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Why doesn’t everyone wear steel-toed work boots? So rugged, so protective! And why doesn’t everyone buy S.L.R. cameras?
Satellite TV operator Dish Network will announce a new Blockbuster-branded all-you-can-watch video streaming service on Friday, according to a CNNMoney report . The move for Dish to create a Netflix rival is hardly surprising. Dish acquired Blockbuster in a bankruptcy auction for $320 million back in April and a month later Dish CEO Joe Clayton said he wanted to “take a small piece of the pie from Netflix” when it came to streaming video. This seems an opportune time to announce a rival, as Netflix — the leader in streaming movies — is hurting when it comes to consumer sentiment.
It’s a well known fact that people improve foreign language skills when interacting and communicating with other people who speak the same foreign language. Y Combinator -backed Verbling is launching today as a easy to use online conversation exchange for language learners, leveraging in-browser video chat. The site allows you to sign up and choose the language you want to learn.
Editor’s note : This guest post is written by Tom Anderson , the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace. You can now find Tom on Facebook , Twitter , and Google+ What kind of content creator are you? Kevin Rose or Fred Wilson? Blogging or “self-publishing” in any form was supposed to democratize and revolutionize the media industry. Content creators no longer needed mainstream platforms to get their voices heard.
The vision of an endless, always-on tablet that is designed for simple note-taking has always haunted me. Call it a Celestial Trapper Keeper, if you will. To be able to write on a screen and then press a button to erase the notes would be a dream and this $52 device does just that: you can write on the LCD screen with the included stylus and it just shows up, like on regular note paper. Then you press a button and poof.
<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-27410" title="opendoor" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2011/06/opendoor-660x660.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="660" /> At a time when hackers are on a tear looting information willy-nilly from insecure sites on the Web, Dropbox did the unthinkable Sunday — it allowed anyone in the world to access any one of its 25 million customers’ online storage lockers — simply by typing in any password. Dropbox, one of the most popular ways to share and sync files online, says the accounts became unlocked at 1:54pm Pacific time Sunday when a programming change introduced a bug.
As a non-ashamed Windows user and straight up Rdio fan, this makes me happy. Rdio has expanded its product suite with a native app for Windows XP, Vista, and 7. To be fair, I’m likely not going to use the desktop app much, as I’m mostly using Rdio on my mobile phone and iPod touch, as well as via my Sonos system . But it’s great to have options – I have always lamented Spotify for not having a browser-based application, for one, since I like to keep the number of desktop apps I run to an absolute minimum. And the iTunes desktop application (at least the one for Windows) is practically unusable , at least in my experience. Before I digress too much: there’s now a native Rdio app for Windows.
“It won’t matter where you are in the world or who you are in the world, you’re going to be able to authenticate everyone and everything,” said Dan Kaminsky, an independent network security researcher who is one of the engineers involved in the project. The Singapore event included an elaborate technical ceremony to create and then securely store numerical keys that will be kept in three hardened data centers there, in Zurich and in San Jose, Calif. The keys and data centers are working parts of a technology known as Secure DNS, or DNSSEC.
(Photo: Reuters / Thomas Peter) A woman uses a computer in the lounge area of the 27th Chaos Communication Congress (27C3) in Berlin in this December 27, 2010 file photo. June 20, 2011 | 8:00 pm Today, ICANN officially announced the approval of this plan allowing worldwide entities to register a domain suffix that relates to their products or brands, such as .iphone5 for Apple or just about any suffix name they desire to possess. There is a catch, however. To own and manage it you'll have to pay ICANN a $185,000 application fee, with no refunds if it isn't approved or rejected.
Last night, Kno quietly released its first digital textbook app for the iPad. It includes its own store of “over 70,000 titles at 30% to 50% off list” price. And the app is a full textbook reader. Kno, whose CEO Osman Rashid previously founded textbook-rental service Chegg , originally developed its own oversized tablet for textbooks.
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-26774" title="l3_communication03" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2011/05/l3_communication03.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="510" /> An executive at defense giant L-3 Communications warned employees last month that hackers were targeting the company using inside information on the SecurID keyfob system freshly stolen from an acknowledged breach at RSA Security. The L-3 attack makes the company the second hacker target linked to the RSA breach — both defense contractors. Reuters reported Friday that Lockheed Martin had suffered an intrusion . “L-3 Communications has been actively targeted with penetration attacks leveraging the compromised information,” read an April 6 e-mail from an executive at L-3′s Stratus Group to the group’s 5,000 workers, one of whom shared the contents with Wired.com on condition of anonymity.
Every Internet service that has a concept of users has to deal with identity. And for anything social (which seems like everything these days) identity is a huge part. For the Internet as a whole, there are battles waging to "own" identity—or, at the very least, not let someone else own it. And there have been efforts for years to make identity more manageable for users and to put control in their hands. So, identity is an important concept.
Why was he there? Who wasn’t invited and why? What did they talk about?
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By Scott Austin Andreessen Horowitz has become the first venture firm to collect all four of the highest-valued (and most hyped?) privately held social-media companies around. According to Kara Swisher of Wall Street Journal sister site All Things Digital , the venture firm paid $80 million for a stake in Twitter Inc. by buying shares from stockholders.