Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 6, 2013

Study: Facebook fatigue — it’s real – Bored or annoyed by Facebook? You’re not alone. A majority of people surveyed by the Pew Internet and American Life Project said they had taken sabbaticals from the social network at some point, to escape the drama, or the tedium.

Bad Kaspersky antivirus update keeps users from accessing websites – A faulty antivirus update issued by Kaspersky Lab on Monday left many of its home and business customers unable to access any websites on their computers. Systems administrators using Kaspersky Endpoint Security (KES) on their corporate networks started reporting the problem on Kaspersky’s support forum on Monday afternoon, Eastern Time. The reports kept piling up until late in the evening.

How to Track the Emails You Send (and Avoid Being Tracked Yourself) – Ever wish you could find out whether someone actually opened that email you sent, or whether they just ignored and trashed it? A service called Bananatag can tell you—but if you find that a little creepy, we’ve got the lowdown on how to protect yourself too.

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Get help choosing a movie on Netflix with a Chrome extension – Netflix’s five-star ratings tell you only so much. With the Netflix Rate extension, you also get IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings when browsing Netflix.

How to encrypt (almost) anything – Encryption is a great way to keep valuable data safe—whether you’re transmitting it over the Internet, backing it up on a server, or just carrying it through airport security on your laptop. Encrypting your data makes it completely unreadable to anyone but you or its intended recipient. Best of all, much of the software used in offices and on personal computers already has encryption functionality built in. You just need to know where to find it. In this article, I’ll show you where and how.

Zillow’s new Digs app offers remodeling ideas, advice – Free app for iPad and Web features thousands of photos of home improvement projects, as well as localized estimates for project costs.

Which Linux distro is best? Survey says: Slackware – One of the biggest ongoing challenges for Linux advocates has always been that there is such a paucity of data available to demonstrate the preferences of the people who are actually using the free and open source operating system.

How to set up printing from tablets and phones – More and more user time is spent nowadays with mobile devices, but the lingering need to print remains for many.

Friend Finder or Location Tracker? Facebook’s Trust Problem, Visualized – Facebook is reportedly working on a smartphone app that can track your location. Or if you want to use spicier terminology, it’s working on a “location tracker.” Everybody panic!

How to screen unwanted calls on iPhones and Android phones – You can ask your phone service provider to block calls from specific numbers, but it may be more practical to screen all calls from unfamiliar numbers and respond only to the legitimate callers. Doing so is easy using the Do Not Disturb feature for iPhones running iOS 6, and Groups on Android phones.

Diminishing trust in Web companies a ‘challenge’ – An Ovum study shows more online users are starting to tire of Internet companies harvesting their private data and using the information honestly, making it a challenge for companies to change this perception.


Federal Reserve confirms its Web site was hacked – Days after Anonymous claimed to have stolen and published private information from more than 4,000 bank executives, the Fed says its system was attacked.

None of the 100 largest e-commerce sites have fully implemented DNSSEC – The biggest brands in e-commerce are overlooking a critical security technology that could reduce the risk of identity theft and credit card fraud.

UPnP flaws turn millions of firewalls into doorstops – Researcher HD Moore published a paper last week showing that more than 23 million routers, TVs, cameras and printers are vulnerable to a remote code execution flaw in UPnP.

The Scariest Ransomware: From Child Porn to DOJ Warnings – This week, the BBC reported about a new form of ransomware that tells PC users that child porn has been located on their computer and their PC will be locked due to unauthorized network activity. The malware poses as Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BKI) and its copyright prosecution agency, but it’s all just a bid to get you to give up your personal information.

Twitter Apps Can Still Tweet Despite Password Reset – Twitter moved quickly to lock user accounts and revoke session tokens after last week’s breach, but it appears some tokens were left active, allowing third-party applications to continue accessing Twitter using old credentials.

Murdoch alleges Chinese hackers still attacking WSJ – Rupert Murdoch has claimed that despite the media foray around the hacking of the Wall Street Journal, Chinese hackers are still having their fun.

Company News:

Google wins landmark AdWords case in Australia – High Court overturns lower court’s ruling that found the Web giant in violation of trade laws for allowing companies to purchase AdWords related to competitors’ names.

Dell goes private: 10 big unknowns – Dell will avoid public scrutiny as it revamps for the future, but the company still faces many hurdles and unknowns.

Go Daddy posts top sales after airing model-kissing-geek ad – The controversial Super Bowl commercial that shows a mismatched couple in a deep kiss gets the company a record amount of new customers and overall sales.

Apple wins design patents for slide-to-unlock, original iPhone – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office grants design patents for the contentious user interface asset.

Amazon launches virtual currency, courts developers, engagement – Amazon plans to give away tens of millions of dollars of free Amazon Coins to pad developer wallets.

Liberty Global buys U.K. cable firm Virgin Media for $23.3B – In other ‘major acquisition of the day’ news, one U.S. media conglomerate struck a deal to buy the British cable media group for around $23.3bn.

Twitter gives Vine an NC-17 rating after porn controversy – Twitter video-sharing app now asks users to affirm that they are at least 17 years old before installation.

Webopedia Daily:

Enlightenment – Enlightenment is a window manager and desktop environment for Linux and UNIX-based operating systems. It is also a suite of libraries known as EFL (the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries) to create user interfaces with much less work than using traditional toolkits. Enlightenment libraries power millions of systems, from mobile phones to set top boxes, desktops, laptops, game systems and more.

Off Topic (Sort of):

North Korean Propaganda Video Steals ‘Call of Duty’ Clip – A North Korean propaganda site posted a video in which a U.S. city engulfed in flames — a clip stolen from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Apple spotlights indie authors – Apple is rolling out a feature that organizes groups of popular self-published e-books and offers them prominent display on iBookstore.

3D printing with stem cells could lead to printable organs – A potentially breakthrough 3D-printing process using human stem cells could be the precursor to printing organs from a patient’s own cells.

Working less could help solve climate crisis – Want to help save the planet? Turn that PC off, sit back and put your feet up, says Washington thinktank the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

Please, Chromebooks, Don’t Turn into PCs – HP has produced a Chromebook, joining the likes of Acer, Samsung and Lenovo as they search for a credible Windows alternative.

Today’s Quote:

“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

–     Thomas Paine

Today’s Free Downloads:

OpenPuff: Advanced Steganography & Watermarking – OpenPuff is a handy application that allows you to hide data into encrypted files in order to send it to other users. The program can be useful for the users that want to send confidential information without being noticed.

Foxit Reader – Foxit PDF Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer for Microsoft Windows, which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file.


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