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Can Google Street View Help Terrorists?

Some in Israel warn against Google Street View

Photo credit: LA Times

Los Angeles times [2011-02-22] – The government decides to work with Google to bring Street View to Israel in the coming months, but some cabinet members worry that the street-level photographs will help terrorists plan attacks.

Google’s popular Street View map service has sparked privacy debates around the globe.

But in Israel, government officials are worried that the service could endanger public figures by giving terrorists detailed information that could be used in carrying out attacks.

Perhaps access to Google street view and Google Earth needs to be limited to a verified Google users only? This may only help intelligent agencies to track traffic to Google Street/Earth locations.

Source: LA Times

Google improves sign-in security of Google account

Google has improved the sign-in security for Google account.

We all know that combination of a simple authentication of the user id and password is not as secure as it was used to be. We often neglect the security and use passwords like “paassword”, “password1″, “welcome” or “hello”. And of course dearly pay for that.

Google has announced a new 2-step verification process for Google accounts which requires 2 authentication tokens, your user id/password and a code obtained using your phone.

Google promised that in a few days we should see a new link “Using 2-step verification” on our account settings page.

Source: Google Blog

Unlimited calling with AT&T

Coming February 10 - Messaging Unlimited with Mobile to Any Mobile Calling

Photo credit: AT&T

Apparently, AT&T is launching Free Mobile to Any Mobile Calling.  Not all There will be some restrictions in terms of who would be able to get this feature. According to rumors, only new and existing customers with qualifying plans will be enjoy this service.

Wondering whether this new addition to AT&T plans will help AT&T to retain customers who were planing to make a mover to Verizon?

Will Google Offers compete with Groupon?

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It appears that Google is planning to offer a new service which will be very similar to Groupon model.

Google said it was “communicating with small businesses to enlist their support and participation in a test of a prepaid offers/ vouchers program.”

The company added that the Google Offers initiative “is part of an ongoing effort at Google to make new products, such as the recent Offer Ads beta, that connect businesses with customers in new ways.”

Google Offers looks and operates much like Groupon or LivingSocial. Users receive an e-mail with a local deal-of-the-day. They then have the opportunity to buy that deal within a specific time limit (we assume 24 hours). Once enough people have made the purchase, the Google Offer is triggered and users get that all-too-familiar $10 for $20 deal for that Indian restaurant you’ve never tried.

“Google is communicating with small businesses to enlist their support and participation in a test of a pre-paid offers/vouchers program. This initiative is part of an ongoing effort at Google to make new products, such as the recent Offer Ads beta, that connect businesses with customers in new ways. We do not have more details to share at this time, but will keep you posted.”

Google essentially confirms Google Offers is real. It looks like Google Offers is in the testing phases, though.

Source: CNN.com, HeraldSun

Twitter worm fakes anti-virus

A fast-moving Twitter worm is in circulation, using Google’s goo.gl redirection service to push unsuspecting users to a notorious scareware (fake anti-virus) malware campaign.

At 8:45 a.m EST today, this Twitter search shows thousands of Twitter messages continuing to spread the worm.

The malicious links go through a number of redirections which. The redirection chain may push Twitter users to a fake anti-virus (scareware) serving the “Security Shield” Rogue AV. The webpage is using exactly the same obfuscation techniques as a previous version (Security Tool), which is an implementation of RSA cryptography in JavaScript to obfuscate the page code.

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Source:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/twitter-worm-hits-googl-redirects-to-fake-anti-virus/7938?tag=nl.e539
http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/11136/New_Twitter_worm_redirects_to_Fake_AV

South Korea says Google Street View broke law

Cnet.com [2011-01-13] – Police in South Korea reportedly say Google broke the country’s law when its Street View service captured personal data from unsecure Wi-Fi networks.

The Korean Police Department will now send the case to prosecutors, who will decide whether to formally charge the search giant, says the Associated Press.
Google has been accused of capturing personal information from wireless networks as its Street View service took photos of South Korean neighborhoods between October 2009 and May 2010. The case kicked off last August when South Korean police raided the local offices of Google in an attempt to determine whether the company had violated local laws.

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IPv6 Day is coming

In 1977 Vint Cerf, the program manager for the ARPA Internet research project, chose a 32-bit address format for an experiment in packet network interconnection.  At that time nobody could have predicted that the experiment would evolve into todays Internet connecting billions of people across the globe.

For the past 33 years the 32-bit address system  have provided great services. However now we are running out of space. IPv4 addresses expected to run out in 2011. As of right now there are around 50 million IPv4 addresses left and this expected to run out by approximately by November 2011 . What is going to be next? Oh.. by the way you can see by yourself hoe many addresses left here .

The IPv6 is the only long term solution at this time. Currently only 0.2% of Internet users have native support IPv6 connectivity.

Google has announced World IPv6 Day, a 24-hour test of the next genersation protocol on June 8, 2011. read more …

New look of Google Translate for Android

Photo credit: Google

Google has launched a new version of the Google Translate for Android yesterday (12/01/2011).
The first version of Google Translate for Android was launched in January 2010.
The conversational mode, a feature that everybody have been waiting for is available in English/Spanish mode only. Read more

iPhone May Get Unlimited Data Plan at Verizon

PCWorld [2011-01-10] – You may be able to get an unlimited data plan with your Verizon-powered iPhone later this month, according to the latest rumors. Verizon is widely expected to announce on Tuesday that Apple’s iPhone 4 is coming to its network before the end of January. The company will also unveil an unlimited data plan option for iPhone users during its announcement, according to a recent report by The Wall Street Journalciting a “person familiar with the matter.”

Photo credit: PCWorld.com

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Andrew Stevens is a new IBM Australis boss

Andrew Stevens

Photo credit: IBM Australia

IBM Australia has a new boss, Andrew Stevens. He joined IBM in 2002 as a result of IBM merger with PwC consulting firm. Boreham, previous head of IBM Australis had been with IBM for 25 years.

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