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Kimomaru (2579489) writes "Social media consultant and Tech Writer Sarah Slocum was assaulted at a Haiight Street bar in San Francisco on Friday night. Apparently, her Google Glass device was stolen first and she was subsequently robbed of her purse and cell phone when she gave chase. Undaunted, Ms. Slocum then took to Facebook to describe the harrowing experience. Apparently, the patrons of the bar were not pleased that they were being recorded. Gogole Glass did its job, though, as Ms. Slocum did manage to record the scuffle itself (see link)." Link to Original Source top
Kimomaru (2579489) writes "Who didn't see it coming? The Snowden case has set off a technology race to create a new secure mobile phone for Germany's Chacellor Angela Merkel and her ministers. Two companies, Trust2Core and SecuSmart, are providing security solutions for the Android and Blackberry respectively. Trust2Core's solution, apparently, runs a virtual instance of Android that is supposed to be secure and separate from the regular Android environment. Interestingly, so far it seems that Apple's iPhone is not in the picture at all so far. In any case, it'll be interesting to see if this technology becomes available to the average consumer and whether or not the average consumer will even care enough to even buy it." Link to Original Source top
Facebook Being Sued Over Mining of Private Messages
Kimomaru (2579489) writes "Two Facebook users are trying to start a class action lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly mining information from private messages with the intention of selling is to advertisers. It's not the first time a social medial player has been in the press over privacy or security issues. But when the services are provided free of charge, does the user have a realistic expectation of privacy or security, especially when it's understood that the user's data is being mined for advertising? If not, should social media networks be allowed to use words like "private" (as in private messaging) or "security"." Link to Original Source top
Kimomaru (2579489) writes "ARS Technica asks, "How does a non-technical manager add value to a team of self-motivated software developers?" IT Managers have come some way in the past decade (for some). Often derided as being, at best, unnecessary and, at worst, a complete waste of budgetary resources, managers in technology today can add significant value by shielding developers and systems engineers from political nonsense and red tape. From the article;
"Don't underestimate the amount of interaction your manager does with other departments. They handle budgets, training plans, HR paperwork. They protect the developers from getting sucked into meetings with other departments and provide a unified front for your group."" Link to Original Source