Now that Netflix is in the original content business, the company has to deal with piracy. It took some time, but House of Cards is now all over the torrent sites. [Variety]
Is Apple working on a competitor to Street View? [Apple Insider]
New software would leave student essays to be graded by A.I., leaving professors more time for other tasks. What professors are doing that’s more important than evaluating the progress of their students is anyone’s guess. [New York Times]
“If you install this, then it is very likely that Facebook is going to be able to track your every move, and every little action.” [GigaOm]
A secrets-sharing app named “Whisper” just raised $3 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners. [PandoDaily]
Word on the street says Apple has fired the manager who oversaw the development of its ill-fated Maps app. [Bloomberg]
This anthropologist completely submerged herself in the culture she was studying for three years … meaning she moved to the Bay Area and started chatting up hackers. [Wired]
Google has released an icy slew of Street View updates, including photos of Svalbard, Norway–which is about 400 miles north of continental Europe. [TNW]
The most commonly asked politics question on Ask.com in 2012: “Who will win the Presidential race?” Guys, it’s a search engine, not a crystal ball. For fortune-telling, you need Nate Silver. [VentureBeat]
Nokia is suing to block the sale of many RIM products until they can straighten out royalties, not that it’ll save either company from the scrapheap of corporate history. [ComputerWorld]
Andrea Dove, who lives outside Houston, Texas, was using Google Maps to get directions to a relative’s house when she made an interesting discovery on Street View: something that resembles a fading, pinkish UFO straight out of cartoon sci-fi.
KLTV-TV sent a reporter after the story, who went full man-on-the-street in tracking the alien image:
Privacy is Dead
The commenters at Hacker News realized something quite entertaining: Google employees at the search giant’s various international HQs have taken to lining up outside of the offices when it’s time for the Street View cameras to record mapping data for their address.
Privacy is Dead
While $25,000 is pocket change to the search giant, the news that the Federal Communications Commission has fined Google for Street View data collection may come at a bad time P.R.-wise for the company, considering questions being asked by U.K. organizations regarding Google’s use of CAPTCHAs to resolve blurry house numbers seen on Street View.
Of course it’s not new, Google gets this a lot. This time the breach is Google’s program using CAPTCHAs to interpret blurred house numbers. If Google has ever asked you to enter a set of blurred numbers when answering a security query for a Google account, you’ve entered one of these numbers–therefore Google has made you part of the problem, citizen. Let the Guardian, in posh tones, explain:
The same image is presented to other Google users around the world at the same time. If enough people submit the same number, Google accepts they have accurately read the photo and are therefore not bots.
Traditionally these security checks – of which there are estimated 200 million a day – have involved typing blurred letters or words into a box.
According to the U.K. Big Brother Watch‘s delightfully named Nick Pickles, this constitutes “a serious privacy issue with identifying the individual number of people’s homes.”