Why Skype died, Email Privacy and Tech in 2011

The end of 2010 is upon us but here is still news and more to come. This week’s show consist of: Why Skype died, Email Privacy and Tech in 2011.


Show Notes

1.Email Privacy – Husband Open Wife’s email and could get 5 years
Leon Walker, working from his suspicions that his wife was having an affair, accessed his wife’s email and is now facing a potential 5 year sentence for hacking!?!? The Michigan statue has been in place for a few years but has some vagueness in respect to the term “conduct.” Sounds a bit overkill to us but we discuss the topic.

2. Mac App Store opens Jan 6th

The Mac App store is set to open January 6, 2011. The store is very similar to the stores that are accessible through mobile devices such as the iPad and iPhones. We discuss some potential cross-device issues such as double payment for applications and application sharing. Tune in and let us know your thoughts.
3.Why Skype went down
Mike and Steve are not buying the reason that Skype went down. Skype released a statement saying that the culprit was a bug in a Windows version of the Skype client (version 5.0.0152), causing a group of support servers to become offline. Does this express vulnerabilities in the Skype infrastructure and can we expect more cloud failures in the near future?

4. Video “DNA signature” matching may help track down pirates
Without question, the pirate industry is massive and ever-growing. From this premise, a group of researchers have developed a way to identify pirated movies by reducing the original to a signature genetic code. The system can match videos that have been altered or had their colors changed to the source.

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