April 29, 2013
Internet users beware: copyrighted web content could soon be out of reach. This may explain why some are experiencing delay in YouTube video playbacks.
HTML is the main markup language for creating web pages and other information that can be displayed in a web browser, and the World Wide Consortium (W3C) meets meets regularly to update the language for the growing challenges of the web. Their newest project focuses on protecting copyrighted content from being copied from one virtual place to another.
Read more: DRM framework for HTML5 may restrict playback of copyrighted web content - News - Houstonian
April 28, 2013
A new federal law is being debated that would allow states to force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes. Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) supports the bill, while eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY ) wants it changed. In the following video, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos discusses what the two companies stand to lose from the coming state sales tax changes, and what consumers could gain.
Read more: The End of Tax-Free Online Shopping Is Near
(CNN) -- Misinformation can spread quickly on Twitter, each retweet exposing it to wider audiences and even resulting in real world impacts.
On Tuesday, hackers took over the Associated Press Twitter account and falsely claimed that there had been explosions at the White House and that the president was hurt. The tweet was up for a few minutes and retweeted more than 3,000 times before Twitter took the account offline.
Read more: The power of one wrong tweet - CNN.com
April 17, 2013
With identity theft on the rise, many consumers are in desperate need of a refresher course in what data-security experts call “cyberhygiene.”
“We’re all naive, and that’s what cybercriminals count on,” said Monica Hamilton, director of product marketing at McAfee Inc., a cybersecurity firm in Santa Clara, Calif.
Something as simple as disclosing your birthday or hometown on Facebook can give cybercriminals an opening to steal your identity and ruin your credit.
Read more: Experts warn against giving cybercriminals opening
As the crypto-currency Bitcoin has skyrocketed in value over the last weeks and then fallen even faster, it's produced plenty of excitement and heartache for investors. But at least one Bitcoin enthusiast has been nonplussed by Bitcoin's volatility: the entrepreneur who goes by the name the Dread Pirate Roberts, founder of the black market site Silk Road, where visitors can use Bitcoins to buy practically any illegal drug imaginable. Read more... http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/04/16/founder-of-drug-site-silk-road-says-bitcoin-booms-and-busts-wont-kill-his-black-market/
Even though we've seen Google Glass be leaked, be announced, be presented, be demoed, be worn, be used and even be mocked, it's always represented some far off future technology that we never were sure if it would ever be real (in a I can't believe it's already here kind of way). But it's totally happening guys. And this is what it looks like. Brandon Allgood got his hands on the Google Glass box and revealed what's inside the future. Read more... http://m.gizmodo.com/5994838/heres-whats-inside-google-glass-box?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow
April 13, 2013
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has formally launched a political group aimed at revamping immigration policy, boosting education and encouraging investment in scientific research.
Read more: Facebook's Zuckerberg Launches Political Group
April 7, 2013
NEW YORK Shares of Best Buy (BBY) jumped on Thursday after the company announced plans to create store-within-store kiosks for Samsung products - a vote of confidence from a major consumer electronics retailer that the brick-and-mortar format is still an important way to sell products.
Best Buy shares in afternoon trading were up more than 14 percent.
Read more: Best Buy: In-store kiosks to feature Samsung products - CBS News
Facebook is introducing a “family of apps” called Home, that act as a integrated homescreen for Android phones.
“We want to bring this experience of having a home, and always knowing what’s going on around you, right to your phone,” founder and CEO Mark Zuckerbergannounced at a packed press event at the company’s headquarters. “It’s a family of apps – you can install it and it becomes the home of your phone. We’re calling it ‘Home.’”
Read more: Facebook Unveils Home, A New 'Family Of Apps' For Android Phones - Forbes
As North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. and South Korea with war rhetoric, hackers have taken over the country's social media accounts and many of its websites.
North Korea's Twitter and Flickr accounts began pushing content Thursday that is unlike what the two social media accounts normally do, making it appear that the North Korean social media accounts had been compromised.
Read more: North Korea's Twitter, Flickr accounts hacked; Anonymous speaks up - latimes.com
April 5, 2013
Maybe you were hoping for something radically new and different from a Facebook phone. If so, Zuck just broke your heart. But so what. Facebook never does anything new. New doesn't matter in the blue. What matters is this: What Mark Zuckerberg announced today runs software called Facebook Home that makes it easier for people to spend more time with Facebook. And that's all he really needed to pull off. Read more... http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/04/facebooks-phone-is-a-triumph-of-mediocrity/
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