5 million Google accounts in the wild: data dump, not a hack
Sep10

5 million Google accounts in the wild: data dump, not a hack

There are only two things you need to know about the gmail mess from Wednesday: It was not a hack of 5 million gmail accounts. Use Google to check the integrity of your account, not a third party site like isLeaked.com. And then go set up two-step authentication on your email. 1. Not a hack When an account has been hacked, it has been compromised. Someone other than the owner has the digital keys to the account and has (usually) done...

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Watching Robin Williams
Aug14

Watching Robin Williams

What if you decided right now that you wanted to watch a Robin Williams movie? Which one might it be? And which vendor has the movie? That’s why I pulled this (incomplete) list together: so that I would know whether to head to Apple, Amazon or Netflix to watch. I hope the list helps someone else, too! Mork & Mindy, 1978-1982 Mork Amazon: purchase only Apple: n/a Netflix: DVD only “Punching and pushing and calling...

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Congress sides with consumers over telecos
Jul27

Congress sides with consumers over telecos

Almost eight years ago, the U.S. Copyright Office gave cellphone owners the right to unlock their cellphones. It had been illegal since the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which banned the “circumvention” of any copy protection mechanisms (Section 1201). This did not, however, mean that carriers honored the ruling. AT&T, for example, has been a notable laggard with regards to the iPhone. From April 2012 :...

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Heartbleed bug: what to do, who’s affected, who’s done what?
Apr09

Heartbleed bug: what to do, who’s affected, who’s done what?

UPDATED: By now, you should have heard about the Heartbleed bug that decimated encryption for web servers that were using a version of OpenSSL dated December 31, 2011 or later. The latest news on this ongoing story is on my Storify. What to do? Change your passwords on accounts where you would be upset if someone were to steal into a digital trove of personal information — like credit card numbers, for example. Generally...

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Anti-trust and telecom/cable: the problem of excessive infrastructure competition
Feb18

Anti-trust and telecom/cable: the problem of excessive infrastructure competition

We really don’t like our cable company, whether it’s for television programming or Internet service. The proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable venture has put our misery in the spotlight, along with arguments that market concentration is good for us. More than 10 years ago, we had a similar national dialog about consolidation in the television programming delivery business. First, Dish Network and DirecTV announced a proposed...

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