News Corp. axes 'The Daily'iPad-only newpaper 'The Daily' ends run, texting turns 20, and a Tumblr worm spams popular blogs.
News Corp Axes 'The Daily'. I'm Jeff Bakalar filling in for Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. The Daily, which was an ambitious tablet only news publication back by New Corp is shutting its doors on December 15th. Launched back in February of 2011, The Daily was in interactive newspaper stylized for consumption on the iPad. Best of all, a year subscription went for only $40 and offer a wide variety of sections. While there will be no more issues of The Daily, its brand will live on other channels within News Corp. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first text message ever. On December 3rd, 1992, SMS pioneer Matti Makkonen successfully sent the message Merry Christmas from a PC to a mobile device, using the UK's Vodafone network. Now, an estimated 8 trillion text messages are sent each year. Speaking of texting, a back log of your text messages may soon be readily available to police according to a request by a number of law enforcement groups submitted to congress. The proposal would require wireless carriers to keep two years worth of text messages to help any investigations. Such information is not currently mandatory but the whole idea already has privacy advocate groups up in arms. A massive warm hit Tumblr today which round up spamming big blogs like USA Today and even us here at CNET. Hacker group GNAA has taken responsibility for their attack, claiming that 8600 Tumblr users were compromised. Security software and hardware providers Sophos, believes the worm took advantage of Tumblr's reblogging feature, which is what allowed the worm to spread so quickly. Google has launched a new version of the company's Maps API, which should open the door for more functionality from developers and software makers. The new platform offers tons of new potential, most notably for vector display 2D and 3D maps, which will now allow for tilting and rotating. Also new is the ability to display and manipulate photo spheres, which is a special counter mode in Android 4.2. Finally, Mitsubishi will become the last TV manufacturer to abandon rear projection TV technology. While the picture quality was pretty good, these TVs were often bulky and took of way too much space. While other companies stop making them back in 2008, give credit to Mitsubishi for holding on for so long. That's your tech news for today, you can find links to all of these stories on the blog cnet.com/update. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and watch The 404 every single day. Bridget Carey will be back here tomorrow. So, from our studios here in New York, I'm Jeff Bakalar.