To busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Wednesday, August 3.
Google top lawyer calls the patient claims by Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle "bogus" and says the patent feud will increase the price of Android phones. More than 550,000 Android devices are activated daily, through a network of 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers, the lawyer pointed out, adding that the patent wars are getting in the way of innovation, instead of encouraging it.
Also, bogus is the claim that Internet Explorer users have lower IQs.
President Obama says the government needs to monitor online extremism in social networks - more than what Homeland Security already does. The groups include al Qaeda, neo-Nazis, anti-Semitic groups and others that advance violent extremist narratives online. The 12-page strategy stresses that Facebook and Twitter provide a platform for violent extremist propaganda. The controversy has been voiced before, in a New York Times editorial: "If government agencies are joining social networks under false pretenses to spy without a court order, for example, that may be crossing the line." Of course, the CIA, tax collectors, and FBI have already begun mining social networks for information. What gives? Privacy rights of Americans will brush up against the government's right to monitor social networks.
Mark's sister quits Facebook: Randi Zuckerberg starts a new social media firm called RtoZ Media, reports Kara Swisher at AllThingsD.
Japan's Clone Factory will make a doppelganger doll of you for $1,770. With high resolution photos of you, a 3D printer will produce a doll that looks like you.
Last last night, CNET's Elinor Mills reports that Operation Shady RAT is indeed the worst ever cyber-espionage uncovered. Discovered by McAfee, the operation stole information from 72 public and private organizations in 14 countries. The United Nations, governments and corporations are victims. Still, you have to wonder: if private intellectual property to high-level government secrets are stolen, what are the hackers doing with all this information? While some of the victims have removed the malware, the operation continues to infect unsuspecting victims. The McAfee researcher who discovered the threat warned: "The entire economy is impacted by these intrusions. Every sector of the economy is effectively and intellectual property is going out the door...It will have an impact on our jobs, the competitiveness of our industries, and on our overall economy."