Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 22, 2009

CNET Cheapskate Tech Deal Alert: Five Black Friday deals you shouldn’t miss – Have fun storming the brick-and-mortar castles! Actually, only two of these deals require you to leave the house. The others are clothing-optional.

Fake Facebook uncovered, reports PandaLabs – PandaLabs, the malware analysis and detection laboratory at Panda Security, has encountered a spoof Facebook page designed to steal passwords from users of this social network. You can find images of the process here.

Inside The Google Chrome OS Security Model Google plans to use a combination of system hardening, process isolation, verified boot, secure auto-update and encryption to thwart malicious hackers from planting malware on its new Google Chrome OS.

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Twilight ‘New Moon’ fans targeted for scareware and viruses – Twilight fans beware. A viral marketing campaign designed to exploit your anticipation over the New Moon movie may look like normal free media you’ve come to expect on the Internet.

Low-Cost Tools to Kickstart Your New Business – Whether by choice or circumstance, you’re suddenly self-employed during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. But these or low-cost, or free, online tools and services can alleviate some of the financial pressure and make running your business easier.

11 Things You Need to Know About Google’s Chrome OS – The world’s number one search provider has opened its operating system project up to the world. Here’s what it’s all about.

Macintosh Spy Software Hits The Market: AceSpy monitor everything an employee does on the computer and Internet – Using this new spy technology, users can silently monitor everything their child or employee does on the computer and Internet. AceSpy Mac brings to OS X the same technology used by AceSpy for Windows for over six years.

Britain’s new Internet law, as bad as everyone’s been saying, and worse. Much, much worse – The British government has brought down its long-awaited Digital Economy Bill, and it’s perfectly useless and terrible. It consists almost entirely of penalties for people who do things that upset the entertainment industry ….

Off Topic:

Apple Denying Support to Smokers? – The Consumerist is reporting that two Mac users were denied AppleCare coverage because the owners were smokers. Not because the computers were damaged by second hand smoke, but because of OSHA regulations.

Earth’s Weather Like You Have Never Seen It Before – This video shows Earth’s weather from August 17 to August 26, 2009. It also shows how beautiful this planet is, and how insignificant we are. It was created at a 7-kilometer resolution with NASA’s GEOS-5 atmospheric general circulation model.

Is Owning a Computer Shortening Your Lifespan? – I was recently thinking about the entire ownership process of the computer; from the time of shopping around for a PC to the time of disposing of the PC, and arrived at the conclusion that owning a computer can actually be a stressful experience that ultimately may be affecting our health and may be shortening our lifespan.

How To Hack A Brazilian Power Company – The recent “60 Minutes” story claiming hackers had caused power outages in Brazil was (likely) bogus, but that doesn’t mean hackers can’t do this. The story got widespread coverage in the Brazilian press, which meant hackers there were suddenly interested in the subject.

Today’s Quote:

“The trouble with normal is it always gets worse”.

–   Bruce Cockburn

Today’s Free Downloads:

Microsoft Office 2010 beta – Outlook is the cornerstone of many companies’ communications and daily schedules, and as such received a lot of enhancements in Office 2010.

Google Earth 5.1 – The latest version of Google Earth continues to set the mapping paradigm. Accessible enough for casual users, Google has added features that make it a necessity for those whose topographic desires are more serious. Although Google Ocean is the big newsmaker in version 5, you can also check out the surface of our nearest neighbor, Mars, as well as incorporating historical Earth maps.

Advanced SystemCare Free 3.4 – This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. The interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which makes it easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it automatically runs on start-up) and doesn’t confuse you with multiple steps.

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