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Submission + - LinkedIn Agrees to Block Stalkers ( 2

sholto writes: When Buzzfeed wrote about LinkedIn's stalker problem in June, LinkedIn claimed it had enough privacy tools "to effectively minimize unwanted connections". But a petition by a 24-year-old Ohio woman sexually assaulted by her boss and harassed through the network appears to have won the day for privacy advocates.
“Users on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other sites can easily block other users. LinkedIn appears to be an outlier among other top social media sites,” said petitioner Anna R.

Submission + - LinkedIn 'Blacklist' Censors Thousands of Legitimate Users ( 1

sholto writes: Had trouble posting to LinkedIn Groups lately? You may have been SWAMed. Back in December LinkedIn massively upgraded the power of the moderator's Block and Delete button so that if you're blocked from one group you are placed in Site Wide Auto-Moderation – your posts must be approved in every group you belong to.

The kicker: LinkedIn decided not to tell moderators about that little change, and there's no appeals process even for mistakes. SWAMed LinkedIn users aren't happy.

Submission + - Algorithm Blamed as LinkedIn Invites Strangers and Ex-Girlfriends (

sholto writes: An aggressive expansion strategy by LinkedIn has backfired spectacularly amid accusations of identity fraud. Users complained the social network sent unrequested invites from their accounts to contacts and complete strangers, often with embarrassing results.
One man claimed LinkedIn sent an invite from his account to an ex-girlfriend he broke up with 12 years ago who had moved state, changed her surname and her email address.
“This ex-girlfriend's Linked in profile has exactly ONE contact, ME. My wife keeps getting messages asking ‘would you like to link to (her)? You have 1 contact in common!,” wrote Michael Caputo, a literary agent from Massachussetts.

Submission + - Dropbox availability revealed (

sholto writes: "Despite all the press, Dropbox has never volunteered its availability. Collating 264,000+ logs from site monitoring service Pingdom during the last six months of 2012 showed the cloud storage provider was down for 412 minutes, thanks to a very bad Christmas (106 minutes down in 48 hours). Network issues added another 574 minutes. The final score? Depends how you count it.


Submission + - Infosec experts prefer iPhone over Android (

sholto writes: "Why do security types prefer iPhones? Apple still wins the security contest due to a tighter app approval process, patented device-wiping technology and 'probably the most successful use of public-key cryptography in publicly controlled hardware devices'.

Meanwhile, Android users face a lag of up to six months a lag of up to six months for firmware updates on cellphones sold through carriers.
'A lot of security folks have moved away from Android for that reason alone,' says Australian data security expert Adam Pointon."


Submission + - Cloud receipt-scanning service finds cash, meds an (

sholto writes: "Users of cloud receipt-scanning service tend to empty their wallets straight into the envelope. As a result the company finds some surprises such as condoms (unused), $50 and $20 bills, meds and "someone's weed stash", says CEO Taylor Mingos. "We put a sticker on it saying 'item could not be scanned'."
Mingos also argues that services targeting specific use cases like his are finally bringing about the paperless office."

Submission + - Putting emails in folders is a waste of time, says (

An anonymous reader writes: There are two types of office workers in the world — those who file their emails in folders, and those who use search. Well, it looks like the searchers are smarter. A 354-user study by IBM research found that users who just searched their inbox found emails slightly faster than users who had filed them by folder. Add the time spent filing and the searchers easily come out on top.
Apparently the filers are using their inbox as a to-do list rather than wanting to categorize information to find it more easily.


Submission + - Microsoft's cloud strategy shafts small business (

An anonymous reader writes: You can use Small Business Server with up to 75 users before you have to upgrade to the enterprise software. But with Microsoft Office 365 the small business version is limited to 50 users and adding a 51st user means going from $400 a month to $1280 a month for a similar license.
And the small business license comes with no phone support, just forums and blogs. Then there's the pricing. Canadians and Australians, you're paying through the nose.
I used to think clouds were soft and fluffy.


Submission + - Microsoft cloud prices vary wildly by country (

An anonymous reader writes: A global price review of Microsoft's cloud productivity suite Office 365 shows that Australians pay a massive 70% more than US businesses. That's despite using the same data center in Singapore as Singaporean businesses, which pay US prices. And Canadians — you're using the same data center as the US but paying 26% more for the pleasure.

Submission + - Point-of-sale finally moves to cloud with HTML5 (

sholto writes: "Retailers rely on point-of-sale software to handle high numbers of transactions without failing, making it one of the last holdouts for cloud computing. In this article VendHQ describes how a combination of HTML5’s offline manifest, webSQL database and websockets helped it shift the cash register to the cloud and why HTML5 proved to be a better choice than iOS, Android or Adobe Air."

Submission + - Uniloc founder in bid to 'save music industry' (

natecochrane writes: Serial inventor Ric Richardson is heading to Utah to "save the music industry" with a new security technology. The Australian founder of software company Uniloc that won on appeal a $US388 million patent infringement case against Microsoft — the largest of its type in US history — and starred in a 308-page Federal Trade Commission review of the "troubled" US patent system this week, said his aim was to "save the music industry" from piracy. Years ago, Richardson shopped his patented software activation system to Microsoft but they declined only to release one that was remarkably similar. Uniloc now heads back to court to seek a higher damages amount than that overturned recently.

Submission + - If Patriot Act fails, local IaaS might too (

sholto writes: The failure to extend key parts of the Patriot Act must worry IaaS cloud providers in Australia and elsewhere. The Act is held up as the main reason for keeping data in-country and secure from government interference — and customers pay extra for the privilege. If the Act disappears, so does the (already shaky) argument for data jurisdiction.

Submission + - Smartphone Shipments Surpass PCs (

PatPending writes: Manufacturers of smart phones shipped more devices than manufacturers of personal computers (sans tablet PCs) in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to research, making mobile devices as the computing platform of choice earlier than many industry-watchers had expected.

The growth in smart phones will continue to surge, analysts said, as the high-end models improve and the middle tier gets more affordable.

Submission + - 4G Broadband May Jam GPS (

mferrare writes: Avweb is reporting that "[t]he GPS industry is warning that a proposed broadband Internet network could effectively jam GPS signals". The 4G broadband frequencies (1525-1559MHz) live right next to the GPS frequencies (1559-1610MHz) and this could be problematic. Testing is still under way with results expected in June

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