Google's chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf said in a speech given before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week that "privacy may actually be an anomaly." Apparently he doesn't think privacy a basic human right, but rather an "anomaly" created by the industrial revolution. Therefore, reverting to a state of no privacy at all for citizens might be a natural thing. Though his argument sounds convincing, his premise is completely wrong.
Google upgraded its SSL certificates to new ones that use the stronger 2048-bit RSA keys. This comes in the wake of the company's announcement in May that it would be upgrading its 1024-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates to more robust 2048-bit certificates before the end of 2013.
Yes, it's all one giant circle. Data use begets more data use--and more market players using it too.
Existing Chrome users are probably already on the latest release courtesy of the browser's built-in silent updater, though users who never turn off their computers may need to restart the browser to ensure that the new release loads.
"If someone conducts a Google mobile search for 'screwdrivers,' for instance, a local hardware store could bid to have its store listing served to that user," writes John McDermott in his post in Digiday. "By pairing that person's location data with its database of store listings, Google can see if the person who saw that ad subsequently visited the store."
What better way to constantly track mobile users than to brand their person. Ummm, tattoo their throat? The Google patent application says users benefit from getting the electronic tattoo by enjoying hands-free phone operation and clear conversations even in the nosiest of environments. But the 10-page US Patent Application No. 20130297301 says the throat tattoo has a display and user interface with a lie-detector too. Now, what good is all of that to the user?
The Google Web crawler is being exploited to perform SQL injection attacks, according to Daniel Cid, a developer of a cloud-based firewall/proxy system called CloudProxy Website Firewall.
Google, Qualcomm and Motorola Solutions are the top three indoor location vendors, according to a vendor assessment by ABI Research.
In case you missed it, Google last week included the Quickoffice app as part of Android 4.4 "KitKat", the latest new flavor of the company's operating system for smartphones and tablets.
Quick takes on mobile news for Tuesday, 11/5 including: tips for preparing for the use of Google Glass and smartwatches, Surface Pro 2's battery life, updates for iPass and Windows Phone 8, Latin American demand for mobile commerce and BYOD policies in the federal government.