Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 9, 2012

5 Ways to Protect Data on Your Mobile Device – Take a preemptive strike against mobile data loss. These five steps will protect your data should your mobile device get lost or stolen.

All Your .COM Domains Are Belong to U.S., Government Says – Do you own a .com domain? If so, the U.S. government can seize it at any time. The same applies to .net, org. .biz, and other top-level domains (TLDs), and it doesn’t matter where you live. You could reside half way around the world. You could be hiding out in Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific ocean that you probably never heard of, and the U.S. government could still take control of your .com website.

3 ways to disable personal results in Google – If you’re tired of Google showing you personalized results instead of true search results, try one of the following three methods.

Givit Enables Private Video Sharing – Givit is an iOS and Android app that lets you store and privately share videos with anyone who has access to email and a browser. It solves an obvious gap in the video-sharing market. YouTube is great for sharing videos with the world, but its private sharing options are cumbersome, and Skype works only for real-time video conversations.

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8 Must-Install Apps From the Windows 8 Store – While we’d normally use this space to feature all the various third-party apps you should install on your brand-new operating system to make it more useful, more awesome, and more beautiful, it only makes sense that we instead turn our Eye of Sauron to Metro. Specifically, programs you can pick up right now, within Microsoft’s store, that install directly into Windows 8 like apps onto a smartphone.

Free Tool Restores Start Button to Windows 8 – A company known for software that customizes Windows has released a free tool that restores the Start button to Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The free tool reinstates the Start button and the ensuing Start menu to the Windows 8 desktop.

Scareware hides files and folders, offers fix for $80 – BitDefender researchers have recently come across a nasty piece of scareware that tricks victims into believing that all their files and folders have disappeared due to hard disk issues and urges them to buy a disk repair utility that will solve the problem for a price of $80.

Adult Site DigitalPlayground.com Hacked: Credit Card Info on 40K Exposed – The adult Web site DigitalPlayground.com was hacked. A group calling itself TheConsortium has claimed credit for the attack, saying it stole credit card information on 40,000 paying customers and even listened in on a company conference call.

Demonstrators targeted with destructive malware – A spam campaign carrying an unusual payload has been recently spotted targeting Russian users that are not satisfied with Vladimir Putin becoming once again the President of the country.

The Big Guide: 20 Windows 8 Tips and Tricks – We’ve gotten our arms full of data and dust in our attempts to unearth some of the more noteworthy features of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. And the following list of twenty awesome items represents the must-do tweaks and must-check-out, new features of Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Company News:

Intel Doubles Down on 10 Gig Ethernet with X540 Controller – The E5 includes a new Intel Data Direct I/O system which will help to accelerate networking. The other networking component is a new 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) LAN On Motherboard (LOM) capability with the Intel X540 controller that provides an integrated 10Gbase-T solution. All together, Intel is aiming to lower the cost of 10 gigabit networking while accelerating overall networking performance.

Mozilla Firefox 13 Set to Improve Security with ASLR – Add-ons have long been the weakest link in the chain of Firefox security. In Firefox 13, Mozilla is to close the gap a little tighter by forcing add-ons to do something they should have been doing all along: Implement ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization).

IBM Moves 1Tbps of Data on an Optical Chip – IBM researchers have developed a prototype optical chip that can transfer data at 1Tbps (terabit per second), the equivalent of downloading 500 high-definition movies, using light pulses, the company said Thursday.

The Story Behind Apple’s Alleged E-book Price Fixing – The Justice Department is warning Apple and its publisher partners they may have to answer for their pricing model, which left consumers with higher price tags and lukewarm competition.

Webopedia Daily:

Ferrofluid – A fluid in which fine particles of iron, magnetite or cobalt are suspended, typically in an oil. A ferrofluid is superparamagnetic and can create liquid seals held in position by magnetic fields. One application of ferrofluids is to keep dust off of the drive shafts of magnetic disk drives. Ferrofluids were invented by NASA as a way to control the flow of liquid fuels in space.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Warner Bros. Embarrasses Self, Everyone, With New “Disc-to-Digital” Program – The head of Warner Home Entertainment Group thinks that an easy, safe way to convert movies you already own on DVD to other digital formats is to take your DVDs, find a store that will perform this service, drive to that store, find the clerk who knows how to perform the service, hope that the “DVD conversion machine” is not broken, stand there like a chump while the clerk “safely” converts your movie to a digital file that may only play on studio-approved devices, drive home, and hope everything worked out. Oh, and the good news is that you would only need to pay a reasonable (per-DVD?) price for this pleasure. (recommended by Michael F.)

Mystery of Duqu Deepens As Researchers Ponder Unknown Programming Language – Segments of code within the mysterious information stealing trojan, Duqu, seem to have been written in an unknown programming language according to a new report from Securelist.

Inside James Cameron’s High Tech Submarine – Forget the Titanic, now director James Cameron wants to explore the Mariana trench–some 36,000 feet under the ocean. And of course, just going there isn’t enough. He is a filmmaker after all, so if it isn’t captured on video, there is no point in going. ExtremeTech has a deep dive into Cameron’s deep sea submarine.

It’s a twister – and other amazing photos from Mars – The phenomenon of dust devils on the Martian surface has been known for year but the best image of one was recently taken by NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Today’s Quote:

“The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.”

–     Thomas Jefferson

Today’s Free Downloads:

LibreOffice Productivity Suite 3.5.1 RC2 – LibreOffice was developed to be a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms. It is free software and therefore free to download, use and distribute. Beta test the next version.

Seesmic Desktop – If you’re a social networker who’s really, really social, you’ll appreciate Seesmic Desktop 2. This social media manager offers support for more than 90 services, including everything from the basics like Facebook and Twitter to lesser-known offerings like Yammer and Stocktwits.

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