The Wrap: 3 April 2013

The Wrap: 3 April 2013

A sad week for the New Zealand technology community, with news over the weekend that 2degrees chief executive Eric Hertz and his wife Kathy passed away when their plane crashed off the Waikato Coast.

I've talked to Hertz on a few occasions while working at Computerworld. Apart from having the most appropriate name for a mobile company CEO,  he was also very easy going and up front about 2degrees' future (check out his last interview with Computerworld). Some called him flamboyant for driving a Chevy Camaro that looks like Bumblebee from Transformers – but to me he was just being American, bringing a North American energy to our stuffy telco sector.

Tributes have already started flowing in for Hertz, who is to be replaced in the interim by 2degrees chairman Stewart Sherriff.

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Meanwhile more bad news from another telco, this time from competitor Telecom which announced last week it's culling up to 1230 jobs. The job cuts may be a necessary evil for the top heavy company, which has 2870 staff earning six figure salaries.

Mediaworks is in a bit of bother for not securing its content properly, forcing the company to shut down part of its On Demand service over the weekend. It's been reported as a hack in other media, but some preliminary investigation shows the problem may just be a vulnerability in the broadcaster's use of HTML5 Video streaming technology. Mediaworks says a fix is in the works but hasn't confirmed what caused the issue.

Apple says sorry to the Chinesefor an "arrogant" stance on its warranty policy in its second largest market. This back down follows weeks of condemnation from state media and the public.

With more than 4 million illegal downloads of Game of Thrones per episode, you'd think the show's producers would be angry. Not so it seems, with many involved with making the show calling it a compliment. If that's the case, news that the season three premiere was illegally downloaded more than 1 million times must just be a giant case of brown-nosing from fans.

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