Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 7, 2012

How to avoid making one of the 10 worst Facebook mistakes – It’s easy to drop your guard while socializing with your friends on Facebook, but careless friending, posting, liking, and sharing jeopardizes more than just your reputation and privacy — it can also cost you your job.

Twitter users gain free tool to identify fake followers – Twitter users interested in finding out how many of their followers are fake now have a free tool to aid them in their investigation. A social media analytics company called Socialbakers is offering Fakefollowers, a free tool that the company says will determine what percentage of your Twitter faithful are fake, inactive or good.

Five apps for crapware cleanup – If you buy new PCs from OEMs, you are probably all too familiar with the plague known as “crapware”: the useless applications that come installed with Windows. Crapware wastes space, often ties up your RAM and CPU power, and can be a major hassle to get rid up. Luckily, there’s a solution. These five applications will help you deal with the crapware quickly and safely.

Google ends small business’ free ride on Google Apps – Google will start charging small businesses to use its Google Apps productivity suite as the company mines previously free services for new revenue streams. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees will now be charged $50 a year — the same rate paid by larger businesses to use the Web-based tools, which include e-mail, word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics tools.

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How to Choose the Right Game Console – PS3, Wii U, or Xbox: How to choose? We’ll help you figure out which console is your best bet for fun. And if it’s an on-the-go gaming experience you’re after, we’ve got portable gaming device advice too.

The Top Tablets for Your Kids – You never know what will start a fight in PC Labs. This morning, it was whether or not to include the entry-level Kindle Fire in this roundup for kids. At $159, it is the most affordable tablet you can buy from Amazon. But still, certain parties feel the $199 Fire HD is a better value–even if your kid has no idea what all those extra pixels are good for. Obviously, we care about this stuff at PCMag. Seriously, there was yelling.

YouTube home page gets face lift, emphasis on channels – Google’s video Web site opts for a simpler and cleaner look.

10 things every new IT admin needs to know – You’re about to graduate from college and enter the IT workforce. What do you really need to know? What fundamental skills should you have before you step foot into that first interview? We’re talking math students having a firm grasp on differential equations but not simple math. Indycar drivers not knowing the rules of the road. Authors not knowing how to write dialog — real fundamental stuff. Let’s take a look at 10 “in your sleep” tasks that every new admin should know.

Infographic: Tablets top holiday shopping list – According to a recent infographic, tablets are the hottest consumer electronic gift this holiday season.

Nvidia Simplifies Game Settings With GeForce Experience – Nvidia’s new software tool automatically optimizes PC game graphics settings using crowd-sourced data.

Camera+ still has the goods for great photos – If you’re looking for a solid photo editor that lets you add effects to your images along with a ton of other useful perks, you should download this app.

Build a Killer Customized Arch Linux Installation (and Learn All About Linux in the Process) – Don’t like Windows 8’s new interface? Sick of Ubuntu Unity and the new ads that come along with it? Maybe it’s time to create your own, ideal operating system with just the features you want. Arch Linux can make it happen: it lets you build your own personal, killer Linux distro from the ground up.

Security:

Beware of bogus Facebook account cancellation requests – Bogus “Facebook Account Cancellation Request” emails are back, and this time the malicious senders didn’t opt for making users infect themselves. The “click here” link will secretly redirect victims through a number of sites and finally land them on one serving exploits for two Java Runtime Environment and a Adobe Reader and Acrobat flaw, warns Webroot.

Malicious email simultaneously impersonates UPS and FedEx – Malicious notifications supposedly coming from major courier delivery services companies are nothing new, but they still must catch enough users off guard. This latest one is particular enough to be worth mentioning, as the subject line sports the name of one company and the message is signed with the name of another:

The basics of using a proxy server for privacy and security – Patrick Lambert goes over the basics of how proxy servers work and why they are used to add security and privacy.

