Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 10, 2013

Your Facebook conversations are now fodder for news orgs’ Public Feeds – In a move straight from Twitter’s playbook, Facebook is partnering with major news organizations to find and display conversations around keywords. If people or pages with public profiles are talking about specific events, Facebook partners like CNN, Slate, The Today Show, Buzzfeed, and BSkyB will embed those conversations in a Public Feed.

Could privacy fears burst the dot-com bubble? – The currency of the web is its own users’ privacy, and we spend it like water. But the NSA revelations and other privacy concerns could turn the tide.

5 Simple Tips for Dropbox Users – These simple strategies will help you get more out of your file-syncing and storage service.

Juggle two Chrome windows with ease with NiftySplit – This Chrome extension splits the browser into two windows, letting you open links from the left window in the right window. It will change the way you browse Reddit and other sites.

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3 Online Budgeting Tools for Getting Your Finances Under Control – Making and sticking to a budget isn’t always easy. Fortunately, online tools can make this difficult task more manageable.

Top iPhone, iPad apps for teachers – What apps can make your life as a teacher a little easier?

How to cut the Google cord – Even longtime users of Gmail, Google Drive, and Google search will find switching to competing services a painless and ultimately rewarding process.

Six incredibly beautiful Live Wallpapers for your Android – Breathe fresh air into your Android device with one of these stunning live wallpapers. I’ve put together a small collection of my favorite Live Wallpaper apps for Android, some of which are free. The apps mentioned here are uniquely different from each other and represent some of the best available for the platform today.

10 essential Windows RT business apps – Videoconferencing. Note-taking. Expense tracking. Turn your tablet into a productivity tool.

Five apps for better note taking and organization – Incorporate a feature-rich and proper note taking app to help you better organize your thoughts and words.

Google Glass XE9 Update adds Vignettes, YouTube, and more – Google’s monthly update train for Glass is here once again, bringing new tools and features for the wearable computer to the 20,000+ strong Explorer Program users.

Facebook releases new search tools for news organizations – Facebook is set to launch a couple of new search tools aimed at helping these organizations to figure out what Facebook users are talking about. The search tools will undoubtedly be used by marketers as well looking for topics they can target to sell products and services. The tools are focused on helping people gain insight into conversations going on in real time centered on things such as television shows, news topics, and sporting events.

Infographic: The outrageous costs of data center downtime – Did you know that squirrels account for 17% of all Level 3 Communications cable damage? Get more fun facts about data center downtime with this infographic.


Are colleges spying on their students? – A new survey suggests that most students believe their online activity is monitored by school officials.

Your Twitter account has been hacked! Here’s what to do about it – You have to fix this immediately. When someone else is sending out tweets and DMs under your name, you’re in danger of losing your credibility.

Escaping the dragnet of surveillance: What the experts say about encryption – Just-released documents by the Guardian explain how intelligence agencies collude with technology companies to thwart Internet-based encryption protocols.

People the weakest link in security: Aussie IT professionals – Computer systems can be trusted, processes can be tweaked to eliminate issues, but people will always be the weakest link when it comes to securing any organisation.

India govt reportedly monitors Web activities, without ISP knowledge – Indian government said to have deployed Lawful Intercept and Monitoring systems to track Internet activities of citizens, separate from similar systems used by telcos in the government’s Central Monitoring System project.

Company News:

Google gives more in EU antitrust case to avoid fines – Google has been facing some serious heat in Europe with the European Commission investigating the Internet giant over allegations that it was preventing competition within the market. The investigation was specifically looking into concerns that Google is blocking competitors, such as Microsoft, when it comes to search results returned online. The investigation has been ongoing for the last three years.

Verizon argues it should be able to block websites – Verizon Communications should be able to block its broadband customers from going to websites that refuse to pay the provider to deliver their traffic, a lawyer for Verizon told an appeals court Monday.

Windows execs shuffled as Microsoft pushes phone, PC, and Xbox closer – Microsoft has reportedly shuffled some of its high-level managers and executives within the Windows unit. The reorganization comes as Microsoft works to push its phone, PC, and Xbox closer together. Some the changes are significant with faces familiar to those who follow Microsoft closely no longer in familiar positions.

In reversal, Microsoft gives snarling developers Win 8.1 RTM to chew on – After developers and IT pros pelted Microsoft with complaints, the company has backtracked and decided to grant them access to the latest Windows 8.1 build instead of making them wait until mid-October.

PayPal introduces hands-free payments – In a bid to dominate the physical retail experience, PayPal unveils a Bluetooth communicator that takes in-store payments hands-free.

