A daily digest of IT blogs from Richi Jennings—he curates the best bits of the best blogs, finest forums, and weirdest websites, so you don't have to. Catch the key commentary from around the Web every morning.
"Not that I loved the Internet less, but that I loved corporations more." This isn't the exact quote from Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, but many bloggers believe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler is thinking it. Wheeler -- according to multiple reports -- has approved changes that will permit Internet Service Providers (ISP's) to charge premium rates for faster data speeds.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers believe those with the gold, make the rules.
Like a Swiss-made utility knife, video streaming service Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), has a tool for every job. Need to keep shareholders happy? Add 4 million customers. Need money to pay for content and custom programming? Increase prices. Need a screed on the sorry condition of American DSL and network neutrality? Write angst-ridden comments in a quarterly shareholder letter.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers take in everything at once.
For anyone using Facebook who has ever felt the need to go off somewhere and be left alone, there is good news! A new Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) feature called Nearby Friends -- which notifies friends of your current location -- is optional (for now).
Michaels Stores (NYSE:MIK) has finally confirmed the details of the point-of-sale hack revealed in January. It's unclear what's taken them so long -- the company claims the hack was "highly sophisticated," but everyone uses a blah-blah phrase like that.
Your humble blogwatcher notes that the problem persisted for more than a month after the news first broke. smh.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are aghast that, for the second time, the company's POS was hacked -- lasting almost nine months.
Our neighbors to the north get their man, allegedly.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) says it arrested the perp behind the recent hack of the country's tax agency. The allegedly-Heartbleed-mediated alleged hacker, one Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, is charged with "mischief in relation to data." Oh, Canada!
In other news, nasty new implications of the OpenSSL bug continue to come to light.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is expected to release its 'Duke' 3D smartphone in the summer. The rumors are rife, reaching us from many sources. All agree there are four tracking cameras that permit a "true" parallax effect, without glasses or the cruddy lenticular nonsense of a Nintendo 3DS.
However, there's some debate whether the "3D" is done by eye-tracking or head-tracking.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers drop several F-words, including FireOS and Fragmentation.
For more than three years, rumors of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) smartphones have pricked up bloggy ears. Never tiring of never-ending tales of unreleased phones, bloggers have trampled through dense Amazonian foliage to return with The Legend of the 3D Smartphone.