Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Apple WWDC14: Safari DuckDuckGo

June 3, 2014

Apple builds path to future with WWDC software refresh

Some Apple WWDC14 Keynote highlights included:

  • OS X Yosemite
  • Continuity
  • iOS 8
  • HealthKit
  • HomeKit
  • Swift
Safari DuckDuckGo Privacy WWDC14

Safari. Apple

 

Executive Craig Federighi – (a.k.a. “Hairforce One”) – also stressed privacy and security features several times.

 

Per Apple’s website, Safari will include a DuckDuckGo option:
 

“Safari now gives you more control over your privacy on the web. You can open one Safari window in Private Browsing mode — which doesn’t save your browsing history — while keeping others in regular browsing mode. So while you do your online banking privately in one window, your browsing history is still being saved while you surf in another. You can also now search the web using DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track you.”

 
 
 


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#AmazonCart – Listening Wall Street?

May 6, 2014

Twitter, Amazon team to boost ‘now commerce’

Teaming up: Amazon and Twitter.

Benny Evangelista writing for The Chronicle:

“The two tech giants said … Amazon members can automatically save items to their online shopping carts by replying to any tweet containing an Amazon product link and writing the hashtag #AmazonCart.”

And if you use that hashtag?

The ultimate word-of-mouth. Why?

Because the world can see:

“…on its website, Amazon also notes that ‘most content is public on Twitter,’ so any replies with #AmazonCart ‘will be visible to whomever you replied, to those viewing the conversation, and on your own Timeline (unless your Twitter account is set to private).'”

So, using the #AmazonCart hashtag is public.

Intended or not, becomes a public endorsement.

Not bad, if you’re a celebrity.

Perhaps one paid to tweet your purchases?

Me? If buying something, I want to do so quickly.

Two clicks, maximum.

Privately.

Because an order of Omaha Steaks for clients is not viral.

Same with California wine or Oregon fruit for family.

Or Legal Sea Foods crab cakes for myself.

Investors?

They reacted “meh” to the Amazon-Twitter partnership:

Amazon Twitter #AmazonCart

Amazon daily chart bearish technically: below 50, 200MAs

Twitter?

Twitter Amazon Partnership #AmazonCart

Twitter stock remains below its IPO low

 

One thought.

Amazon, behind Jeff Bezos, has sweet CIA business.

In short, people in the know, trust Amazon to be in the know.

Secure, too.

What happens when one can buy stocks with a hashtag?

Who needs TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, E-Trade?

Ten shares of Apple, please, hashtag #AmazonCart.

Just musing aloud.

 

 


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How is Google Fiber Doing?

May 1, 2014

Cities Meet Google Fiber Deadline, but ‘Loose Ends’ Remain

Thirty-four cities meet a key Google Fiber deadline.

That according to Alistair Barr writing for The WSJ.D:

 

Google Fiber Status Alistair Barr WSJ

Credit: Google and The WSJ.D

 

Barr says Fiber is complicated:

“Among other things, Google needs to buy or lease land for its Fiber huts, which are larger than 1,000 square feet, and finalize those license agreements with several cities. It’s seeking to streamline permitting processes for thousands of permit applications. And it needs video-franchise agreements with the city or state, giving it permission to build a local network.”

Investors watch closely:

“The complicated process has sparked concern on Wall Street that Google may spend too much on Fiber and generate small returns on the investment.”

 

GOOGL Class A stock

GOOGL Class A shares bounce after fall to $511

 

Google’s stock has drifted lower since an unusual stock split in April.

Proof that Google Fiber is not a good investment?

The market will weigh in over time.

Google’s got time … and capital.
 


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Heartbleed Suspect Nabbed

April 17, 2014

Heartbleed Bug Hacker Charged by RCMP

Suspected Heartbleed hacker, Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, 19, arrested.

Press release from The Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

“The RCMP treated this breach of security as a high priority case and mobilized the necessary resources to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. Investigators from National Division, along with our counterparts in ‘O’ Division have been working tirelessly over the last four days analyzing data, following leads, conducting interviews, obtaining and executing legal authorizations and liaising with our partners,” said Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud.”

According to The Washington Post:

“Earlier this week, the Canada Revenue Agency said an attacker using Heartbleed stole 900 Social Security numbers. It was the first known case of a hacker taking advantage of the security flaw for malicious purposes.”

Okay, I’ve been changing passwords left and right.

But now a 19-year-old is in custody.

Jailed by The Royal Gendarmerie of Canada:

Heartbleed Suspected Arrested RCMP

Credit: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Wikipedia.

Mounted Police.

Helped by “O” Division.

Not a double-O, as in a “Bond” movie.

Single-O. Still cool enough.

And a teen.

In Canada.

Knew it all along.

This means the Heartbleed scare is over.

That my privacy is assured.

Right?

 

 


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Hit by Heartbleed

April 9, 2014

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

In this order:

  1. Read that article.
  2. Opened Tumblr.
  3. Saw the “fine print’.

 

Heartbleed Password Privacy

Read the fine print.



Changing password.

Make that passwords.

Plural.

Across many platforms:

Heartbleed Warning Passwords

Warning from Tumblr – Yahoo.



Because doing so will protect my privacy.

Right?

 

 


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Internet Goes “Dark”

January 18, 2012
Wikipedia, Google Join Historic Campaign against SOPA and PIPA

It’s described as the largest online protest in history.

Websites went “dark” in a demonstration against separate anti-piracy bills moving through the U.S. Senate and House, respectively. The acronym for the House legislation is SOPA; the Senate’s is PIPA.

The English version of web giant Wikipedia led the way.

According to comScore, 25-million people a day visit Wikipedia. This message greeted them:

Wikipedia Protests SOPA & PIPA

Wikipedia could still be accessed in French, Spanish, German, Russian and other languages.

Google went “dark,” with a symbolic visual. A call-to-action appeared when I placed my cursor over it:

Google Protests SOPA PIPA

Google Goes "Dark"

WordPress, one of my blogging tools, joined the online protest, censoring itself. Here is its home page:

WordPress Protests SOPA PIPA

WordPress against SOPA and PIPA

Flickr participated, too. The photo service asked me if I wanted to join the online, “awareness” campaign:

Flickr Protests SOPA PIPA

Flickr Campaign Message

Neither Facebook nor Twitter jumped into the massive campaign. Here are some engaged websites.

So far, my ability to use the Internet remains unaffected.

Still, it’s an incredible show of Internet muscle, a huge digital-billboard-like campaign.

Have you or your company seen any impacts?

 

UPDATE NO. 1:
Congress indefinitely postponed anti-piracy legislation on Jan. 20, 2012. According to the Associated Press:

“The demise, at least for the time being, of the anti-piracy bills was a clear victory for Silicon Valley over Hollywood… .”

Full story here.


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