Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 30, 2009

5 Must Have Google Chrome Extensions – While Google hasn’t officially released their own repository to download extensions yet (although you can officially submit them here), third-party sites such as Chrome Extensions have a large repository of extensions ready for you to download.

The Best Smartphones on Every Carrier (Full List) – For the first time ever, every major carrier in the US actually has smartphones worth buying, meaning you don’t have to break up to get a good phone. Here’s the best phones on each one, along with the best deals.

New Exploit Masquerades As Flash Player Upgrade – Phishing campaign has hit more than 3.5 million mailboxes, researchers say.

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Windows 7 Sales Beat Mac OS X Market Share Microsoft’s newest OS entry jumps ahead of the Mac’s market numbers, one tracking firm reports.

Cyber Monday Deals Are Go! – Missed the Black Friday rush, or nothing really catch your eye? You might still be in luck. Cyber Monday is when online retailers are supposed to shine. Here’s a list of big-brand deal pages that just went live.

The Futuristic Design of the Notebook Computer – Recently a friend and lifelong schoolmate of mine pointed me to this video which very well could be the futuristic design of notebook PC’s; called a Rolltop.

Torrent Giant Mininova Forced to Go Legit – Mininova, one of the largest peer-to-peer file-sharing sites next to The Pirate Bay, has now removed most of its links to copyrighted content.

Proper use of English could get a virus past security – Hackers could evade most existing antivirus protection by hiding malicious code within ordinary text, according to security researchers.

Cloud wars: Winner-take-all? – The first round of the cloud wars is taking shape. Companies are choosing sides to pick up partners that have needed weapons. But what about the vendors? And standards?

Off Topic:

How to Buy a Camcorder: Video – Whether you want shots of your new baby or to be the next Stanley Kubrick, there’s a digital camcorder out there for you.

How to Buy a Flat-Screen TV: Video – Our video buying guide tells you what to look for when shopping.

How to Remove Your Most Embarrassing Moments from Google – You can’t get Google to stop crawling the internet, but you do have some control what content it can see. Here’s a guide to making sure Google searches for your name show only your classy side.

How to Optimize BitTorrent To Outwit Traffic Shaping ISPs – These days, nothing worries an internet service provider more than peer-to-peer file trading. Depending on where you live, P2P can account for between 50 and 75% of broadband internet traffic. We mostly have the popularity of BitTorrent to thank for this crazy amount of data going to and fro.

How To Get On Digg – People often ask, “how can I get my story onto the front page?” We do now have data, as to what title words are the most popular, among the stories that made the front page.

Today’s Quote:

“When you’re one step ahead of the crowd you’re a genius. When you’re two steps ahead, you’re a crackpot.”

–     Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Today’s Free Downloads:

WindowsPager – Virtual desktops help you keep open programs organized by putting each one into a separate virtual space. You can have your Web browser and e-mail in one desktop, and then switch to another that holds your word processing windows, for instance. WindowsPager provides four such virtual desktops.

Windows Live Sync – Want to synchronize your laptop with more than one other desktop or laptop–without spending a dime? Then give the free Windows Live Sync a try. With it, you’ll be able to synch folders between as many computers as you want, and won’t have to pay a penny for it.

Hotspot Shield – Feeling safe when you connect to a hot spot at cafe, airport, or some other public location? You shouldn’t. There are plenty of potential dangers lurking there, including nearby hackers who may try to sniff your packets, or figure out other ways to snoop at what you’re doing online. Particularly dangerous is if you visit any Web sites and type in your user name and password–they could be hijacked.

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