Tech News Today

May 4th 2017

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SS7 hack, SpaceX internet satellites, Snapchat TV
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Guests: Patrick Tucker
Category: News

Apple announced last month that it would bring graphic chip development in house, giving its deal with Imagination Technologies only two more years. Now, Imagination announced plans to sell off two of its businesses, as well as starting a dispute process with Apple to keep the deal alive.

Iain Thomson at the Register says that over the past few months, hackers have used vulnerabilities in the Signaling System Number Seven Protocol or SS7 to empty the bank accounts of some Germans. And before you say, "they should have turned on 2-factor!" They did. SS7 is part of how cell phones communicate with each other and the hole allows very sophisticated cyber criminals to grab the 2-factor codes in transit.

SpaceX has a plans to send internet-beaming satellites into orbit starting in 2019 ahead of lighting up its network in 2024. The plan would put 4,425 satellites into low-earth orbit by way of Falcon 9 rockets and would provide high-speed low latency internet to earth without costly infrastructure build-out.

Our guest today is Patrick Tucker, tech editor at Defense One, who talks about what email metadata has to do with last year's presidential election in the United States. We also look at what Apple's billion dollar US manufacturing fund means for people and for robots. Plus, why Snapchat might have better luck at original content than YouTube.

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