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Sophos: Social networking sites must improve security

PhishingSecurity firm Sophos, in their latest Security Threat Report, says that recent trends all point to the same thing; criminals are targeting social networking sites. As social portals like Twitter, Facebook , MySpace, and LinkedIn have grown in popularity, so have the attacks on their users. In response to this, Sophos says these sites need to step-up security measures. They propose that there needs to be strong awareness training for users on these sites, so that personal and business information can remain protected. Full Story : Techherald.com…..

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Twitter hacked by old technique — again

TwitterFor the third time this year, the San Francisco-based company was the victim of a security breach stemming from a simple end-run around its defenses: A hacker guessed the password for an employee’s personal e-mail account and worked from there to steal confidential company documents. The techniques used by the attackers highlight the dangers of a broader trend promoted by Google Inc. and others toward storing more data online, instead of on computers under your control. Full Story : Physorg.com…..

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Russians Spend More Time On Social Networks Than The Rest Of World

russia_flagcomScore has aggregated some data based on its World Metrix audience measurement service and put together a study on social networking worldwide. Surprisingly, it appears that the Russians are more engaged with social networking than the rest of the planet (or the biggest slackers at the office, depends on how you look at it). The study found visitors in Russia to spend 6.6 hours and viewing 1,307 pages per visitor per month on average. Full Story : Techcrunch.com….

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40% of iPhone Users access web more from phone than PC

iPhone 3gcomScore has surveyed 7,300 users of iPhones (and iPod Touches) and found that 40% of them now use their iPhones to access the internet more than they use personal computers. This is similar to findings earlier reported for Blackberry users with email and consistent with the early anecdotal evidence about the iPhone. iPhone users are also quite wealthy and relatively old (76% are over the age of 25) and seven out of ten iPhone owners are men. Full Story : Sociallyminded.co.uk…

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Web slows after Jackson’s death

internet-downThe internet suffered a number of slowdowns as people the world over rushed to verify accounts of Michael Jackson’s death. Search giant Google confirmed to the BBC that when the news first broke it feared it was under attack. Millions of people who Googled the star’s name were greeted with an error page rather than a list of results. The microblogging service Twitter crashed with the sheer volume of people using the service. Full Story : BBC.com….

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Twitter Targets Revenue This Year From Starbucks, Whole Foods

TwitterTwitter plans to generate its first revenue this year from companies such as Dell Inc., Whole Foods Market Inc. and Starbucks Corp., which use the micro- messaging site to communicate with millions of customers. The San Francisco-based service could make money by verifying Twitter accounts, so users ‚Äúfollowing‚Äù brands would know it was really Whole Foods or Coca-Cola Co. sending Tweets, or instant messages that can be 140 characters long. Full Story : Bloomberg.com….

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Users Spend More Time on Social Networks Than Ever Before

computer-userAccording to a new study from Nielsen, Internet users spend more time on social networks and blogs in May 2009 than ever before. The total number of minutes increased 82% year-over-year. Unsurprisingly, Twitter saw the largest gain in total new users among social networks, with a 1,448% increase in visitors from May 2008 to May 2009. Users also started to spend far more time on Twitter in recent months. In May 2008, the average user spent about 6 minutes on Twitter.com, while this number has now grown to more than 17 minutes. Full Story : Readwriteweb.com…..

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Microsoft Bing Performed Strongly in Second Week, Says comScore

bingMicrosoft’s new search engine, Bing, continued to gain market share in the U.S. market during its second week of release, according to research firm comScore. During that period, which extended from June 8-12, Microsoft‚Äôs share of search result pages in the U.S. increased 12.1 percent, also increasing by 3 percentage points from the week before Bing‚Äôs June 1 release. In addition to traditional “page of hyperlinks” search, Bing also offers subject categories such as “Images” and “Shopping” that allow for a more specific drilling-down by users. Full Story : eWeek.com….

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Game Consoles Most Popular Web to TV Device

According to research by In-Stat, consoles will be the preferred medium of Web to TV devices. And by the year 2013, over 10.7 million will be in use for this purpose. The Console manufacturers realise the potential and are all jumping aboard online TV and turning the humble console into an entertainment hub. Full Story : WorldTVPC.com….

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Wikipedia Gets Ready for a Video Upgrade

wikipediaThe organization behind Wikipedia is close to launching an editable online video encyclopedia to enhance the current textual one. The hope is to revolutionize the popular reference site and goad content providers into allowing more video to enter the public domain. Within two to three months, a person editing a Wikipedia article will find a new button labeled “Add Media.” Clicking it will bring up an interface allowing her to search for video–initially from three repositories containing copyright-free material–and drag chosen portions into the article. Full Story :¬† TechnologyReview.com…

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Wikipedia turned into book

wikipediaWikipedia, the online encyclopaedia written by volunteers, has been turned into book which is 5,000 pages long and 1ft 7ins thick. Made by Rob Matthews, the book contains 437 featured articles from the popular internet resource and comes up to his knee when stood on the floor. Wikipedia, which carries articles which can generally be edited by anyone who can access the website, was launched in 2001 and is currently the most popular general reference work on the Internet. Full Story : Telegraph.co.uk….

