Buzz Out Loud 1282: Think globally, store locally (podcast)

It's our annual scare-the-bejesus out of ourselves episode, wherein we discuss all of the scary things that were announced and demonstrated at DefCon this year. Seriously, DefCon is way past phone phreaking and seriously into national security right now. Yikes. Also, new Apple jailbreaks are available, the BlackBerry doesn't pass Middle Eastern muster, and we've got the ultimate solution to Internet privacy concerns: data locavores.

It's our annual scare-the-bejesus out of ourselves episode, wherein we discuss all of the scary things that were announced and demonstrated at DefCon this year. Seriously, DefCon is way past phone phreaking and seriously into national security right now. Yikes. Also, new Apple jailbreaks are available, the BlackBerry doesn't pass Middle Eastern muster, and we've got the ultimate solution to Internet privacy concerns: data locavores.

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EPISODE 1282

Stealthy Government Contractor Monitors U.S. Internet Providers, Says It Employed Wikileaks Informant
http://blogs.forbes.com/firewall/2010/08/01/stealthy-government-contractor-monitors-u-s-internet-providers-says-it-employed-wikileaks-informant/

Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20012253-245.html

Hacker Spoofs Cell Phone Tower to Intercept Calls
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/07/intercepting-cell-phone-calls/

Microsoft Quashed Effort to Boost Online Privacy
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703467304575383530439838568.html
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-20012343-75.html

The Web’s New Gold Mine: Your Secrets
http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748703940904575395073512989404.html

Two Mideast countries to ban BlackBerry functions
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20012301-94.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10830485

Browser-based Jailbreak Available for All iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches at JailbreakMe.com
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/browser-based_jailbreak_available_for_almost_all_i.php

Official: iPhone 4 jailbreak hits from iPhone Dev Team (updated with video)
http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/01/official-iphone-4-jailbreak-hits-from-iphone-dev-team/

Apple’s antenna videos disappear from site
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20012299-71.html

Exclusive: PlayOn brings Hulu and Netflix to the iPhone -- without Apple's help
http://media.venturebeat.com/2010/08/02/playon-brings-hulu-netflix-and-more-to-the-iphone-with-html5-app/

Facebook Would-Be Owner Says He Owes His Claim to Arrest
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-02/facebook-would-be-owner-says-he-owes-claim-to-arrest-andrew-cuomo-lawsuit.html

Man Who Claims Ownership Over Facebook Willing To Hire Zuckerberg To Run It
http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/02/paul-ceglia-facebook/

Today's featured Buzz Out Loud remix at the end of the show:
Thomas Canada! (http://www.twitter.com/StreetSpiritSnd)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17ueZZMAXA0
http://podcast-files.cnet.com/podcast/BOLremix_ThomasCanada_kitchen.mp3

Email (buzz@cnet.com)
Hey BOLers,

With all of the recent discussion about Google starting a new social network to compete with Facebook I am surprised no one has brought up that Google already offers most of the tools that Facebook does; just not in a nice shiny polished package. Picasa for photo sharing, YouTube for video sharing, Buzz and Orkut for status updates, Blogger for longer thoughts, Talk for chat and the list goes on. All Google really needs to do is to launch a game site (reportedly in the works) and landing page that could tie it all together… (oh wait iGoogle?) GoogleMe is not that far off, all the pieces are there, they just need assembling.

Thanks. Love. The. Show.
Ken

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Listening to episode 1281 and it is getting a little old as you denigrate Microsoft and it's plans. I for one would like a tablet that has a real operating system on it and not one with training wheels. I want to have the option to use a stylus so when I'm in a meeting I don't have to use my fingers to take notes (like doing finger-painting in kindergarten). I want an OS that will let me connect a keyboard so I can use all the applications I'm already familiar with (like office 2010). I don't want to have to ask permission to put an application on it. Why would I want something like an iPad? Besides letting me connect a keyboard to it doesn't let me do any of these things.

Perhaps if you looked beyond the friendly confines of silicon valley you may find people who are not quite so Apple crazy and would like to get some technology that does something beyond playing plants vs. Zombies.

If you need some help with being a little more balanced I'd be more than willing to talk to you all about it.

If you think I don't like the show you would be wrong. I do like it, I just feel that it could be better. I don't mind you bashing on MS when it is deserved.

Thanks,
Rob Keiser

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Hey Buzz,

I heard you guys talking about Flash cookies. You can purge those (along with other history-keeping-things) with a nifty little program called CCleaner (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner). I have attached an image if you’d like to see. Casual Flash gamers should take caution that if a Flash game stores data locally using these Flash cookies, you will lose your saved games! Copy those somewhere if you’d like to keep them.

Cheers,
- Justin M.

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