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1042 - Attack of the BelBots
Aired
Friday, August 14, 2009
Duration
48:28
Hosts
Tom Merritt, Jason Howell Co-hosts:Natali del Conte
Producer
Jason Howell
Guests
Veronica Belmont (@veronica)



We learn that not only is a botnet using Twitter to store some of its data but that botnet follow Veronica. Who is a bot herself. We also ponder why leaked pictures of the Dell smartphone are so blurry. And bad news folks. Looks like no tablet for the Apple announcement, but it sounds like it will be in September.


Stories CoveredEdit

Dell’s first phone spied on web

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/08/14/dell_smartphone_pictures/


Apple planning September event?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10309110-37.html


Sources confirm no Apple tablet at Sept. event, coming in 2010

http://www.loopinsight.com/2009/08/13/sources-confirm-no-apple-tablet-at-sept-event-coming-in-2010/


http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20090813/here-it-comes-but-what-is-it-exactly-apple-plans-keynote-event-for-september/


Apple and AT&T targeted by iPhone MMS lawsuit

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-10309783-233.html


New games at used prices: Best Buy’s Utah plan starts a feud

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2009/08/best-buys-new-games-at-used-prices-promotion-starts-feud.ars

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2009/08/nintendo-hardware-slips-software-dominates-in-july-sales.ars


Google Books partners with Creative Commons

http://booksearch.blogspot.com/2009/08/bringing-power-of-creative-commons-to.html


Open Textbooks Win Over Publishers In CA

http://news.slashdot.org/story/09/08/13/1450220/Open-Textbooks-Win-Over-Publishers-In-CA?from=rss


Twitter-based Botnet Command Channel

http://asert.arbornetworks.com/2009/08/twitter-based-botnet-command-channel/


AP to create landing pages to aggregate news like Wikipedia

http://www.niemanlab.org/2009/08/how-the-associated-press-will-try-to-rival-wikipedia-in-search-results/


US Tests System To Evade Foreign Web Censorship

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/08/14/0426247/US-Tests-System-To-Evade-Foreign-Web-Censorship?from=rss


Take Back the Beep: AT&T promises to make some changes, T-Mobile and Verizon slow on the uptake

http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/14/take-back-the-beep-atandt-promises-to-make-some-changes-t-mobile/


YouTube to show Sony’s “Ghostbusters” this week for film’s 25th anniversary

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/08/youtube-to-show-ghostbusters-tonight-for-films-25th-anniversary.html


VoicemailEdit

Bill from Ohio about Linux netbooks


EmailsEdit

Hey BuzzCrew,

This story popped up on Thursday, and I was really surprised you didn’t talk about it, but given the hatred for Entourage, I think it’s a decent story that Mac users are finally getting a native version of Outlook.


http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/08/next-office-for-mac-coming-in-late-2010-with-outlook-for-mac.ars


Love the show!


Dave,

Melbourne, Australia

aka DaveBinM




Hi Guys,

I just wanted to show you guys my Buzz Out Loud OS X Dashboard Widget. It’s simple, but it’s great for listening to BOL streaming without opening [another] tab or iTunes. It’s called BOL Dash (Buzz Out Loud For OS X Dashboard… obvious). It comes in two versions, BOL Dash and my personal favorite, BOL Dash Mini which is the same as BOL Dash but it takes up less space on your dashboard. You can find them here: http://dashbol.weebly.com/ I know it’s not a great site but I made it fast to host the widgets. They are completely free so I’d love it if you would mention them on your show or better yet, put it on the BOL blog page.

Thanks,

Alex aka alexthekid from the chat, although I’m not in it as often anymore:-(




Hey JaMoTo and company,


You’re probably (and hopefully) getting multiple emails with this link, but I figured I’d do my part to help make sure this makes it onto tomorrow’s show:


http://lifehacker.com/5336382/digsby-joins-the-dark-side-uses-your-pc-to-make-money


Now I know exactly why Trend Micro has been freaking out every time I’ve started Digsby in the past several weeks. I’m glad I gave the beta of Trillian Astra a try — I’ll be staying with it.


Mike




Dear Buzz crew:

This is Siavash from Iran, remember my updates from Iran? Here is a new one and a very hot one. Yesterday, my cousins phone rang and there was a private number, she picked it up and a man said, you have been updating your Facebook and sending emails about what was going on inside Iran, mentioning her name, her husband and her children, he said if you don't stop sending emails and Facebook updates and pictures about Iran's political and election issues we will arrest you and your husband and your child.


So I searched so much to find out what is going one, and it seems they have been able to access passwords of those using Gmail, hotmail and Yahoo mail, so they could check their mails and ... , but they could not find any Facebook passwords and any other personal host and domain names like the mail address I use.


So, my question is, why? Why Yahoo, Hotmail and Gmail are giving out passwords to Iran's government and department of security? They are not supposed to, passwords are very confidential information and they should not betray people who trust these services. There is nothing mentioned in terms of agreement when you want to open an email account on any of these site and they promise you to keep it safe and protected? Ouh REALLY?


PS: I'm a security geek and I'm sure they can not track my emails , so be sure, I'm safe.


Best Regards


Siavash


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