Booting Up: Identity Theft Nightmare Edition

Mr. Honan. (Photo:

The advent of the iPhone really upset the apple cart at Samsung. [All Things D]

Read Matt Honan’s hacking horror story, then, in a flurry of panic, immediately change all your passwords. [Wired]

People are happier with their tablets than their smartphones. Anything that doesn’t handle calls and therefore doesn’t drop them is automatically endearing. [CNET]

Here’s what the Mars Curiosity rover saw as it landed on Mars. [YouTube]

But for a a while you weren’t able to see that, because someone issued a takedown notice, despite the fact NASA’s footage is in the public domain. [Ars Technica]


Booting Up: What’s Eric Schmidt Up to These Days? Edition

Hakuna matata, guys! (Photo:

Now that he’s no longer CEO, how does Eric Schmidt spend his days? Well, he’s become really interested in expanding Google to “wacky countries — you know, countries that have problems.” [Foreign Policy]

The FTC is patient: After a minuscule fine for noncooperation with that StreetView investigation, Google is close to coughing up $22.5 million for tracking Safari users. [Businessweek]

The Pentagon wants some cybersecurity legislation. [Washington Post]

The Atlantic is welcome once more on Reddit, the beehive’s point having been made. [The Daily Dot]

Is poor, beleaguered Microsoft facing Surface manufacturing troubles? [ZDNet]

Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire is slimming down to face its newest foe. [PC World]


Booting Up: The Internet Is One Giant Out-Of-Office Message Edition

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Apparently not content to let Google and Apple have all the fun doling out directions, Amazon has acquired UpNext, its very own mapping startup. [GigaOm]

The makers in Silicon Valley are getting a patent office. Just remember: Don’t feed the trolls. [Bloomberg]

Google decided to make the Nexus Q in America because it cares about fast, not cheap. [Reuters]

GM might come back to Facebook, but the social network’ll have to work for it. [Wall Street Journal]

Facebook has brand-new timeline icons for same-sex newlyweds. One of the first users? Cofounder Chris Hughes, of course. [CNET]

Microsoft lost $6.2 billion on its digital advertising bet, aQuantive. We’d say losing that much money deserves some sort of prize, but then J.P. Morgan would’ve already collected it. [DealBook]


Booting Up: No HBO on Hulu for You and Other Letdowns Edition

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Good news! HBO is now on Hulu. Bad news: It’s only in Japan. [GigaOm]

While everyone was distracted by the health care ruling, the Supreme Court decided not to rule on another case, concerning whether you can sue a company for breaking a federal law, even if you can’t prove damages. Forbes explains why that doesn’t make Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga, and Yahoo too happy. [Forbes]

Look, RIM has options, okay? (They’re just not great options.) [Reuters]

Amazon is making it easier for developers to create games on the Kindle Fire. Good, because the current selection is zzzz. [Bloomberg]

Yet another I/O roll-out: Google Compute Engine, the company’s very own infrastructure-as-a-service product to compete with Amazon Web Services. What, no skydiving to announce it? [Google Blog]

Speaking of the GOOG, they’d like everyone to know Gmail now has 425 million users which, by our calculations, means they’ve dethroned Hotmail. [TechCrunch]


Booting Up: Yup, We’re Still Talking About the Facebook IPO Edition


NASDAQ cops to “arrogance” and “overconfidence” in the lead-up to the Facebook IPO. [Wall Street Journal]

When will people learn that you can’t sue Google for linking to something embarrassing? Otherwise the search engine would be worthless. [TechDirt]

Teens lie about what they do on the Internet. In other news, the sun rose in the east this morning. [TG Daily]

Conde Nast mags including Wired and The New Yorker are cooling on Flipboard, just as the Times ramps up its relationship. [AdAge]

A team of scientists managed to hack RSA’s supposedly ultra-safe SecurID 800 security device, which we assume means more than a few Wall Street IT pros are being pulled into emergency planning meetings right this minute. [Ars Technica]

Microsoft buys Yammer, to the surprise of absolutely no one. [Microsoft Blog]


Booting Up: Sticking Your Hand in the Reddit Beehive Edition

He just loves unmasking you.

At launch, Reddit was seeded with fake users. We can’t imagine that would go over well today. [Motherboard]

The city is gonna grow its own developers, thanks very much. So many students want in to the new Academy of Software Engineering, officials already want to open more schools like it. [Daily News]

Google should google “Don’t mess with Texas.” [AllThingsD]

Microsoft’s Surface tablet will reportedly be Wifi only at launch. We’ll just be over here on our Kindle Fire, thanks. [Bloomberg]

Regulators have a few questions for NASDAQ. [DealBook]

Larry Page has lost his voice. Surely someone has worked out a solution in his 20 percent time? [All Things D]


Booting Up: Sometimes You Eat the Bear, and Sometimes He Eats You Edition

The Surface surfaces. (Photo:

“If the deal soured, it would be his ‘throat to choke.'” In retrospect, a poor choice of words. [Wall Street Journal]

Spotify has launched a for-real Pandora competitor. [AllThingsD]

However, we’d be very interested to know how much that’s going to cost them in royalties. We’re guessing a pretty penny. [New York Times]

Might crowdfunding have some less-than-salutory impacts on the economy? [Slate]

Nobody loves Nokia and RIM when they’re down and out. [Wall Street Journal]

Meanwhile, Microsoft now has its own tablet. [The Verge]


Booting Up: Microsoft Is Making Moves Again Edition

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Game developers are bailing on Google+. Frankly, we’re impressed they stuck it out this long. [AllThingsD]

Microsoft reportedly close to buying Yammer, a social network just for work. [Wall Street Journal]

Speaking of Microsoft, are they introducing a tablet at their event on Monday? [TheWrap]

Brace for a legal battle over the Facebook IPO. [Dealbook]

Speaking of legal battles, Barclays doesn’t have a lot of faith in Aereo’s long-term prospects.  [PaidContent]

Part of the reason companies like Twitter are annexing downtown San Francisco? The rent’s too damn high in Palo Alto. [GigaOm]

Don’t use Skype in Ethiopia. [TechCrunch]


Booting Up: Once More It’s All Facebook, All the Time


LinkedIn finally copped to their password breach, but there are plenty of companies out there who just keep intrusions hushed up. [Reuters]

Japanese mobile games are coming for Zynga’s market share. [Wall Street Journal]

The Silicon Valley Super Friends? Facebook, Google, and Twitter are backing an effort to stop “badware,” a.k.a. malware, bad ads, and the like. [The Next Web]

Facebook’s post quiet-period push to defend its ad business continues with the addition of real-time bidding for advertisers. [Bloomberg]

Speaking of Facebook, the company’s data science team wants to mine all those likes for social science insights. Just remember the old stat maxim, guys: garbage in, garbage out. [Technology Review]

The one thing you apparently can’t do with Facebook: Serve legal papers. Duh, it would go in “other messages.” [Paid Content]

After a flurry of rumors, Samsung swears it’s not building its own version of the social networking site. [The Next Web]