News Fuse for October 18, 2013

Apple

Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for October 18, 2013:

  1. Thursday, at the Hack in the Box Conference in Kuala Lumpur, researchers from Quarkslab demonstrated how an employee inside Apple could intercept messages on iMessage. Apple controls the public keys meaning you have to trust that their giving you the right one and not using their own to spy on messages. Because the key server is not public, there would be no way to tell if a key was swapped. Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in a statement to AllThingsD "The research discussed theoretical vulnerabilities that would require Apple to re-engineer the iMessage system to exploit it, and Apple has no plans or intentions to do so.” So in other words, trust them. Read more at allthingsd.com.

  2. Google's in the 1k club! The company's quarterly results beat Wall Street's expectations Shares of the world's No.1 Internet search engine jumped 8 percent to $959.65 in after-hours trading on Thursday, after it reported a 23 percent rise in revenue from its Internet business, excluding fees paid to partners, of $10.8 billion in the third quarter. in other news co-founder and CEO Page told analysts he won't be on Google's quarterly earnings calls on a regular basis so that he can "ruthlessly prioritize my time for the benefit of the business." Read more at reuters.com.

  3. The worst kept secret on the Internet continues to be the worst kept secret. The unannounced Nexus 5 made an appearance on the Google Play store at a price of $349 for a 16GB model. Clicking through to purchase the Nexus 5 led to nowhere, though. The Nexus 5 was then promptly removed from the Play store and replaced by the Nexus 4. Read more at droid-life.com.

  4. AT&T SVP Chris Penrose, speaking at GigaOm's Mobilize conference in San Francisco announced the mobile carrier would start selling day passes targeted at tablet users with LTE built-in. The pass would cost $5 for one day and a maximum of 250MB of data. $25 would get you 3 months of usage with a max of 1GB. AT&T also announced partnerships with multiple car companies including Tesla. Read more at allthingsd.com.

  5. Thanks in part to the wildly successful Grand Theft Auto V bundle, NPD reports the PlayStation 3 was the best-selling games console in the US in September, breaking the 32-month streak the Xbox 360 has enjoyed. Competitors are already rejoicing: Nintendo reported that Wii U sales more than tripled month-on-month in September following a price cut and limited edition bundle with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and Microsoft says the Xbox 360 has sold 80 million systems worldwide. Read more at theverge.com.

  6. During Google's earnings call yesterday, Larry Page told the world that around 40% of YouTube's traffic comes from mobile devices. Last year, it was 25% and way back in 2011, 6%. For its figures, Google counts tablets and phones as mobile devices. Read more at allthingsd.com.

  7. Apple's patent on multitouch that was used against Samsung and Motorola to win court victories was temporarily invalidated last December. However Apple's back on top again as the US Patent & Trademark office has decided to uphold patent No, 7,479,949. The patent is one of those at issue in the ITC's recent ruling to ban import of some Samsung products. Read more at theverge.com.

  8. AMD's financial results beat Wall Street’s expectations for the third quarter ended Sept. 30., and it's thanking its next gen game console friends. The company said today that its earnings were 4 cents a share and revenues were $1.46 billion. One of the things that helped this quarter was AMD started shipping large volumes of chips for video game consoles that are debuting this fall: the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One. Read more at venturebeat.com.

  9. The Wall Street Journal reports Lenovo has signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement with BlackBerry in order to review BlackBerry's financial statements. That's a sign that Lenovo is at least considering buying some or all of BlackBerry. Being headquartered in Beijing, Lenovo would likely have difficulty getting approval to buy the security technology but it might make sense to buy just the device manufacturing. Other companies like Google, SAP, Cisco and Intel have also been rumored to be considering buying some of BlackBerry. Read more at engadget.com.

  10. Apple has a grave warning for you MacBook Air owners - some SSDs in MacBook Airs are failing. Apple says the issue could affect MacBook Air units sold between June 2012 and June 2013. To find out if your laptop is affected, check the Mac App Store for an update called "MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1," which will check your drive. Apple is offering up free replacements for those drives. Read more at pcworld.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for October 18, 2013.