You own your data. And the government needs to start respecting that.
The most interesting app in the world right now is, unfortunately, another bit of commercial malware from siliscam valley.
It’s FireChat from Open Garden.
FireChat is an app that you can download to your smart phone. Once installed, it lets you build ad hoc networks using your cell phone’s wifi and bluetooth connectivity with other nearby phones that have the app running.
On Monday, September 29, social media enthusiasts and western media outlets unleashed aflurry of stories about pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong using the chat app FireChat. Although it appears that many of these accounts exaggerated the popularity of the app, activists and security researchers close to the situation believe it is important to make public information about what the app is — and what it is not.
The rise of the dead-simple, dirt-cheap, emerging-market-friendly mobile messaging app continues. On Friday, as the European Union rubber-stamped Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, The Economic Times of India reported that Google is building its own WhatsApp competitor, with plans to test the app in India and other emerging markets. Google declined
Google’s new In the news box for search results is surfacing some non-traditional “news” sources, including Reddit. Search Engine Land noticed that Reddit links were showing up in Google’s new search results field. Google confirmed that it was populating the field with more than traditional news sources. It told Search Engine Land, “We will be pulling from all over the web which means that we will present as diverse a range of voices as possible to ensure we get users to the answer they are looking for.” Of course Reddit being Reddit, when you currently search for “TSA,”
The lifespan of the tracking cookie is about to expire. With the rapid emergence of mobile devices, the big three — Facebook, Google, and Apple — have turned to new and more potent methods for advertisers to keep track of you across multiple devices.
Jonathan Hall was trying to help the internet. Earlier this week, the 29-year-old hacker and security consultant revealed that someone had broken into machines running inside several widely used internet services, including Yahoo, WinZip, and Lycos. But he may have gone too far. Hall—the president of a security firm called Future South Technologies—went out of
HONG KONG — During these past few days of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a communal spirit has bloomed under the overpasses and on the highways. Groups of people play cards, laugh and relax under shared umbrellas. Stalls have popped up, providing necessities to those who need it — free of charge. People help each other build beds from newspapers and plastic sheets. Hair cuts are offered — gratis.
Did you hear the one about Facebook charging $2.99 per month for access? Recently, the Facebook fee hoax started circulating on, yes, Facebook, and you didn’t have to be an investigative journalist to debunk the thing. You just had to look at the company’s revenue numbers. Facebook’s 1.3 billion users are so valuable as advertising
Lawyer Tor Ekeland, who represents some of the highest profile hackers in the US, says the US should follow the UK and Ireland’s approach in meting out punishment proportionate to the actual harm done.