14 June 2013

Google Uncovers Iran Spying on its Citizens

The surveillance campaign is just the latest evidence that political groups are increasingly using digital means to keep tabs on their opposition. During elections last April in Malaysia, security researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab found evidence that servers in Malaysia were running FinSpy, a surveillance tool sold to governments by the British surveillance firm Gamma Group. According to security researchers, the targets appeared to be members of Malaysia’s opposition party. (source infra)

Google Says It Has Uncovered Iranian Spy Campaign - NYTimes.com
The timing of the effort, which has been targeting Iranian citizens, suggests that the attacks are related to the upcoming Iranian presidential election, Google said. Read more…
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Google buys Waze and puts the squeeze on Facebook and Apple
Moorhead added that he simply can't see the advantage of Google buying Waze -- other than keeping it out of the hands of competitors like Facebook and Apple. "It's bizarre that Google paid this much for so little," said Moorhead. "Millions of people ...

Xbox One and Microsoft's shocking discovery: gamers aren't data
The Guardian
... and there are plenty of pundits who assume Google or Apple will come into the market with a desirable new set-top box proposition or integrated connected TV that does everything from linear media to interactive gaming. Whatever, Microsoft's land ...

Azure Is the Future of Microsoft | Windows Azure content from Windows IT Pro: "Microsoft is a devices and services company. The services part is the biggest part. Azure is the king of Microsoft services. Azure is the future of Microsoft. Azure is so key to Microsoft's future, in fact, that I'm starting to question the use of the name Windows on that brand. In many ways it doesn't make sense to call such a thing Windows at all. Azure's a nice name. (And Azure SQL Database rolls off the tongue a lot more easily than does Windows Azure SQL Database. Just saying.)"

Apple looking at bigger iPhone screens, multiple colors - sources
Apple is looking at introducing at least two bigger iPhones next year - one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.7-inch screen - said the sources, including those in the supply chain in Asia. They said suppliers have been approached with plans for ...

Apple OS X Mavericks: 10 Things You Need to Know
PC Magazine
Apple says the new operating system, OS X Mavericks, will be out "this fall"—which one might guess, based Apple's history of releases, really means mid-September. Currently, only developers have access to an early release of the operating system. 2.

Apple's Cue Is Key to Defense of E-Book Price-Fixing Case
The government's antitrust case over e-book pricing has reached a crucial stage as a key Apple Inc. executive takes the stand to try to convince a federal judge he didn't lead an illegal scheme with publishers to fix prices. Eddy Cue, called “the chief ...

Google to generate nearly $8.9 billion in mobile ad revenue this year: eMarketer
Economic Times
The company accomplished that largely by forging a partnership with Apple Inc. when that company's iPhone came out in 2007. Google then baked its services into Android, a free operating system now running on more than 900 million mobile devices.

Amazon launches Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader in India starting at Rs.10999
While the basic Kindle has been available for more than ten months through Croma retail's physical stores and online through Junglee.com, Amazon's product listing service, it's the first time the company has introduced the Kindle Paperwhite in India.

Thank You, Google Overlords | TechCrunch
By Sarah Perez
And Google's influence when it comes to the web is massive. In the U.S., the company has 66.5 percent of search market share, with the next nearest competitor Microsoft/Bing at just 17.3 percent as of this April, according to comScore.

Apple snuck a Google Now-ish feature into iOS 7 called “Today ...
By Erica Ogg
It's not nearly as full-featured as Google Now, but Today gives notifications about weather, commute traffic and a quick glance at future events.

Apple Posts Ten-Minute 'Making a Difference, One App at a Time ...
By Jordan Golson
Apple has posted a new entry in its branding campaign, this time a ten-minute piece entitled 'Making a difference. One app at a time.' The... ... In between hating Google, enjoy this YouTube video :). I watched it on the Apple site which uses HTML 5 :). Rating: 5 Positives. Avatar ... Thus far in the ongoing e-book price fixing case, Apple has maintained that it was indifferent to what business model book publishers adopted with Amazon. However, an email from Steve Jobs to Eddy.
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How Your Microsoft Points Will Become Dollars/Pounds/Euros ...
By Luke Plunkett
Later this year, Microsoft's awful points system will be retired. Yes. In its place, you'll be buying content using the same stuff you do for everything else: your local currency. But how, exactly, is the transition going to work?

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