Silence of the Twitches

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Silence of the Twitches
Number 2296
Broadcast Date AUGUST 8, 2014
Episode Length 45:46
Hosts Tom Merritt
Guests Veronica Belmont, Len Peralta

Veronica Belmont is here to talk Twitch crackdowns and WarKittehs. Yes Kittens who hack WiFI. No kidding.

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Wednesday Bloomberg reported a Chinese procurement list drafted by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission with the Ministry of Finance had dropped Apple products, meaning government money could not be used in China to buy them. ReCode reports that the list was only for energy-saving products and China’s Central Government Procurement Centre, China’s finance ministry and Apple, all say the company never applied to be on the list in the first place. There are many government procurement lists in China and government money can still be used to purchase Apple products even if they are not on the energy-saving list. Apple products are certified as energy-saving in China but Apple has not applied to be included on that procurement list.
GigaOm reports that Russia’s Prime Minister has signed an order requiring users of public WiFi to register with a full name confirmed by personal identification. Simple. The Russian communications ministry clarified this only applies to hotspots set up by network operators. OK. Oh and also, Moscow’s IT chief claims it only applies access points provided by Russia’s postal service. AND Izvestia reported hostspot operators must log hardware identifiers, keep it for 6 months, and register with the telecoms regulator. Simple.
PCMag reports the United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected multiple claims of Apple’s ’172 autocomplete patent. Apple can still provide more information in its defense. However, Samsung alerted District Court Judge Lucy Koh of the decision as it affects claim 18 of the patent which Judge Koh had ruled Samsung had infringed. Samsung had been ordered to pay $119 million to Apple in the case.
Twitch CEO Emmett Shear came away from his Reddit AMA with a few changes for TWitch’s new policies on VOD and copyrighted music. Highlights, the only video that can be saved indefinitely under the new policy, can now be any length instead of being limited to two hours. Also, TWitch is deploying an appeal button to make it easier to dispute being flagged for copyrighted music. Under the new policy an entire 30-minute block of archived video would be muted if it’s flagged by Audible Magic’s system as infringing.
And just a note here that PC Mag’s Max Eddy made special mention of a talk at Black Hat by security analyst Dan Greer called ‘Cybersecurity as Realpolitik.” The 55 minute talk is more philosophical than most Black Hat speeches and puts forth 10 suggestions for the future now that the Internet is no longer a hobby but a tool for the projection of power by governments.
ReCode reports that the rumors of Alibaba’s investment in SnapChat can be dismissed. At least that’s the rumor they hear about the rumor. Recodes sources say talks did take place between the two companies but they have been over for a long time. Forbes reported Snapchat authorized the sale of 17.4 million preferred shares in a Delaware filing made Monday.

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CNET article that Yahoo’s new Chief information security officer told Black Hat attendees Thursday that Yahoo mail will be encrypted end to end sometime in 2015. The encryption will be compatible with Gmail’s, meaning email between the two services would truly be encrypted end to end. Yahoo will release their encryption source code sometime this fall.
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Digital Trends article about US congressional librarian David Gibson coming across a DVD-R that contained complete source code and assets for Duke Nukem: Critical Mass for the PlayStation Portable. The disc was found during inventory. A game of the same name was released for Nintendo DS in 2011 but Gibson says this PSP version is substantially different. The acquisition provides an unprecedented look into the design process.
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ReCode story quoting CBS CEO Les Moonves saying during the company’s earnigns call that CBS’s TV studio “will be producing more and more shows for more and more outlets, including major streaming companies and other emerging distributors.” A CBS spokesman confirmed to ReCode that Moonves was talking about selling new shows to the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
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The Next Web story that Facebook is cracking down on how developers encourage users to click the like button. Games made for the Facebook platform may not offer rewards or bonus content in order to get people to like their Facebook page. Developers will also
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Submitted by Tom

Listener mail

Hi Tom,
It occurred to me that uBeam is a modification of standard audio equipment.
Microphones take sound waves and turn them into electrical signals that are then turned back into sound waves on the other end by the amplifier and speakers. We actually generate an electric current with our voices any time we speak into a microphone.
The brilliance of uBeam is that Ms. Perry realized she could put a mic into a device and use the current it generates to charge the battery. Like Fraser mentioned, efficiency is going to be important, but for devices like phones and maybe even laptops, something as low as 50% transfer rate might be enough.
uBeam is an exciting concept and I hope it pans out and becomes an open standard or at least readily available for licensing. If it turns into a proprietary technology I might cry.
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