Tech news – July 29th 2012 to July 30th 2012:

  • Troy Hunt: Lessons in website security anti-patterns by Tesco
    – Troy Hunt
    Let me set the scene for this post by sharing a simple tweet from last night:

    Ok then, that’s about as many security misdemeanours as I reckon you can fit in 140 chars! For those wondering, yes, this is actually a verified account and it really is Tesco responding to me. I’ll come back to Tesco’s many interesting views on security a little later, but first, some background:
    I keep a watch on mentions of my blog over on Twitter and get a lot of tweets along these lines:

    Curious, as always, I…  show all text

  • Week 2: Mayer Googifies Yahoo — Free Food, Friday All-Hands, Fab Swag – Kara Swisher – News – AllThingsD
    – Kara Swisher
    Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer’s second week is showing even more signs of what the company will be like under her regime.
    In short: It will be just like Google, from whence she came.
    Praise be: Yahoogle lives!
    Wasting little time, Mayer has added a weekly Friday afternoon all-hands meeting, which kicked off this past week at the company’s Sunnyvale HQ.
    Just like it has been done at the search giant for eons.
    And, at the 4:30 pm PT confab, she announced — to the shock of some bean counters at Ya…  show all text

  • Pink is the New Purple! by Dave McClure
    Dear Marissa: Think Different.

    I’d like to write a different Open Letter to Marissa Mayer, that plays to both her strengths, as well as those of Yahoo. It’s a bit off the wall, but if you think it thru with me, I bet you’ll agree with the strategy.
    Yahoo has struggled for the last 6-7 years – with what it stands for, who’s running the show, how to keep its employees, how to compete with Google, and how to take advantage of its amazing assets in content, communications, and community around the  show all text

  • When Craigslist Blocks Innovations – Disruptions –
    The Internet is littered with hundreds of digital carcasses of sites that once built on top of Craigslist, which last week filed a lawsuit against Padmapper, a site that improves Craigslist's apartment listings.

  • #nbcfail economics — BuzzMachine –
    – Jeff Jarvis
    Reading the #nbcfail hashtag has been at least as entertaining as much of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics. It’s also enlightening — economically enlightening.
    There’s the obvious: * The people formerly known as the audience have a voice and boy are they using it to complain about NBC’s tape delays of races and the opening ceremonies, about its tasteless decision to block the UK tribute to its 7/7 victims, and about its commentators’ idiocies (led by Meredith Vieira’s ignorance of the inventor of…  show all text

  • WikiLeaks, a Post Postscript –

  • BBC News – Programmers sought for tropical hackathon
    Programmers are being sought for a two-month hackathon that will be held on a remote tropical island in the Philippines

  • Know and show what you got – TwentyFeet – Social Media Monitoring & Ego tracking
    Ego tracking and Social Media Monitoring for twitter, facebook, YouTube, MySpace, and Google Analytics. Free for individuals.

  • NBC #Fail – O’Reilly Radar –
    – Jim Stogdill
    I’m violating my first rule. I’m writing angry. But…
    I love the olympics. I love sport. And the olympics, still, despite it all, seem to me an incredible distillation of sport’s dedication, intensity, joy, humanity, and drama. Whether it’s the higher order game theory playing out in the biking peloton, the slowly evolving drama of the marathon, the sheer primal athleticism of weighlifting, or the H2O-immersed VO2max test that is the 400m individual medley, I just can’t get enough of it.
    But NBC…  show all text

  • Please Don’t Watch NBC Tonight. Or Any Night. | TechCrunch
    – Billy Gallagher
    Spoiler alert: Phelps and Lochte raced today. The results are all over Twitter. But the race won’t air on TV in America until tonight.
    This is 2012, not 1996. NBC has put all of the events live online, provided you have a cable subscription, but won’t have them available recorded online and won’t air many events, including the most high-profile ones, until a primetime tape delay.
    This isn’t a new strategy, just a dumb, outdated one.
    This isn’t just the first social Olympics; it’s the first Olym…  show all text