Peter Bright at Ars Technica informs that “[...] Google has just announced that it’s going to take this protection even further in its Chrome browser and apply it to executable downloads. Click a link that downloads a program Google’s Safe Browsing API regards as hostile and you’ll see a warning, along with an option to cancel the download.
Initially, malicious Windows programs will be the target. Such programs are unfortunately commonplace and generally depend on social engineering tricks—rather than outright security flaws—to lure users into installing them, with fake video codecs and bogus anti-virus software both being popular approaches.
A similar security system, designed for a similar purpose, was included in Internet Explorer 9. [...]” (full article here). Same topic is covered by Ed Oswald at betanews (full article here)
I’m sure that this is another required step into the endless war between thieves and guards, but I also think that will bring more complexity instead than simplifying life to end users, because when a security message appears 9/10 of times is not comprehensible to an average user.
This post as a comment also here and here
Tim Conneally at Beta news reports that “[...] Google on Thursday introduced an experimental feature which continues its mission to chip away at undesirable search results and information from “content farms”: the ability to block all results from a particular URL.
Now, when search results are returned, there is a button next to each link labeled “Block all [URLNAME] results.” When clicked, that site is sent to a block list, which can be managed in the user’s Google account.
“We’re adding this feature because we believe giving you control over the results you find will provide an even more personalized and enjoyable experience on Google. In addition, while we’re not currently using the domains people block as a signal in ranking, we’ll look at the data and see whether it would be useful as we continue to evaluate and improve our search results in the future,” Google search quality engineers Amay Champaneria and Beverly Yang said today. [...]” (full article here).
Jacqui Cheng at Ars technica adds that “[...] The new blacklisting feature is triggered when you perform a Google search, click on a link, and then go backto Google after having decided that link isn’t what you wanted. When you return to Google the second time, a new option appears next to the Cached link that says “Block all [website name] results.” If you’re logged into your Google account (which is required in order to maintain a blacklist), you can then click that link and get a confirmation message that you want to block it.
Google wrote on its blog that you may not see the site disappear right away if you simply refresh your browser with the same search, but running a new search should get that domain out of your face for good. “The next time you’re searching and a blocked page would have appeared, you’ll see a message telling you results have been blocked, making it easy to manage your personal list of blocked sites,” Google Search quality engineers Amay Champaneria and Beverly Yang wrote. “This message will appear at the top or bottom of the results page depending on the relevance of the blocked pages. [...]” (full article here)
I don’t believe this will give in full control to the user (come on, results mean completeness of search and more practically money), but I appreciate the effort mad by Google to allow users to customize they’re searches.
This post as a comment also at Betanews and at Ars Technica
Many sites and authors (among them Matt Hartley at Lockergnome, full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2011/01/17/is-steve-jobs-critical-to-apple/, Joe Wilcox at Beta news, full article at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Apples-future-without-Steve-Jobs-wont-be-as-bright/1295327829 and at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/What-future-does-Apple-have-without-Steve-Jobs/1295286850 and at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Steve-Jobs-takes-another-medical-leave-from-Apple/1295278306, Juan Carlos Perez at Computer world, full article at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9205362/With_Apple_s_Jobs_on_leave_many_questions_and_few_answers, Peter Sayer at Computer world, full article at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9205342/Update_Apple_CEO_Steve_Jobs_to_take_medical_leave_of_absence, Chris Foresman at Ars Techinca, full article at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/01/apple-ceo-steve-jobs-back-on-medical-leave.ars, Matthew Humphries at Geek.com, full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/steve-jobs-goes-on-medical-leave-of-absence-20110117/, Mike Halsey at ghack.com, full article at http://www.ghacks.net/2011/01/17/steve-jobs-to-take-leave-of-absence-from-apple-for-health-reasons/) covered the anouncement of Steve Jobs leave for absence due to medical problems. Most of them also told that Steve Jobs is strictly related to Apple future in terms of positive impact. On top of this Apple shares declined after the announcement has been made.
In my opinion, Steve Jobs is very important for Apple because of charisma, innovation, leadership and vision. But times are different now form those when Steve came back and reseurrected Apple from ashes.
Apple is now a company with a stronger brand, that goes over the geeks and is more linked to marketing.
