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In the world of Big Data, privacy invasion is the business model

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Apps snooping on your address book, sneaky ad cookies, and social networking are bad. But the real privacy demon is the shadowy data brokers slurping up every last byte about you--and how privacy invasion is an increasingly tasty business model. [Read more]...
In the world of Big Data, privacy invasion is the business model

Is your carrier overbilling you for mobile data?

gigaom.com
The smartphone revolution has produced a new practice among mobile users: we’ve started counting megabytes. With a few unlimited plan exceptions, most mobile data services are now capped, requiring us to keep a close eye on our usage. But are our carriers counting bytes the same way we are? According...
Is your carrier overbilling you for mobile data?
Amazon's S3 Now Stores 2 Trillion Objects, Up From 1 Trillion Last June, Regularly Peaks At Over 1.1M Requests Per Second

CloudFlare comes back online after weekend router crash

www.pcworld.com
CloudFlare's Juniper routers choked on a slight programming change designed to deflect a distributed denial-of-service attack, knocking the company's services off the Internet for about an hour early Sunday morning. The San Francisco-based company provides a service that speeds up the delivery of web pages and reduces bandwidth. It...
CloudFlare comes back online after weekend router crash

Scientists develop rewritable digital storage built into DNA; biological binary exists

www.engadget.com
We've seen DNA flirt with computing and storage before, but a biological system that can record digital data? That's something different. Stanford researchers used natural enzymes to create rewritable data storage built directly into living cells' DNA. The enzymes can flip DNA sequences back and forth, enabling a programmable,...
Scientists develop rewritable digital storage built into DNA; biological binary exists

Wither the hard drive? Facebook's secret plans for flash memory

gigaom.com
Facebook has flash memory on the brain. The social network, which has helped rethink server design for its operations and is designing a new type of infrastructure from the ground up for storing infrequently accessed photos, is thinking about “more use cases for flash,” said Jay Parikh, vice president of...
Wither the hard drive? Facebook's secret plans for flash memory

The Byte: Google's Buy Approved, HDDs Soar, Sony’s Smart Socket

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Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility is approved. Hard disk drive prices will remain high until 2014. A humanoid robot shoots and scores on the ice. Sony Smart Sockets can control power consumption....
The Byte: Google's Buy Approved, HDDs Soar, Sony’s Smart Socket

Dad Shoots Daughter's Laptop; YouTube Yawns

www.pcworld.com
A dad's method of keeping his daughter offline is drawing interest, but it's not new for YouTube. Plugging byte boxes are a common sight on the video site....
Dad Shoots Daughter's Laptop; YouTube Yawns

Backup your WordPress Blog to the S3 Cloud

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Just search for the term “wordpress backups” in the official WordPress plug-ins directory and you’ll be surprised to know that there exist over 100 plug-ins just to help you easily backup your WordPress database and other associated files. There are so many choices but most backup plug-ins often work the...
Backup your WordPress Blog to the S3 Cloud

★ An Ode to DiskWarrior, SuperDuper, and Dropbox

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Three weeks ago the hard drive in my MacBook Pro went bad. So far as I can tell, I didn’t lose a single byte of data. Here’s how. First, what happened. I was on vacation for a few days with my wife immediately after Macworld Expo. Thursday 18 February was...
★ An Ode to DiskWarrior, SuperDuper, and Dropbox

Amazon's Silk Browser Now Tracking User Behavior For New "Trending Now" Section...Wait, What?

techcrunch.com
Oh did you hear? Amazon announced a bunch of new Kindles yesterday. And here’s another little tidbit  - those devices, the Kindle Fire and Fire HD, are also getting an updated version of the Amazon Silk browser. The “cloud accelerated” mobile browser has received a handful of its own improvements,...
Amazon's Silk Browser Now Tracking User Behavior For New "Trending Now" Section...Wait, What?

The Byte: Microsoft Hacked, Apple Wants Inspections, White House CTO Resigns

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Microsoft's online store is hacked, Apple asks for Foxconn inspections, the White House CTO resigns, and the FCC maps mobile-broadband penetration....
The Byte: Microsoft Hacked, Apple Wants Inspections, White House CTO Resigns

Pubsubhubbub thoughts…

www.snellspace.com
From the spec.. Section 7.1 “When new content is added to a feed, a notification is sent to the hub by the publisher. The hub MUST accept a POST request to the hub URL containing the notification. This request MUST have a Content-Type of application/x-www-form-urlencoded (described in Section 17.13.4 of...
Pubsubhubbub thoughts…

Download Office² Version 5.0.2 for iPhone, iPad

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Byte² has released Office² 5.0.2, a new version of its office document tool for iPhone users. The app allows you to open, view, create and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files right from your iPhone. The document editing application also offers a way to obtain all of your stored documents...
Download Office² Version 5.0.2 for iPhone, iPad

Why can't 32-bit Windows access 4GB of RAM?

www.pcworld.com
32-bit processors and operating systems, in theory, can access up to 4GB of memory. So how come Qasim Zaib's PC, with 4GB installed, only sees 3GB? [Email your tech questions to answer@pcworld.com or post them on the PCW Answer Line forum.] Every byte of RAM requires its own address,...
Why can't 32-bit Windows access 4GB of RAM?

