News Around the Web

News Around the Web

Roundup of interesting news headlines and articles making their way around the Web.

Weekend tech reading: 'BadNews' malware found on Google Play

Weekend tech reading: 'BadNews' malware found on Google Play

Lookout has discovered BadNews, a new malware family, in 32 apps across four different developer accounts in Google Play. According to Google Play statistics, the combined affected applications have been downloaded between 2,000,000 -- 9,000,000 times. We notified Google and...

Weekend tech reading: Facebook's midlife crisis

Weekend tech reading: Facebook's midlife crisis

Does Facebook know how to get old? At a Facebook developer event in Austin on Sunday, the company's golden children weren't so sure. Many of the people there either ran or represented companies that make Facebook apps. A rep for King.com, whose Candy Crush Saga...

Weekend tech reading: Deciphering AMD's new GPU roadmap

Weekend tech reading: Deciphering AMD's new GPU roadmap

Reports surfaced last weekend that AMD's graphics roadmap for 2013 would keep the Radeon HD 7000 series "stable" throughout the year. The news came out in an unusual way, via an interview with a Japanese website and then several tweets from AMD employees and the...

Weekend tech reading: CISPA to be reintroduced Wednesday

Weekend tech reading: CISPA to be reintroduced Wednesday

The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee plan to re-introduce on Wednesday a controversial cybersecurity bill that has faced pushback from the White House. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.)...

Weekend tech reading: Hurried Java update plugs 50 holes

Weekend tech reading: Hurried Java update plugs 50 holes

Oracle has been under increasing pressure in recent months to finally fix the myriad of security flaws that have plagued Java. In an unexpected emergency out-of-band patch released Friday afternoon, Oracle has responded definitively to critics with a massive security patch...

Weekend tech reading: Jason Rubin on THQ's final days

Weekend tech reading: Jason Rubin on THQ's final days

When Jason Rubin joined THQ less than a year ago, he was brought in to help the company with his years of experience crafting excellent games with Naughty Dog. Unfortunately, THQ could not be saved, leaving Rubin and the company with the difficult task of assessing options...

Weekend tech reading: The Internet 2012 in numbers

Weekend tech reading: The Internet 2012 in numbers

There is so much happening on the Internet during a year that it’s impossible to capture it all in a blog post, but we’re going to give it a shot anyway. How many emails were sent during 2012? How many domains are there? What’s the most popular web browser? How many Internet users...

Weekend in tech: Web innovator, activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26

Weekend in tech: Web innovator, activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26

Aaron Swartz, the brilliant young software programmer and Internet activist who inspired awe and reverence from leading figures in the technology world, died in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, his family said in a statement. New York City’s chief medical examiner ruled the death a suicide...

Weekend tech reading: A glimpse at what it takes to build CES

Weekend tech reading: A glimpse at what it takes to build CES

For those who've never helped run a booth at a trade show, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the temporary city -- an endless sea of lights, sounds, and humans pressing past one another in search of the next great gadget -- takes weeks to assemble before the first attendee...

Weekend tech reading: The transistor turns 65

Weekend tech reading: The transistor turns 65

The transistor, the ubiquitous building block of all electronic circuits, will be 65 years old on Sunday. The device is jointly credited to William Shockley (1910-1989), John Bardeen (1908-1991) and Walter Brattain (1902-1987), and it was Bardeen and Brattain who operated the...

Weekend tech reading: Google's lost social network

Weekend tech reading: Google's lost social network

Last October, while hundreds of protesters were encamped in Zuccotti Park, a handful of people occupied a glass building in downtown Washington, D.C. Wearing sheepish grins and business-casual attire, the 99% they were not; one demonstrator said he worked for Grover Norquist...

Weekend tech reading: Haswell to be Intel's last swappable CPUs?

Weekend tech reading: Haswell to be Intel's last swappable CPUs?

As personal computers become smaller, their flexibility is decreasing. According to a media report starting from code-named Broadwell generation of processors, Intel Corp. will only offer mainstream desktop chips in BGA packaging, which will eliminate upgrade options as well as increase...

Weekend tech reading: Is password security inadequate today?

Weekend tech reading: Is password security inadequate today?

You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters -- maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious -- that can reveal everything about you. Your email. Your bank account. Your address and credit card number...

Weekend tech reading: Asus undercuts MS Surface with VivoTab RT

Weekend tech reading: Asus undercuts MS Surface with VivoTab RT

It remains to be seen how many opponents will show up to each battle, but the Windows RT price wars have begun. Asus is now offering their VivoTab RT tablet -- which launched October 26th alongside Windows 8 -- for $549, down $50 from its initial price tag. The VivoTab RT inherits...

Weekend tech reading: The computer keyboard's evolution

Weekend tech reading: The computer keyboard's evolution

When Bill Buxton worked at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center in the early 1990s, he examined the classic children's homemade telephones: two cups connected by a taut string. He wondered why that same concept couldn't improve computer keyboards. Think about it. The cup is both a...

Weekend tech reading: Wikipedia may be nearing "completion"

Weekend tech reading: Wikipedia may be nearing "completion"

For about the last five years, Wikipedia has had trouble getting and keeping new volunteer editors. The foundation behind Wikipedia has made building up the editor base a major goal, and is attacking it from all angles, such as encouraging a culture that is friendlier to newbies...

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