SOPA two years later: Fight over Internet legislation left a ‘lasting legacy’ –

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014

4 hours ago Two years after the anti-piracy bill SOPA sparked protests from activists concerned about Internet freedom, issues around what can be done to limit activity online continue to rage on. The Stop Online Piracy Act of 2011 effectively pitted Hollywood against Silicon Valley — copyright holders against Internet companies — as lawmakers trained their eye on overseas websites like The Pirate Bay. The…

Advice to Customer Service: Don’t Blame the Computer – New York Times

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014

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The Tablet Is The New General Purpose Computer – TechCrunch

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014

Apple’s latest iPad spot demonstrates that tablets have general purpose computing strengths that have never been exhibited by laptops. Laptops have had decades in the spotlight as our portable computers of choice and were on their way to eradicating desktop machines before tablets came along. But they’ve never managed to exhibit the flexibility of purpose that tablets can. Apple’s spot presents examples of people using iPads in various real world…

Some Microsoft Surface Pro 2 users report a firmware fix rolling out – ZDNet

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014

Microsoft seemingly has begun rolling out at least part of an awaited firmware update for its second-generation Surface Pro 2 tablets, according to user reports on Twitter and in various online forums. However, the firmware update may be one of multiple updates or a partial update only, said sources close to the company. The firmware update some report they are seeing — designed to fix…

Google Buys Nest Just As Internet Of Things Suffers First Global Cyber Attack – Forbes

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014

Following this week’s announcement that Google has agreed to purchase connected home device maker Nest for $3.2 billion there has been a lot of speculation about whether Google can be trusted with our home data. The smarter approach, to me, is represented by a Taipai-based tech commentator named Ben Thompson who wrote about Google’s New Business Model on his blog. He refers to Nest as the “second-leg for the Google…

Target email to shoppers: Is it for real? – San Jose Mercury News

Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014

NEW YORK — An email sent to the roughly 70 million Target customers who may have been affected by a pre-Christmas data breach is causing panic among those who fear it could be an attempt to victimize them again. Target says the email, which offers free credit monitoring services to potential victims of the breach, is legitimate. But the company has identified a handful of scammers who are trying to…