Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 17, 2011

Lifehacker: The Best Web Browser for Windows – The battle for best browser on Windows is especially close, but we have to pick Google Chrome for its speed, extensibility, and awesome syncing features.

Keep Your Wi-Fi Secure, Quick Windows Tips – Learn how to keep your wi-fi network safe from the neighbors, switch quickly between windows, and use a shortcut to get fast access to folders.

It’s Just Firefox, Thank You – Changes are in store for Mozilla’s beloved browser. First, the company is moving to a Chrome-like release schedule (about every six weeks). And second, it’s ditching version numbers. Find out why.

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Microsoft Opens Up About Windows 8 – If you’re dying for more Windows 8 news then you’ll want to bookmark Microsoft’s brand new blog, Building Windows 8 where the software giant plans to start dishing on the next iteration of its OS. Microsoft says it will use the new blog to talk about forthcoming features, user interface decisions, engineering and other Windows 8-related news.

Firefox 6 is Better, Barely – Firefox remains a lean, fast, customizable browser that can hold its own against any competitor, especially with its graphics hardware acceleration. The version number bump doesn’t mean what it used to though, with no major user feature adds from version 5 to 6.

Microsoft Takes on Rogue Diagnostic Software – A variation on the old rogue antivirus threat, FakeSysdef pretends to be a diagnostic program which finds hardware errors. You must cough up real money for the module that fixes the fake problem.

11 Security Tips For Online Social Networking – Many attacks against our privacy and computers are committed through social networking sites. We need to be very careful when using them. Here are some good rules of thumb.

Fraudster broke into bank accounts by using Facebook info – 33 year old Iain Wood targeted his friends and neighbors living in his apartment block on City Road in Newcastle’s East End, since he could intercept their mail. He would befriend his targets online, on Facebook and Friends Reunited, and would try to use the information he found out as passwords for accessing their bank accounts.

Linux snickers at Microsoft’s victory declaration – Who is Microsoft fooling? Other than on the desktop, Linux is eating its lunch, and it’s only going to get worse for Microsoft.

Company News:

Malwarebytes: Not Just another Antivirus – Malwarebytes is the product tech support leans on when antivirus solutions fail. The company’s principals are proud of its zero- day threat handling and want to see other products tested against zero-day threats.

Companies Gobbled by Google in 2011 – Motorola might be the biggest of Google’s acquisitions, but it’s just one of many this year. The $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility acquisition is a canny one, with the price nearly invaluable for Google. Why? Consider Motorola’s massive patent rights. This could prove priceless to Google, which has faced patent disputes from rivals ever since it entered the mobile OS business.

Adobe Delivers Beta of Muse Website Creation Tool – Adobe is releasing a public beta of its Muse software, which enables graphic designers to design and publish professional-quality HTML Websites without writing code or working within restrictive templates. Muse leverages Web standards like HTML5 and CSS3 and combines design and creative freedom with frameworks for adding navigation, widgets and HTML.

RIM: Signs of rebound brewing? – Surprise! Google’s Motorola Mobility purchase and new products make RIM look much better than it did just a week ago.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Your name as a Google AdWord – It used to be that advertisers were forbidden from using proper names as Google AdWords, but not anymore. Forbes writer Kashmir Hill discovered that while searching her own name on Google, a couple of ads using it as an ad word popped up on the right of the search results. One of them was for a background check company.

When Facebook Gets Creepy – Facebook’s frequent policy changes and shifting site alliances can lead to user confusion, resulting in users sharing more information than they realize. We take a look at some of the social network’s more questionable features.

Age of Empires Meets the Internet – Being able to play a game as elaborate and detailed as Age of Empires Online for free is tantalizing, and novice gamers especially will find a lot to enjoy in it. But if you want a really in-depth experience, money and patience will be required.

Lessons from Amazon Cloud Lightning Strike Outage – Amazon lost both its primary and backup power in a single lightning strike. What can Amazon, and customers of Amazon’s cloud server and data storage services learn from the Dublin data center incident?

Today’s Quote:

Everyone Is a Genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”

–    Albert Einstein

Today’s Free Downloads:

Ccleaner – Want to clean and optimize your PC? You’ve probably heard of CCleaner, arguably the world’s most popular tool for doing the job. It clears out temporary files, cleans the Windows Registry, erases browser histories, and so on.

Sysinternals Suite –  The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files.

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