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- Google goes political on Sochi Olympic Games with an Olympic-theme doodle; adds extremely rare below-the-fold text to its homepage:
“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” –Olympic Charter
- The Omni Group, as well as other software for the Apple’s OS X and iOS platforms (including the ever-popular OmniGraffle diagramming app), releases one of its second-tier apps as open-source.
- Microsoft names 22-year company veteran Satya Nadella its new CEO. Bill Gates will no longer be chairman of the company’s board of directors, but will be a product and technology adviser to the new CEO. Meanwhile, Gates stops over at Reddit for an “Ask Me Anything” discussion with redditors. [via San Jose Mercury News]
- Google releases the Chromecast SDK, allowing developers the world over to integrate Google Cast support into their apps and websites. The app developer behind AllCast, a popular local media playback app, reportsthat he was able to integrate Chromecast support in “about 20 minutes.” [via Reddit]
- Google extends its recent move toward patent detente, signing a long-term cross-licensing deal with networking giant Cisco.
- So, it’s come to this: Steve Wozniak calls for Apple to build an Android-based phone.
- Facebook creates a Look Back video for the father of a deceased son, raising further questions about how the social media spaces occupied by the deceased should be treated and regulated.
Regulating the Technology Industry:
- GoGo Inflight Internet, a provider of WiFi internet access on many domestic flights, is sued over allegedly anti-competitive business practices and over-charging customers.
- Connecticut police say a someone sent an aerial drone to view and record the scene of a fatal car crash. Commercial use of low-altitude drones is illegal, but personal use is not.
- Democrats in the House and Senate introduce legislation to restore net neutrality. [via Slashdot]
Legal Process Technology:
Cyber Crime & Cyber Security:
- ArsTechnica interviews the new “Dread Pirate Roberts” (possibly) running the shuttered-then-restarted Silk Road illicit marketplace.
- In the wake of the Target data breach, leaders from the retail and payment card industries call for chip-and-pin verification for credit cards. [via SANS]
- Medical laboratory services provider LabMD shuts down, citing an “exhausting” and expensive FTC investigation into its data security practices after LabMD documents containing sensitive personal, financial, and medical details were found on a p2p file-sharing network.
- Over at the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Andrew Proia analyzes Senator Leahy’s federal data breach notification bill, focusing on the interface of the civil and criminal portions. [full disclosure: the author and I occasionally write for the same blog, Cybercrime Review. --Ed.]
- The University of East Anglia publishes its historic land surface temperature database as an overlay on Google Maps.
- A new prosthetic hand is not only controlled by nerves in the arm, it is the first in the world that can transmit nerve signals sophisticated enough to allow the brain to regain its sense of touch. In the artificial limb. We are living in the future, people.
- Scientists present evidence in Current Biology that Pacific salmon are born with a “magnetic map” that helps them migrate thousands of miles to their spawning locations.
- Materials scientists develop a new honeycomb-like alumina-coated polymer structure that is lighter (i.e., less dense) than water yet stronger than some forms of steel.
- A-Rod drops his lawsuits against MLB, Commissioner Bud Selig, and the players’ union, appearing to accept the longest-ever ban for PEDs.
- London’s Tate Museum will begin offering “After Dark” tours this summer, using web-controlled robots to exhibit the art from a different perspective and in a different light (literally).
- The Wall Street Journal cites an anonymous source claiming that the NSA’s bulk metadata collection program actually does not extend to most cell phones, netting “20% or less” of all U.S. metadata.
- Patent troll/patent assertion entity Intellectual Ventures’ case against Motorola ends in a mistrial.
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