Skyway West Recommended April 2nd to April 8th

Each Monday we’ll pass on links to articles we thought were well worth reading from the previous week, kind of a Digg-lite for those who live where we do (British Columbia, Canada), work like we do (high speed business internet), and think like we do (internet trends, internet privacy, cutting-edge technology, etc.). If you don’t want to wait ’til Monday, we usually tweet and link to these as we come across them

All Things D: It’s Big, It’s Blue, It’s Windows, but Can It Beat Rival Phones?

In the lucrative and competitive world of smartphones, Apple’s iPhone is the most popular device and Google’s Android—used by phone makers like Samsung and Motorola—is the most widely used operating system. With Palm gone, and the BlackBerry staggering, most smartphone buyers and app developers now think of it as a two-horse race. However, Microsoft and Nokia, two former thoroughbreds of the smartphone market in the days before the iPhone changed the game, are determined to change that. They’ve teamed up in the hope of offering an appealing third choice. Read More …

Nieman Journalism Lab: New high score: How the NYT created its “stupid game”

Jon Huang is the multimedia producer behind the game embedded in the Times Magazine cover story on the addictive allure of “stupid games.” A reader stumbling on the story for the first time would see the video game feature at the top of the piece, be compelled to press the enter key, only to find they now have the ability to blast away various bits and elements of the story page itself. Read More …

Macworld UK: Granny Sues Apple for Broken Nose

A woman who broke her nose after walking into a glass door in an Apple Store is suing Apple for negligence “in allowing a clear, see-through glass wall and/or door to exist without proper warning.” Read More …

AVAAZ.org: First SOPA and PIPA, now the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act spies on your Internet activities

Right now, the US Congress is sneaking in a new law that gives them big brother spy powers over the entire web — and they’re hoping the world won’t notice. We helped stop their Net attack last time, let’s do it again. Read More …

BBC News: Google and Viacom: YouTube copyright lawsuit back on

A lawsuit by media giant Viacom against Google over copyrighted videos on YouTube can be heard in court again. Viacom has accused Google of “massive intentional copyright infringement”. Read More …

PC World: Mac Trojan Infection Exceeds Half Million

Despite Apple releasing a patch for Java, the Flashback Trojan has infected 600,000 Macs, according to reports. As a result, there are 600,000 Macs being remotely controlled by the growing Mac botnet, according to Russian antivirus company Dr. Web. The majority of the botnet computers are located in the United States and Canada, according to Dr. Web. The company says: “This once again refutes claims by some experts that there are no cyber-threats to Mac OS X.” Read More…

NY Times: Spam Invades the Cellphone

Text message spam has started waking Bob Dunnell in the middle of the night, promising cheap mortgages, credit cards and drugs. Some messages offer gift cards to, say, Walmart, if he clicks on a Web site and enters his Social Security number. Read More …

 


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