The Byte: iPad 3 and LTE, Yahoo is Challenged, Android Losing to iOS

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Apple's iPad 3 will debut on March 7 and could support US LTE data networks. Yahoo faces a board challenge from a shareholder who rejected the proposed candidates and suggested his own. Android lost smartphone marketshare for the first time as Apple had a great fourth quarter. CERN's Large Hadron...
The Byte: iPad 3 and LTE, Yahoo is Challenged, Android Losing to iOS

Get the most byte for your buck: Who has the best 3G/4G plan?

gigaom.com
In the last year, there have been a lot of changes in the way that mobile operators charge for 3G/4G data: more operators have dropped unlimited plans, revamped their pricing structures and introduced new tiers for tablets and mobile hotspots. So at GigaOM, we figured it was time we updated...
Get the most byte for your buck: Who has the best 3G/4G plan?

The Byte: Sony Rebrands, ThinkPad Gets Android 4.0, Google Fiber

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Sony will merge its PlayStation platform into broader services and products, Lenovo's ThinkPad tablet gets an OS upgrade, and Google preps for fiber cables....
The Byte: Sony Rebrands, ThinkPad Gets Android 4.0, Google Fiber

The Byte: Facebook IPO, New Sony CEO, and Kindle Sales

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Sony's new CEO starts in April, Asus will debut its Padfone smartphone-tablet hybrid this month, Facebook files for IPO, and sales of Amazon’s Kindle soared in the last nine weeks of 2011....
The Byte: Facebook IPO, New Sony CEO, and Kindle Sales

Apple's 'fat' 128 billion-byte iPad: What analysts are saying

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There's money to be made between a $699 64GB iPad and a $999 MacBook Air FORTUNE -- What at first glance seemed like a ho-hum memory boost may have deeper implications for Apple (AAPL), its margins and its competitors. Wells Fargo's Maynard Um: A 128GB fourth-generation iPad. "We believe the new...
Apple's 'fat' 128 billion-byte iPad: What analysts are saying

Smart forks and booth babes at CES: the cutting edge of innovation

www.guardian.co.uk
The timewarp at the Consumer Electronics Show extends beyond the semi-naked women into the whole approach to techWelcome to the future: it costs $99 and it vibrates when you eat too fast. It's a fork. Or, rather, it's a HAPIfork, and it was one of the most buzzed about items...
Smart forks and booth babes at CES: the cutting edge of innovation

Two reading assignments

blogs.law.harvard.edu
I submit to your interest two speeches that challenge acceptance of status quos by which our collective frogs are slowly boiling. First is Freedom in the Cloud, by Eben Moglen, given at the Internet Society in New York on 5 February. Second  is Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity, by...
Two reading assignments

Backing Up a Wordpress Blog to the Cloud Using Amazon S3

www.readwriteweb.com
We posted yesterday about Wordpress.com founder Matt Mullenweg and his view that cloud computing is marketing speak. The conversation followed a significant Wordpress.com outage. In our research looking into the role that cloud computing played, we discovered a lot of discussions about backing up your Wordpress.com account. One method looks...
Backing Up a Wordpress Blog to the Cloud Using Amazon S3

YouTube Bonanza for Airtel Users in India

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Starting today, all IPL T20 cricket matches will be streamed live on YouTube (youtube.com/ipl)  and since there aren’t any geographic restrictions, cricket fans around the world can watch matches of their favorite teams on any computer (or an Internet connected TV) for free without having to pay for premium...
YouTube Bonanza for Airtel Users in India

Gogo's New Antennas Should Improve In-Flight Wi-Fi, but Don't Expect Netflix

allthingsd.com
Gogo, the company that powers inflight Internet service for a variety of airlines, is counting on new antennas to help speed things up and allow more passengers to surf at the same time. The new set-up should triple peak speeds, and doubles overall network capacity. That should allow more people...
Gogo's New Antennas Should Improve In-Flight Wi-Fi, but Don't Expect Netflix

Amazon Launches Glacier, A Cheap, Cloud-based Data Deep Freeze

www.fastcompany.com
Amazon's new long-term storage product doesn't involve dusty filing cabinets or cobwebbed basements. The company announced a new cloud storage tool called Amazon Glacier today, which it says is suited for companies looking to store "infrequently accessed, yet still important to retain for future reference" data on the cheap. Amazon...
Amazon Launches Glacier, A Cheap, Cloud-based Data Deep Freeze

AT&T cuts prices on international data roaming, goes easier on overages

www.engadget.com
Could it be? Is AT&T addressing bill shock by simply trying to make international data roaming costs reasonable? From the looks of its new Data Global Add-On deals, that might be the case. The baseline price is up from last year at $30 per month, but you'll get 120MB...
AT&T cuts prices on international data roaming, goes easier on overages

Indian Government Quietly Brings In Its 'Central Monitoring System': Total Surveillance Of All Telecommunications

www.techdirt.com
There's a worrying trend around the world for governments to extend online surveillance capabilities to encompass all citizens -- often justified with the usual excuse of combatting terrorism and/or child pornography. The latest to join this unhappy club is India, which has put in place what sounds like a...
Indian Government Quietly Brings In Its 'Central Monitoring System': Total Surveillance Of All Telecommunications
All Your Metadata Shall Be In Water Writ

The Byte: Not Stringer's Fault, Google Fined, Playbook Cut, Android Market Cleaned

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Sony's CEO says losses aren't his fault, Google has to pay a fine, RIM cuts the price of its Playbook again, and Android Market malware is reduced....
The Byte: Not Stringer's Fault, Google Fined, Playbook Cut, Android Market Cleaned
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