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Thursday, July 20, 2017
 

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Apple continues to tell support reps: do not help with Mac malware
Apple continues to maintain a public silence on the current outbreak of Mac malware, which may have affected more than 60,000 Mac owners.

Microsoft shows off new Windows Phone 7 features
The software giant demonstrates new features for its lagging phone operating system, including smoother social-networking and multitasking services.


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Little divides Apple, music publishers on cloud deal
Negotiations between Apple and music publishers to license an iTunes cloud music service are going well. Hopes are high that an agreement will be reached soon, but it’s not a slam-dunk

Laser sets data transfer record
Researchers have set a record for the amount of data that can be transferred via laser. A single laser can transfer 26 terabytes of data in a second.

Smartphone app tracks wages
The Department of Labor has released a new smartphone app. The app lets workers keep track of their own wages. Proponents say the app can help in a labor dispute. But employers worry that it could drive litigation over unpaid wages.

Man pleads guilty in online poker case
Bradley Franzen has pleaded guilty to Internet gambling charges. He acknowledges creating websites and companies to hide gambling payments.

 

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Windows 8 coming in 2012
Microsoft leader Steve Ballmer announced that the next version of his company’s operating system – Windows 8 – will be available in 2012.
At the Microsoft Developer Forum in Tokyo on Monday, Ballmer said the software giant is hard at work producing Windows 8, which is also expected to hit tablet computers, PC Magazine reports.
Ballmer has yet to comment on rumors regarding the features of the new OS.

How Google Apps could boost Chromebook sales
Google’s sales partners are eager to coax existing Google Apps customers to embrace the Chrome OS hardware as well. The pitch could be just the thing for business buyers

Sony hacked again
Sony is alerting users that it has been hacked again. Criminals broke into Sony’s So-Net service and stole virtual points. This comes after two breaches that exposed data on 100 million customers.

Forget the tethering police, the rooting police are here, led by Google
Disturbing news cropped up that Google is looking for rooters and denying them full use of rooted Android devices. Content providers may push Google into full-blown DRM hysteria.

Foxconn: Explosion won’t hurt iPad production
Last week’s explosion at a Foxconn factory that killed three people won’t delay iPad or iPhone production, according to the company.

 

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Apple near cloud-music deals
Apple already had a deal to offer cloud music from Warner Music and is said to have agreement in place with EMI, music industry sources tell CNET. Sony Music and Universal Music are also close


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LinkedIn soars in first day of trading
Shares of the business social network have doubled this morning from the IPO price of $45

Free app leads to $500 phone bill
An Oklahoma woman was shocked when she received a $500 phone bill. She had downloaded a free app for her young daughter. The daughter racked up the bill through in-app purchases.

Apple to support reps: "Do not attempt to remove malware"
A confidential internal Apple document tells the company’s front-line support people how to handle customers who call about malware infections: Don’t confirm or deny that an infection exists.

 

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Apple, Google, Facebook to talk privacy with Senate
A hearing later this week will point the lens on Apple, Google, and Facebook’s mobile privacy policies. This is the second hearing following revelations that iPhones had been recording location data without consent.

Copper thieves knock out phone service
A Boston-area neighborhood was left without telephone service for several hours last week. Criminals cut copper telephone wires from two utility poles. Theft of copper is a growing crime across the country


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Beyond Skype: VoIP Alternatives
Tired of Skype’s problems? Don’t trust Microsoft’s plans for Skype? Then give these programs a try.

Intel CEO: Big shift to mobile
Paul Otellini says the chipmaker is redirecting its focus to low-power and small devices like smartphones, Netbooks, and tablets.

Criminals take aim at Macs
A new kit for building malware that targets Macs has emerged. The kit allows criminals to build Trojans quickly and easily. The kit could be a sign that Macs are finally a financially attractive target for criminals

Sony restoring PlayStation Network
Over the weekend, Sony began restoring its PlayStation Network. The network was recently hit with a security breach that affected more than 100 million accounts. The restoration process should be complete by month’s end. Sony says it has improved security on the site.

Winklevoss twins taking Facebook case to Supreme Court
The twins’ attorney says that a recent ruling against their appeal was wrong and that they will bring their argument to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meet the most powerful man on the Web
The Drudge Report accounts for about 7 percent of referrals to news sites. That’s according to a new study. In comparison, less than 4 percent of referrals come from Facebook. The 14-year-old site is known for its minimal look and tempting headlines.

 

The problem with Chrome everyone is missing

This week we got our first look at Google’s new lock down operating system on a couple of upcoming netbooks. There is plenty of reporting around about what is wrong with Chrome, everything from cloud storage to local apps et al. That is not going to be Chrome’s problem though to us if you take it out a few years and give Chrome operating system say a 25% market share there is going to be a huge issue that no one has considered yet.

We tried and have yet to figure out how to install IE or Firefox on a chrome book. Isn’t that what caused MS so much trouble a few years back? Every other OS has to allow competing browsers on their system. The browser is just the beginning of the problem though as there are many programs that will fit into this anticompetitive stance. Image viewers, music players and it goes on and on, without local storage if Chrome becomes a major player there are going to be major problems coming from the EU and the feds.

The pricing model may be the only thing that keeps the EU out for now as these are seriously overpriced netbooks. We are seeing full size laptops with better hardware at Wal-Mart for less money out of the box so that will keep adoption way down for a while, but if these netbooks were priced fairly at around 199.00 adoption would be huge and quite scary for many reasons.

We get the feeling that Google is not ready for full adoption and is aware of these issues or these would be subsidized at a much lower price. Time will tell how this plays out, but for the short term it doesn’t look good for Chrome to become a major player.

