Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Put Up Or Shut Up: iPhone Users May Get A Choice Soon

Verizon, anyone?

The Wall Street Journal reports what may be the most convincing rumor yet that Apple is going to stray from long-time companion AT&T.

Who are the winners and losers? I talk about it on CNBC's Street Signs.

No fair guessing Steve Jobs (who always seems to have a winning hand) and Palm (which cannot catch a break)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Web Immoblization Hack is a Tech Non-Starter

A disgruntled former employee is charged with hacking into the company's web-based remote immobilization to disable about 100 cars bought by customers who agreed to the leash because their credit rating would have made it impossible otherwise to get financing.

The technology is an opt-in technique the company requires to insure the trust they have that credit-challenged buyers will make payments on time is not misplaced — as well the car the Repo Man will come looking for when they don't. But these Austin, Texas customers had done no wrong.

It was a foolish payback prank that made a bad situation even worse for 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, now under arrest for "computer intrusion." But is this a Big Brother threat? Not so much.

I talk it through with Celeste Headlee and John Hockenberry on 'The Takeway' (which, for this segment, should probably be called 'The Getaway.')

Original reporting by Kevin Poulsen on's Threat Level. At 3:30 am PT, the hit would have been too unfriendly for Kev, so he signaled the bull pen for a right-coaster.

Facebook And Geo-Privacy Concerns

Facebook is getting in the geo-location business -- and make no mistake, a business it is. For FB, it's catch up to Foursquare and Twitter and Google, all of whom already have apps which convey from where you are texting your mind.

But just wait until you not only know what's around you, but who.

Digital Live with Shelly Palmer. My hit is at about the 4:36 mark.