The Buzz Report
Yes, Virginia, Macs get malware, tooThe Mac faithful are rocked by a serpent in their midst, the new Nook makes a believer out of Molly, and Sony's hacker war rages on.
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, yes, Virginia, Macs can get malware; the war on Sony goes on, and one of the easiest punchlines in tech is soon to be history. Forever. But first, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week. First up, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Gadget of the Week. The gadget of the week is the new Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s meant to be kind of a Kindle killer -- itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a smaller Nook with a black and white e-ink screen like the Kindle, but itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a touch screen. So, basically, if you still want your books to look like books, thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a Nook for that. That was a lot of rhyming. The new Nook costs 139 dollars, like the Kindle, and has built-in WiFi but no 3G. And I gotta say, I remember when Barnes and Noble announced it was making an e-reader, and SOME PEOPLE thought that was kind of silly, and the first one was NOT good, and SOME people thought they were doomed. Well, those people are suddenly thinking about buying a new Nook. So, enjoy that last laugh, Barnes and Noble. And now for the news. Apple had a bit of a malware scare over the past couple of weeks. An annoying little bit of malware called Mac Defender started making the rounds on Mac computers in the early part of May. It mostly just generated porn pop-ups, nothing super malicious. But it was actually Mac malware in the wild. Which, like, no one was willing to believe and Apple certainly wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t interested in publicizing. Macs donÃ¯Â¿Â½t get viruses, people. Support reps leaked internal information about how Apple actually told customer support not to provide ANY help at all if the customer said they were infected with Mac Defender. Which is just about the time that the media storm got bad enough that Ã¯Â¿Â½ Apple finally put up blog post telling users how to remove Mac Defender malware and hopefully avoid it in the first place. So, thanks for that. Listen, I would imagine there will be more attempts to deliver malware and Trojans and other nasty things to Mac users in the future, and um, Apple? You might not be able to handle that with the same old long silence and then magical solution from on high that youÃ¯Â¿Â½re used to. Because if the next piece of badware steals passwords or credit card info? That shit is just not gonna fly. Poor Sony just keeps getting hacked. The company had to report this week that personal data from almost 10,000 users were stolen from two of its sites, one in Canada and one in Greece. Sony said only emails, passwords, and phone numbers were stolen - - only -- not credit card information, and that the sites werenÃ¯Â¿Â½t part of the main Sony network. ALSO, the company said Sony sites in Indonesia and Thailand were hacked, but no information was stolen. What are their server passwords, 1-2-3-4-5? Come ON, guys. Although, it is surprisingly hard to feel sorry for Sony. I mean Ã¯Â¿Â½ remember that time they made their music CDs secretly drop root kits on your computers? Go look that one up. But, seriously. Lulz hacker types? Maybe thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s enough. I mean, if you keep this up, you might get Ã¯Â¿Â½ Ã¯Â¿Â½ things like the French president calling for a more Ã¯Â¿Â½regulatedÃ¯Â¿Â½ Internet to keep things Ã¯Â¿Â½civilized.Ã¯Â¿Â½ He was speaking at the e-G8 forum, a get-together about the Internet and its effect on global commerce. He seemed, generally, to indicate that Net neturality was a bit naive, intellectual property rights are king, and everyone just needs to be Ã¯Â¿Â½reasonableÃ¯Â¿Â½ about things like FranceÃ¯Â¿Â½s three strikes law, which lets private industries accuse citizens of piracy without due process, and can result in those citizens being kicked offline completely. The European Union, by the way, rejected the idea of a nationwide three-strikes law. So, see, Ã¯Â¿Â½civilizedÃ¯Â¿Â½ and Ã¯Â¿Â½reasonableÃ¯Â¿Â½ do tend to mean different things to different people. But merci, anyway, Monsieur Sarkozy. And finally, tech unicorns are officially an endangered species. The white iPhone came out, and now Ã¯Â¿Â½ Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold. That means the code is DONE, the game discs are being burned, the trailers are out, the marketing is happening. June 14th, people. The date is SET. What could POSSIBLY delay it now? Too easy. And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Buzz Report for this week, everyone. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and thank you for watching.