Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, spam, and other security topics. He's also the main author of Computerworld's The Long View and IT Blogwatch -- for which he has won awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, ABM/Jesse H. Neal, and B2B Magazine.
He was previously CTO for Samsung Contact. Prior to this, he was at Hewlett-Packard for 14 years, working in a wide variety of engineering, marketing and architect roles, mainly on OpenMail and its predecessor products.
Richi lives in England, is an un-professional DJ, rusty scuba diver, and was voted "Most likely to get up first to sing at karaoke" for 13 years in succession. You can follow him as @richi on Twitter, pretend to be Richi's friend on Facebook, Plus him at +richij, or just use boring old email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Good designers make all the difference.
After a year of hard work, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has just deployed changes to the desktop version of its "News Feed." Bloggers -- on the whole -- seem pleased with the changes. No problems, everything is great. Still, the "new look" has many bloggers scratching their heads, unsure of what has changed exactly.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers want to keep things the way they are.
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.
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?
CVE-2014-0092: "Sky falling. Film at 11."
GnuTLS, the widely-used open-source encryption library, has a simply horrible bug. And it's had that bug since 2003. It has a similar effect to the recently-discovered one in Apple OS code: It fails to correctly validate certificates.
The conspiracy theorists are beginning to have a field day, with fingers pointing in the NSA's direction.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers don their tinfoil hats.
Something-something “LASER” something-something-something.
The MtGox Bitcoin exchange is bankrupt. Not a huge surprise, but insiders are also alleging chronic incompetence within the company, flowing from the CEO, Mark Karpeles. Supposed hackers have also leaked some PHP code that appears to substantiate those allegations. But could it all be an elaborate ruse to steal customers'
MtGox Co., Ltd. is now aiming for "civil rehabilitation" in a Tokyo District Court (similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.).
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers release the frickin’ ill-tempered, mutated sea bass.
Tami and Tony taken out behind the barn.
Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) new CEO is doing some spring-cleaning. Looks like Tami Reller's getting the blame for Windows 8, and there's simply no reason to keep Tony Bates hanging around like the metaphorical bad smell.
In other news, Scrooled-meister Mark Penn is getting a promotion. Oh brother.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers eyeroll until their extraocular muscles scream for mercy. Not to mention: MC Chris crosses the nerdcore streams, in tribute to Harold Ramis...
Pass, go, or collect?
This is not a Nigerian "419" scam, a method to earn millions browsing the web from home, or an attempt to sell a bridge in Brooklyn. However, some bloggers are having a hard time believing rumors that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will soon give Windows 8.1 away for free.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are skeptically optimistic and optimistically skeptical.
@Mikko, the notoriously publicity-shy CTO, doesn't trust RSA.
The RSA (NYSE:EMC) Conference was boycotted yesterday by TrustyCon attendees. A range of speakers criticized the company's alleged cosy links with the NSA, arguing that the industry badly needs a huge dose of trustworthiness.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers reach for the bottomless bucket of popcorn. Not to mention: Hypponen explains his 'personal' reasons...
Literally like LEGO®.
The Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) ATAP group is still working on its modular smartphone. And now it's getting ready to talk about its plans. Stand by for a Project Ara developer conference in mid-April.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers assemble the story from its key components, leaving out the bits they don't care about. [You're fired -Ed.]
OK, Google: 3... 2... 1... Now.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) finally opens up its new Android launcher. Albeit for Nexus and Google Experience devices, for now.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers start apps slightly differently.