"This is going to be difficult for the average guy in the streets to understand, because it’s hard to know who has done what and what is safe."

— David Chartier, CEO of Codenomicon

Chief information officers and information security pros are scrambling to get up to speed on Heartbleed, a bug that affects the SSL Internet security protocol. The flaw could affect up to two-thirds of websites, according to reports.

Google Glass has gained acceptance in many workplaces but caused backlash in various social settings, like bars, where consumers value their privacy. With professional settings in mind, Google will launch a program on Tuesday to provide additional resources for business users, such as technical support. Photo:  Credit Leland Kim/UCSF

Google Glass has gained acceptance in many workplaces but caused backlash in various social settings, like bars, where consumers value their privacy. With professional settings in mind, Google will launch a program on Tuesday to provide additional resources for business users, such as technical support.

Photo: Credit Leland Kim/UCSF

Yahoo is following the lead of Netflix and Amazon by planning four half-hour-long comedy series from established writers and directors that could make the company a player in original content. The move would enable Yahoo to take on cable networks and streaming services for coveted advertising dollars. 
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Yahoo is following the lead of Netflix and Amazon by planning four half-hour-long comedy series from established writers and directors that could make the company a player in original content. The move would enable Yahoo to take on cable networks and streaming services for coveted advertising dollars.

Source: The Wall Street Journal


Thousands of users saw an error message or long load times during the season four premiere of smash fantasy series Game of Thrones on HBO’s Go mobile app. The network tweeted some humorous, show-themed messages in response.
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Amazon Fire TV 
Amazon has just released the Fire TV, the company’s Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku competitor. In short, it’s a $99 Android based set-top box for streaming movies and TV shows as well as playing games with the dedicated Fire Game Controller (sold separately for $ 40). The Fire TV has integrated voice search and being an Amazon product, extra care has been taken in order to make the company’s Prime Instant Video streaming service run smoothly on the device. The other usual suspects such as YouTube, Hulu and Netflix are also available. HBO Go is however currently missing from the lineup.
Photo: The Verge

digithoughts:

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has just released the Fire TV, the company’s Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku competitor. In short, it’s a $99 Android based set-top box for streaming movies and TV shows as well as playing games with the dedicated Fire Game Controller (sold separately for $ 40). The Fire TV has integrated voice search and being an Amazon product, extra care has been taken in order to make the company’s Prime Instant Video streaming service run smoothly on the device. The other usual suspects such as YouTube, Hulu and Netflix are also available. HBO Go is however currently missing from the lineup.

Photo: The Verge

Online dating site OkCupid took a strong stand against Mozilla on Monday, blocking the browser in opposition to new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s support of Proposition 8, the California measure that had banned gay marriage in the state.

Online dating site OkCupid took a strong stand against Mozilla on Monday, blocking the browser in opposition to new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s support of Proposition 8, the California measure that had banned gay marriage in the state.

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Apple responds to calls for emoji diversity
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Emoji are an adorable way to express your emotions on the iPhone. Unfortunately, they are not the most racially diverse group of symbols.
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nbcnews:

Apple responds to calls for emoji diversity

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Emoji are an adorable way to express your emotions on the iPhone. Unfortunately, they are not the most racially diverse group of symbols.

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guardian:

US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency’s top lawyer insists
The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated unequivocally on Wednesday that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agency’s widespread collection of data, contradicting months of angry denials from the firms. 
Rajesh De, the NSA general counsel, said all communications content and associated metadata harvested by the NSA under a 2008 surveillance law occurred with the knowledge of the companies – both for the internet collection program known as Prism and for the so-called “upstream” collection of communications moving across the internet. Read more
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guardian:

US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency’s top lawyer insists

The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated unequivocally on Wednesday that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agency’s widespread collection of data, contradicting months of angry denials from the firms. 

Rajesh De, the NSA general counsel, said all communications content and associated metadata harvested by the NSA under a 2008 surveillance law occurred with the knowledge of the companies – both for the internet collection program known as Prism and for the so-called “upstream” collection of communications moving across the internet. Read more

Photo: KeystoneUSA-Zuma/Rex

After sales of the iPhone 5C missed company expectations, Apple unveiled a cheaper, smaller version of the smartphone. The 8 GB edition will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, and China. Many analysts initially thought the iPhone 5C would be a low-cost smartphone aimed at the Chinese market, but the price was actually higher than expected and didn’t perform well in the country.

After sales of the iPhone 5C missed company expectations, Apple unveiled a cheaper, smaller version of the smartphone. The 8 GB edition will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, and China. Many analysts initially thought the iPhone 5C would be a low-cost smartphone aimed at the Chinese market, but the price was actually higher than expected and didn’t perform well in the country.

"“Things like Twitter and Facebook are packed elevators where we’re all crammed in together … I think anti-social stuff is on the rise," says former Buzzfeed creative director Chris Baker, who co-created a new app called Cloak. By connecting with Foursquare and Instagram, Cloak allows users to check a map and avoid people they know in real life. Read more.

"“Things like Twitter and Facebook are packed elevators where we’re all crammed in together … I think anti-social stuff is on the rise," says former Buzzfeed creative director Chris Baker, who co-created a new app called Cloak. By connecting with Foursquare and Instagram, Cloak allows users to check a map and avoid people they know in real life. Read more.