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Bill Gates Admits That CTRL-Alt-Delete Was a Mistake

September 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bill Gates "finally" caved to pressure and admitted that CTRL-Alt-Delete was a "mistake," which seems a little harsh for a three-key combination used by frustrated PC users for decades. "We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn't wanna give us our...

Apple CEO Not Interested in Cheap iPhones

September 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If the $550 price tag of the iPhone 5C hadn't already made it clear that the C stands for "color" (as in the case) and not for "cheap,"Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated to Bloomberg Businessweek's Sam Grobart that the company isn't interested in making low-end phones for the masses. "We’re...

How Google Will Track You Without Cookies

September 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As users have become both more aware and wary of cookies — the technology that tracks browsing activity for advertising purposes — Google has started experimenting with new tracking methods that don't use cookies. People want more control over the advertising they see and what companies know about them. Cookies...

Facebook and Twitter Access in Iran Was Just a Glitch, for Now

September 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a brief period of censorship-free Internet in Iran, the Iranian government has clarified that yesterday's Facebook and Twitter access was not new freedoms of speech being provided by the new regime, but just a glitch. "The lack of a filter on Facebook last night was apparently due to technical...

Learning to Live with Terrible New Twitter: A Two Step Program

August 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter has made a change to its website and mobile apps that has a lot of dedicated Twitter users very upset, but it's here, it's not going away, and it's time to get a grip. Users expect behavior like this from Facebook, but remember: Twitter, too, is a free service...

Who Hacked China's Internet Yesterday?

August 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Sunday morning, China's Internet was hit with the largest Denial of Service attack it has ever seen, according to China Internet Network Information Center. The assault, which took down sites like Weibo (the Twitter of China), Amazon.cn, and the Bank of China, resulted in a 32 percent drop in...

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Is Stepping Down

August 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft CEO and former "monkey boy" Steve Ballmer will "retire" within the next 12 months, according to Microsoft, because, as Ballmer claims, this is just the right time. "We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team," says Ballmer in...

How Much Good Will Facebook's Internet-for-Everyone Plan Do?

August 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook along with six other telecom and tech companies has unveiled a grand plan to bring Internet connectivity to the 4 billion humans who don't yet have access, a move that "tries to pair humanitarian goals with the profit motive," as The New York Times's Vindu Goel explains it. You...

Congress Needs a Lesson in Passwords

July 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Anonymous claims to have hacked the emails and passwords of some Congress persons and a bunch of their staffers, revealing that the members of our esteemed government have terrible password habits. The list came via the Anonymous twitter handle OpsLastResort in protest of the NSA domestic spying revelations. The document...

Here's Everything Microsoft Is Letting the Government See

July 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the first time, The Guardian is detailing how a tech company works with the National Security Agency to share user information under the NSA's PRISM program. Unfortunately, that tech company happens to be Microsoft, the one that makes the operating system used on 92 percent of computers in the...

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