Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 26, 2010

CNET: Windows Starter Kit – The Windows Starter Kit is a collection of some of the best and most essential freeware to get your new PC going. From browsers to productivity to utilities, we cover all the bases.

Top scams and protection tips – Criminals are always preparing for the next major event from which to hitch a ride and launch an attack in an effort to dupe us into believing their lies. What is it about these attacks that manage to fool so many people and what can we do to protect ourselves?

The Best (and Worst) PC Movie and TV Services – We evaluate eight ways to turn your computer into an on-demand video entertainment center, including Amazon, Clicker, Hulu, iTunes, and more.

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How do I add drive icons to either the Taskbar or the Quick Launch Bar in Windows 7? – Jack Wallen explains how to add a shortcut to a specific system drive to the Quick Launch Bar in Microsoft Windows 7, making access just a click away.

Facebook scam: “I may never text again after reading this” – Sophos is warning Facebook users about a new scam that is spreading quickly across the social network claiming to be a link to an article. Despite similar scams over the past month, including one involving a fake “Dislike” button, over 200,000 Facebook users have already “liked” the rogue page.

Lifehacker: Nine Great Uses for Private Browsing that Don’t Involve Porn – Call it what you like—private browsing mode, Incognito mode—most people still just consider private browsing features in web browsers “porn mode”. But your private browsing feature is useful for a whole lot more than covering porn habits.

Worried About ID Theft? Join the Club – Two-thirds of Americans fret about online security but it doesn’t stop them from catching viruses or convince them to install firewalls.

ExtremeTech Overclocking Guide 2010 – By cranking up the speeds on your computer’s CPU, memory, and video card, your free lunch not only includes a sandwich, but Kool-Aid and pudding as well! Overclocking can boost your computer’s performance significantly, and if you’re careful not to push your equipment too far, the only cost is your time.

The dramatic increase of vulnerability disclosures – Vulnerability disclosures are increasing dramatically, having reached record levels for the first half of 2010, according to the IBM X-Force 2010 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report released today.

Nearly 3 million undetected “Hot Video” pages pushing fake AV – We’ve seen many fake YouTube pages redirecting to fake antivirus software downloads in the past. However, we’re now seeing this same phenomenon with a new twist: Google has indexed nearly 3 million “Hot Video” pages – all pushing fake AV.

Company News:

Novell releases Cloud Security Service – Novell announced the general availability of their Cloud Security Service which gives cloud providers the ability to deliver secure access and compliance in the cloud for their customers.

BlackBerry Maker RIM Purchases Cellmania – Research In Motion Aug. 24 made its latest move in a game of strategy to stay alive in the North American mobile marketplace and to prevent Apple iPhones and Android-running smartphones from capturing more of its market share.

Microsoft Wields Banhammer Against Halo: Reach Pirates – Did you download a pirated copy of Halo: Reach? Play it on your Xbox LIVE-connected Xbox 360? Then you won’t be surprised to discover your LIVE account’s probably been perma-banned by the powers that be. Word this morning from MaxConsole is that Microsoft’s permanently suspending the Xbox LIVE accounts of anyone caught playing the game.

Google Brings Voice to Gmail With Free Calls – Google begins pushing Google Voice harder to users by integrating it with Gmail – the company’s popular Web-based e-mail service.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Licensed to Blog – Apparently the city of Philadelphia wants local bloggers to play $300.00 for a small business license because they’re making money off the ads on their blog. One of the bloggers had even made $11.00 in profit over the course of two years. (CNN Money Report). Talk about squeezing blood from a stone.

Morality is modified in the lab: How complex is our sense of morality? – Scientists have shown they can change people’s moral judgments by disrupting a specific area of the brain with magnetic pulses. (submitted by Dar)

New Solar System Discovered – European astronomers on Tuesday said they had found a distant star orbited by at least five planets in the biggest discovery of so-called exoplanets since the first was logged 15 years ago. One of the planets is nearly the mass of Earth.

Mean Girls Admit They Sexually Abused Dementia Patients – Six high school friends from Albert Lea, Minnesota, all found jobs at the Good Samaritan nursing home caring for patients with dementia. While nursing home work can be a painful experience in witnessing the final throes of life, the six girls were bored with the job. So they decided to liven it up by sexually abusing the patients.

Today’s Quote:

“A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes she’s a tramp.”

–   Joan Rivers

Today’s Free Downloads:

Giveaway of the Day: Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 Advanced – Ashampoo Burning Studio users are unusually loyal, with good reason – this program’s speed, simplicity and efficiency are simply unbeatable. Over the years the Ashampoo programmers have turned the program into a full suite that can handle all your data, audio and video burning, without sacrificing its famous ease of use. The program is available for $29.99, but it will be free for our visitors as a time-limited offer.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Free – Scanning your hard drive with the free Anti-Malware every week or so adds another layer of protection to your antivirus regime, finding whatever your main program missed. It’s like going to another doctor for a second opinion.

VirusTotal Uploader – scans any file you send it with 40-odd different antivirus scanners–for free. VirusTotal Uploader lets you quickly upload a file to the Web site by right clicking it, then selecting Send To and VirusTotal.

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