Filtering the web so you don’t have to for January 31st 2011

In a security advisory, the company warned of a loophole that could be used by malicious hackers to steal private information or hijack computers.
The bug potentially affects every user of the Internet Explorer web browser – around 900 million people worldwide.

If you use Windows, whether you use Internet Explorer as your browser or not, I think you should patch it immediately.

Fortunately, Microsoft has made this easy. Just use Internet Explorer to go to this page. About halfway down the page you will see 2 buttons labeled ‘Fix it’. Click the one under ‘Enable’ and then click Run. Once the utility runs, your system should be patched. No reboot needed.

via BBC News.

Filtering the web so you don’t have to for January 30th 2011

  • From Twitter – RT @jamestenniswood NewerTech adapter turns eSATA into USB 3.0, makes legacy external HDDs feel young again
  • From Twitter – The Egypt Crisis in a Global Context A Special Report | STRATFOR
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    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. He started his first company in 1999 and was headquartered in London, leaving in 2005 and selling to a publicly traded French services company. He founded his second company in Palo Alto in 2005 and sold this company to, becoming VP of Product Management. He joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner focusing on early-stage technology companies. Read more about S..  show all text

  • Wireless Networking in the Developing World – Wireless Networking in the Developing World book can be freely downloade
  • From Twitter – RT @xenijardin List of ad-hoc mesh network routing protocols that can be used during an "internet kill switch".
  • Why I was wrong about Quora as a blogging service … — Scobleizer – Robert Scoble
    I must apologize to Dave Winer. He warned me about supporting services that aren’t the open web and I wasn’t willing to listen to him a month ago, because I was infatuated with a cool new service that lots of insiders were supporting.
    I’ve seen a LOT of discussion about Quora in the past few weeks since I wrote it could be the biggest blogging innovation in the past decade. GigaOm even wrote a post asking whether it was worth the more than $80 million the investors are hoping ..  show all text

Sure, you could use HTTPS before but it was poorly implemented. You could log on via HTTPS but Facebook wouldn’t keep you in the HTTPS realm. fbhttps

Facebook decided NOT to turn this on by default. So , if you are a Facebook user, stop what you are doing and make these quick changes to your account now. This will keep all your interactions from being passed in the clear if you are ever using Facebook on a network you don’t control.

  • Go to Account (link in the upper right of your Facebook page) then click Account Settings
  • Scroll down until you see the Security section and click the Change link
  • Check the box next to ‘Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible’ and then click Save

That is all there is to it!

Facebook posted about this on their blog the other day if you want to read more.

Rumors of Amazon either purchasing Netflix or launching a competing option have been circling and now one of Engadget’s readers says hes seeing an unlimited video streaming section to complement the current Amazon VOD options.

This is pretty interesting. Amazon Prime is $79/year and the streaming only option of Netflix is $95.88/year.

Seems that after this was found, no one could get to the Amazon page referenced in the article. Perhaps it got released too soon or something else is in the works.

Video on demand is an interesting space to watch.  Sure to be more news soon.

via Engadget.

Filtering the web so you don’t have to for January 28th 2011 through January 30th 2011:

The Egyptian authorities have blocked internet access and text messaging after a video of man shot by brutal police force was posted on Youtube, but it didn’t stop Egyptian internet users from posting about the escalating situation in Cairo. While Twitter and Facebook are being blocked, many users are bypassing the block through proxy servers and third-party applications like TweetDeck and Hootsuite.

via Egyptians are Bypassing Internet Shutdown – US News Source.

Lifehacker is also keeping a list of ways Egyptians can get on the net.  Everything from old school dial up and DSL to TOR.  Have a read here:

Filtering the web so you don’t have to for January 26th 2011 through January 28th 2011:

  • Egypt Leaves the Internet – Renesys Blog – James Cowie
    Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivi..  show all text

  • Hulu Reworks Its Script as Digital Change Hits TV –

  • From Twitter – RT @Rumford Exclusive Lockerz Acquires Social Photo Sharing App @Plixi (Formerly TweetPhoto) via @techcrunch
  • From Twitter – RT @DowntownRob New WordPress Blackberry App @WPBlackBerry
  • Twitter Now Worth $4 Billion – Ben Parr
    Twitter’s market value has reached $4 billion just a month after it raised $200 million in funding.
    According to SharesPost, a secondary market for buying and selling stock in privately held companies, Twitter‘s value has jumped to $4.0 billion, based on recent transactions. That is a $300 million increase in value in just over a month, based on the $3.7 billion valuation set by its funding round in December. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led Twitter’s most recent round..  show all text

Netflix Inc. on Thursday released a report on the quality of North American Internet service providers, a result of a four-month study of traffic generated by its streaming video service.

Of the providers studied by Los Gatos-based Netflix NASDAQ:NFLX, Charter Cable consistently provided the best connection speeds, while Sprint’s Clearwire Corp. was consistently the slowest. Comcast Inc. and AT&T Inc., which together provide Internet access to the majority of subscribers in the Silicon Valley, did well — Comcast was generally the second fastest ISP, and AT&T was somewhere in the middle.

via Netflix rates North American ISPs | Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal.