DTNS 2266 – Business^3, Transparency^3

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is on the show to chat about the immediate chilling effect of the Aereo decision on Dish, the new Aaron Swarz documentary, and more FAA befuddlement about drones. Plus Len Peralta is here to illustrate the show live!


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Show Notes

Today’s guests: Darren Kitchen of the future & Len Peralta of the arts


The Verge reports on the US NSA’s first full transparency report posted on the agency’s official Tumblr account. The report details 38,812 targets of National Security Letters, 1,767 FISA orders, and 423 targets of FISA business records requests. Keep in mind a target “could be an individual person, a group, or an organization composed of multiple individuals or a foreign power that possesses or is likely to communicate foreign intelligence information.” 

TechCrunch reports on Apple’s decision to cease development of its photo editing software ‘Aperture’ in favor of the new ‘Photos’ app coming in OS X Yosemite, which also replaces iPhoto.  Apple will provide compatibility updates for Aperture to work on Yosemite and help users with migration to both Photos and Adobe’s Lightroom app. 

The Next Web heard the New York Times report that the original Facebook Home team had been disbanded, presumably meaning the end of the line for the home screen replacement. However Facebook told TNW there is a still a team working on Facebook Home. Facebook does tend to rotate developers between projects. Facebook Home is still available in the Google Play store.

Reuters reports HP has agreed to settle litigation over its acquisition of Autonomy Corporation. HP took an $8.8 billion impairment charge in November 2012 in part due to “serious accounting improprieties, misrepresentation and disclosure failures,” from Autonomy. Shareholders have agreed to drop all claims against HP execs, but will still pursue action against former top officials of Autonomy. 

Reuters reports China’s TenCent will buy a 20% stake in online classifieds company 58.com. TenCent owns messaging app WeChat among many other things and has been expanding into e-commerce, real estate and digital mapping. 58.com is often compared to Craigslist. The deal will help 58.com boost traffic by teaming up with TenCent’s QQ and Weixin.

Remember the FAA rules that singled-out Amazon by forbidding free shipping by model aircraft? Well Hackaday points out that same document essentially bans any First-Person View model aircraft from operation when out of the line of sight of the operator. Think camera + drone + oculus rift. The interpretation ignores safety rules set forth by the Academy of Model Aeronautics regarding First Person View flight. The proposed FAA rules are not yet in effect, and the FAA is seeking public comment on these rules at regulations.gov.

News From You

metalfreak submitted the top story on the subreddit. ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski spoke with Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google about the fate of Nexus. Rumors have circulated of a program called Android Silver that would replace the Nexus program. Burke wouldn’t say much about Silver although he seemed to acknowledge it existed. “People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make.” He went on to say he doesn’t think it ever “can or will go away,” because it is so closely tied to the development of the Android OS. 

spsheridan posted the Wired UK article that YouTube announced at VidCon it will support video shot in 48 and 60 fps. This in particular will keep YouTube footage consistent with gameplay capture from the PS4 and Xbox One. YouTube also confirmed fan funding is coming, the ability for fans contribute money to a YouTube channel at any time for any reason. 

diggsalot passed along the Verge article about how ChromeCast is able to pair with nearby devices that aren’t on the same network. It jumps the air gap! Chromecast plays ultrasonic tones through the TV speakers. Once a device detects those tones it can then be paired with the Chromecast over the Internet. Users will also have the option of entering a PIN to establish a link with Chromecast, andwhen the feature rolls out it will have to be explicitly turned on by the owner. 

metalfreak and MANAGEMIKE both submitted versions of this story. PC World reports last year Facebook turned over virtually all records and communications for 381 accounts to the New York County District Attorney’s office in response to a court order. Facebook is now asking the court to order the data returned or destroyed, as well as to rule whether the bulk warrant violated fourth amendment rights. oF the 381 people whose accounts were seized, 62 were later charged in a disability fraud case.

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Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York

Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, continues today . Want more? Check out ceweekny.com

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