Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 10, 2012

How to Lock Down Your Facebook Profile – If your Facebook profile is too wide-open, malefactors and identity thieves can take advantage of you. Here’s how you can ensure you’re not sharing with the wrong people.

PayPal (for iPhone) – PayPal for iPhone is good for transferring money among friends, but is it ready to replace your wallet? Read our complete review to find out.

How to use Facebook photos for Android contacts – Add custom photos from Facebook to your address book so you can easily see who is contacting you.

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Amazon Kindle Special Offers Are a Disgrace – Amazon spins its ad-subsidized Kindles as a way for consumers to save money, but they’re really an unfair way for the company to undercut its competitors—at our expense.

Amazon to allow ads opt-out on Kindle Fire HD for $15 upcharge – Making tablet buyers as happy as possible is a good play considering the competitive landscape, particularly amid the popularity of Apple’s iPad.

PC Companies’ Major Tablet Mistake – PC manufacturers grossly misjudged the consumer demand for tablets and will have to pay the price for many years to come

Simplify the Web with these free Chrome extensions – The Web doesn’t have to be one-size-fits-all. Eliminate distractions from your favorite sites, or the entire Web, and you can comfortably focus on the content that suits you.

MediaFire restores virus researcher’s account, questions copyright troll and DMCA claim – Cloud-based storage firm MediaFire restored account access to a virus researcher who was suspended after a mysterious firm claimed virus samples she posted on the service violated copyright protections.

Couple whips out iPads to marry on Twitter – It was a moving ceremony. The bride and groom were both clutching iPads as they tweeted “I do” to the world. Wonder what the honeymoon was like.

10 essential WordPress plug-ins – The open-source content management system offers a bevy of features that makes it ideal for authors, vendors, media producers and more.

Security:

87% have something to hide on their smartphones – When it comes to the almost weekly reports of celebrity phone hackings and leaks, more than half of consumers believe these are merely stunts to garner publicity. This is surprising news, particularly with the survey’s revelation that 87 percent of consumers have content of their own that they’d rather keep private on their smart phones. This included family photos (52 percent), private contacts (52 percent), office documents (40 percent), flirty texts (35 percent) and downloaded media (31 percent). And apparently celebrities aren’t the only ones carrying around potentially comprising photos. 15 percent of consumers said they kept private, sexy photos of themselves on their smart phones.

Pro-Assad hackers hijack al-Jazeera service – Hackers supporting the Syrian government have hacked the mobile service of the al-Jazeera news network.

Google ‘Aurora’ Cyber Attackers Still in Business – A group of cyber-scammers who were possibly behind the 2010 attack on Google infrastructure are still operational and now using more sophisticated tools.

Data breaches expose 94 million records in the government sector – An analysis of government breach data shows that the government sector reported 268 incidents of data breaches from January 1, 2009 to May 31, 2012, which exposed more than 94 million records containing personally identifiable information (PII), according to Rapid7. The research revealed a 50% increase in the number of compromises affecting the government sector from 2009 to 2010, as well as a skyrocketing rise in the number of records exposed each year, with the number tripling from 2010 to 2011. Unintended disclosure, the loss/theft of portable devices, physical loss, and hacking continue to be the leading causes of breaches.

How a malicious help file can install a spyware keylogger – Do you think that Windows help file is safe? Think again. Malware authors can create boobytrapped .HLP files, designed to infect your computer.

Company News:

Facebook Closes Devalued Instagram Acquisition – Facebook in April offered $300 million in cash and 23 million shares of common stock for Instagram, making the deal worth $1 billion at the time. After Facebook went public in May, however, the stock has dropped in value from about $30 per share to $19 per share, reducing the value of the transaction to $730 million. Five months after it announced the acquisition of photo-sharing application provider Instagram for $1 billion, Facebook closed the deal Sept. 6 for $730 million.

Valve Readying Steam’s ‘Big-Picture Mode’ Beta for Monday? – The beta test for Valve’s push to make Steam more living-room friendly allegedly starts Monday.

Oh, no, Nokia: Another oopsie? – Nokia suddenly chooses to fess up that not only was the Lumia 920 launch promotional video faked, but the stills were too. Symptoms of dysfunction?

Microsoft gives Yahoo top billing in ad rebranding – It appears Microsoft is rebranding its search alliance as the “Yahoo Bing Network” and its adCenter advertising platform as “Bing Ads.”

China Blames Companies for Lack of “human Care” as Samsung, Apple Factories Under Scrutiny – A Chinese official on Monday weighed in on the controversy surrounding working conditions at Apple and Samsung’s suppliers in the country, stating that certain companies were lacking in “human care” in treating their workers.

Webopedia Daily:

Mountain Lion Server – Mountain Lion Server is the business-oriented server version of Apple Computer’s Mac OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8) operating system. Like its predecessors, Snow Leopard Server and Lion Server, Mountain Lion Server represents Apple’s successor and replacement for the company’s older enterprise-grade server product, Xserve, which Apple discontinued in 2011. Unlike Xserve, Mac OS X Mountain Lion Server and its simplified deployment and administration capabilities are focused more toward small businesses than enterprises.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Home Shopping Network PC Porn (video 0:46) – Caller tells them what his Dell is Really used for…

New program offers pathway into cyber security field – (ISC)2 launched the (ISC)2 Young Professionals, a new group designed to help cultivate the information security workforce of the future. The pilot stage of the program will begin with eight (ISC)2 chapters around the world and be rolled out across the organization in early 2013. It is specifically designed to attract more young people to the information security field, whether they are still in secondary school, recently graduated from university or new to the workforce. It is open to aspiring and active cyber security professionals age 35 and under who are looking for ways to bolster their careers and deepen their connections to the professional community.

Tips for Surviving Office Politics – “Becoming embroiled in office politics is never a good career move,” says Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies. “But it’s wise to be aware of political undercurrents on the job because they do exist in most organizations. There are people who seek to get ahead in their careers at the expense of others, and this behavior erodes trust and undermines team morale.” Robert Half provides the following counterstrategies to effectively respond to ubiquitous “office politicians.” More than 700 U.S. workers took part in the research.

Obama Convention Speech Sets Record for Political Tweets – President Obama took Twitter by storm during his convention speech, setting a new record for political moments on the micro-blogging site.

‘Curiosity’ Mars Rover Snaps MySpace Picture of Itself – Arm tests continue before the little Mars rover drives its way to its first soil and rock samples.

Today’s Quote:

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”

–     Albert Einstein

Today’s Free Downloads:

PicPick 3.1.8 – PicPick is an all-in-one graphic program that provides full-featured screen capture tool, intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair and even whiteboard.

Fresh UI 8.84 – Fresh UI is a fresh solution for configuring and optimizing Windows. Loaded with hundreds of useful hidden settings in Windows, this software covers the customizing and optimizing techniques that you’ll be glad to know.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 10, 2012

  1. hipockets

    Keep smiling, U.S. citizens – you will be on Candid Camera soon, compliments of a new FBI face recognition database !

    http://dottech.org/tech-news/79845/all-your-faces-are-belong-to-fbi/

    If they use my driver’s license photo, they’ll never find me! :>)