Buzz Out Loud 1486: Franken-mouse and up-skirting Roombas (Podcast)

On today's show, scientists discover that shocking tiny artificial brains with electricity produces the equivalent of short-term memory. Apocalypse nigh. Also, the Supreme Court rules against Microsoft in the i4i patent case, Apple goes Calvinball with a NEW RULE that says they won't take a cut of in-app subscriptions. Plus, Citibank got hacked ... a month ago. Thanks for the heads up, guys.

On today's show, scientists discover that shocking tiny artificial brains with electricity produces the equivalent of short-term memory. Apocalypse nigh. Also, the Supreme Court rules against Microsoft in the i4i patent case, Apple goes Calvinball with a NEW RULE that says they won't take a cut of in-app subscriptions. Plus, Citibank got hacked ... a month ago. Thanks for the heads up, guys.

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EPISODE 1486

NEWS

Supreme Court rules against Microsoft in i4i case
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217491/Supreme_Court_rules_against_Microsoft_in_i4i_case
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/09/tech/main20070323.shtml

Steve Jobs Blinks! Apple Backs Down On App Subscription Rules http://allthingsd.com/20110609/steve-jobs-blinks-apple-backs-down-on-app-subscription-rules/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20070258-17/apple-changes-course-on-in-app-subscription-policy/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Citi says hackers access bank card data
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/09/us-citi-idUSTRE7580TM20110609
http://it.slashdot.org/story/11/06/09/1338240/Citi-Bank-Reveals-Attack-One-Month-Late

Bank Not Responsible for Letting Hackers Steal $300K From Customer
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/06/bank-ach-theft/

Court Rules Passwords+Secret Questions=Secure eBanking
http://it.slashdot.org/story/11/06/08/2234210/Court-Rules-PasswordsSecret-QuestionsSecure-eBanking

Six Apart Releases Movable Type Updates To Plug Security Holes, Following PBS Hack
http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/09/six-apart-releases-movable-type-updates-to-plug-security-holes-following-pbs-hack/

School-Webcam Spy Scandal Resurfaces
http://m.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/06/webcam-scandal-resurfaces/

Mac Tech Cuffed for Rigging Webcams, Peeping on Women
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2386630,00.asp

Using Your Cell Phone During Takeoff And Landing Really Can Cause The Plane To Crash
http://www.businessinsider.com/cell-phone-on-airplane-2011-6

Quick Hits

Apple bars WinXP users from iCloud
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/09/windows_xp_apple_icloud/

New App Store guidelines ban DUI checkpoint apps
http://www.edibleapple.com/new-app-store-guidelines-ban-dui-checkpoint-apps/

Facebook Tattoo Woman is a Hoax
http://www.pcworld.com/article/229874/facebook_tattoo_woman_is_a_hoax.html

Netflix revamps Website for more instant access
http://gigaom.com/video/netflix-revamps-website-for-more-instant-access/

Gadgets

HP TouchPad launching in US July 1
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20070265-1/hp-touchpad-launching-in-u.s-july-1/

Science News

Scientists Create Tiny Artificial Brain That Exhibits 12 Seconds of Short Term Memory
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-06/tiny-artificial-rat-brain-exhibits-12-seconds-short-term-memory

Happy Ending

Playable, recordable Google Doodle honors Les Paul
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2011/06/google-doodle-les-paul/1

Steve’s Jam
http://www.google.com/webhp?tune=nABMB8SE4CpwDzgamAOJCcDU4FeAO8AfAUhhA4EABIQQmBABSCEIgQgcSlCB58DCoBoQPLgY0FBKEAx4GIQOSShDA1hJBJgDiQjAkRCYA4kA

Donald’s Jam
http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tune=QA4IyQUnBGCQk5wwQXHOGcQ45QxgVHCGEQo4QwgRHCGEQo4QygWHCGYCo5gwgRHMGYcIFhwhBAqOEIIERzBBAiOYIIERxBGAqOYMIEQyjmAqGMckEqAxoA**

VOICEMAIL

Adam in Nashville talks about Facebook recog for stalkers

Anonymous talks about facebook recog outing him

Darren in Columbus talks about digital hoarding in the cloud

Jim in Minnesota is wondering if Alasaka Airlines is breaking the iTunes EULA

EMAILS

Hey buzz crew,

Listening to yesterdays podcast (episode 1485). I too got a little worried, like Molly, about Facebook using facial recognition to tag people in photos. It sounded perfectly plausible that governments could use it tract down supporters of government protests.

My next though was, “”What country would want to do that kind of thing”"? Then it hit me; China! I might be incorrect but from what I can remember Facebook still isn’t in China, right?

They’ve had conversations the last few months and I understand why China would be a little hesitant to jump on the Facebook Train being that Facebook and Twitter were invaluable tools in supporting protestors in Egypt and elsewhere.

How could Facebook sweeten the deal? By making it dead simple to tract down anti-government protestors! That’s how! Facebook already knows where you eat, sleep, and poop! How much easier could it be to lock those people up when Facebook tells you who they all are?

I’m not one for conspiracy theories but if Facebook and China reach some agreement here soon then you know something sneaky went down.

Love the show. :)

Dallin
Las Vegas

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As a 40 year old video gamer I can completely agree with this. Look at what we’ve had access to since the 70′s (when we were born), or at least I was: I’ve had Pong, Atari 2600, Magnovox Odessy, Coleco Vison, TI994A, Commodore 16, 64, and 128, Nintendo NES, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, Playstation 2, Xbox, Wii, and Xbox 360. There are many other that I didn’t have but knew about or rented in the 90′s. I am a dad of 3 who plays my games at night when the kids are in bed but I also play games with them. We all play Super Mario Brothers together, my son and I are in the middle of Portal 2 co-op and I occasionally use him for target practice in a COD game. I have grown up with the systems splashed and marketed to me since I was old enough to watch my 6 TV channels and go through department store catalogs to pick out Christmas and birthday presents. Now that I am the one with the disposable income, I can get the games and systems when I want (almost). I know there are plenty of us out there. We may not be the best on the leader borads but I’s sure there are plenty of us out there. And my wife wanted me to add the she finds my video game playing completely and unequivocally un-sexy. Ron from Fort Worth

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Not sure if you have been following bitcoin last few days,
but as of June 8th, it is now worth $32 per bitcoin,
and I have found that you can cash out at:
http://spendbitcoins.com/

Where you can get a $100 amazon gift card for 3.1 bitcoins at the moment,

This is quite amazing, I hope you guys got some bitcoins to ride this bubble.

The difficultly has increased to the point that a ATI HD 5870 can only earn 0.5 bitcoins per day
when contributing to a bitcoin pool.

I wish i would have held on to my 200 bitcoins (worth $6,400 now) i cashed out on already.

;)
Love the Show
Aaron in Redondo Beach, CA

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