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June 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Study: Teens behaving worse online, parents clueless

Suprise, surprise. Parents think they’ve got a handle on their teens online activity, but most have no idea what their kids are up to on computers and smartphones. Confirming this is a new study by security vendor McAfee. It found that 73.5 percent of parents trust their teens won’t access inappropriate content online. Yet more than 70 percent…


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December 5, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Seattle’s TappIn sold for $9 mil

File-sharing startup TappIn is dancing the two-step today after being acquired by San Antonio-based GlobalSCAPE for $9 million. All eight employees of TappIn will remain in Seattle, working on the company’s software for sharing and accessing PC files from mobile phones and tablets. TappIn shareholders may receive up to $8 million more from the deal if revenue…


Comments | More in | Topics: Aventail, enterpreneurs, Entrepreneurs

October 24, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Kindle Fire’s smoldering privacy issue

It looks like the privacy hullabaloo over’s new Web tablet and exotic browser could end before the device goes on sale. I hope consumers and watchdogs keep paying attention, though. The Kindle Fire doesn’t go on sale until Nov. 15 (though it can be pre-ordered now), but tech experts began questioning the privacy risks of its…


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June 10, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Alleged Sony PSN hackers busted, face Spanish inquisition

Authorities in Spain have arrested three people accused of perpetrating the attack that stole user information from Sony’s PlayStation Network and led to an extended shutdown. Sony shut its network – the cornerstone of its connected entertainment strategy – on April 20 and is still working to fully restore the system. Last week more than 90…


Comments | Topics: network hack, playstation, PlayStation

October 6, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Facebook adds Googley dashboard, privacy tools redux

Wouldn’t it be great if the growing competition between Google and Facebook led to a privacy arms race, with the companies trying to one-up each other with new privacy tools? Both companies’ products are not private by nature. To use their services, you feed them personal information that they use to target advertising. But they’re trying. Last November,…


Comments | Topics: Facebook, Google, Security & privacy

April 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Facebook “eroding” privacy timeline, yikes

If you’ve been trying to keep track of Facebook’s privacy policies, check out the “eroding privacy policy” timeline published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From the privacy group’s summation: Facebook originally earned its core base of users by offering them simple and powerful controls over their personal information. As Facebook grew larger and became more important,…


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January 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Microsoft’s “China” IE browser emergency patch: Get it now

Here’s a link to the emergency patch for Internet Explorer that Microsoft issued today. It fixes the vulnerability that China apparently used to sneak into the networks of Google and other U.S. companies, prompting the brouhaha that Secretary of State Clinton addressed today. Now that word’s out about the Explorer flaw it’s critical to update…


Comments | Topics: Asia, china, Google

November 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM

NSA helped secure Windows 7

This is a little spooky: The National Security Agency worked with Microsoft to “enhance” the security of Windows 7. From Computerworld’s report: “Working in partnership with Microsoft and elements of the Department of Defense, NSA leveraged our unique expertise and operational knowledge of system threats and vulnerabilities to enhance Microsoft’s operating system security guide without constraining…


Comments | Topics: Microsoft, nsa, Public policy

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