Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 21, 2011

Google’s Search Engine Now Sniffs Out Malware – Google’s search engine is now fighting against a strain of malware that secretly intercepts Web browser activity on Windows PCs. Infected users will see a big yellow box at the top of search results, directing them to a Google Web page that explains how to remove the malware. That page urges users to download or update their antivirus software, and also provides manual instructions for removing the malware from Windows computers. (To see if you’re infected, run any search on and look for the yellow box.)

Recover a Stolen Laptop with Free LockItTight – Laptops get stolen every day. If you want to increase the chances of recovering yours without paying a monthly service charge, this service can help.

How to Get Spotify Free Without an Invite – Spotify just launched in the US, but if you want an account now, you either need an invite or have to start paying for the service. Fortunately, if you want to skip the queue and get a free account right now there’s a pretty simple loophole.

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Microsoft Research Team Reports Bugs in Facebook, Google Picasa – Microsoft’s Vulnerability Research team is keeping itself busy finding bugs in other vendors’ products, with the two latest being a vulnerability in Google’s Picasa photo editing and sharing application and a bug in Facebook that could lead to the compromise of a victim’s account.

Cammster Uses Your Browser and Webcam For Motion-Sensitive Home Security – The service accesses your webcam through your browser, and if it detects motion it will email you with a link to the images it’s taken and stored so you can see them.

DDoS bot masquerades as Java update – An especially virulent Trojan variant with DDoS capabilities has been spotted masquerading as a regular Java update and is being served both from legitimate and malicious sites, says BitDefender’s Loredana Botezatu.

Enhanced phishing methods on the rise – There’s been an increase in targeted and combined email-based threats, a new twist in phishing attacks, and an escalation in social engineering scams through popular social networking sites, according to M86 Security.

How to Fix Your Wireless Internet Connection Problems – Wireless router problems got you down? Here are some common router problems and how to fix them.

Company News:

Google and M-Lab giving away free, diagnostic BISMark routers – After two years of software-based internet connection analysis tools, Measurement Lab is taking it to the next level: routers with built-in diagnostic software.

Senator Slams AT&T/T-Mobile Deal, Asks Agencies to Block It – The Senate’s top antitrust lawmaker on Wednesday slammed the pending merger of AT&T and T-Mobile and recommended that federal agencies block thedeal.

Microsoft delivers early build of Windows Azure toolkit for social-game developers – Microsoft took a step to make it easier for social gamers to target Azure by releasing an alpha version of a Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games.

Cisco’s Big Reorg – Cisco pulled the trigger on job cuts with the announcement of the elimination of 6,500 positions, including about 2,100 employees who agreed to early retirement. Cisco also sold a Mexico-based set-top-box manufacturing facility which employs 5,000 people to Foxconn.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The keyboard and mouse combo maintain superiority for now – On June 17, 2011, we asked: Are you looking forward to a day when the standard way to interact with a computer does not involve a keyboard or a mouse? The answer, in a word, was no.

The fanless spinning heatsink: your questions answered by the inventor – You had a lot of questions about the Air Bearing Heat Exchanger– and the inventor Jeff Koplow has sent us the answers

Apple news of the weird: Knock-offs in China – We’re used to the spam touting cheap knock-offs of hot tech products purporting to be the real thing — but an entire fake Apple store?

Save a Dying Video Card with a Quick Bake in the Oven – If you’ve booted up your computer only to find red lines and other graphics issues, you might be able to save that graphics card by putting it in the oven.

Today’s Quote:

My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them.”

–    Penn Jillette

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