Games and Entertainment:

NHL 14: Lost an edge – NHL 14 is still a fun, ultra-realistic hockey simulation, but veterans of the series may not find enough innovation and refinement to warrant a purchase at full price.

Metal Gear Solid V’s ‘Quiet’ Problem: How sexy video game characters hurt us – It’s about cool versus sexy. Male characters get to be cool. Female characters have to be sexy. In both cases, they’re designed with a man’s perception in mind.

Roku enhances Android app with Play on Roku video streaming – Roku has just announced that its Roku Android app has just gotten a new talent: streaming videos from phones to TVs via the Play on Roku feature. The update comes just a month after Roku announced the addition of video streaming to its iOS app, promising an Android version for selected devices to come later.

Sony announces thinner, lighter PS Vita with better battery life – It’s 20% thinner, 15% lighter, has a 6 hour battery life and 1GB of memory as standard.

Final Fantasy XIV Deserves a Better PlayStation 3 Interface – It’s not terrible, but some of the choices are head-scratchers.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Catching the stars – Roger Angel is one of the world’s most brilliant and audacious engineers. Could he design the next energy revolution? (recommended by Michael F.)

The 50 essential skills for surviving modern life – Times have changed and old skills such as darning socks have been replaced by new ones such as searching the internet. A KAZ survey has turned up the Top 50 skills people need for modern life, and this is your workforce today…

‘Topiary’ tells all: Prison, activism, and LulzSec’s beginnings – The young hacker, who’s real name is Jake Davis, opens up about his time in the cyberattack collective.

IBM Watson: The inside story of how the Jeopardy-winning supercomputer was born, and what it wants to do next – IBM Watson wowed the tech industry and a corner of U.S. pop culture with its 2011 win against two of Jeopardy’s greatest champions. Here’s how IBM pulled it off and a look at what Watson’s real career…

Say what? Iranian government ministers join Facebook – Although the social network is banned in the Middle Eastern country, it appears the country’s officials can sign up, friend one another, and “like” each other’s posts.

John Sculley spills the beans on firing Steve Jobs – The former Apple CEO, who fired Jobs in 1985, gave his most illuminating explanation ever of the move at a Forbes conference in Bali last week.

Sponsored Content Threatens What You Know – If we as readers continue to let sponsored content persist, the future of informative journalism as we know it is over.

Something to think about:

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.”

–     Bob Thaves

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In Pursuit of Freedom – The Pushback Continues:

E.U. politicians seek to suspend data-sharing deal amid new NSA allegations – European politicians on Monday called for the immediate suspension of a data-sharing agreement between the U.S. and the European Union following more revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency.

U.S. and U.K. spies crack BlackBerry BES encryption, report says – The U.S. National Security Agency is able to read messages sent via a corporate BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), according to a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel. The purpose of this spying is economic or political, and not to counter terrorism, the magazine hints.

Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency – Facebook and Yahoo have petitioned the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for permission to reveal how many personal data requests are made by the government, joining Google and Microsoft in taking a stand against secret snooping. The new suits, which join an amended Google transparency petition the search engine filed today, see Facebook and Yahoo voice concerns that they are unable to give any greater detail on what user information is disclosed in the name of national security than the raw overall numbers.

NSA spies reportedly exploited iPhone location bug not fixed until 2011 – File gave detailed account of users’ whereabouts over extended periods of time.

NSA spied on networks of Google and other companies – report – Along with the search giant, Brazil’s state-run oil firm Petrobras was targeted by the NSA, according to documents obtained by Brazilian TV network Globo.

Johns Hopkins reverses decision forcing prof to pull NSA post – After a professor pens a blog post about the NSA’s alleged clandestine program to break digital encryptions, the university asks him to take it down… then changes its mind.



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7 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 10, 2013

  1. Dave B.

    RE: Verizon argues it should be able to block websites; I can’t even comprehend the idiocy required to think that they could implement this. Web hosts pay for bandwidth to offer their sites, customers pay their ISP for internet access, along comes Verizon to jump in the middle for what basically amounts to a shipping fee for a website so Verizon customers can access it.

    • Hi Dave,

      Nicely put – “what basically amounts to a shipping fee for a website so Verizon customers can access it.” Dead on!

      But, in a world where ludicrous is the new reality, (NSA, the Government, over-hyped tech, ….), I wonder if we’re really all that surprised? 🙂



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    I mean Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 10, 2013 |
    Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts is a little plain.

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    • Hey Kristopher,

      Yep, I have to agree – pretty plain title. And, if this was anything other than my hobby, I’d jump on your suggestions.

      Thanks for the input.