The bad economy is likely to blame for a big increase in identity fraud, according to a new study from Javelin Strategy & Research.
Archives for February 2009
MP3 – iTunes What kind of smartphone would you get if users helped design it every step of the way? Mozilla Labs is asking the public to help come up with a concept for a phone that improves on the iPhone, Blackberry, G1 and other smartphones. Also today: Retrevo, a search site that helps people Read more →
Earlier this month, some residents of Grand Forks, North Dakota found parking tickets attached to their car and truck windshields. The tickets instructed them to visit a Web site to get the details of their supposed violations. Turns out the tickets were fake, and directed drivers to a site designed to deliver malicious software to their computers.
President Obama is promising to use the Web site Recovery.gov to track spending under the economic stimulus bill passed by the U.S. House and being considered by the Senate. But that site hasn’t been built yet. Until then, you can follow requests for stimulus money coming from local governments on StimulusWatch. The new site relies on public contributions – a process sometimes called “crowdsourcing” – to help monitor stimulus spending.
A new service from Google enables mobile phone users to broadcast their whereabouts to family and friends. The software plots a user’s location by relying on cell phone towers, global positioning systems or a Wi-Fi connection.
Guest: Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle
A new non-profit venture called The University of the People will employ free academic materials that other schools have posted online, volunteer professors and student social networking in a bid to offer real college degrees. The Internet-based school will charge only modest fees, but no tuition, and will attempt to become a fully accredited school.
Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, now in a public test phase, looks to be a whole lot better than Vista, which earned a bad reputation for not playing nice with older peripherals and software.
Guest: Ed Bott, ZDNet