Morning Briefing: Wednesday 29 December 2010

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Wednesday 29 December 2010, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at

Here’s what we are watching:

  • A new iPod nano hack has been found, allowing the potential to support movies, TV shows, games, address book and even a calendar on the small device.
  • According to Silicon Ally Insider, Yahoo’s CEO Carol Bartz has sold, killed or plans to kill a total of over $4.6 billion worth of acquisitions Yahoo has made to make the company more focused in one direction rather than having something in every area.
  • A man is suing Apple after the iPhones and iPads were sending advertisers their personal information without users’ consent, after being revealed by a WSJ investigation. Also named are several apps makers, including Pandora, and the Weather Channel (a bit of warning, the post is written by MSNBC, whose parent company, NBC Universal, owns the channel).
  • 4chan was taken down after a DDoS attack took down the site. 4chan’s status blog proudly proclaims they have now “join the ranks of MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, et al. – an exclusive club!” It appears now that all the boards are working, but the front page is inaccessible.
  • Zynga’s FarmVille has been dethroned as the most popular Facebook application in the Zynga lineup with its sister game, CityVille, having 25 percent more visitors per month than the farming simulator.
  • USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies are working on a piece of software called FAAST – Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit – allowing you to use full body controllers such as the Kinect with actual computer games not designed for it, for example World of Warcraft. And that game was used to highlight the potential of the project.