Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 16, 2010

Sexy Malware Bound for Smartphones – “Mobile phones are a huge source of vulnerability,” Gordon Snow, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Division, told the Wall Street Journal. “We are definitely seeing an increase in criminal activity.” Snow also told WSJ that the FBI’s Cyber Division is working on cases based on tips about malicious apps that can compromise banking or be used for espionage.

Warning: Fake LinkedIn E-Mail Could Infect Your PC – A new spate of e-junk that masquerades as a message from a colleague is on the rise. In a 24 hour period I’ve received more than 20 variations this piece of e-junk, almost all of which slipped past my spam filter.

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Edit and Organize Your Photos for Free With Picasa – Here’s how Picasa stacks up against Windows Live Photo Gallery as a free way to edit and store your photos.

21 Ways to Shoot Better Photographs – Do you want to sharpen your creative picture taking instincts? Do you want to combine new ideas with your current projects and techniques? These techniques will be better executed with digital cameras and meant as some direction or guidelines to taking ‘better‘ pictures.”

What Is HTML 5? – Someday soon if your web pages are not coded in HTML 5, Google will begin to penalize you for it. The Google home page is already written in HTML 5. The newest versions of most modern web browsers like Google’s Chrome browser, Opera, Apple’s Safari browser and Firefox already support most of what’s new and exciting in HTML5.

Suit alleges Disney, other top sites spied on users – The parents of a group of minors alleges that Clearspring Technologies and a host of its affiliates used “Flash cookies” to spy on consumers.

Company News:

Google To Acquire Like.com – Google is now in the final stages of acquiring Like.com, we’ve heard from multiple sources, for something north of $100 million.

Google buys virtual-currency start-up – Google has purchased a virtual-currency software company called Jambool, adding to recent acquisitions to it social-networking stable.

LogMeIn Pro2 Lets You Control Your PC–and Printer, and File Transfers—Remotely – Do you need full access to a work computer when you’re away from it–controlling it as if you were at its keyboard, printing to its printer, transferring files to and from it, and so on? Then you’ll want to try LogMeIn Pro2 ($70/year, 30-day free trial), an excellent way to remotely control your PC.

Apple supply manager arrested for money laundering, fraud – Ever wonder why — after years of secrecy — camera-ready iPod cases began rolling out? The answer could possibly be Apple supply manager Paul Shin.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The State of the E-Textbook – Students have not yet ditched heavy textbooks, but the options for getting course materials digitally are growing.

Brutal video of police released in Denver, officials clash – Denver officials are deeply divided over the proper level of punishment for a police officer who was seen on video tackling and beating a 23-year-old man who was doing nothing but talking on a telephone outside a LoDo nightclub.

The Dangers of Calcium Supplementation – On July 29th the British Medical Journal published the results of a large meta-analysis online. The report, based on the results of 5 clinical trials conducted in the US, Britain and New Zealand and involving over 8,000 people, indicated that taking calcium supplements of 500mg or higher (without coadministered vitamin D and in its elemental form) may increase the risk of heart attack by 30%. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“I’ve learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper; the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.”

–    Andy Rooney

Today’s Free Downloads:

Ninite Install All Your Favorite Freeware in One Fell Swoop – Free tool Ninite lets you pick and choose the software you want, then installs it all.

Encrypt Stick Free – This feature-laden security utility runs from a flash drive and installs no software on your PC.

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