Yeeeaaaa cake all round.
Originally posted on PandoDaily:
Today the Washington Post reported that, according to documents provided by Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency had broken into the communication links between data centers belonging to Google and Yahoo. Over a 30 day period, the NSA allegedly gathered 181,280,466 records including email metadata, text, audio, and video. Based on statements given to the Post by Google and Yahoo, it does not appear that either company was aware that this was taking place. When two engineers close to Google were shown a cute diagram the NSA had allegedly drawn to illustrate how the data could be intercepted, the engineers “exploded in profanity” and said, “I hope you publish it.” The Post did.
Within an hour or so, NSA director Keith Alexander came on Bloomberg TV to say that his agency never infiltrated the companies’ servers, calling the report “spurious.” Fair enough, but the Post story didn’t say the NSA had infiltrated any servers. It merely said the agency intercepted communications between data centers that weren’t even encrypted, according to the report. And besides, as some pointed out on Twitter, the NSA is deft at achieving the bare-minimum requirements for plausible deniability. (One observer wrote, “Latest NSA rhetorical device: ‘we don’t do X’ means ‘we don’t do X, a foreign partner agency does X and gives us the data.’”)
Originally posted on PandoDaily:
What makes a business successful? Put that question to every Fortune 500 CEO in the country, and I can almost guarantee you won’t hear “analytics.”
Some CEOs will talk about putting the customer first. Some will stress the importance of awesome product design or service delivery. Others will say that having a great team trumps anything else. No one will tell you that analytics makes a business successful.
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
A few days ago, a set of leaked images pointed to some pretty drastic changes to the Google Hangouts Android app, the biggest of which was that users would be able to send SMS messages without having to switch into another messaging application. Well, Vic Gundotra trotted onstage at a Google+ event in San Francisco (after a power outage caused a half hour stream delay, no less) today to confirm exactly that.
The Hangouts Android app will be indeed able to fire off bog-standard text messages, as well as share a user’s location and send/display animated GIFs like this one when the update rolls out in a few days.
If you’ll recall, the iOS version of the Hangouts app got at least one of these tweaks ahead of the Android version (which was a surprising and refreshing change of pace) — as of about two weeks ago, iOS Hangouts users could send and receive animated GIFs, and got the ability to make Google Voice calls over a data network as an added bonus. (I should note that last bit is a bummer, but it’s a story for another time).
Careful lists and limit your time spent on social media is all that is needed
Originally posted on AffordableGifts4Both-Android Electronics:
Social media has changed our lives in many ways, reuniting with old friends, letting the world know what you do or what you want them to think that you do. Photos of cats, rants about politics, religion, the disabled etc, websites like Facebook and Twitter allow and endorse this. Facebook was founded in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates, and now it is a global phenomenon that has taken the world almost when it comes to social media. These days though some people are turning off their social media sites saying that the sharing of information has gotten out of hand with people knowing too much about someone. Imaging breaking up with your partner of 10 years then you have to see what they are up to after the break up, even if you delete them you may encounter them through mutual friends etc. Also some people have been caught out on rants, sober and drunken, which may have cost them their relationships, respect or their jobs. Like most things in life, there are advantages and disadvantages with things, it depends how you treat it.