Skyway Recommended July 2nd to 7th

Each Monday we’ll pass on links to articles we thought were well worth reading from the previous week, for those who live where we do (British Columbia, Canada), work like we do (high speed business internet), and think about things we do (internet trends, internet privacy, internet censorship, 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

Atlantic Wire | There’s a Zombie-Like Security Flaw in Almost Every Android Phone

Almost every Android phone has a big, gaping security weakness, according to the security startup who discovered the vulnerability. Essentially, according to BlueBox, almost every Android phone made in the past four years (or, since Android “Donut,” version 1.6) is just a few steps away from becoming a virtual George Romero film, thanks to a weakness that can “turn any legitimate application into a malicious Trojan.” Read More…

IT World Canada | Doug Engelbart, father of computer mouse dies at 88

Douglas C. Engelbart, a technological visionary whose many inventions included the computer mouse, died last Tuesday at the age of 88. Read More…

Medium | Personal Space: The Final Frontier

There’s a war going on. As a species we are trying to defeat scarcity. And we are close to winning. The heavy artillery is on its way: machines that assemble what we need on an molecular level, and abundant energy sources to power them. This may sound far out, but it’s not. These machines exist in labs. They just need scaled up, generalized to multiple materials, and made consumer friendly. It’ll take years of work, but the path is there. An abundant energy source already exists: the sun. As our tech gets smaller and more efficient, it’ll be all we need. Read More…

All Things D | Microsoft Quietly Shuts Down MSN TV, Once Known as WebTV

Microsoft said that its MSN TV service will be closing down at the end of September, in a post on its Web site and in an email to users. MSN TV, of course, was born of WebTV, which was thought up by well-known entrepreneur Steve Perlman. The software giant bought it at the height of the Web 1.0 boom in mid-1997, paying $425 million. Read More…


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