Don’t bring cybercrime home for the holidays – Hackers observe no holidays, instead using them as yet another theme to entice and trick computer users into letting them into their networks. Compounding this, many retailers and other businesses conduct more transactions and process more credit cards during the holidays than at any other time of the year, which makes breaking into any company’s networks all that more lucrative and enticing, regardless of size. Here are a few strategies for keeping the cyber-grinches out.

Study: Adults Wary of Tech That Tracks Kids Online – Both parents and non-parents are equally as passionate about protecting children’s privacy online, according to a new study.

48 countries join forces for biggest-ever fight against online child sex abuse – Experts estimate that there are now some one million images of abused and/or exploited children available online, with the total growing by 50,000 per year.

Password handling: challenges, costs, and current behavior – Online passwords are a pain, and not just when you have to type them to access your online bank account or shop at your favorite digital emporium. Consider how people react to a request to change their online password. Here’s how people answered when we asked: If a social media site or online company with whom you have an account requests that you change your password, which of the following would you most likely do?

Company News:

Some Apple Mac Production Moving to U.S. in 2013, Cook Says – Apple chief Tim Cook confirmed this week that some parts of Mac production will come to the U.S. starting next year.

Report: Facebook Eyeing Microsoft’s Atlas Ad Platform – Facebook and Microsoft are reportedly negotiating the acquisition of Redmond’s Atlas technology to the social network.

SEC puts Netflix on notice for news shared on Facebook – Securities and Exchange Commission warns Netflix it may take civil action against company for disclosing a big streaming milestone on CEO’s Facebook page instead of more formally.

Plaintiffs named in suit over Facebook’s troubled IPO – Dozens of class-action lawsuits have been filed against the social network, and now a judge has named several state pension funds as head plaintiffs to lead the charge against the company.

Webopedia Daily:

Internet Marketing – Internet marketing, or online marketing, refers to advertising and marketing efforts that use the Web and e-mail to drive direct sales via e-commerce as well as sales leads from Web sites or emails. Internet marketing and online advertising efforts are typically used in conjunction with traditional types of advertising like radio, television, newspapers and magazines. Internet marketing can also be broken down into more specialized areas such as Web marketing, email marketing and social media marketing:

Off Topic (Sort of):

John Dvorak On Privacy: It’s Not What I’m Hiding That Matters – I see that Eric Schmidt is back in the news with an erroneous assertion that if you’ve got nothing to hide, you should not worry about your privacy. I’m always stunned when a billionaire with a private life goes on about how trivial privacy is. And he is not the only one.

UN Control of Web Could ‘Open Door to Censorship’ – U.S. officials reiterated that an 11-day telecom conference currently being held in Dubai should not address Internet regulation issues.

NASA-NOAA Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night – This new global view and animation of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth’s land surface and islands. This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.

Tor and the Deepnet: What price does society pay for anonymity? – Hidden on the net is online content which is not so easily accessed, known as the Deepnet (also sometimes called Darknet, the Deep Web or Hidden Web). Julian Bhardwaj takes us on a tour, and asks should computer users be allowed to remain anonymous online?

NYC Wants Your Help to ‘Reinvent Payphones’ – The city of New York has launched a competition designed to discover innovative ways to repurpose its vast array of public payphones.

Five reasons not to trust Siri – Geekend contributor Jessica Mills thinks we should fear AI technology, specifically Siri, and gives five fictional examples to help make her case. Is Siri creepy, useful technology, or both?

How India’s angel investors are lifting its startup community to new heights – Angel investment is taking off in India – creating a raft of funding opportunities for the country’s entrepreneurs.

Today’s Quote:

“The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.”

–      Hannah Whitall Smith

Today’s Free Downloads:

Ekiga 4.0 offers a fresh, open source Skype alternative – Arriving some three years after the previous release, Ekiga 4.0—also known as “The Victory Release”—is now available, offering a fresh new Skype alternative for users of Linux and Windows alike.

Find duplicate photos – I’ve tried a lot of duplicate file and photo finders over the years, and my current favorite–specifically for pictures–is the grandiosely-titled Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder. It’s free, simple, and it does a very good job of finding duplicates and not-quite duplicates.

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