CNET News Daily Podcast: Subway cards now easily hackable

Protecting yourself from subway card hacks; a possible battery change for Apple's iPhone; and corporate restructuring at AMD.

Update October 8 at 9:47 a.m. PDT: Due to technical problems, only part of this podcast was available when it published. It's working now. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Public-transit riders around the world may have new concerns when boarding trains. A new joint report from European universities indicates that a certain kind of subway card used the world over is extremely susceptible to being hacked . CNET News senior writer Elinor Mills explains the process and what you can do to keep your personal information safe.

Too often feel that wave of regret the next morning after a night of sending sloppy e-mails? (Perhaps, you were drunk?) Google's newest product, Gmail Goggles , has come to the rescue.

And for only the third time ever, the public can see new pictures of planet Mercury. NASA spacecraft Messenger completed its latest flyby on October 7 and sent photos of the smallest planet in our solar system. Find out from a planetary scientist why this research is important and what people hope to find on the innermost planet to the sun.


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Today's stories:

A 'fabless' alternative for Advanced Micro

D-Day for RFID-based transit card systems

EU directive could change iPhone battery design

Analysts cut Google and SAP price targets and earnings estimates

Google launches Mail Goggles to save you from yourself

MIT prof sees no free ride to cleaner cars

Video: Mercury exposed

CBS live Webcast: Presidential debate, round two

About the author

Kara Tsuboi has covered technology news for CNET and CBS Interactive for nearly seven years. From cutting edge robotics at NASA to the hottest TVs at CES to Apple events in San Francisco, Kara has reported on it all. In addition to daily news, twice every week her "Tech Minutes" are broadcast to CBS TV stations across the country.

 

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