Hey, Facebook User, Are You Sharing More Than You’d Like?

Carnegie Mellon Facebook ReportWhile many of us have become wary of sharing excessive personal information on social network Facebook, an exhaustive seven-year study by researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University suggests that users are unwittingly sharing more personal information online than ever. Each time Facebook made changes to its user interface or settings, people shared more private information. This information was available to friends and the “silent listeners”. Silent listeners, according to the report, are Facebook, third-party app developers and advertisers. The Carnegie Mellon report gathered data from about 5000 Facebook users in the university network to understand the development of privacy and disclosure from 2005 till 2011. The number of fields one could fill in on Facebook went up three times during this time.

While the information users shared went down from 2005 to 2009, there was an upsurge of information in 2009 when Facebook changed how people could navigate the settings page. It became easier for users to change their settings and to share more information. With the timeline introduced in 2011, people could share a lot more information. Now, users could include personal information such as engagement, expecting a baby, getting a new job and buying new property. Users today are even able to share the news items they read and they can tag friends in their comments and pictures.

Facebook has also gone on record saying they are aware of the study. They have referred to an independent research that suggests most people on Facebook use their privacy tools to keep a check on what they are sharing and with whom they are sharing.… Read the rest

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It’s an Internet Explosion as Domain Names Cross 246 million Mark

If you thought Q3 of 2012 was a little slow, the internet world suggests otherwise. This period saw more than five million domain names being added to the world wide web according to a Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign Inc. With this, the total number of registered domain names as of September 30, 2012 has crossed more than 246 million worldwide across all Top-Level Domains (TLDs) i.e. .com and .net.

The report from Internet infrastructure services provider Verisign suggests that with 5.7 million new domain names being registered, it is a growth of 2.4 percent over the second quarter of 2012. For the industry, this marks the 7th quarter in a row to have achieved more than 2% growth. A Verisign statement suggested that worldwide registrations have grown by 26.4 million or 12 percent since the third quarter of 2011.

The TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the Q3 2012, reaching a combined total of 119.9 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net. This is a 1% increase in the base over the Q2 2012 and a 7.1 percent increase over Q3 2011.… Read the rest

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Online Petition To ‘Immediately Address’ Gun Control Nears 50,000

The petition that has been creating ripples in the White House after the tragic school shootout at Connecticut has garnered 50,000 votes so far. This petition is being signed to seek President Barack Obama to immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.

“The goal of this petition is to force the Obama Administration to produce legislation that limits access to guns”, the petition reads. Those who have moved the petition feel that while national dialogue is critical, laws are the only way to reduce the number of people murdered in gun-related deaths.

Currently, it is easy for a powerful lobby to own guns that go beyond the Constitution’s intended purpose of the right to bear arms. Therefore, the petition suggests, “Congress must act on what is stated law, and face the reality that access to firearms reaches beyond what the Second Amendment intends to achieve”.

With the signatures on the petition, citizens will be representing a collective demand for bipartisan discussion to create laws that regulate the means by which a citizen can obtain a gun.

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Google Tightens Algorithm to Fight Pornographic Images

Now there won’t be those embarrassing moments where suddenly you stumble upon a pornographic site while searching on Google.

Google has tightened its search structure and algorithm to make pornographic images a little tough to find, as per a CNET report.

“We are not censoring any adult content, and want to show users exactly what they are looking for – but we aim not to show sexually-explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them,” the report quotes a Google representative explaining the change.

So when next time you search for something on Google who have to be explicit in your queries even if Safe Search is turned off. The changes have been implemented on Google.com but they are still to happen on google.co.in.

Techthirsty.com attempted some unambiguous search on Google India but some very harmless content popped up.… Read the rest

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Steve Jobs’s Biopic Starring Ashton Kutcher Premieres at Sundance 2013

A biopic on one of the most legendary innovators has been in the pipeline for a while now. However, here’s some great news for the eager fans. This film is expected to premiere during the closing night of the Sundance Festival of 2013. It is reportedly titled “jOBS”.

The film which has Ashton Kutcher reprising the role of the eccentric Steve Jobs has been directed by Joshua Michael Stern. The story will depict the life and work of Steve Jobs across three eventful decades, including the founding of Apple Computers. Stern’s film is expected to paint Jobs as “a candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently”.

The Sundance Festival will happen from January 17-27, 2013. Also premiering during the festival are many interesting movies, including “Don Jon’s Addiction” – which debuts Joseph Gordon-Levitt as director, “The Look of Love” – Michael Winterbottom’s movie about the life of adult magazine publisher Paul Raymond, as well as “Lovelace” – a biopic about the famous porn star Linda Lovelace.

