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Beta Seed: Help find hidden treasure.

Yesterday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) quietly started a new program which permits users to try out pre-release versions of OS X. Named "Beta Seed," the program is available to anyone free of charge.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers believe silence is golden.

April 23, 2014 6:44 AM EDT
Netflix

Will Netflix become jacked up?

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.

April 22, 2014 7:02 AM EDT
Universal Pictures

Location sharing with Facebook notifications.

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).

April 19, 2014 3:34 PM EDT

Crafty hackers hack craft stores -- again.

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.

April 18, 2014 6:08 AM EDT

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.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hold their heads in their hands and weep. Not to mention sleeping all night and working all day...

April 17, 2014 6:10 AM EDT
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Rumor confirmed! (Or at least, triangulated.)

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.

April 16, 2014 6:04 AM EDT
Microsoft

No need to be a developer developer developer developer.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is allowing anyone to download the near-final Preview build of Windows Phone 8.1. Although it's billed as a developer-only release, it's easy to get.

The reviews are positively glowing: WinPho8.1 is really pushing their (capacitive) buttons.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ignore the dire warnings and install the released update anyway.

April 15, 2014 6:05 AM EDT
Wikimedia

Amazon 3D phone: A bungle in the jungle?

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.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers switch on their Nooks.

April 12, 2014 1:23 PM EDT
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Dr. Rice simmers as the Web boils.

Dropbox is making Condoleezza Rice a director on its board. Predictably, the technorati are up in arms over the appointment.

Why? Well, the GWB-era secretary of state is... umm... let's just say she's a "controversial" figure, OK?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers consider waging holy war against Dropbox. [You're fired -Ed.]

April 11, 2014 6:15 AM EDT
HP

DoJ and SEC get their pound of flesh.

HP (NYSE:HPQ) has, err, "resolved" several allegations that it bribed officials in Mexico and Eastern Europe. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission don't take kindly to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, you see.

Oh. Wait. Did I say "HP"? Of course I actually meant "HP subsidiaries." So that's all right then.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers watch Bill and Dave roll in their respective graves.

April 10, 2014 6:21 AM EDT
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