Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 1, 2011

A Complete Guide to 39 Google Apps and Services – If it’s true that Google is set to take over the world, we should probably all get to know our online overlord a little better. After all, the Mountain View giant moves more than 65 percent of the world’s search traffic, and dominates the rest of the web with a broad swath of free services. Since it’s almost impossible to get through a day on the Internet without crossing Google’s path, we’ve created this comprehensive guide to all things G. (submitted by Michael F.)

Learn All of Ubuntu 11.04’s Keyboard Shortcuts with This Handy Wallpaper – The Unity-powered Ubuntu 11.04 is finally out, and with it comes a slew of new keyboard shortcuts for the new interface. They can seem a bit overwhelming at first, so spend a few days getting acclimated with this wallpaper-formatted shortcut list.

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Alternative Antivirus Vendors – Sure, big security vendors like Symantec and McAfee may have name recognition and huge channel programs to back their product. But as with any large vendor, those benefits come with baggage–bureaucracy, a lack of differentiation from hundreds of other channel partners and sometimes lower margins. Here’s a look at some alternatives to those big guys.

Lifehacker: Top 10 Things You Can Get for Free or Cheap – Everyone likes saving money, and while sometimes you “get what you pay for”, there are a few great things that you can snag for free with just a little ingenuity. Here are our ten favorite expensive things you can get out of paying for.

The Small Business Espionage Threat – Think your small business customers are too small to be of interest to international spies looking to steal trade secrets and intellectual property? Think again. Corporate espionage is a real threat. Here’s how you can help.

Amazon Web Services Outage Sparks Debate About the Cloud – Five full days after its largest outage hit on the morning of April 21, Amazon Web Services said it finally has restored virtually all services to its customers. However, there still are a lot of smoldering IT managers who haven’t yet cooled off completely from the outage that started at 1:41 a.m. PDT April 21 at the AWS data center in Northern Virginia.

Coreflood Takedown Raises Questions About Offensive Actions Against Botnets – For just about as long as there have been botnets, there’s been an ongoing discussion in the security and law-enforcement communities about the legality and ethics of taking proactive steps to disrupt the botnets’ operations and even to remove the bots from infected machines. Until very recently, those discussions have been theoretical, but now the government has asked a court for permission to clean millions of Coreflood bot-infected PCs, moving the questions from the realm of “what if” to “now what.”

Company News:

Google faces $50 million lawsuit over Android location tracking – After the highly public revealation last week that smartphones collect and share location data about users, two Detroit-area residents are suing Google for $50 million. They claim Google’s collection and use of location data far exceeds the disclosure to end users, and could be used by stalkers or other unsavory third parties.

Microsoft’s Windows InTune: This could be big – John Joyner offers a detailed look at Windows Intune, a cloud-based PC management product that could be a big hit for SMBs that need help with managing updates and anti-malware protection.

Google Changes Pricing for Google Apps – Five years after the launch of Google Apps, the company is offering a flexible pricing plan designed to help small and midsize businesses. For customers who sign up online, Google is adding the Flexible Plan, a new $5 per user, per month pricing option which requires no contractual commitment.

Off Topic (Sort of):

What’s the relationship: CPU clockspeed and performance? – The relationship between clockspeed and performance isn’t nearly as straightforward as it used to seem—not that it ever was all that simple. To understand why different CPUs at different clockspeeds perform in different ways, we’ll first look at how the CPU processes instructions.

Deferments Helped Trump Dodge Vietnam – Despite Donald Trump’s claim this week that he avoided serving in the Vietnam War solely due to a high draft number, Selective Service records show that the purported presidential aspirant actually received a series of student deferments while in college and then topped those off with a medical deferment after graduation that helped spare him from fighting for his country, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Want to increase your IQ? Get motivated – Motivation may play a much larger role in IQ scores and life events than previously thought. A new study in PNAS suggests that motivation is very important in IQ scores, and may actually be the driving factor in some of these associations.

DoJ Audit: FBI Doing a Poor Job with Cyber Investigations – A U.S. Department of Justice audit of the FBI’s ability to investigate cyber intrusions concluded that the agency is not doing an adequate job. The audit, which reviewed 36 field agents in 10 FBI offices across the country found that the agency’s cyber investigations are hampered by difficulties coordinating with different partner agencies and by a lack of experience in networking, forensic and counter intelligence to investigate incidents of national importance. Thirteen percent of the agents admitted to being unqualified to do their jobs.

Today’s Quote:

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.”

–   William Arthur Ward

Today’s Free Downloads:

jGnash 2.5.1 – jGnash is a free personal finance manager with many of the same features as commercially-available software. It was created in order to make tracking your personal finances easy, but also provides the functionality required by advanced users.

Norman Malware Cleaner – Norman Malware Cleaner is a Norman program utility that may be used to detect and remove specific malicious software (malware). It should not be used as a substitute for running normal antivirus protection, but rather as a reactive tool to handle systems that are already infected.

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