches-ie9-platform-preview.aspx
Microsoft launches IE9 platform preview

At the company’s MIX10 conference in Las Vegas, IE general manager Dean Hachamovitch unveiled the new web browser which includes expanded support for HTML5, hardware-accelerated graphics and text and a new JavaScript engine, which can support multi-core processors.

“Internet Explorer 9 is the first browser to take standard web patterns that developers use and run them better on modern PCs through Windows,” said Hachamovitch.

According to Microsoft, IE9 conforms to several HTML5 specifications, including CSS3, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), XHTML parsing, and the video and audio tags using industry-standard (H.264/MPEG4 and MP3/AAC) codecs, among others.

BigPond Music dumps support for WMA

“BigPond Music won’t be supporting the Windows Media Audio file format after 1 April 2010,” the company said in an email to customers sent out yesterday.

“That means you won’t be able to download new DRM (Digital Rights Management) ‘unlock’ keys for the WMA files you’ve bought from us already – so you should back up your music now.”

In March 2009, Telstra stopped selling tracks in WMA format — but it has continued support for existing customers downloading licence keys for tracks they already own.

Telstra advised customers that if they wanted to keep playing the WMA tracks they had purchased on their existing PC, the files would play fine. But if they attempted to move the tracks, they would need the DRM keys — which they can only download for the next several weeks.

MARK’S SHOWNOTES

Apple – Downloads – Utilities – GamePad Companion
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/games/utilities/gamepadcompanion.html
GamePad Companion 2.4

The second bit that’s needed.

New password-stealing virus targets Facebook

Hackers have flooded the Internet with virus-tainted spam that targets Facebook’s estimated 400 million users in an effort to steal banking passwords and gather other sensitive information.

The emails tell recipients that the passwords on their Facebook accounts have been reset, urging them to click on an attachment to obtain new login credentials, according to anti-virus software maker McAfee Inc.

If the attachment is opened, it downloads several types of malicious software, including a program that steals passwords, McAfee said on Wednesday.

Hackers have long targeted Facebook users, sending them tainted messages via the social networking company’s own internal email system. With this new attack, they are using regular Internet email to spread their malicious software.

A Facebook spokesman said the company could not comment on the specific case, but pointed to a status update the company posted on its web site earlier on Wednesday warning users about the spoofed email and advising users to delete the email and to warn their friends.

McAfee estimates that hackers sent out tens of millions of spam across Europe, the United States and Asia since the campaign began on Tuesday.

Dave Marcus, McAfee’s director of malware research and communications, said that he expects the hackers will succeed in infecting millions of computers.

“With Facebook as your lure, you potentially have 400 million people that can click on the attachment. If you get 10 percent success, that’s 40 million,” he said.

The email’s subject line says “Facebook password reset confirmation customer support,” according to Marcus.

Australia leads the way as Google cashes in on maps

GOOGLE has turned its popular maps application into an advertising medium, with Australia the test bed in the search giant’s bid to open new revenue streams.

Australian web surfers yesterday became the first in the world to see advertiser logos on the Google Maps website, highlighting the locations of five companies — NAB, Bankwest, JB Hi-Fi, LJ Hooker and Chemist Warehouse.

Fitness First and BP are also understood to be preparing to launch advertising on the service.

The new advertising channel has been developed by Google engineers in Australia and is being piloted in both Australia and New Zealand.

If successful, it will be rolled out globally.

The logos will pinpoint the location of advertisers’ stores and outlets, ranging from bank ATMs to petrol stations and coffee shops.

Viewers can click through to get information on the store or a corporate website.

Writers producing solely for the net

A growing number of television writers in the UK are creating programmes solely for the internet, as audiences look for alternative sources of drama.

Girl Number 9 tells the story of a suspected serial killer. But it isn’t your average prime time TV drama.

It’s never even been shown on television. Six episodes were made, each lasting just five minutes, just for the internet.

Director Dan Turner said: ‘It gives you enormous freedom, you just make the show and put it up there and people can judge it.

‘There’s no gatekeepers out there to tell you what you can and can’t do, and creatively that’s amazing.’

Whilst you can watch nearly anything on the internet, only a small proportion of television programmes are watched online.

But that figure is growing dramatically. Last year alone we viewed an estimated 65 billion videos on the internet.

