Buzz Out Loud 1366: Won't someone think of the routers!? (podcast)

The Wikileaks war is escalating and it's threatening to go all "War Games" on us. 4Chan's forces, the Anonymous group, are DDoS-ing the heck out of sites like PayPayl, MasterCard, and anyone who bows to "government pressure." Meanwhile, secret forces of, uh, governments, are DDoS-ing Anonymous right back. And who's caught in the middle? The poor, innocent routers. Also, SpaceX successfully takes off, and scientists tee off on NASA's arsenic microbe. Ouch. --Molly

The Wikileaks war is escalating and it's threatening to go all "War Games" on us. 4Chan's forces, the Anonymous group, are DDoS-ing the heck out of sites like PayPayl, MasterCard, and anyone who bows to "government pressure." Meanwhile, secret forces of, uh, governments, are DDoS-ing Anonymous right back. And who's caught in the middle? The poor, innocent routers. Also, SpaceX successfully takes off, and scientists tee off on NASA's arsenic microbe. Ouch. --Molly

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EPISODE 1366

NEWS
An update on Chrome, the Web Store and Chrome OS
http://chrome.blogspot.com/2010/12/update-on-chrome-web-store-and-chrome.html

Google unveils Cr-48, the first Chrome OS laptop
http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/07/google-unveils-cr-48-the-first-chrome-os-laptop/
http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101208PD213.html

Google Chrome OS Samsung, Acer Netbooks Coming in 2011
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Google-Chrome-OS-Samsung-Acer-Netbooks-Coming-in-2011-575904/

4Chan rushes to Wikileaks defense, forces Swiss banking site offline
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/12/4chan-rushes-to-wikileaks-defense-forces-swiss-banking-site-offline.ars
Mastercard site also partially paralyzed
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/08/mastercard-hackers-wikileaks-revenge

Internet Explorer 9 will prevent users from being tracked
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373997,00.asp
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/12/internet-explorer-9-to-ship-with-new-privacy-features-to-combat-tracking.ars
Meanwhile, Mozilla kills its DNT tool
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704584804575645074178700984.html

Netflix signs Disney streaming deal; shows up doubters
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20024968-261.html

SpaceX craft set to launch today
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/08/AR2010120801591.html
And we have liftoff!
http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2010/12/private_spaceflight

Cityville becomes Zynga’s biggest social game launch ever
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/105921-Zynga-Scores-Its-Biggest-Hit-Yet-With-CityVille

Don’t expect Spotify in U.S. this holiday season
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20024939-261.html

Users can now read full Kindle books online..and sell their own Kindle books through their own website
http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/12/users-can-now-read-sell-full-kindle-books-online.ars

QUICK HITS
Japanese probe misses Venus; better luck in *six years*
http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/akatsuki-spacecraft-misses-venus-101208.html

Android users are the biggest “data hogs”
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/212954/android_users_hungriest_for_mobile_data_study_says.html

Microsoft declines to discuss Windows Phone 7 sales
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Microsoft-Exec-Declines-to-Talk-Windows-Phone-7-Sales-626590/

Verizon 3G network goes down nationwide; where’s our network!?
http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/08/verizon-3g-network-goes-down-nationwide-everybody-panic/

GADGETS
OnLive iPad app now available, but doesn’t support gameplay streaming yet
http://www.tuaw.com/2010/12/07/onlive-ipad-app-now-available-but-doesnt-support-gameplay-stre/

SCIENCE NEWS

NASA’s arsenic microbe science under fire
http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/12/08/1218244/NASAs-Arsenic-Microbe-Science-Under-Fire

HAPPY ENDING

George Lucas wants to resuscitate dead actors using computers
http://dvice.com/archives/2010/12/george-lucas-wa.php

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Hey Buzzcrew,

On episode #1365 you mentioned how Facebook is censoring comments and messages and I can tell you that I have had this happen to me. I posted a link in a comment to my friend (it was for a movie site) and when I refreshed the page it had never posted. Confused and thinking it was an error on my end, I kept trying to repost then ended up with a warning that my comment was flagged as spam.
I found this to be very annoying and a bit fishy.
I am not pleased that Facebook is taking control of what can and cannot be said!

Anyhow, love the show.

-Emily in Massachusetts

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The Korean dinosaur discovery could have been worse… they could have had a Corporate sponsorship… then it would have been…

The Kyocera-tops!

-Jim

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Yet Another Well Actually (YAWA), the name triceratops came before the torosaurus thus it has dibs on the name for the species. So, all your childhoods are not ruined.
Love the show,
-Gary Katsevman
Computer Science Major at Northeastern University.

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Hey buzz crew,

I think the main reason why Google won’t disown Chrome is that it can run on both x86 and ARM architectures, unlike Android. This allows Chrome to work on the abundant Intel Atoms netbooks and small computers as opposed to waiting for the ever elusive Nvidia Tegra chips. I can see in my crystal ball that Chrome is Google’s answer to Windows. Android is for phones (ARM) and will grow to cover tablets.

Of course if Google pushes out Chrome on ARM only, then they are just plain st*pid.

Cheers,
Hisham

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