Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 27, 2009

AT&T calls Google a hypocrite on Net neutrality – AT&T is accusing Google of being a hypocrite when it comes to Net neutrality because it blocks certain phone calls on its Google Voice service.

Ants vs. worms: New computer security mimics nature – In the never-ending battle to protect computer networks from intruders, security experts are deploying a new defense modeled after one of nature’s hardiest creatures — the ant.

Intel Developing TV-Internet Convergence System On A Chip – Intel has a product development framework for TV-centric applications (widgets). The Widget Channel Technology Brief defines widgets as: “small Internet applications designed to enhance the the traditional TV watching experience and bring content, information and community features available on the Internet within easy reach.

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Viagra spam brings bulging returns of more than $4,000/day – A peek into the world of spam affiliate networks has revealed that there is indeed a lot of money to be made by pushing all those Viagra and Cialis e-mails. Even if only a few people make purchases, it’s enough to make spamming worthwhile and guarantee that the rest of our inboxes will remain crowded.

Free software is dead. Long live open source – One of the most inspiring things I’ve witnessed in my 10-plus years in open source is its gradual embrace of pragmatism. By “pragmatism” I don’t mean “capitulation,” whereby open source comes to look more like the proprietary world it has sought to displace. Rather, I would suggest that the more open source has gone mainstream the more it has learned to make compromises, compromises that make it stronger, not weaker.

Google adds anchor links to search results – Web pages have long included anchor links, which, when clicked, send you to a specific section of the page. Wikipedia uses them heavily to help users jump between headings and navigate the sometimes large articles more efficiently. Google has announced that it is now including these anchor links in search results. This is right in line with Google’s mission of helping users to find the information that they are looking for as quickly and accurately as possible.

Apple OKs first porn star apps for the iPhone – Apple has approved the first two iPhone apps dedicated to the careers of popular (or, ahem, so we’re told) porn stars. Developed by GrindHouse Mobile and the stars, the two apps mark the first time that Apple has allowed the porn industry into the store in such an obvious way.

Pranksters Sued for … Fake Facebook Profile! – A mother and her teenage son are suing four other minors for setting up a fake Facebook profile of the son with racist and sexual statements.

Off Topic:

Virtual cop to run identity parades – A MAJOR cause of miscarriages of justice could be avoided if computers, rather than detectives, guided witnesses through the identification of suspects. That’s according to Brent Daugherty at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and colleagues, who say that too often officers influence witnesses’ choices.

Pirate Party Canada Starts a BitTorrent Tracker – Canada has had its very own Pirate Party for a few months now. The party is currently trying to get federal approval, a goal that should be achieved in the coming week. In the meantime the party’s members haven’t been sitting still and today sees the launch of their very own BitTorrent tracker.

21 Ways To Get Something For Nothing – It has been said that the best things in life are free — and we couldn’t agree more. That’s why we’ve come up with these primo goods and services that don’t cost a dime. Go ahead. Embrace your inner tightwad.

STUDY: Time Spent on Social Networks Has Tripled – Social networking usage by Americans continues to soar. According to a new report from The Nielsen Company, Americans spent 17% of all their Internet time using social networking sites. This was nearly triple the time spent a year ago.

1993 AT&T Ads About the Future Scary Accurate – Narrated by Tom Selleck, and directed by Fight Club’s David Fincher, the ads began in 1993 and were (mostly) remarkably accurate, predicting: E-Books, in-car GPS, tablet PCs, E-ZPass, video conferencing, and video on demand.

Today’s Quote:

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

Sir Winston Churchill

Today’s Free Downloads:

Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus – Consistently at or near the top of independent efficacy testers, Avira’s AntiVir remains one of the best freeware security solutions around. Its scans are flexible, allowing the user to fully scan both internal and external hard drives, run a preloaded scan–for rootkits, for example–or customize a scan.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.41 – Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a surprisingly effective freeware antimalware tool. It’s a relatively speedy malware remover, with the quick scan taking about 8 minutes even with other high-resource programs running. The heuristics engine proved on multiple computers during empirical testing that it was capable of determining the difference between false positives and dangerous apps.

WinRAR (32-bit) 3.90 – There are plenty of solid compression utilities to choose from, but this shareware powerhouse offers the features and ease of use that place it at the top of the compression category. WinRAR is easy to use, lightweight, and flexible.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 27, 2009

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  3. Google adds anchor links to search results –

    Hey Bill,
    Wouldn’t this open the Net to more malware attacks?

  4. dalena johnson

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