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Google launches VetNet, uses Google+ to link veterans with civilian jobs (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/29/google-launches-vetnet-uses-google-to-link-veterans-with-jobs/

Google launches VetNet, uses Google to link veterans with civilian jobs video

As eager as Google has been to help veterans find work in the civilian world, most of its work has been parallel to what’s already going on. It’s hoping to use its social networking skills from Google+ as the linchpin for a larger effort. Enter VetNet: the portal aggregates job-finding resources from Hire Heroes USA, Hiring Our Heroes and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, using Google+ pages for program tracks that cover job hunting basics, career networking and entrepreneurial courses. Former soldiers will logically need to sign in, but they’ll get access to video discussions through Hangouts, a Google Calendar for events and, naturally, a place to connect with fellow vets. The VetNet hub is already live; if transitioning to work outside the armed forces feels like too much of a solitary pursuit so far, the service could be a prime opportunity.

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Thursday, November 29th, 2012 news No Comments

Some Guy Bought the Data of 1.1 Million Facebook Users for Just 5 Bucks

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5955086/some-guy-bought-the-data-of-11-million-facebook-users-for-just-5-bucks

Some Guy Bought the Data of 1.1 Million Facebook Users for Just 5 BucksBogomil Shopov, a Bulgarian blogger and digital rights activist, bought 1.1 million Facebook names, user IDs and e-mails for the ridiculously low price of 5 dollars. Yes, for a price of a Subway footlong, Shopov was able to get his hands on your personal data from Facebook. What a deal!

Luckily, Shopov isn’t out to spam people or anything. Instead, he wants to use this as an example of how terribly lax Facebook can be with its security. How did those names and e-mail addresses become available in the first place? Facebook apps. Forbes says:

According to the seller of the information, a Gigbucks user with the handle “mertem,” the data was collected from Facebook applications.”The information in this list has been collected through our Facebook apps and consists only of active Facebook users, mostly from the US, Canada, UK and Europe,” reads the Gigbucks post. “Whether you are offering a Facebook, Twitter, social media related or otherwise a general product or service, this list has a great potential for you.”

The personal data of Facebook users isn’t just from people who keep their profile public, Shopov said he found e-mail addresses that were private and hidden too. Facebook is currently looking into the breach of user data but they haven’t yet come to a resolution. We are at their mercy. [Forbes]

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Friday, October 26th, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook Just Launched Its Next Billion-Dollar Business (FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-paid-app-installs-2012-10

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For months, Facebook has been testing a new kind of ad on mobile devices—ads for other apps.

Now it’s officially launched the app-ad program to all developers.

Here’s how it works: Developers place ads on Facebook’s website and its mobile apps. When users install their apps, developers pay a fee.

Because Facebook has a huge audience, and because its fast-growing base of mobile users have already shown they’re willing to download Facebook’s own app, it’s a natural audience for these ads. TinyCo, a mobile games maker, reported having 50 percent higher click-through rates. Companies like Zoosk, the online-dating service, and Fab, the e-commerce site, have also been running ads in tests.

Facebook has been swiftly laying the groundwork for this business, first launching its App Center, a centralized place for promoting apps, in May and rolling it out internationally.

Having proven it can drive traffic to apps through the App Center and through ads placed in Facebook users’ News Feeds, Facebook’s now seeking to make money off of that traffic.

Here’s a bonus: It keeps iPhone and Android developers, who might otherwise favor tools built into Apple and Google’s mobile platforms, loyal to Facebook, s! ince add ing Facebook’s social features to their apps is pretty much a requirement to get distribution—paid or unpaid—on Facebook.

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Fujitsu demos ad transmission technology, sends info from TV to handset via smartphone camera (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/02/fujitsu-ad-transmission-smartphone-camera/

Fujitsu demos ad transmission technology, sends info from TV to handset via smartphone camera video

Another easter egg at Fujitsu’s CEATEC booth was a system for transmitting coupons, URLs and other digital information from a TV screen to a user’s smartphone. We’ll back up a bit: the data ends up on-screen in the first place thanks to information embedded in light flashing at various levels of brightness (the frame rate is too quick to be detected by the human eye). Theoretically, when a viewer is watching a commercial, they’ll see a prompt to hold up their phone’s camera to the screen, and doing so will bring up a corresponding coupon or website on their handset — it takes about two to three seconds here for the recognition. The embedded information covers the entire panel, so users don’t need to point their device at a particular section of the screen.