 

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Facebook smears Google
In what is possibly the stupidest idea ever, Facebook launched a smear campaign against Google. It hired a PR firm to plant negative stories in the media. The stories were designed to elevate fears about Google’s privacy policies. Facebook has had its share of privacy problems so this move is just stupid and plants seeds in peoples minds about just what Facebook is doing over there. It’s like it’s being run by a bunch of 14 year olds. Oh ya, it is.


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Five reasons why Google’s new Chromebook isn’t a Windows-killer
Some analysts are convinced that Google’s new OS marks the beginning of the end for Windows. But I’ve seen this movie before. The Chromebook is a glorified netbook, and its deceptive price tag

Five Reasons why Google’s Linux Chromebook is a Windows killer
After years, decades, of talking about Linux taking on Windows on the desktop, we finally have a serious contender with a serious backer, Google, behind it.

White House proposes cybersecurity plan
The White House has unveiled a new cybersecurity proposal. It would require that businesses better protect critical infrastructure. This includes financial systems and the electrical grid. The proposal also requires that companies notify customers of security breaches

Google to rebuild Chrome on secure foundation
A Google project called Native Client turns out not just to be for running fast software from the Web securely. Google plans to use it to run the entire browser, too.

LimeWire settles with RIAA for $105 million
Entrepreneur Mark Gorton agrees to pay $105 million to settle copyright case.

 

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NASA, Stanford hacked
Criminals have hacked sites belonging to NASA and universities such as Stanford. The hacked pages were used to tout software and other products. NASA has cleaned up its site; many of the other sites still host the pages

Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion; creates new business division
The rumors were right. Microsoft announced on May 10 that it bought Skype, an Internet communications vendor, for $8.5 billion


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Google I/O day one: Android on top
New versions of Google’s mobile operating system, and new movie rental and music streaming services that run on it, took the spotlight at the developer confab.

Hackers plan third Sony attack
A group of hackers says it is planning another wave of cyberattacks against Sony in retaliation for its handling of the PlayStation Network breach.

Over 23,000 IP addresses cited in BitTorrent suit
A massive list of IP addresses was presented in U.S. District Court last week, paving the way for what could become the biggest BitTorrent case ever.

YouTube takes on Netflix with online movie rentals
YouTube’s new movie rental site isn’t going to crush Netflix. It’s built-in social tools will certainly give it a run for it’s money, though.

Survey: 7.5M Facebook users below minimum age
A Consumer Reports survey finds that 7.5 million Facebook users are younger than 13, in violation of the company’s terms of service, and that more than 5 million were 10 or younger.

 

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Is it the end of the line for television sets?
For the first time in 20 years, television ownership is down. Many low-income households couldn’t afford the switch to digital television. The proliferation of online streaming also contributed to the drop

Anonymous: We didn’t hack PlayStation Network
A letter purporting to come from the hacker group denies involvement in the PlayStation Network attack that forced Sony to take down its online service.


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iOS 4.3.3 arrives, patches location database
Apple has released an update to iOS users that addresses the size and security of a location database stored on the device, and within the iTunes software. The fix comes exactly a week since Apple addressed the issue.

IE users can now delete Flash cookies
Flash cookies aren’t normally removed when regular cookies are deleted. But the latest version of Adobe Flash lets users of Internet Explorer get rid of unwanted cookies.

Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war
Facebook and Google are reportedly pondering either an acquisition of Skype or a joint venture and strategically the two buyers couldn’t be more different.

 

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Ballmer surprises with Microsoft-RIM partnership
Microsoft will invest in the BlackBerry platform from Research in Motion, becoming the default search provider in BlackBerry browsers and maps, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said during a surprise keynote appearance at BlackBerry World today.

Bin Laden, Twitter, and the frenzy of noise
There were unparalleled levels of raw emotion pouring through Twitter when it was announced that terror leader Osama bin Laden had been killed. There was also noise and confusion like never before.


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Apple refreshes iMacs with faster CPUs, Thunderbolt ports
Along with the updated CPUs and the new high-speed data port, the new iMacs sport faster AMD graphics than their predecessors and integrated FaceTime HD video cameras.

Sony says sorry with freebies
Sony is offering free content to those affected by its recent data breach. This includes 30 days of access to the PlayStation Network. Only those who suffered damage will be covered. Data on 78 million users was leaked during the PlayStation Network breach

Amazon tablet to hit market later this year?
A DigiTimes report says Taiwan-based manufacturer Quanta Computer has already received orders from Amazon for a tablet PC and that a launch could come in the second half of the year.

Microsoft to deliver Windows Thin PC to customers by June 30
On May 2, Microsoft made the Release Candidate (RC) test build of its Windows Thin PC available for download by testers

Amazon takes on iTunes
Amazon is trying to expand its 10-percent share of the digital music download business. It is cutting prices on some top-selling MP3s to 69 cents. These songs often sell for $1.29 on iTunes

 

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Sony: Some stolen data encrypted
Sony’s PlayStation Network was recently breached, affecting 77 million users. Sony now says that users’ credit card information was encrypted. It is unclear how strong the encryption is. Sony is working with law enforcement to identify the perpetrators

Yahoo! sells Delicious
Yahoo! has sold its Delicious social-bookmarking service. The buyers are none other than YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. The site will be an important part of their new Avos venture


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Google Docs finally hits Android- great on tablets
Imagine my surprise when today Google released Google Docs in the Android Market. I grabbed it immediately and have been using it since, having installed it to my tablet and phone

Google to take Apple’s app crown by July
Google’s Android Market is destined to be bigger than Apple’s App Store in just a few months, according to new research from Distimo. Google has already beaten Apple in terms of the number of free apps it offers in its store

Apple admits ‘bug’ behind iPhone tracking
Apple has reiterated that it does not track iPhone users. However, it admits that it is collecting location data due to a software bug. The company promises to fix the flaw and implement new protections

 
 
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