Morning Briefing: 31 January 2011

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Monday 31 January 2011, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at

Here’s what we are watching:

  • Amazon S3’s cloud services appears to be growing with over 262 Billion objects, up from 102 billion objects from a year ago. Some clients include Dropbox, Ubuntu and the popular game Minecraft (which Stewart, Tom and Chris are now addicted to).
  • A ComputerWorld article claims that both Apple and Google are trying to figure out ways to kill the password. For both, Near-Field Communications appears to be their way to kill the password – but how they implement it is a different story.
  • Al Jazeera has found themselves no longer able to cover some parts of the region as its satellite signal was cut by the Egypt-based Nilesat, and its journalist credentials revoked. Meanwhile, the company has seen a huge increase in web output, with its livestream being popular – with 26 million views in the last 12 hours.
  • It also appears that China has been censoring results on the Egyptian protests due to their similarities with the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests – which could be used as a political allegory in the country by democracy movements.
  • Both Amazon and Microsoft are in the news for some security flaws. Microsoft’s one is an exploit as a result of a bug in how Windows handles MHTML files to run scripts in the wrong security context. Amazon, however, just has a password flaw as its complexity has been removed.
  • Finally, Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open’s Mens final for second time last night, beating Andy Murray. Just putting it there so you can claim that you watched the match but in reality you didn’t.

Please note: No Morning Briefing for Wednesday, Thursday or Friday due to I will be away. Ouch.