Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 6, 2012

How to Find Out When Someone Unfollows You on Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Networks – Ever wonder why your friend and follow counts on social media drop suddenly? Maybe you want to know who to scold for unfriending you at your next reunion, or you’re looking for trends that cause people to mass unfollow you on Twitter. Whatever your reasoning is, here’s how to keep track of all the people who digitally ditch you.

Get a free 25GB Box account when you sign up for Hojoki – Do you spend a lot of time hopping around between various Web-based productivity apps, like Basecamp, Dropbox, Google Calendar, and Twitter? What you need is an aggregator, a centralized hub that gathers all your Web apps under one roof for faster, easier access. That’s Hojoki in a nutshell, and if that’s not enough incentive for you to give it a try, how about this: Sign up for a free Hojoki account and you can get a free 25GB Box account.

Keep the Kids Occupied With Amazon FreeTime Unlimited – Amazon on Wednesday launched Kindle Free Time Unlimited, an “all-you-can-eat” content service for kids.

Verizon Patents a DVR That Spies on You – Your cable box is listening. And judging. Yes, that set-top box has become self aware and will be listening to your fights, phone calls, and pillow talk in order to serve up targeted ads. Well, not quite. But it might one day become a reality, according to a newly granted Verizon patent.

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Google Play now lets businesses host their own app stores – Google announced Tuesday that companies with their own in-house Android applications can now distribute them internally via the new Private Channel feature of the Play Store.

Lifehacker: Most Popular Photography Tips, Tricks, and Hacks of 2012 – 2012 was a great year for all things photography, with posts to help you behind the camera, in front of it, when you’re shooting, and when you’re editing. Here’s a look back at our most popular photography tips, tricks, and hacks we shared with you over the last 12 months.

Google updates maps for 10 European countries through Ground Truth scheme – Countries such as Spain now have improved Google Maps, as they have been folded into a Google scheme where the company tries to improve upon mapping data that it pulls in from external sources.

Voting on Facebook privacy policy changes is open – The voting ends on Monday, December 10, 12 p.m. PST. In order to reject the changes, 30 percent of Facebook’s users must vote against them. With Facebook counting over 1 billion active user, reaching a result that would satisfy privacy advocates will likely prove impossible.

5 excellent uses of Windows 8 Hyper-V – Buried under all of the clamor and kvetching about Windows 8’s most obvious features—Metro! Metro apps!—is a new addition that hasn’t made a lot of headlines: Windows 8’s new Hyper-V-powered virtualization functionality. Oddly, most people don’t seem to know Hyper-V even exists in Windows 8, let alone what it’s good for. But it’s one of the hidden pearls inside the Windows 8 oyster.

Lifehacker: Most Popular How-To Guides of 2012 – Those posts that take you through a project step by step and leave you at the end having completed something you’ve always wanted to do. Here’s a look back at our most popular how-to features of 2012.

Security:

Spoofed RapidFax alert carries hard-to-detect Trojan – The spoofed “From” email address is reports@rapidfax.com, and the subject line contains variations of “RapidFax: New Inbound Fax”. The body of the email states that a fax has been received, and gives information on when it was received, how many pages it contains, etc. The file is actually a Trojan, and when the malicious spam campaign was first spotted, the malware was detected by only 2 of the 46 AV engines used by VirusTotal. That number has now risen to 24, but that’s still just a little over half.

Zeus Campaign Stole $47 Million from European Banks – Cyber-criminals looted an estimated €36 million, or $47 million, from about 30,000 European bank accounts earlier this summer before the operation was dismantled by European law enforcement.

Pentagon Deploying DARPA to Wage War on Backdoors – The speculation is rampant that certain manufacturers are installing backdoors in their own products or that foreign and criminal elements are exploiting weaknesses in the supply chain to compromise IT and networking equipment somewhere between vendors and their customers. The Pentagon is trying to find some way of guaranteeing that their hardware and software are secure, and so the Department of Defense is assigning its out-there research division, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to do just that.

Exploit kits, the biggest threat on the web, are being fed by whitehat security researchers – When security researchers make available proof of concept code to demonstrate vulnerabilities, are they actually supporting the malicious exploit kit authors?

