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The 404 935: Where vampire power sucks (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 podcast: ALAC codec goes open source, HP pivots PC unit AGAIN, McRib McFibs, jailbroken iPhone 4S, pirates hit Modern Warfare 3, and behold: the podcast revolution!

Still don't have a Halloween costume? Check out Superpunch's list of downloadable masks--just print and cut them out, add a string or a Popsicle stick if you're extra lazy, and off you go. Happy Halloween!

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Vampire power, also known as standby power, is a reference to some electronics sucking up juice even when they're turned off, but it also works for our ongoing Halloween show title theme! Check out this article on the Learning Thermostat to see what Nest Labs is doing to kill vampire power.

The iPhone Dev-Team is already close to finishing a preliminary jailbreak on the iPhone 4S that will eventually work with the iPad 2 as well, but what happened to good old analog piracy? As it happens, Activision Blizzard is knee-deep in pirates already circulating bootleg copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Modern Warfare 2 was already the most pirated game of 2009, so it shouldn't be surprising that a copy of the PC version is already reported missing from Activision Blizzard's shipping warehouse in Fresno, Calif.

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The big story making tech headlines last night and this morning is HP pivoting on the announcement it made back in August to spin off the PC unit and kill off Web OS. Still no word on what will happen to WebOS, but we'll join CNET's Rich Brown who's pushing for HP to merge Windows and WebOS into a central operating system for all its PCs, like it originally intended.

Last night, Apple also made news by making their Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) open source. You can find the encoder and decoder available for download under the Apache 2.0 open-source license, and we're excited to see what developers will do with the opportunity--maybe high definition audio calls in the iPhone 5?

This is your official warning, however, because at least one pirate was already caught in the act according to this Craigslist post where he talks about a $5,000 fine and a lifetime ban from online gameplay.

Finally, we end the second period with a big thank you to the two Harvard scholars credited for sparking the podcast revolution. In celebration of the university's 375th birthday, this article in the Gazelle traces the origins of podcasting back to Dave Winer and Christopher Lydon, a couple of bloggers who spawned the idea to broadcast their voices over the Internet using RSS feeds. Along with the iPod bringing digital media to the mainstream, we wouldn't be here without those two guys, so thanks!

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