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The Buzz Report
Sony PSN breach: Yes, it's a disasterSony loses the personal information of 77 million users. That's gonna take a while to clean up. Plus, Apple "explains" itself, Facebook launches Deals, and Friendster is back (in the news).
Hi, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report Ã¯Â¿Â½ the show about the tech news that everyone is talking about. This week, Sony and Apple come clean, but we all still feel really dirty, YouTube runs into the movie rights wall, and weÃ¯Â¿Â½re not talking to the aliens anymore. LetÃ¯Â¿Â½s get right to the news, shall we? Early this week, after a six day outage of the PlayStation Network, Sony revealed that outage was actually a massive hacker attack, and the culprit had stolen tons of personal data on the roughly 77 million people who use the service. So. That was a bad day. The company said the hacker stole names, complete addresses, e-mail addresses, birth dates, your PSN password and login, and your online ID. And MIGHT have also gotten your entire profile information including your purchase history, your password security answers, and even your credit card information. Security analysts say the breach is one of the top five in history, identity theft is a serious concern, and you should pretty much not trust any email you receive from ANYONE for like, the rest of your life, especially after that whole Epsilon thing a week or so back. Oh, and no. As usual? ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s really nothing you can do here. Except sue as part of a massive class-action lawsuit, and then six years from now, youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll get a check for like, 3 dollars. Sometimes the cloud kind of sucks. In other news this week, the Apple location tracking scandal continued to grow, until Apple finally responded. The company insisted in a press release that Apple is not tracking your iPhone, your iPhone is only collecting the locations of nearby WiFi hotspots and cell towers, the fact that the unencrypted cache of location information is more than a yearÃ¯Â¿Â½s worth of data is a bug, and so is the part where the phone collections location information even if the location services are off. The company promised to release iOS tweaks soon to fix those two bugs, and also to encrypt any location data in a future major iOS update. See? ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s just a bug. No biggie. All better. I feel better, donÃ¯Â¿Â½t you? No? No, me neither. Also, now, to be clear, Android phones also collect location information and send it back to Google, and even Microsoft says itÃ¯Â¿Â½s tracking location information with Windows Phone phones, but they donÃ¯Â¿Â½t store the data at all. Wait, they donÃ¯Â¿Â½t? Microsoft? All rightie, Windows Phone 7 phones for all! Facebook launched its daily Deals service in five cities this week. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s kind of like Groupon or Living Social, but with a built-in user base of 500 million people. So, that ought to be moderately successful. YouTube is set to launch a new on-demand movie rental service, and has Warner Brothers, Universal, and Sony on board. But Fox and Paramount wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t sign on, which is apparently holding up the launch. The two holdouts said they donÃ¯Â¿Â½t want their movies on YouTube because thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s still pirated material on YouTube, and you can still find pirate sites on Google. Yeah. I think that continuing to prevent people from having legal alternatives sounds like the smart way to handle that. Friendster announced it will delete all its users profile data on May 31, so you should go download whatever youÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got in there before then. Haha. Most people initially assumed that Friendster is killing the site off for good, but instead itÃ¯Â¿Â½s pulling a MySpace -- going more entertainment and using Facebook Connect. So, yeah. Killing the site off for good. And finally, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence is over. At least for now. The SETI institute is powering down its array of 42 alien-hunting satellites because they just donÃ¯Â¿Â½t have the money to keep them up and running. SETI researchers say itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the worst possible time, now that weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve discovered more than a thousand new planets, some of them potentially habitable. Or, if you ask Stephen Hawking, heÃ¯Â¿Â½ll tell you itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the BEST possible time, because have you seen Battle Los Angeles? We do not want them to know weÃ¯Â¿Â½re here. SHHHHHH. And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and thank you for watching.