The Mangle

June 30, 2008

More old news: Visa makes ‘use once’ password cards

Filed under: Other People's Scoops,Real Stuff,Scoops — themangle @ 7:57 am
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ZDNet Australia recently wrote about two companies “trialling” token-based credit cards: EMUE and RSA. ENUE even claimed that the cards were being trialled by a “major bank” in Australia (although this claim was denied by two of them: ANZ and National Australia Bank). Here’s an excerpt of the article:

Two cards containing microprocessors that generate one-time passwords are being touted to Australian banks as possible replacements for tokens and passwords delivered by SMS — and one is already being trialled by Visa.

Not such earth-shattering news, given that iTWire had a story in May 2007 about VeriSign doing exactly the same thing, and The Mangle wrote about a year before that (“Token-based Security for Visa?“)!

Scoop? I think not!


September 21, 2007

Google Plans Undersea Pacific Cable

Filed under: Other People's Scoops — themangle @ 3:49 am

Australian telecommunications newsletter Communications Day has claimed a world exclusive, with news that Google plans to rollout an undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean, with the exact route still to be finalised. We can assume it will probably be something like San Francisco to Sydney via Hawaii.

Here’s an excerpt from Communication Day’s email alert:

The Unity cable has been under development for several months, with a group of carriers and Google meeting for high-level talks on the plan in Sydney last week.

Google would not strictly confirm or deny the existence of the Unity plan today, with spokesman Barry Schnitt telling our North American correspondent Patrick Neighly that “Additional infrastructure for the Internet is good for users and there are a number of proposals to add a Pacific submarine cable. We’re not commenting on any of these plans.”

However, Communications Day understands that Unity would see Google join with other carriers to build a new multi-terabit cable. Google would get access to a fibre pair at build cost handing it a tremendous cost advantage over rivals such as MSN and Yahoo, and also potentially enabling it to peer with Asia ISPs behind their international gateways – considerably improving the affordability of Internet services across Asia Pacific.

What’s scary about this is that Google, by moving into communications infrastructure, has a real chance of dominating not only the Internet application space, but also the Internet communications infrastructure as well! I wouldn’t be surprised if this is an aggressive play to diversify to take on the likes of social networking sites such as Facebook, which have the potential to subvert Google’s dominance in the Internet search and application arena.

Full story now online at

May 2, 2007

Sony’s decapitated goat

Filed under: Other People's Scoops — themangle @ 9:27 am

A great story that I first saw on, an Australian media website, about Sony going to excess in the European launch of the PS3 game “God of War II”  – “Sony apologises for decapitated goat“. Turns out the story is a bit of a beat-up from an original report in the Mail on Sunday. It’s funny how quickly a story does the rounds. I just did a Google News search and there were 93 articles! Have a read of The Age’s story – that puts it into a bit of perspective: “The offal truth behind Sony’s goat stunt“.

November 9, 2006

Cisco to take on Consumer Electronics market

Filed under: Other People's Scoops — themangle @ 11:17 pm

Smarthouse NewsAs “scooped” by Smarthouse News (SHN), Cisco is set to take on the CE market and compete against the likes of Apple, Sony and Microsoft with the release of a home gateway product under the Linksys brand provisionally called “The Cable Bypass Box”.

Here is an excerpt from the SHN article (apologies for the typographical errors – these are in the original article – you need to write quickly when you have a scoop!):

“The box that is tipped to sell for as low as US$499 and will allow consumers to easily connect to iPTV online content while also managing home content such as music TV downloads and digital images. It could also replace the current Foxtel box in Australian homes if talks with Telstra are succesful.

SHN has been told that Cisco has already held discussions with leading Telco providers like Telstra who could not only sell the box but deliver content over an IP network.During a visit to Australia this month Linksys Vice President Michael Pocock alluded to the gateway when he admitted that Cisco was developing its own digital home operating system  which he said Cisco was considering to licence to other vendors. ”

Full article can be read here:

March 30, 2006

DWR: 60% Of Windows Vista Code To Be Rewritten

Filed under: Other People's Scoops — themangle @ 11:00 pm

A nice "scoop" from Australian IT journalist David Richards caused some furore in the blogging community with best commentary from New Kid on the Blog Phil Sim. Microsoft's Robert Scoble took offence at Richards' report, as did the vast majority of the Microsoft-aligned blogging community. What's interesting with this scoop is that Richards takes the attitude that if someone in the industry has said something, then it is fair game to write about it. While this sort of journalistic bravery is to be commended, and may in a certain percentage of the time actually uncover the truth, what about the personal cost to those being used as the source for the story? Sure – whoever made this claim to Richards shouldn't have said it, but people do silly things all the time. And if that person is not directly involved with Microsoft, who knows what sort of chain of Chinese Whispers existed before the news reached Richards? Still, good luck to the guy for putting his "balls on the block" as they say…

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