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Opera Unite turns browser into door to PC

opera-browserOpera has released an early version of a browser-based sharing and collaboration service called Unite, which has been criticized by some security experts as having a level of protection that is too low. Opera Unite, an application platform that turns the user’s PC into a web server, was unveiled in an alpha version by the Norwegian company on Tuesday. Components of the browser-based service include file-sharing, photo sharing, a shared media player, a chat lounge and the ability to run websites hosted on the user’s PC. Full Story : ZDNet.co.uk…..

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More People Are Watching TV and Movies on the Web, Study Shows

computer-userWhile most people still prefer to watch video on their televisions, a new study by Bernstein Research suggests more people than you might think are turning to the Internet for their video fix. According to the study, more than half of the U.S. population watches television programming or movies on the Web. Even more surprising, a full 46-percent of that number is made up of folks 40-years-old and above. Apparently, those generations are more Web-savvy than they are often portrayed. Full Story : Switched.com….

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Twitter Launches Verified Accounts

twitterTwitter launched the first phase of its Verified Accounts program moments ago, meaning that celebrities, musicians, athletes, actors, public officials and public agencies on the service can now display a ‚Äúverified account‚Äù button on their Twitter pages. The feature has been a long time coming, and many celebrities will jump on the opportunity to prove their legitimacy. It‚Äôll also solve the entrenched problem of celebrity impersonations, which are confusing for users and unwelcome by those being impersonated. Full Story : Mashable.com…..

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Bing Bounces High in Early Search-Ranking Results

bingAccording to comScore’s preliminary study, Microsoft’s latest effort to dethrone Google in the search-engine wars is posting gains. The results show substantial improvement in Microsoft’s position in the search market in the days following Bing’s launch. Microsoft increased its average daily penetration among U.S. searchers from 13.8 percent during the period of May 26-30 to 15.5 percent during the period of June 2-6, according to comScore. The research firm concluded this is an indication that the search engine is reaching more people than before. Microsoft’s share of search-result pages in the U.S., a proxy for overall search intensity, increased from 9.1 percent to 11.1 percent during the same time frame. Full Story : Yahoo….

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Twitter hype punctured by study

twitterMicro-blogging service Twitter remains the preserve of a few, despite the hype surrounding it, according to research. Just 10% of Twitter users generate more than 90% of the content, a Harvard study of 300,000 users found. Estimates suggest it now has more than 10 million users and is growing faster than any other social network. However, the Harvard team found that more than half of all people using Twitter update their page less than once every 74 days. Recent figures from research firm Nielsen Online show that visitors to the site increased by 1,382%, from 475,000 to seven million, between February 2008 and February 2009. It is thought to have grown beyond 10 million in the last 4 months. Full Story : Webfuture.in….

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Mozilla to let enterprises build custom Firefox browsers

firefoxMozilla is readying a program that will allow companies to build their own customized browsers based on the next version of Firefox, which will be out in a few weeks. The Build Your Own Browser program is a good fit for enterprises that want to create a customized browser that can be easily installed across multiple corporate desktops, said Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox at Mozilla Corp. Through the program, which will start sometime soon after Firefox 3.5 is released at the end of June, companies can use a Web application provided by Mozilla to specify certain customizations for the browser — such as bookmarks to certain sites or corporate intranets or portals, he said. Full Story : Goodgearguide.com….

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MicroSoft’s New Search Engine Puts Porn in Motion

bingBing, Microsoft’s new search engine, went live in the U.S. this weekend, aiming to challenge and possibly unseat industry titan Google. But bloggers and Internet safety experts quickly discovered that one of Bing’s “features” is that it takes only a few clicks for anyone ‚Äî of any age ‚Äî to view explicit pornographic videos without even leaving the search engine. Bing includes an “autoplay” tool that lets users preview videos simply by hovering a mouse over them. That asset may become a liability, because users can get a taste of porn videos on Bing instead of having to go to a smutty Web site ‚Äî an innovation other search engines have yet to offer. Full Story : Foxnews.com…..

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Mother finds son after 25 years via Facebook

FacebookA mother who said her son was kidnapped by his Hungarian father more than a quarter of a century ago was reunited with him after he was located on Facebook. Avril Grube, 62, from Poole in Dorset, claimed that in 1982, when her son Gavin Paros was aged three, his father took him to Hungary for what should have been a weekend away. Her marriage had broken down and, after her son failed to return, Grube contacted the authorities and made repeated attempts to locate Gavin. Full Story : Guardian.co.uk…..

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Sergey Brin: ‘Search is going to get smarter’

google-plexThe size of the web isn’t the problem for search, Google co-founder Sergey Brin claimed at the Google IO conference this week. Instead, the problem is the kind of questions search users want answered. Brin says adding intelligence to search is the way to solve the problem. He said,”For a long time Google has not just searched for your exact terms, using things like synonyms. Over time you’ll see those kinds of techniques increase ‚Äì and you’ll see some surprises in the next few years.” Full Story : TechRadar.com….

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