Here are today's must-reads:
In a note to investors today about cable technology company Arris Group, Jefferies & Co.'s James Kisner says the firm has heard rumblings from industry contacts that at least one major cable operator has been doing some tests to see if it can handle the extra bandwidth such a product might bring.
"...Our discussions with industry contacts suggest that at least one major North American multiple system operator is working to estimate how much additional capacity may be needed for a new Apple device on their broadband data network," Kisner writes, pointing to an October report the group did about data growth.
"We believe this potentially suggests an imminent launch of the Apple TV," he said, adding that the product would be a boon to Arris, which sells capacity to providers like Comcast.
2. Vodka and Cola:
In 1992, with an incredible amount of fanfare, Pepsi announced Crystal Pepsi, a clear cola beverage aimed at revolutionizing the soft drink world. The drink did well initially and even spurred Coca-Cola to come out with its own clear cola product, called Tab Clear. Neither beverage would survive commercially for very long. Crystal Pepsi was off shelves in the United States by the end of 1993; one of the executives behind the concept would later admit that the product didn’t taste good. Tab Clear, somehow, persevered into the middle of 1994. Its marketing was suspect — for some reason, it was only sold in a can, a curious choice for a beverage whose main selling point was the fact that it was translucent.
Given these failures, one would assume that these massive soft drink companies had never attempted to make a cola which wasn’t caramel colored. But well before Crystal Pepsi and Tab Clear came another different-colored cola, informally called White Coke.
You have a secret that can ruin your life.
It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters—maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious—that can reveal everything about you.
Your email. Your bank account. Your address and credit card number. Photos of your kids or, worse, of yourself, naked. The precise location where you’re sitting right now as you read these words. Since the dawn of the information age, we’ve bought into the idea that a password, so long as it’s elaborate enough, is an adequate means of protecting all this precious data. But in 2012 that’s a fallacy, a fantasy, an outdated sales pitch. And anyone who still mouths it is a sucker—or someone who takesyou for one.
No matter how complex, no matter how unique, your passwords can no longer protect you.
These are some of the other things I've been tweeting about today:
- "Everything You Want to Know About the Tech Nerds Who Won for Obama Has Been Written" http://pjblack.me/XS0wR2
- "Will Twitter war become the new norm?" http://pjblack.me/UMW5AQ
- finally getting around to reading @mrbenjaminlaw's story about @matthew_mitcham: "Falling with style" http://pjblack.me/UMVhfl
- very true: "Twitter Does A Lot Of Different Things For Different People, Deal With It" http://pjblack.me/UMKwK7
- from @THR: "Inside the Risky Business of Porn Star Agents" http://pjblack.me/XRhP4S
- but i want an invite: "Twitter founder Ev Williams opens up new publishing platform Medium to all Twitter employees" http://pjblack.me/ULxlJp
- a profile of the president of uruguay: "Jose Mujica: The world's 'poorest' president" http://pjblack.me/UMKf9T
- "Vodka and Cola" http://pjblack.me/UMLZjo
- "Surreal Instagrams From Israel Defense Forces Soldiers" http://pjblack.me/ULXrvG
- "Military Strikes Go Viral: Israel Is Live-Tweeting Its Own Offensive Into Gaza" http://pjblack.me/UMLKVJ
- a look at microsoft's network of research labs: "Inside Microsoft’s Cauldron Of Ideas" http://pjblack.me/XRdyyn
- "The Other Side of That Victory Hug: A New Photo Shows How Michelle Liked It" http://pjblack.me/ULWUdj
- really? the rumours have been quiet lately: "Analyst: Apple TV launch is 'imminent'" http://pjblack.me/ULxhsZ
- "Viacom CEO: MTV Is 'Not Broken'" http://pjblack.me/ULx0WU
- reading on a kindle is not the same as reading a book: "Out of Touch E-reading isn’t reading" http://pjblack.me/ULuAaK
- "When armies become media: Israel live-blogs and tweets an attack on Hamas" http://pjblack.me/XOGkQ1
- "Ashlyn Blocker, the Girl Who Feels No Pain" http://pjblack.me/ULoh78
- "The David Petraeus Scandal, Explained" by @motherjones http://pjblack.me/XPuW6z
- the rule is simple: don't build anything for twitter: "What happens when a Twitter client hits the token limit" http://pjblack.me/XPuuFi
- "After Sandy, a great and complex city reveals traumas new and old" http://pjblack.me/ULohUQ
- "Recounting the deadly hazing that destroyed FAMU band's reputation" http://pjblack.me/ULo1Fi
- a look at the ugandan gay rights movement and how it received international attention: "Outrageous freedom" http://pjblack.me/ULnP8Q
- "Aust opposition considers social-media takedowns, child-friendly smartphones" http://pjblack.me/XOknAB
- "Guy Fieri Battles Scathing New York Times Review by Pete Wells" http://pjblack.me/ULpkEf
- having a leisurely saturday afternoon read of the coalition’s discussion paper on enhancing online safety for children http://pjblack.me/XOkfkD
- from @wired: "Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore" http://pjblack.me/UJAEkj
- "Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Have we always eaten them?" http://pjblack.me/UJAA3P
- some good tips here: "You Google Wrong" http://pjblack.me/XKGBU4
- from @marcoarment: "The iPad Mini and the cost of Retina" http://pjblack.me/XIt2oa
- so true: "Mobile Ads Are the Future. They're Also Lousy." http://pjblack.me/XIoYo1
- "Facebook and death: Blurring the line between the real and virtual" http://pjblack.me/XIoWwh
- "Retweeting Without Reading? Yeah, It’s Happening– and It Affects Journalism Strategy on Twitter" http://pjblack.me/XIntWW
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