The FBI wants software developers to help them listen in on conversations, there’s another new iPad out there, and it turns out SquareTrade never had a problem with jailbreaking.
- FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites — Now: The FBI is asking major email, chat and social media sites to go along with a bill that would require government-accessible backdoors in their software. Wiretapping law, once only applicable to telephone companies, has already been expanded to include ISPs. [CNET]
- The iPad 2,4 Review: 32nm Brings Better Battery Life: Apple not only still produces the iPad 2, but they’ve released a new WiFi-only edition with a smaller-footprint processor that saves on battery life without sacrificing performance. Unfortunately, the 2,4 edition is indistinguishable from the original iPad 2, so getting one is strictly luck of the draw. [AnandTech]
- SquareTrade’s Warranty Now Covers Jailbroken iPhones: A company spokesperson for the third-party warranty provider confirmed a policy that has apparently been in place for some time. While jailbreaking voids Apple and cell carrier warranties, SquareTrade will cover all jailbroken iOS devices. [CNET]
- Making Windows Media Center Available in Windows 8: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro will both ship with Windows Media Player, and without DVD support. DVD playback will be available in paid upgrade packs that add Windows Media Center, though most Windows 8 machines with optical drives will include third-party DVD software and there are many free options. [Building Windows 8]
- How OpenStreetMap Got Apple to Give It Due Credit: As soon as the new iPad was released, users noticed that the included iPhoto app used OpenStreetMap rather than Google Maps, but until now attribution for the crowdsourced maps was nowhere to be found. One OSM board member speculates that outreach from a supporter who is also an iOS app developer spurred the new line in iPhoto’s credits. [Talking Points Memo]
Title image remixed from Carsten Lorentzen (Flickr).