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Google Grabs Personal Info Off Wi-Fi Networks (NPR) - 2 views

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    Google acknowledged Friday that it inadvertently collected private information from the Wi-Fi networks inside people's homes.

    Google isn't the only company that uses cars to photograph neighborhoods for its mapping service, but it acknowledged its vehicles also contain receivers that pick up Wi-Fi signals. The receivers were supposedly just collecting the names and addresses of Wi-Fi networks to use in mapping programs for smart phones.
Jeff Ratliff

Why Apple banned Flash from the iPhone (cNet) - 7 views

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    In a rare open letter published Thursday, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs has detailed the technological reasons behind his company's refusal to let Adobe Systems' Flash Player onto the iPhone: he thinks it's a relic, not the future.
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Sexting: at least 15 percent of teens take part (The Christian Science Monitor) - 3 views

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    "I tell kids the five P's," Ms. Aftab says. "If you don't want your parents, your principal, a predator, the police, or your potential coach, college recruiter, or boss to see it, don't post it publicly."
Jeff Ratliff

FIFA World Cup themed malware campaign spreads malicious PDF files (ZDNet) - 2 views

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    Researchers from Symantec are reporting on an ongoing targeted malware campaign using a FIFA World Cup 2010 theme, in an attempt to trick end users into executing a malicious PDF file, exploiting a recently patched flaw in Adobe Reader.
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33 Best Typography Effect Photoshop Tutorials - 0 views

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    "Photoshop's text and layer tools can be used to create some really awesome Typography's. We've put together a list of 33 of the best Typography tutorials we could find to help you stay up to date on the latest trends and techniques. You'll find some really cool grunge and glass styles, learn how some of the best designers create their unique effects using typography."
Jeff Ratliff

Navigating China's web of censors (MSNBC) - 1 views

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    "Google's face-off with Beijing over censorship may have struck a philosophical blow for free speech and encouraged some Chinese Netizens by its sheer chutzpah, but it doesn't do a thing for Internet users in China. It merely hands the job of blocking objectionable content back to Beijing. "
Jeff Ratliff

The iPad developer's challenge (CNet) - 1 views

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    Simple, right? For the iPad owner, sure. But the iPad means bigger changes for the people who create these apps. Though the iPad has been dismissed by some as an oversized iPod Touch, it's definitely not, as those who attempt to make iPad apps or re-create iPhone apps for it will find out fast.
Jeff Ratliff

Student Sues Over Alleged Webcam Spying (NPR) - 5 views

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    "A high school student is suing a suburban Philadelphia school district for allegedly spying on him outside of school through the webcam of a school-issued laptop. The allegation has infuriated many parents and spurred a criminal investigation by the FBI. "
Jeff Ratliff

School Laptop Spying Allegations (NPR) - 3 views

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    A high school student in suburban Philadelphia is suing his school district for allegedly spying on him through the webcam of a school-issued laptop. As NPR's Elizabeth Fiedler reports on All Things Considered Wednesday, the allegations have triggered an FBI investigation.
Jeff Ratliff

Vancouver's Programmable Lights (PBS ArtBeat) - 0 views

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    Participants can create a light display on the project's Web site, VectorialVancouver.net, where they will also find a virtual model of Vancouver. Users create instructions for a new night-time display by setting the angles and power of the searchlights. The information is then queued in a server that operates the robotically maneuvered lights. The searchlights quietly project a new image every 12 seconds. For those who can't see it in person, the entire show is captured live via four Web cameras set up around Vancouver.
Jeff Ratliff

Google Buzz 'breaks privacy laws' (BBC News) - 0 views

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    A leading privacy group has urged US regulators to investigate Google's new social networking service Buzz, one week after its launch.
    The Electronic Privacy Information Centre (Epic) has made its complaint to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
    It says that Buzz - which is part of Google's Gmail service - is "deceptive" and breaks consumer protection law.
Jeff Ratliff

Criminal hacker 'Iceman' gets 13 years (ComputerWorld) - 0 views

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    A former security researcher turned criminal hacker has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for hacking into financial institutions and stealing credit card account numbers.

    Max Ray Butler, who used the hacker pseudonym Iceman, was sentenced Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on charges of wire fraud and identity theft. In addition to his 13-year sentence, Butler will face five years of supervised release and must pay US$27.5 million in restitution to his victims, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke Dembosky, who prosecuted the case for the federal government.

    Dembosky believes the 13 year sentence is the longest-ever handed down for hacking charges.
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