Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 28, 2012

The Best Free Stuff of 2012: Alphabetical List – Here’s the complete list of all 59 programs, mobile apps, and Web services in our 17th annual roundup of the best free stuff available online.

First Look at Ubuntu Linux 12.04 “Precise Pangolin” – This release is another “Long Term Support” release, meaning Canonical will support it for longer than other versions—five years, to be exact. It also usually means lots of new features, though this time around it seems to be more polish than anything—though the HUD alone is reason enough to upgrade. Here’s a look at everything that’s new.

Building a budget PC for under $360 – Many of the build-your-own systems that I cover here on Hardware 2.0 are high-end gaming systems or systems designed specifically for a certain tasks, such as running Photoshop. However, not all build-your-own systems have to cost a fistful of dollars. It’s possible to put together a great value PC without having to break the bank.

Survey Finds Secure Sites Not So Secure – A new project that was setup to monitor the quality and strength of the SSL implementations on top sites across the Internet found that 75 percent of them are vulnerable to the BEAST SSL attack and that just 10 percent of the sites surveyed should be considered secure.

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Free Ray-Bans and TOMS shoes scams hit Facebook – Have you seen a message on Facebook saying that free pairs of Ray-Bans or TOMS shoes are being given away to users? Don’t believe it.

Add a Facebook status bar to every page in Chrome – Feeling addicted to Facebook? Here’s yet another way to keep an eye on posts and notifications while browsing the Interwebs.

3 Web Tools to Host, Build and Protect Your Website – These three Web resources will help you get your small business on the Web by hosting a domain, building a site and making sure miss-typed URLs don’t take your customers astray.

US House of Representatives passes CISPA – In a move that took the opponents of the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by surprise, the US House of Representatives has voted on the bill a full day before it was planned and has passed it with a vote of 248-168.

CISPA: House Vote Sets up Senate Cybersecurity Showdown – Ignoring a White House veto threat, the House approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would encourage companies and the federal government to share information collected on the Internet to help prevent electronic attacks from cybercriminals, foreign governments and terrorists.

German Court Rules Victims – Not Banks – at Fault in Phishing Scams – A German court ruled earlier this week that victims of phishing scams, and not banks, are responsible for money lost in online scams.

Report says Hotmail exploit “spread like wild fire,” is now fixed – Microsoft plugged a serious security hole in its Hotmail password reset service last week, after one report claims it was widely exploited.

Company News:

Apple TV set chatter heats up with rumored content talks – Apple’s rumored to have been in talks with content provider Epix to bring content to the Apple TV and potentially even its TV set.

Apple to Build Own Restaurant So Employees Can Eat Without Being Spied On – You’re eating a Waldorf salad with your coworkers, talking about last night’s Seinfeld and sharing proprietary secrets, when all of a sudden you notice a guy from Microsoft behind you quietly taking notes. Well, it looks like Apple has decided to protect its employees from such scenarios by building its own off-campus restaurant.

Google reveals two international probes – According to The Wall Street Journal, the search giant is facing inquiries in Argentina and South Korea. Both are open and ongoing, and Google said it is cooperating with authorities.

ARM threatens Intel’s “momentum” – 

Intel has once again acknowledged that ARM poses a clear and present danger to x86 architecture in the lucrative mobile market.

Webopedia Daily:

Google Drive – Google Drive is a personal cloud storage service from Google that helps users store and synchronize digital content across computers, laptops and numerous mobile devices such as Android-powered tablet and smartphone devices and (coming soon, according to Google) Apple iOS-powered iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. As one might expect, Google Drive additionally provides advanced search capabilities for finding specific information within files, and users can also share and collaborate with others on documents via the service’s built-in access to the Google Docs suite of editing tools.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Internet EX30: The Cardboard Internet – An artistic view of the Internet built from cardboard – pretty neat! (recommended by Michael F.)

Microsoft backs away from CISPA support, citing privacy – Microsoft has been counted as a supporter of CISPA since the beginning. Now the company tells CNET any new law must allow “us to honor the privacy and security promises we make to our customers” and protect “consumer privacy.”

Yahoo Accuses Facebook of ‘Retaliation’ in Patent Fight – Yahoo today hit back at Facebook, arguing that the social network’s counterclaim in the companies’ patent battle is retaliatory and based on information to which Facebook couldn’t possible have access.

Proposed Bill Would Protect Employees’ Facebook Passwords – A bill filed in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday would protect people from snooping employers and schools.

Today’s Quote:

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.”

–     Bertrand Russell

Today’s Free Downloads:

RoboForm2Go 7.7.6 – RoboForm2Go is a portable version of RoboForm – a secure password manager and form filler. Plug your USB key with RoboForm2Go on it into any computer, anywhere in the world.

Free MP3 Cutter and Editor – This is an extremely simple and handy Windows software for editing mp3 files.

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