80% of attacks are redirects from legitimate sites – Sophos released its Security Threat Report 2013, a detailed and interactive assessment of what’s happened in IT security for 2012 and what’s expected for 2013. While a large proportion of cybercrime continues to be opportunistic, Sophos believes that, in 2013, increased availability of malware testing platforms — some even providing criminals with money back guarantees – will make it more likely for malware to slip through traditional business security systems. As a result, we can expect to see an increase in the number of incidents where attackers have gained and sustained surreptitious access to corporate networks.

Small Medical Offices Biggest Risk to Patient Data Security, Privacy – Small physician practices, much like their small commercial business counterparts, have been the primary source of health care related data breaches, according to an analysis of breaches from 2009 to October 2012 released today by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST).

Company News:

RIM launches readiness program ahead of BlackBerry 10 release – In preparation for BlackBerry 10, RIM is now offering a bevy of services, tools and information for enterprise customers — including an offer to grab a new BlackBerry 10 device for network testing.

Instagram cuts more ties with Twitter – In the next phase of Instagram’s shift away from Twitter, the company has cut off integration with Twitter cards.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 beta now available – If your business lives and dies by its Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers, here’s your chance to get a quick peek at what’s coming next.

Foxtel wants UK-style block on piracy websites – Australia’s largest pay TV provider has called for parliament to follow the UK’s lead and give courts the power to block websites that have copyright infringing content.

Microsoft Awards Imagine Cup Grants to Jumpstart Student Startups That Address Social Issues – Students from around the world awarded cash and in-kind funding to support development of technology solutions to solve global problems.

Webopedia Daily:

Cloud Computing Accounting Software – In cloud computing, users access software applications remotely through the Internet or other network via a cloud application service provider. Using cloud computing accounting software frees the business from having to install and maintain software on individual desktop computers. It also allows employees in remote or branch offices to access the same data and the same version of the software. Most application providers typically charge based on usage – compared to site license fees associated with traditional accounting software deployments. Accounting data backup and disaster recovery is often a part of your cloud computing accounting software account.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Seven Productivity Myths, Debunked by Science (and Common Sense) – The end goal of “productivity” is to spend less time doing the things you have to do so you have more time for the things you want to do. Of course, if you follow every morsel of productivity advice out there, you probably spend more time moving papers and emails around than actually getting anything done. Need to simplify your routine? Let’s put an end to some common productivity tropes once and for all.

Nest Learning Thermostat Hits Retailers in Canada – Just in time for winter, the so-called “next-generation thermostat” is now available at retailers across Canada, including Lowe’s, Home Depot and Amazon.ca, Nest Labs announced this week. The $249 device connects to your home Wi-Fi network, letting you remotely control heating and cooling through your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It learns your schedule and temperature preferences, and can turn itself down when you’re away. Better yet, the company claims the forward-thinking device can cut 20 percent off a user’s heating and cooling bill.

U.S. now ‘totally unified’ in opposition of U.N. Internet governance – The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approves a resolution to oppose U.N. intent to govern and regulate the Internet at its WCIT-12 conference in Dubai.

App Revenue Dominated by 25 Developers, Mostly Games – Hoping to strike it rich with your app? Let’s hope you have the next Angry Birds on your hands, because according to new stats, approximately 50 percent of app store revenue is earned by just 25 developers. Canalys examined U.S. app revenue for the first 20 days of November and found that those 25 developers earned $60 million via app downloads and in-app payments. Everyone else is apparently fighting for app scraps.

Apple trader arrested in $1 billion wire fraud – A trader for Rochdale Securities has been arrested over allegations of fraudulent schemes relating to purchases of Apple stock.

1 in 4 highly social users in APAC share opinions online – Some 23 percent of the world’s most digitally savvy people, described to have “unusually high engagement” with social networks, live in Asia-Pacific and 44 percent of them read product reviews as part of their decision making.

Is Google too big for its own bots? – Is Google’s market dominance restricting consumer choice and closing out competitors? David Wood from ICOMP thinks so.

Today’s Quote:

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.”

-     Bertrand Russell

Today’s Free Downloads:

WinSpell 1.8 – WinSpell for Outlook, is an add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook that integrates WinSpell in to any window that displays webpages throughout Outlook. This, amongst other benefits, results in the ability to enable spell check in single line edit fields.

Prey 0.5.9 – Prey lets you keep track of your phone or laptop at all times, and will help you find it if it ever gets lost or stolen. It’s lightweight, open source software, and free for anyone to use. And it just works.

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