Tech Bytes, Friday January 25
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- Steve Wozniak is not a fan of the Ashton Kutcher jOBS clip that was released yesterday. “Never happened” says Woz.
- Starting this Saturday, it will be illegal to unlock your smartphone without your carrier’s permission. Thanks, DMCA.
- Apple sacks Chinese manufacturer Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics for hiring 74 underage workers.
- Meg Whitman’s hard at work “remaking” Hewlett Packard. Her latest effort: “declaring legal war” on Polish makers of cheap HP printer cartridges for patent infringement. That’s some visionary leadership there, eMeg.
- AT&T enters into a $1.9 billion deal that will give up some AWS licenses in “certain western markets” while gaining 39 700MHz licenses from Verizon.
- Will Apple kill the Mac? Possibly. Probably.
- Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano says a Cyber 9/11 is looming that could have the same impact as Hurricane Sandy. Booga booga.
- OCD Alert: Tom’s Hardware has 20 Great Games for your iPhone.
- For those of us mourning the death of Fringe, the good news is JJ Abrams will be helming the new Star Wars series, which Disney recently purchased the rights to.
- Yesterday Twitter launched Vine. Today, Facebook blocks Vine’s friend-finder feature.
- FTC finalizes amendments to children’s online privacy protection rules.
- EA is launching Mac Alpha of Origin, an online gaming distribution service. If you’ve got Mac they’re distributing a free copy of the puzzle game Bookworm for Alpha testers.
- Ed Markey writes a letter to Disney about their creepy plan to distribute Magic Bands to visitors that track their movements at Disney theme parks.
- Jay Rockefeller and a handful of Senate wankers reintroduce a bill authorizing the National Academy of Sciences to study the impact of violent video games, movies and television on children. Because god forbid having one gun for every man, woman and child in this country couldn’t be having an impact.
- Photos of the sun caught by NASA’s telescope rocket. Extra cool.
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