Happy Holidays!

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Eavesdropping…

In light of yet another newly discovered, super-snooping, computer-bug (Regin) however, idyllic, wouldn’t it be nice if Mass Media actually did a better job of being a ‘watchdog’ for the General Public?

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Smart-copies.

Bootlegging clearly knows no boundaries as cease-and-desist orders continue to rise regarding the theft of images of traditional watch-faces being downloaded for use on wearable, smart-watches.

(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/008GZE

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But Wait, There’s More!

For anyone that is even casually / passively paying attention (which, unfortunately, seems like is overwhelmingly not the case) the newly ‘discovered’ Regin virus has supposedly set a benchmark (arguably, that any given hacker will try to surpass) that’s unprecedented.

(Source) Wired: http://goo.gl/3vNSFA

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Re-gin.

As the world’s e-enabled capacity and inter-dependency ceaselessly marches on, the spying technology that develops in parallel is also increasing more surreal (as evidenced by the latest discovery of surveillance software that is reportedly at least 6 years old!)

(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/zw9AS8

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‘net Non-Neutrality…

As America’s Telecommunications Industry continues to focus / lobby on tiering the Internet thereby skirting the real issue: overall (broadband) ‘net access speeds continue to fall woefully behind the OECD, a viable question is: what happens when ad-free websites conveniently fit with a tier-model whereas those that can afford ‘the fast lane / paying tolls, etc.’ also decide that ad-free websites are their choice? If so, it would seem that the ‘Digital Divide’ has not only taken a firm hold in the nation that pioneered said medium but (once) argued against the (supposed) dangers of the haves versus have-nots… Proving once again the maxim: profits over people (as evidenced how many times now?)

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Ad-Free.

Google’s ‘Contributor’ allows end-users to pay a nominal-fee (at this juncture anyway) in order to view ad-free websites… look for lots of copy-cat ideas to continue as the ‘net matures and firms seeks additional revenue streams.

(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/hSQ9OA

Google Contributor: http://goo.gl/HGaTnp

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LinkNYC.

Given how woefully inadequate (which might not be a strong enough word… befittingly) pathetic, America’s Wi-Fi access is, let’s hope that New York Cities’ plan to replace 10,000 pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks is more than just hype!

(Source) LinkNYC: http://goo.gl/pPymIV

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Biting the Hand…

Nokia’s announcement of their N1 Tablet seems to have taken everyone by surprise including Microsoft (which purchased their mobile-devices business). Like Surface, which has been a commercial failure, whether it is a hit-or-miss is unknown.

(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/tkFJ1R

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Landing a ‘Big’ Fish!

This is an example of an almost surreal success-story; irrational excess and/or perhaps a bit of both (and, then some!) Whatever the case may be, this firm’s success demonstrates that consumers associate with micro-brands… how long before they become ‘uncool’ is another issue…

(Source) Wired: http://goo.gl/beWFlt

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