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Episode 254

Tech News Today 254: Two Beards, Tiny, And The Tall Guy

HP to license WebOS?, Twitter tweaks search and photos, Microsoft locks down tablet OS, and more!


Top Stories

  • Mac OS Update Detects, Kills MacDefender Scareware
  • Apple's malware detection update circumvented in 8 hours
    • Apple upodate for Snow Leapord released Tuesday ""warns users if they've downloaded fake Mac security software and scrubs already-infected machines""
    • Within 8 hours MacDefenders developers issued a variant that eludes detection, new variant comes as a download called ""Mdinstall.pkg""
    • In addition to a malware definition update, security software now checks for new definitions daily, so updating will not require a software update
    • Bug in security settings means if you leave the pane open for more than 30 seconds you cannot save changes to your settings.

Discussion Stories

  • Google Discloses China-Based “Hijacking” of Gmail Accounts
  • Google 'disrupts' Gmail phishing scheme in China
    • hundreds of users of its email service were tricked into sharing their passwords with “bad actors” based in China
    • Google, which has blamed China for a previous attack on the company’s computer networks, said its security and abuse detection systems recently discovered that users of its popular Gmail service had fallen for what are called “phishing scams."
    • The goal of the hijacking campaign "seems to have been to monitor the contents of these users' emails, with the perpetrators apparently using stolen passwords to get in-bound emails to be forwarded to accounts of their choosing," wrote Eric Grosse, an engineering director on Google's security team, in a post on the company's blog,
    • Gmail has over 190M users as of Nov 2010
  • Schmidt Says Google’s Social Networking Problem Is His Fault
  • Google’s +1 Button Is Finally Ready for Publishers
  • Eric Schmidt’s “Gang Of Four” Doesn’t Have Room for Microsoft
    • Google's Eric Schmidt spoke at D.
    • Eric Schmidt says there are four companies dominating consumer technology today: His own, Apple, Amazon and Facebook. Called them Frenemies.
    • “Facebook’s done a number of things which I admire,” Schmidt said during his Tuesday evening D9 interview. “It’s the first generally available way of disambiguating identity. Historically, on the Internet such a fundamental service wouldn’t be owned by a single company. I think the industry would benefit from an alternative to that…
    • He said he recently looked up memos he wrote four years ago about Google needing to address online identity. “I clearly knew that I had to do something, and I failed to do it,” he said. “A CEO should take responsibility. I screwed up.”
    • More buttons to clutter websites: Google's +1 button for websites rolled out today.
    • Partnered with Mashable, HuffPo, Rotten Tomatoes, Nordstrom, O'Reilly, Reuters, Washington Post, Best Buy, TechCrunch, Bloomberg
    • You'll see them on Google Properties too, Android Mkt, Blogger, YouTube, Product Search

News Fuse

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"You recently discussed the recent announcement of WHO changing their classification of cell phones. One of the types of cancer you mentioned was an acoustic neuroma. I perused the WHO press release and it does indeed mention this type of tumor. I currently have a larger acoustic neuroma, about 3.7 cm, and am about to undergo surgery. Both surgeons I’m dealing with assure me they are always benign and all the resources I’ve looked at on the web seem to agree. Just thought I’d let you know since every resource seems to imply it’s cancerous, even the WHO announcement.



York, PA"

"Hi Tom, Sarah and that Linux Hater iYaz (I tease!)

Just think, it's been 365.25 days since Tom and Sarah started at TWiT officially. It's also been 365 days since ""The Beard And The Blonde""--that's right! Episode 1 of the BEST tech!

Just wanted to wish you all a happy anniversary and to say here's to many more years of the Beard, the Blonde, and the Linux Hater (I smell a show title ;) )

Matt Wolf"



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