CYBER CORNER FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23

Posted 8 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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IN THE NEWS: AMAZON SNARES CLASSIC SHOWS IN DEAL WITH HBO

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon is teaming up with HBO, the first streaming arrangement agreed to by the cable network, in a deal that will make available to Amazon prime members some classic TV like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.”

Financial terms were not disclosed Wednesday.

Prior seasons of other HBO programs — like “Girls” and “Veep” — will become available about three years after airing on HBO. The first batch of shows will be available on Prime Instant Video starting on May 21. Early seasons of “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood” are also being made available.

The companies also say that HBO’s streaming service Go will likely being offered on Amazon’s Fire TV by year’s end.

IN THE NEWS: STUDY SUGGESTS RETAIL PAYMENT SYSTEM BREACHES UNCOMMON

NEW YORK (AP) — Some customers are still a little leery about swiping their credit cards after the massive theft of credit card numbers from Target this past holiday season. But a new study suggests that the threat of having personal information picked off that way isn’t all that likely. The report from Verizon finds that such data thefts are less common than other kinds of attacks. The report says people are more likely to be victimized by smaller acts of online crime — like clicking on malicious Web links and having their systems compromised by easy-to-guess passwords. The Target breach was one of the largest in history, resulting in the thefts of 40 million credit and debit card numbers. Other retailers like Neiman Marcus and Michaels have also acknowledged breaches to their systems,

IN THE NEWS: SUPREME COURT JUSTICES DEBATE AEREO TV CASE

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court justices are expected to decide in late June whether Aereo is an Internet startup that makes it easier for it’s customers to catch TV shows on the run — or a rogue firm trying to violate copyrights of broadcasters. But as their questioning of lawyers for both sides showed yesterday, the judges will have to wrap their heads around the technology involved before ruling on how the law applies. The justices seemed skeptical about Aereo’s business model, since other companies that carry broadcast TV shows have to pay fees from the networks to do so. But several justices seemed to worry that a ruling against Aereo could put limits on cloud computing and other services where copyright material is allowed to flow from computer servers to individual users.

ON THE WEB: NYPD TWITTER REQUEST GOES AWRY

CYBERSPACE (AP) — It sounded like a good idea at the time: the New York City Police Department asked people to tweet photos of them posing with officers. They got some images, all right — but some of those showed incidents of alleged police brutality. Occupy Wall Street uploaded an image of cops fighting protesters with the caption: “changing hearts and minds one baton at a time.” Other photos included an elderly man allegedly bloodied by police after being busted for jaywalking. After the negative tweets, the department tried to make the most of what appears to have been a law enforcement faux pax — saying the uncensored and open dialogue was good for the city.

IN STORES: AT&T SEEKS TO SET UP VIDEO SERVICE

NEW YORK (AP) — Could AT&T become one of the next big players in the online video field? The telecommunications firm seems to be taking a big step in that direction. It has teamed up with an investment firm run by former News Corporation executive Peter Chernin to form an Internet video venture. AT&T and Chernin Group says they have committed a half billion dollars in funding toward the venture — but didn’t break down how much each partner is putting up. AT&T already offers TV content through its U-Verse service, which competes with more traditional cable TV providers. An online service could attract people who now use Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other services — especially those who have stopped paying for cable or satellite TV.