The Wall Street Journal published a report last week saying that the Obama administration could make a move that is being called a turning point in privacy oversight. The White House is pushing for new privacy laws and a new position to oversee the matter, an Online Privacy Watchdog. The US Dept of Commerce is currently said to be drafting a series of recommendations that, if made into laws, would add a significant layer of protection for consumers's privacy when dealing with online services, everything from buying items online and giving out your credit card information, to how sites like Facebook or Google handle your personal data. While nothing is final yet, this would bring the US in line with other countries like Germany and the UK who already are tackling the online privacy issue.
Read More | Wall Street Journal
Our friends over at JackThreads have just given their website a makeover, and we've also noticed that they've started selling more technology and gadgets recently as crazy discounted prices. They also still sell clothing and accessories too, and everything is at a discount that is sometimes up to 90% off. You've gotta be a member to get in on the action, and to join, you need to be invited. Lucky for you, we've got an invite link that you can take advantage of to join JackThreads, and it'll even hook you up with $5 in credit that you can use on anything you'd like.
Thingd was recently put in the spotlight by the New York Observer, ending a period of intentional un-discovery.
The website of the location app Foursquare was updated today. While the mobile application has seen update after update, the website has remained more or less untouched until now. "We figured it was time to show some love to the website," said the Foursquare team on their blog.
The updated site now places emphasis on social networking. Friend's updates are now displayed in a live timeline that should "make it easier to keep up with your friends, even when your phone is not handy."
One more part of the update is that it is now easier to bring over contacts from other web services such as Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook. These may be simple updates that seem mandatory for other sites, but it shows that Foursquare is finally caring about their web interface in addition to that of their mobile application.
Read More | Foursquare Blog
Yesterday, new browser RockMelt entered a limited Mac and Windows beta with hopes of capitalizing on your favorite social networks.
In the last few years, social network after social network has popped up and each has become more and more a part of daily Internet habits. According to RockMelt co-founder Tim Howes, that is why their goal is "reinventing the browser for how people use the Web today."
In perhaps the only instance in America where it is okay to sell sex for money, Clover Holdings Ltd successfully bid on the Sex.com domain name up for sale by its owners Escom LLC.
Escom was forced to sell the incredibly valuable domain name after filing for bankruptcy. In May, Escom hired Sedo.com to help find buyers for the domain name which they bought for $14 million back in 2006.
The deal has not yet been accepted by the bankruptcy court, but we suspect that it will soon be finalized. Whatever Clover Holdings Ltd plans to do with the domain name is not known, but whatever it is, we’re sure it will be sexy.
Read More | Reuters
The launch of Google TV is right around the corner, and Google’s finally gotten their act together and put out the official web presence for the new platform/service. It includes a nice tour that shows off exactly what you can expect, and how they are trying to change the TV experience. Definitely worth watching once, if only to get a look at how the TV space is starting to heat up.
Read More | Google TV
According to McAffee CTO George Kurtz the cyber-attacks that occurred in January targed a small number of employees who controlled source code management systems. These source code management systems handle the myriad changes that developers make as they write software, the breach of which can have a cascade effect across multiple levels of Google and as many as 30 other business targeted in the January attacks. Aside from being awesome and using ‘cyber-attack’ in a sentence, I also have some valuable source-code for sale at rock-bottom prices; check out my store at ‘CyberNinjaAssassinCassanova138’ on eBay.
Read More | ComputerUser
Google is aiming to continue their attempt at speeding up the Internet with the introduction of Google Public DNS. What’s it do? Well, basically, they are promising faster DNS lookups than your ISP. According to Google, they aren’t going to hang on to the data, and the data doesn’t get associated with your Google account in any way. They will just keep data for two days, and use it to study how to speed up DNS across the board. If you wanna take the plunge, set the DNS on your computer or router to the following Google Public DNS IP addresses: 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.
Read More | Google Blog
Samsung has added the ability to stream YouTube videos to a trio of their Blu-ray players. The Samsung BD-P1600, PBD-P3600, and BD-P4600 will all give you this option, as long as they are connected to the Internet. With these units, you should have no problem watching Keyboard Cat, iJustine, and yes, Gear Live on YouTube. Just run an update on the player, and you are up and running.
Read More | Press Release
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