Apple is a strong company with cutting edge technologies and more patents that can turn in billion dollars ideas.
Apple has now an industrial approach for going live.
Apple has also grown or acquired lot of professionals and managers that can continue the business.
Apple also has a marketing and commercial model for applications selling that is something that is a step beyond also for new coming devices.
I don’t work for Apple (in fact I work for another very big company that is a competitor for part of Apple business), but I think the Cupertino company is stronger than ever.
With Steve at the helm also has the plus of a Guru, but without can continue the business without problems.
This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Apples-future-without-Steve-Jobs-wont-be-as-bright/1295327829, at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/What-future-does-Apple-have-without-Steve-Jobs/1295286850, http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Steve-Jobs-takes-another-medical-leave-from-Apple/1295278306, http://www.computerworld.com/comments/node/9205362#comment-716336, http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/01/apple-ceo-steve-jobs-back-on-medical-leave.ars?comments=1&p=21225850#comment-21225850, http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/steve-jobs-goes-on-medical-leave-of-absence-20110117/comment-page-1/#comment-3975084, http://www.ghacks.net/2011/01/17/steve-jobs-to-take-leave-of-absence-from-apple-for-health-reasons/#comment-1295892 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2011/01/17/is-steve-jobs-critical-to-apple/comment-page-1/#comment-250537
Tim Conneally at Beta news (http://www.betanews.com/author/tim) reports that “[...] Popular social networking site Facebook today announced it is rolling out a whole new messaging system over the next few months that “isn’t just e-mail,” but integrates four common ways users communicate: email, Facebook messages and chat, and SMS, and archives it all in a single thread. [....]” (full article at http://www.betanews.com/article/Facebooks-new-messaging-system-handles-email-chat-SMS-Office-Web-apps-all-in-one/1289847427).
Same thing is done by Sharon Gaudin at Computerworld (full article at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9196618/Facebook_messaging_throws_a_blow_at_Google), Jacqui Cheng at Ars technica (full article at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/11/facebooks-new-messaging-system-mashes-up-sms-e-mail-im.ars), John Brownlee at geek.com (http://www.geek.com/users/jbrownlee/ and full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/facebook-introduces-new-messaging-system-e-mail-sms-and-im-all-in-one-place-20101116/), Om Malik at Giga OM (http://gigaom.com/author/om/ and full article at http://gigaom.com/2010/11/15/meet-the-new-new-facebook) and Adam Dachis at Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/5690721/why-you-should-embrace-the-new-facebook-modern-messaging-system).
In some ways it reminds me Google wave, but I wish for Facebook it doesn’t follow the same path.
I agree with Google CEO that this new Facebook features aren’t a threat to Google activities, because the target is different (Google is a quite serious email provider and most of all is more secure than Facebook) and though messaging is integrated with Facebook, IMHO Google is more usable.
Again, I understand FB need to cover a gap and use his vast “installed base” (or addressable market), but it would have better consolidate and strengthen his features before getting into a such complex addon, with no (substanntial) innovations and more risks for privacy.
This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/article/Facebooks-new-messaging-system-handles-email-chat-SMS-Office-Web-apps-all-in-one/1289847427, at http://www.computerworld.com/comments/node/9196618#comment-708663, at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/11/facebooks-new-messaging-system-mashes-up-sms-e-mail-im.ars?comments=1&p=21020590#comment-21020590, at http://www.geek.com/articles/news/facebook-introduces-new-messaging-system-e-mail-sms-and-im-all-in-one-place-20101116/comment-page-1/#comment-3924221, at http://gigaom.com/2010/11/15/meet-the-new-new-facebook/?go_commented=1#comment-513643 and at http://lifehacker.com/5690721/why-you-should-embrace-the-new-facebook-modern-messaging-system
Ed Oswald at BetaNews (http://www.betanews.com/author/eoswald) reports that Facebook admitted that his third-party apps developers had mishandled private datas (full article at http://www.betanews.com/article/Facebook-admits-its-thirdparty-developers-have-mishandled-private-data/1287428665, Jacqui Cheng at Ars Technica covering same article and the fact that the issue is going to congress at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/10/facebook-app-breach-gets-the-attention-of-congress.ars and Michael McWhertor at Kotaku at http://kotaku.com/5667405/report-farmville-breaks-facebook-privacy-rules-sends-personal-info-to-ad-firms).
