Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness such as Google’s plans for a Metro version of Chrome, Microsoft’s seeking of a patent for TV-viewing tolls, Encyclopaedia Britannica’s switch to a digital only format, and more.
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Weekly News Links
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- RIAA chief: ISPs to start policing copyright by July 1
Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon are among the ISPs preparing to implement a graduated response to piracy by July, says the music industry’s chief lobbyist.
- UltraViolet: DRM by any other name still stinks
First major outing of Hollywood’s UltraViolet digital streaming effort shows the scheme for what it really is: DRM all over again, and a way to make you pay for content over and over, too.
- Microsoft seeks patent for TV-viewing tolls
The software company filed for a patent on technology that would let content owners charge people if they skip over commercials or replay on-screen action.
- Apple’s Siri not as smart as she looks, lawsuit charges
A new lawsuit seeking class action says Siri doesn’t work anywhere near as well as Apple’s TV ads suggest.
- Has Google lost its magic?
Google may still be raking in the profits, but the mojo behind Gmail, Chrome, News, Translate, and Docs has started to fade in the face of stiffer competition.
- Encyclopaedia Britannica drops print and goes digital only
After 244 years of printing volumes of books, the venerable encyclopedia publisher shifts toward computer-only access.
- Mozilla execs capitulate in H.264 Web-video war
The Firefox developer, seeking a foothold in mobile browsing, is poised to accept patented video technology it had spurned. That underscores the challenges for Google’s competing WebM.
- Google to give Chrome a Metro sheen
Never fear, Windows 8 Metro browsers that aren’t Internet Explorer are near. Google says that Chrome will go Metro for the new operating system.
- Firefox for Windows 8 to run as single Metro and desktop app
The in-development browser will work as both a Metro and a desktop app, presenting some challenges for the Mozilla team. And it highlights a potential gotcha for Microsoft as well.
- Thunderbird 11 arrives with tabs on top, IM coming in future version
Mozilla announced this week the availability of Thunderbird 11, a new version of the popular open source e-mail client. It brings a minor user interface overhaul and a number of bugfixes. Note: IM is available in daily/nightly builds.
- Google plans major revamp for search engine
The Web giant has been working on the “next generation of search” over the last couple of years and now it’s ready to start rolling it out.
- Google plans to penalize ‘overly optimized’ sites
A Google engineer says the company is rejiggering its search results so that sites with excessive optimization don’t trump sites with solid content.
- Google faces new investigations over Safari tracking
U.S. and European regulators are investigating Google’s bypass of user privacy settings in Apple’s Web browser, The Wall Street Journal reports.
- Congress not happy with Apple’s response on privacy concerns
Not satisfied with a letter from Apple addressing its privacy policies, lawmakers have asked the company to send a rep to Washington to answer further questions.
- EU to e-book publishers: We’ll settle–if you do as we say
The European Commissioner for Competition says that he’ll agreed to a settlement with e-book publishers, provided they remove all the “objections” his office has brought forth.
- Finders of lost smartphones tend to snoop
According to an experiment carried out on behalf of Symantec by security expert Scott Wright, almost every other finder of a smartphone would try to access the phone owner’s online banking.
- Android antivirus apps improve their grades–just not very much
A shockingly high percentage of Android antivirus apps are still ineffective, even after an update to the original study corrects overly negative results.
- Exploit circulating for Windows RDP vulnerability
A proof of concept (PoC) exploit, which goes by the name of rdpclient.exe, is currently circulating for a vulnerability in the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) server found in all supported versions of Windows. The security hole, which was patched on Tuesday, can be exploited remotely, causing vulnerable systems to crash.
- “Anonymous” Linux sparks concerns
Anonymous vs. anonymous: a new Linux distribution targeted at hackers showed up on SourceForge this past Thursday, appearing to be from the Anonymous activist group.
- SourceForge Closes Anonymous-OS Live CD Project
Based on Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), the Anonymous-OS Live CD was designed to be a Linux distribution packed with “hacking” tools for “testing the security of web sites”. It’s creators were pretending to be part of the famous Anonymous cult.
Random TinyHacker Links
- A review of Webroot SecureAnywhere Essentials 2012
Webroot is very focused on providing security through only its cloud protection technology. But does this bet pay off? Find out from this review.
- Do you need a Show Start Screen shortcut on the Windows 8 Desktop?
Apparently, there’s no easy way to create one.
- TED talk: The Power of Introverts
Susan Cain gave a great talk at TED 2012 about her experiences with others (along with her own choices) regarding her introverted nature while growing up and into adulthood. This is a talk well worth watching for those of us who are introverted and those who seek to understand others who are introverted.
- The LinkedIn Survey Says…
This infographic provides a portrait of a LinkedIn user.
Super User Questions
- Easiest way to find out if user has either Windows 7 or Vista (through telephone support)?
- How can I identify what application is using the file?
- Export Passwords and Bookmarks from Chrome to Firefox
- Can a PC be set up not to shut down when unplugged?
- Is it possible to read a harddrive with an unknown file system?
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
- The Top 10 Tips for Securing Your Data
- HTG Explains: What Can You Find in an Email Header?
- How to Identify Network Abuse with Wireshark
- Desktop Fun: Colors Wallpaper Collection Series 2 [Bonus Size]
- The How-To Geek Guide to Getting Started with TrueCrypt
- 6 Alternative Browsers Based on Google Chrome
- How To Seamlessly Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 (The Easy Way)
- How to Add Any Application Shortcut to Windows Explorer’s Context Menu
- 6 Alternative Browsers Based on Mozilla Firefox
- Photography: What Is A Chromatic Aberration, And How Can I Fix It?
Geeky Goodness from the ETC Side
- What Happens to Missing Smartphones? Symantec Dishes the Dirt
- The Nightmare Known as Old Hardware [Family IT Comic]
- The Secret Weapon Combines Evernote and Getting Things Done
- Why People Remove Tags on so Many Facebook Photos [Humorous Image]
- Browser Wars – The Transportation Edition [Classic Funny Image]
- Multi-Purpose Laptop Power Cords [Funny Image]
- A Peek Inside Google – Behind the Numbers [Infographic]
- Preview of ChromeOS Desktop and Aura Window Manager [Video]
- Seven Year Old’s Rube Goldberg Machine Is an Adorable Bit of Inventiveness [Video]
- Use Box.net’s Android App; Score 50GB Free Storage
One Year Ago on How-To Geek
- HTG Explains: What’s the Difference Between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7?
- HTG Explains: Learn How UEFI Will Replace Your PC’s BIOS
- Turn Your Home Router Into a Super-Powered Router with DD-WRT
- How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Network Signal and Increase Range with DD-WRT
- How to Backup Your Web-Based Email Account Using Thunderbird
How-To Geek Comics Weekly Roundup
- What They did before Photocopiers
- The Mean Age
- Altered Retirement Plan
- Lofty Goals
- Desperate for Food
- Bad Customer Service
- Writer’s Block
How-To Geek Weekly Trivia Roundup
- Who Invented the Light Bulb?
- Which Video Game Company Got Their Start Manufacturing Playing Cards?
- What Is The Most Expensive Piece of Sci-Fi Memorabilia Sold At Auction?
- Which Movie Is Claimed to Have “Cursed” Companies Featured Within It?
- What Was The First Commercial Application of Microprocessors?
- Published 03/18/12