However, this isn’t the only biopic about Steve Jobs. According to reports, Aaron Sorkin is also working on a biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s biography about Steve Jobs. This book was commissioned by Steve Jobs himself, to help his children understand him better, and is a personal, candid look into the man he was.… Read the rest

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News Corp to Shut Down iPad newspaper The Daily

The popular iPad newspaper The Daily has failed to meet its cost and has Rupert Murdoch’s media firm News Corp has decided to shut it down.

To bear the fruits of upcoming tablet technology the firm invested a great deal in the digital newspaper to make it an interactive and compelling read.

The newspaper, which attracted only around 100,000 subscribers, will last be published on n 15 December, News Corp said.

According to the Telegraph, Murdoch admitted the economics of The Daily had not worked, despite low overheads relative to a print newspaper.

“Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term,” he said.

The newspaper was introduced in February last year… Read the rest

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iTunes Store Enters Indian Market at Price of Rs. 7-15 for a Song

The iTunes Store has finally hit the Indian shores. Apple has launched the service Indonesia, Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa, and 52 other countries.

iTunes fans in India can get their hands on  songs for Rs7-15 and a whole album for Rs 70.  Apple has also provided the service of iTunes Match which lets users store music purchased from other source in iTunes cloud.

iTunes has competition to be faced from Gaana.com, Saavn.com and Dhingana.com when it comes to music streaming.

In Indonesia, iTunes Store will sell music at IDR 5,000-7,000, while albums and movies cost IDR 45,0000-65,000 and IDR 149,0000, respectively.

In Russia Apple has selected local and international music to cater to the customers.

“The iTunes Store features local artists including Elka in Russia, Sezen Aksu in Turkey, AR Rahman in India, and Zahara in South Africa, international artists including The Beatles, Taylor Swift and Coldplay, and world-renowned classical musicians including Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma and Yuja Wang,” the company said in a statement.… Read the rest

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Launches Aakash 2

It’s just been few days that Aakash 2 tablet has been launched in India and it has already got international appeal. After Pranab Mukerjee bringing out the budget tablet in India, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations has launched it. India has got worldwide appreciation for bringing innovation in the Tablet market.

Indian ambassador Hardeep Puri said, “Using the Aakash 2, children in remote schools will have access to world class facilities.”

The tablet which is being considered a game changer has been priced at $ 40 or Rs 2,200 which is the USP of the device. The tablet will be available to 220 million students for free. But Chinese companies have alleged the tablet for borrowing its components from them.

Datawind CEO Suneet Tuli said, “The idea and innovation is Indian, final assembling is in India. One report says only embellishing is done in India. Ask Apple and Microsoft what that means.”… Read the rest

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Intel, HP Launch Itanium 9500 Processor Series for Mission-critical Data Centers

Intel India and HP today launched the Itanium 9500 processor series for mission-critical data centers. HP would be building the systems based on new Itanium 9500 series chips.

Formerly known as Poulson, Itanium is meant to provide tailor-made platform for consolidating legacy RISC and mainframes in a dedicated system, which is also capable of handling mission-critical computing in increasingly cloud-centric data centers.

The biggest advantage of Itanium 9500 processor over older generations is that the core frequency is now upto 2.53GHz, with an 8% lowered TDP and 80% less idle power draw. The microarchitecture adds as much as 2.4 times the performance as compared with the older Itaniums, as well as up to 40 percent faster frequency, and 33 percent greater bandwidth.

Intel South Asia’s Country Business Manager, MNC Accounts, Srinivasan Ramaprasad, said during the launch,”Built on a new microarchitecture and providing breakthrough performance, the Intel Itanium 9500 processor family signals Intel’s ongoing commitment to deliver unparallelled reliability… to meet the critical application demands across all industries.”

HP India’s Director, Business Critical Systems, Santanu Ghose, added, “Today’s announcement demonstrates HP’s continued commitment to transform the server landscape with innovations to the Integrity portfolio–offered with a mission-critical converged infrastructure that will endure into the future.”… Read the rest

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Apple iPad Leads the Pack in Tablet Sales in China: Analysys

 According to technology research firm Analysys International, the market for tablet PCs in China grew at 62.5% in the third quarter with a unit sale of 2.6 million compared to the previous year. At the same time, the Apple iPad was the most popular buy in that category. The Apple iPad garnered more than 2/3rd of the total tablets sold in the quarter.

The report said that while 2.6 million tablet PCs were sold in China this quarter, the number stood at 1.6 million in the same period last year. Apple had 71.4% per market share, which is one percent lower compared to the second quarter. It stays ahead of Lenovo, which has 10.5% of the market. Chinese maker Ereneben stood third at 3.6% and Samsung came later with 3.5%.… Read the rest

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