WhatsApp deal: Thumbs down?
High fives and thumbs up. That's what celebrating CEO Jan Koum of instant messaging company WhatsApp was doing after Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) decided to buy his company for 19 billion dollars. Not everybody is in cheer though: privacy groups Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) are determined to crash the party.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers check Twitter.
At the manufacturing company where this pilot fish works, word comes down from the corporate IT communications department: Every plant needs to add a DSL connection to serve as a backup for its T1 or T3 line.
Apparently not everyone learned their lesson from the 'IE users are dumb' hoax.
PC shipments had their deepest decline every in 2013, and 2014 doesn't look much better, according to IDC's latest forecasts. Does this mean that the PC apocalypse is finally upon us?
Apple's decision to end support for OS X Snow Leopard is reasonable -- but it's the kiss of death for a large segment of the Mac resale market.
Stuart Schuffman spotted said sign.
Two hopping night-spots in San Francisco are the latest to ban Google Glass. SoMa's The Willows and the Mission's Sycamore are promoting patron privacy in their establishments.
But is this less about privacy and more about the growing anti-tech sentiment in the city?
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are relieved that they don't have to look at a naked Scoble this time. Not to mention: Abby Martin and Abby Martin: Separated at birth?
It's the 1980s, and this university instructor marches up to the computer center's help desk with a student in tow. The first words out of her mouth: "The computer doesn’t like this student."
Four students have hacked Apple's iOS 7s voice assistant to control third-party apps with Siri without jailbreaking their iPhone.
If the powers-that-be have their way, then the media sharing news about national security leaks as well as people sharing hyperlinks to hacks could become criminal offenses in the USA. The CIA, however, can alledgely hack Congress to spy on spy documents without it being a crime.
Ever wish your phone could alert you when emails come in from certain people or with specific words in the subject? It can. Welcome to the world of custom Gmail alerts.