There has been a lot of concern about young people posting too much information about themselves online, but a study commissioned by security company AVG found that 92 percent of U.S. children have some type of online presence by the time they are 2 years old. A third of U.S. mothers posted pictures of newborns, and 34 percent of U.S. moms said they had posted sonograms of their as-yet unborn child.
SAN FRANCISCO--Two things Google ordinarily loves talking about, ads and data, were not on the agenda during its Google TV launch party.
Rishi Chandra, lead product manager for Google TV, deflected questions about whether Google intends to run its own advertising alongside ads already shown on regular TV or Web programs running through the Google TV software, introduced today on the Logitech Revue box. Logitech has begun selling Revues for $299, it showed off many of its capabilities during launch events in San Francisco and New York. (Check out CNET's first take).
Chandra confirmed, however, that Google is not … Read more
As the CEO of security vendor AVG, J.R. Smith oversees a lineup of antivirus products used by 110 million customers around the world. And while those people may be relatively secure from the latest malware threats, Smith feels a greater effort is needed to reach out to the many who aren't protected.
A lot of computer users think they're protected with antivirus software but actually aren't, believes Smith, while others just don't seem to take security seriously enough, assuming that their banks and other companies they do business with will protect them.
Beyond just basic … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component below. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary and questions from our readers. For those of you who just want the basic updates, we've included them in regular text here. To get the key points from today's announcement, you can check out our summary post here.
Transcript of live blog starts here:
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Think of Google TV as the second season of Project Android: open-source software, backed by industry partners, created in hopes of unlocking a potentially huge new repository of Internet searches.
In 2005, when Google first acquired the team that would develop Android, smartphone users were browsing the Web, but the quality of the experience was pretty poor, until 2007, when Apple released the iPhone. Android, released a little more than a year later, aimed to provide the same level of quality as Apple's iOS software but to spread it across different hardware makers and wireless carriers in hopes of … Read more
When Google Street View launched in Brazil last week, it seemed as if it revealed so much about life in one of the world's most vibrant and fastest-growing countries.
Images of four dead bodies, in Rio and Belo Horizonte, were, for some, stunning and, for others, sadly normal.
A Tumblr feed called Street Viu was set up so Brazilians could offer their most interesting images from the new service. In just a few days this feed has offered quite a fascinating look at what the Google cameras captured.
Symantec says it has a new method for combatting malware, one that taps into a wider repository of information on potentially malicious code.
The security vendor today announced its new Ubiquity product, which combines data analyzed from the PCs of Symantec customers with Symantec's own Global Intelligence Network to combat new and mutating types of threats.
First featured in Symantec's Norton 2011 security product lineup and in its Hosted Endpoint Protection, Ubiquity is now gearing up for a rollout across a wider range of enterprise products in the coming year, starting with Symantec Web Gateway, the company said.… Read more
commentary The recent suicide of Tyler Clementi, which raised the visibility of cyberbullying and digital ethics, is serving as a call to action to end something much deeper than that: cruelty, homophobia, and a distorted sense of entitlement to disclose information about others.
Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman at Rutgers University, jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate, Dharum Ravi, and Rutgers student Molly Wei (both also 18) allegedly used a Webcam to record and live-stream Clementi kissing another male in his dorm room.
What these two students did was wrong for a number of reasons--and it would have … Read more
It's been in the works for years, but DirecTV subscribers hoping to get their hands on a TiVo by the end of the year will have to wait until 2011.
Recently, TiVo changed its DirecTV page to reflect the delayed launch. The site previously said the company would launch the DVR sometime this year. The page now says its "TiVo service is expected to launch to support satellite customers in the future." The DirecTV page discussing the TiVo says the company expects "the new receiver to launch in early 2011."
The new TiVo for DirecTV … Read more
Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has stepped down from his role as CEO of the company, according to a post he authored Monday on Twitter's official blog. Dick Costolo, currently serving as chief operating officer, has taken over, effective immediately; Williams will focus on product strategy.
Williams, already well known in the tech industry for having sold Blogger parent company Pyra Labs to Google in 2003, had co-founded Twitter in 2006 with Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey. Initially, Dorsey served as CEO; he stepped aside almost exactly two years ago, and Williams took over. Dorsey is now on the executive … Read more