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Tech overload is a popular topic in new books

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"…whether you prefer to do your summer reading electronically or on paper, there are a few recently published books that should be read by anyone who works in the tech business, or who is seeing signs of email, Internet or gadget addiction."

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July 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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More Delays In Rollout of Google Mail to Los Angeles

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A City Council review of Google Inc.’s $7.25-million contract to take over the city’s e-mail system has been pushed back by eight days to August 4.

Council members were scheduled on Tuesday to review the status of the implementation, which was supposed to be finished by the end of June. The rollout of Google’s Apps software to the city’s 30,000 employees ran into delays as Google and the city negotiated over how to secure sensitive data from the Los Angeles Police Department and other city agencies.

LAPD officials have said they will not move their personnel to the Google system until all the safeguards are in place. That means the city will continue to pay for its older e-mail system — up to $147,000 per quarter — until the security requirements are met.

A city technology official said Google has agreed to pay for the old licenses through November, when the implementation is expected to be completed.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2010/07/la-city-council-review-of-google-email-contract-postponed-till-august-4.html

They should have gone with Exchange….

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July 28, 2010 at 11:26 pm

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Computer security firm Norton reveals 100 most dangerous websites

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July 26, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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IE AND SAFARI LETS ATTACKERS STEAL USER NAMES AND ADDRESSES

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Right at the moment a Safari user visits a website, even if they’ve never been there before or entered any personal information, a malicious website can uncover their first name, last name, work place, city, state, and email address. Safari v4 & v5, with a combined market browser share of 4% (~83 million users), has a feature (Preferences > AutoFill > AutoFill web forms) enabled by default. Essentially we are hacking auto-complete functionality.

http://jeremiahgrossman.blogspot.com/2010/07/i-know-who-your-name-where-you-work-and.html

Internet safety and privacy is a myth, and tho only thing one can do is be vigilant. IMHO, HTTP is an inherently unsafe protocol, due to the fact that it streams clear text across the pipe. One must always be cautious, and a decent anti-virus suite, even a free one like AVG, will help. Just assume someone is hacking your passwords, and prepare for the worst.

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July 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm

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Facebook & NY man square off in Buffalo court

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Facebook will try to get a New York man’s claim for majority ownership of the website thrown out of court, attorneys for the social networking site said Tuesday.

A complaint by Paul Ceglia of Wellsville claims that a 7-year-old contract he signed with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for software development entitles him to 84 percent of the company.

"No one’s ever said it’s not his signature or it’s a fake contract," Ceglia attorney Terrence Connors said during a federal court hearing in Buffalo.

Connors said the two men met when Zuckerberg, then a Harvard University freshman, responded to an ad Ceglia had posted on Craigslist looking for someone to develop software for a street-mapping database he was creating.

Zuckerberg offered to take on Ceglia’s project for $1,000, Connors said, and then told Ceglia about a project of his own, a kind of online yearbook for Harvard students that he wanted to expand.

Ceglia said he gave Zuckerberg another $1,000 to continue work on Zuckerberg’s "The Face Book," with the condition that Ceglia would own a 50 percent interest in the software and business if it expanded. The percentage grew to 84 percent based on a clause that added a percentage point for each day the project went past its Jan. 1, 2004, due date.

Zuckerberg’s undertaking "at that time was a fledgling project," Connors said. "Who knew it would turn into what it has turned into today."

http://skunkpost.com/news.sp?newsId=2837

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July 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm

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More News About Windows Phone 7

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Rather than keeping it under wraps until officially unveiling it to the public (and filing charges against anyone who gets their hands on an early prototype), Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is choosing to go down a completely different road by releasing a preview of its upcoming Windows Phone 7 software to the public today. It’s still unclear when the first phone will go on sale, and it’s certainly not finished, but this is what Microsoft is calling a “technical preview.”

If there was to be a consensus among those who got an early hands-on demo, it’s that the jury is still out. The judges want to see more because there’s still plenty of room for failure, but it sounds like they’ve got a fighting chance.

The consensus on this product will make or break Microsoft now that it has ditched its other KIN platform, and focused entirely on Windows Phone 7. Will Microsoft be able to continue to woo the enterprise? Will it be able to gain traction among consumers?

Starting today, thousands of prototype phones from Asus, LG (SEO: 066570) and Samsung are being shipped to developers (and press) over the next few weeks to get early feedback and to capture the interest of developers, so that they will be willing to build top-notch applications. In a blog post today, Microsoft wrote: “Together, with our early adopter customers, developers, OEM, and mobile operator partners we are in the home stretch. We are on the path to do exactly what we set out to do – create a different take on mobile phone software, an experience we think many people will find fun and refreshing, with a quality bar that we’re proud of.”

– moconews.net

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July 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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Apple takes world’s biggest technology company title from Microsoft (via J o s h i n o m i c s)

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Apple takes world's biggest technology company title from Microsoft Apple has become the world's biggest technology company. The title which has always been held by microsoft is now held by Apple as their market value rises to now $222bn, $3bn more than Microsoft. Annual revenues: Microsoft $58.4bn, Apple $36.5bn Annual net profits: Microsoft $14.6bn, Apple $5.7bn Earnings per share: Microsoft $1.62, Apple $6.29 Price/earnings ratio: Microsoft 12.8, Apple 24. Read the full article on the BBC here … Read More

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July 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm

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