In Fujitsu’s demo, pointing a smartphone at the TV pulled up a website on the phone. It only took about a second for the URL to pop up on the device, and there was no noticeable flickering on the TV itself (essentially, the picture looks identical to what you’d see on a non-equipped model, since your eye won’t notice the code appearing at such a high frequency). The company says this technology works at a distance of up to two or three meters. Head past the break to take a look at the prototype in action.

Gallery: Fujitsu Video Data Transmission hands-on

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/vip/~3/cijBW_CFp9E/mcdonalds-nickelodeon-and-more-are-collecting-online-data-on-kids-without-permission

Oh Good, a Bunch of Kid-Friendly Sites Are Taking Advantage of MinorsWhile internet seems like an untamed wilderness much of the time, there are actually a surprising number of measures in place to help your wee ones navigate it unharmed. Like, say, systems to keep big bad corporate wolves from gobbling up the personal information of kids under 13.

You know; the ones that McDonald’s, Nickelodeon, General Mills, Subway, and Cartoon Network have been outright ignoring on their kid-friendly online honeypots.

As the NY Times reports, nearly 20 children’s advocacy groups have banded together to accuse the aforementioned toddler tempters of violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Specifically, the sites in question encourage minors to share the email addresses of their friends without parental consent. What’s worse is that it’s so clearly an intentional skirting of the law. According to one of the lawyers leading the charge:

“Under the law, they can’t just collect e-mail addresses from kids and send them marketing material directly. So they are embedding messages saying, ‘Play this game and share it with your friends,’ in order to target the friends.”

The technical legal term for this sort of thing is “icky,” so let’s hope this puts an end to it. There are enough predators online as it is without having to worry about HappyMeal.com’s intentions.

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Google gets go ahead to provide video services to all Kansas City residents

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/19/google-video-service-approved-in-kansas-and-missouri/

In what may be a watershed moment for in-home entertainment, both Kansas and Missouri have given Google permission to provide video services to Kansas City residents as a part of its Google Fiber project. Missouri’s Public Service Commission gave Big G the thumbs up on March 1st, and Kansas’ Corporation Commission followed suit last Friday, meaning Google now has the green light to provide video services to residents on either side of the state line. Of course, the folks in Mountain View haven’t committed to taking down the cable companies just yet, but these approvals put the necessary franchise licensing in place for them to do so if they choose. Comcast, Cox, Time Warner… your newest competitor has arrived.

[Thanks, Jerry]

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Monday, March 19th, 2012 news No Comments

For Each Dollar Of iOS Revenue, Developers Get Only 24 Cents From Android

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/for-each-dollar-ios-revenue-developers-get-only-24-cents-from-android-2012-3


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Android’s market share may have surged over the past two years, but iOS is still the place where app developers get paid. According to a report from mobile analytics firm Flurry, developers only get $0.24 of Android revenue for every dollar of iOS revenue.

As we discuss in a recent note, end-user market share makes for sexy headlines, but the real “network effect” of smartphone platforms is with developers. Unsurprisingly, they are going to go where they can get paid—and users will eventually follow. In something of a foreboding trend for Android, Flurry also found that iOS accounted for 73 percent of new project starts in the last quarter of 2011, up from 63 percent at the beginning of the year.

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 news No Comments

Intel Creates $100 Million Fund To Make Your Car Smarter (INTC)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/intel-creates-100-million-fund-to-make-your-car-smarter-2012-2

 

Ferrari F12berlinetta CarIntel Capital announced today a $100 million fund devoted to cars.

So what’s a chip company doing betting on technology in cars?

Intel estimates that by 2014, cars will be one of the top three fastest-growing markets for connected devices and Internet content. That eventually gives Intel an opportunity to put more of its chips in a whole new place: cars.

As an Intel manager put it in the press release announcing the fund: “The car is the ultimate mobile device.”

The Intel Capital Connected Car Fund will invest in technologies such as advanced driver assistance systems, speech recognition, gesture recognition, and eye tracking.

But there’s no mention of self-driving cars just yet. That is all Google for now.

 

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 news No Comments

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