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ZD New Government

March 21, 2007

Mississippi and Alabama have given GPS tracking devices to social workers. The devices are embedded in cell phones. If a dangerous situation arises, workers can press a panic button on the phone to call for help.

Mississippi has issued GPS-equipped cell phones to 450 field workers. The phones can also be used to take photos of children and their home environments and record audio field notes that can be uploaded to the state's caseworker database.

ZDNet

by Harry Fuller

May 11, 2008

Here's a map that purports to show how much oil there is in North America and that the supply far exceeds the demand. This website argues greed is driving the high oil price, not shortage.

Enough oil? Peak oil? Past our peak? Not only do I have no clue what's true, neither do most people, including a lot of VCs and that keeps 1) the oil price high, and 2) the interest in cleantech high. Because nobody wants to sit in the dark, walk to work or have cold stew for dinner.

ZDNet UK

by Ingrid Marson

March 31, 2005

Intel has been congratulated for its 'great leadership' after deciding to shelve its open source licence, which has fallen into disuse

The issue of licence proliferation has caused concern among some in the open source community as it can increase the cost for companies wishing to adopt open source software, as they need to review and manage each type of licence. Intel decided to get rid of its licence after finding that it had not been used within the company for several years and is not often used outside Intel, according to an Intel spokesman. Smith said that it does not want the "de-approval" of the licence to be retroactive to past uses, as it does not want to force companies to re-license code. Intel's decision was praised by Martin Fink, the vice-president of HP's Linux division, who recently told ZDNet UK that the number of open source licences needs to be reduced from the current figure of more than 50 to "something less than 10".

zdnet.com

by Zack Whittaker

January 23, 2016

Nearly every week, I hear someone shrug off privacy issues with a claim that they're not worried because they have "nothing to hide" from the government. Let's put a cork in it, once and for all.

"Over the last 16 months, as I've debated this issue around the world, every single time somebody has said to me, 'I don't really worry about invasions of privacy because I don't have anything to hide,' I always say the same thing to them. I get out a pen. I write down my email address. I say, 'Here's my email address. What I want you to do when you get home is email me the passwords to all of your email accounts, not just the nice, respectable work one in your name, but all of them, because I want to be able to just troll through what it is you're doing online, read what I want to read and publish whatever I find interesting. After all, if you're not a bad person, if you're doing nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide.'

zdnet.com

by Zack Whittaker

August 2, 2014

US law can apply anywhere in the world, so long as a technology company has control over foreign data, a court rules.

A US judge has ordered Microsoft to hand over foreign data it stores back to the US, despite allegedly strong privacy protections in Europe to mitigate such processes. The logic of the court is that because the US-headquartered software giant controls the data it stores overseas, its foreign subsidiary companies are just as applicable to US law. US District Judge Loretta Preska in New York said the ruling will be stayed to allow Microsoft to appeal the decision to an appeals court. "It is a question of control, not a question of the location of that information," Preska said in the ruling.

zdnet.com

by Violet Blue

November 11, 2013

Adobe's database was hacked on October 3, impacting an estimated 150 million Adobe users. Here's a simple way to see if you're affected.

Wonder if your email address, password, credit card information or more was leaked to the world when Adobe's database was hacked last October? If you've gotten your email address anywhere near an Adobe product past or present, then the answer is: probably. Recent reports reveal that Adobe's stolen database held around 150 million user accounts - and not the 2.9 million Adobe originally reported, or the 38 million Krebs on Security later reported.

zdnet.com

by David Gewirtz

June 21, 2013

My iPhone lies there like a dead fish, telling me nothing. If you believe the weather and clock icons on my iPhone, the temperature and time of day haven't changed for 18 months.

I think I figured out what's going on with iOS 7. Sir Jony has been trapped in a monochromatic hardware world of his own making for so long that now that he's allowed to meddle in software, he's pulled out that box of Crayolas he's kept locked in the bottom drawer and let loose his inner Wonderland. I'll get back to iOS 7 in a minute. First, let me tell you about our phones. I've been using iPhones since a month after the iPhone app store opened back in 2008. After five years, I've decided to dump my daily driver (an iPhone 4S) for a hot new Samsung S4. In fact, we're getting two of them.

zdnet.com

by Emil Protalinski for

July 11, 2012

A new security flaw has been discovered in Instagram that allows a perpetrator to add anyone as a friend and see their private photos and profile information.

Spanish security researcher Sebastián Guerrero has discovered a flaw in Instagram which he has dubbed the "Friendship Vulnerability." In short, it allows anyone to add themselves as a friend to your Instagram account. As a result, they can then view photos you have set to Private as well as profile information. Guerrero blames the bug on Instagram's "lack of control on the logic applied to authorization feature." He explains that both the iPhone and Android apps are affected by the remote vulnerability.

zdnet.com

by Michael Lee

July 6, 2012

The FBI's shut-down of temporary DNS servers will rid the internet of those infected by DNSChanger, and it will be a better place because of it.

Six thousand Australians infected with DNSChanger malware are set to be cut off from the internet on Monday, when the FBI shuts down the temporary servers that are keeping them online. In my opinion, they deserve to lose the privilege to connect to the internet. DNSChanger tricks computers into connecting to rogue DNS servers, which point certain domain names to IP addresses of their choosing.

zdnet.com

by James Kendrick

June 4, 2012

ASUS will be offering the ability to run Android apps on its Windows PCs due to a deal with Bluestacks. This has implications for Windows 8 as it allows Android apps to run out of the box.

PC-maker ASUS has signed a deal with Bluestacks to include its Android app player on ASUS PCs as reported by AllThingsD. Bluestacks makes it possible to run top Android apps on the Windows desktop. This deal has major implications for ASUS, Bluestacks, and even Microsoft with Windows 8 on the horizon. The deal gives ASUS customers six months of free access to Android apps on their new Windows PCs.

      
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