However, media commentator Steve Hewlett says we’re unlikely to be switching off our televisions any time soon.

‘There’s no evidence that I can see that quality TV content is less in demand than it was previously,’ he said.

‘If anything, the indications are that TV viewing is rising and not falling. Most internet activity is complementary and additional.’

BBC – Newsbeat – Facebook removing stalker applications
http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/technology/newsid_10060000/newsid_10060600/10060679.stm
Facebook removing stalker applications

Facebook says it is “aggressively disabling” applications that claim to allow users to see who is viewing their profile.

It has also confirmed that the programmes do not work and won’t allow access to private information.

Several variants of the so-called “stalker apps” have appeared on Facebook in recent days.

Unwitting users have helped spread the rogue software by attempting to install it.

Among the applications that have now disappeared from the site are “Stalker Check”, and “Who has visited my profile”.

They claim to show users who, among their friends, is regularly visiting their page.

In a statement, Facebook said: “Don’t believe any applications that claim they can show you who’s viewing your profile or photo. They can’t.”

Our philosophy is that having an open system anyone can participate in is generally better

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Our philosophy is that having an open system anyone can participate in is generally better

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

Most of the stalker apps appear to have been created to generate cash for their designers.

Facebook’s Head of European Policy, Richard Allan, said: “Applications try to attract users in and try to get people to install them.

“Once a large number of users have installed that application, they can try to offer services like advertising that will make money.”

However, there remains the potential for victims to be directed to sites containing viruses and other malicious software.

It has, once again, raised the question of Facebook introducing an application vetting process, along the lines of Apple’s App Store system.

Speaking to Newsbeat in March 2009, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg rejected the idea.

He said: “There will occasionally be some applications that people don’t like.

“Our philosophy is that having an open system anyone can participate in is generally better.”

BBC News – Web inventor calls for government data transparency
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8572809.stm
Web inventor calls for government data transparency

Countries should be judged on their willingness to open up public data to their citizens, the inventor of the world wide web has told the BBC.

He said “openness of data and the neutrality of the network” should be considered as important as free speech.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is an advisor to a UK project – data.gov.uk – that offers reams of previously hidden public sector data for anyone to use.

Open data could now be considered a basic right of citizens, he added.

“I think obviously there are more fundamental ones, but within a democratic society if the democracy is going to work you have to have an informed electorate,” he told the BBC.

He said this was of particular importance for developing countries.

“The openness of governments is one of the things which makes investors decide whether to invest,” he said.

“When you make the government open, when they can see what’s happening, they’re much more likely to bring their money and companies into your country.”

Google working with Intel, Sony on TV project: report

Google Inc is working with Intel Corp and Sony Corp to develop a new class of Internet-enabled televisions and set top boxes, according to a media report.

The effort, known as Google TV, has been under way for several months and is based on Google’s Android software which is currently available in certain smartphones, according to a report in the New York Times on Wednesday citing people with knowledge of the project.

Logitech International is also involved and is developing peripheral devices, such as a tiny keyboard.

According to the report, the partners hope to make it easy for consumers to use Web applications like Twitter on their TVs and to entice software developers to create new applications to run on Google TV.

Google has begun testing the set top box technology with Dish Network, the Times said.

Representatives from Google, Intel and Sony were not immediately available for comment. A Logitech spokeswoman said the company did not have any comment.

BBC News – Illegal-file sharing could ‘cost billions’ by 2015
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8573162.stm
Illegal-file sharing could ‘cost billions’ by 2015

The growth of illegal file-sharing could cost European countries 1.2m jobs and 240bn euros (£215bn) by 2015, an industry report claims.

The study, commissioned by an industry body and endorsed by trade unions, studied the impact of web piracy in Germany, UK, France, Italy and Spain.

It claims that without measures to curb piracy, the UK alone could lose up a quarter of a million jobs by 2015.

But campaigners described the report as “corporate propaganda”.

‘Need for action’

The study, conducted by economics firm TERA Consultants on behalf of the International Chamber of Commerce, said that the UK’s creative industries experienced losses of 1.4bn euros in 2008 because of piracy.

Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC, said that the results showed piracy was a “major threat to the creative industries in terms of loss of employment and revenues”.

“If there was ever the proof needed to demonstrate why the Digital Economy Bill is imperative for the protection of our creative industries, this report is it,” he said.

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