Again with more or less a month of distance we find another problem for Facebook.
And again I say this is not a joke, because company detains personal datas for many millions of people.
Everyone is responsible for what posts and does, but also the depositors of this datas have some responsabilities (and this includes those working in partnership for them: it’s too easy to get the money and success from Farmville and then not respond for the “collaterals” of this).
This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/article/Facebook-admits-its-thirdparty-developers-have-mishandled-private-data/1287428665#c2001961, at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/10/facebook-app-breach-gets-the-attention-of-congress.ars?comments=1&p=20920991#comment-20920991 and at http://kotaku.com/5667405/report-farmville-breaks-facebook-privacy-rules-sends-personal-info-to-ad-firms
Apple will host an event on October 20th to disclose and talk about Mac OS.
The image depicted below has a lion inside, that maybe a hint for a Mac OS X 10.7 disclosure.
The back to Mac Ad
Despite you love Apple or not, they’re really masters in communicating and creating attention.
This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/article/Apple-hosting-October-10-event-Is-the-king-of-the-beasts-the-next-version-of-OS-X/1286987438 and at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/10/apple-announces-back-to-the-mac-event-for-october-20.ars?comments=1&p=20908875#comment-20908875
Ed Oswald at betaNews (http://www.betanews.com/author/eoswald) reports that Microsoft IE9 won’t be compatible with XP (full article at http://www.betanews.com/article/IE9-will-leave-a-significant-portion-of-Windows-users-behind/1284751432).
I understand innovation and I can understand products marketing support policies.
I also can understand that XP is not so new OS.
But is really worth for Microsoft to ignore or abandon nearly a half of his customers?
This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/article/IE9-will-leave-a-significant-portion-of-Windows-users-behind/1284751432
Ed Oswald at Betanews (http://www.betanews.com/author/eoswald) reports that “[...] Facebook’s privacy issues have come to a head as it has been sued over its handling of users’ private information. The class action suit was filed on July 2 in the Queen’s Bench Court in Winnepeg, Manitoba. Merchant Law Group LLP filed the action on behalf of Donald Woligroski, a Winnepeg Facebook user. The suit accuses the social networking site of misappropriating Woligroski and others’ personal information and intentionally using it for commercial purposes. It also says Facebook was careless and dishonest in alerting users to how the information would be used. [...]” (full article at http://www.betanews.com/article/Class-action-suit-in-Canada-only-the-latest-of-Facebooks-woes/1278621631).
This goes on top of another statement from German authorities that there’s an ongoing investiogation for Facebook data activities.
I think, again, is a problem of a single company storing personal datas of about 1/12 of world population with a completely immature and money driven management.
On the other side is, more in general, also a matter of education of users, because if you put very personal informations or media on a site, you should evaluate the risk of having them go public.
This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/article/Class-action-suit-in-Canada-only-the-latest-of-Facebooks-woes/1278621631
Joe Wilcox at Betanews (http://www.betanews.com/author/joewilcox) reports 5 things that should be known on Iphone 4G (full article at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/5-things-you-should-know-about-iPhone-4/1276015529).
What follows are my comments:
- Job’s health is back: You’re true on this. Steve is the engine of Apple, driving strategy and innovation. And the key note given last monday is the demonstration of his thought and charisma
- Jobs showed developers the money in iOS: Too many times this is a point where CEOs don’t go in deep. Steve showed the point to developers as the carrot for using iOS. And, again, he’s correct: IPhone is a great platform and Apps are the engine, the enabler and the differentiator of this Apple product. Giving the access to this potential money to developers is the key to make them going on on developing winning applications.
- FaceTime won’t be big time — at least not anytime soon: another correct point, where IMHO we’ll also face the problem of networks not being capable of supporting all the induced traffic.
- AT&T will hurt iPhone 4 in the United States: I have no basis for this
- Apple’s approach to rights usage assures the iBookstore will succeed: Apple is one of the most safeguarding companies on IP rights, but I think that iBookstore will succeed if e-bookstores will get a step further (means a greater diffusion of kindle and nook like devices).
This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/5-things-you-should-know-about-iPhone-4/1276015529