XXX in Tech
Next time your workplace computer network feels a little sluggish, don’t be so quick to blame Time Warner. It might be infected with a digital STD thanks to your company’s pervy higher-ups.
A recent survey showed that corporate malware is often caused by senior managers peeping at porn on their work computers. Forty percent of malware experts polled said they’d removed the stuff from a boss’s machine, Time NewsFeed reports.
You’re going to want to stab another few pins into your Time Warner voodoo doll after hearing this one. For years, the cable conglomerate has been offering discounted (or even free) service to buildings’ supers in exchange for easier access to its repair technicians.
Microsoft took some time off from its Labor Day BBQ to announce that it had acquired the handset and services arm of Nokia. [New York Times]
CBS and Time Warner, two gigantic babies masquerading as multi-million dollar companies, finally reached a deal that allows CBS programming to return to Time Warner. It hit your TV last night at 6pm EST, but unless you watch Two Broke Girls (lol), you probably didn’t notice. [The Verge]
Apparently growing bored of life on his lush New Zealand compound, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has started his own political party, and–yes–he’s President of it. [TorrentFreak]
Here’s a cool interactive graphic from the Times about the next great startup. Snapchat is included, of course. [NYT]
Jeff Bezos intends to use his bajillions to create a new “golden era” at WaPo. [Washington Post]
One could say that Time Warner subscribers have been living ~under the dome~ since early August, when the cable provider cut off access to CBS. In an effort to justify that $150 monthly bill, Time Warner is offering a gift bag of goodies to shut your complaint-filled face.
If you check out the city Economic Development Corporation’s map of fiber availability in New York City, it’s hard to miss the sprawling fiber-less emptiness of poor Brooklyn and Queens. With the exception of two prominent east-west channels of wiring, things are looking a little sparse.
So you can imagine 3rd Ward’s excitement when it learned not only that it had won the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge, but also that Time Warner’s fiber was laid right outside its East Williamsburg building.
Tinder users’ locations and Facebook information were briefly available through a simple hack this weekend. The data was only exposed for a few hours, and the company says it wasn’t enough to put users in “jeopardy.” [Quartz]
Google is revealing a second generation of its Nexus 7 tablet. It’s expected to be priced at $229 — $100 less than the iPad. [WSJ]
Apple’s Q2 earnings beat analysts’ modest expectations on revenue of $35.5 billion so the company isn’t dead yet! [AllThingsD]
Time Warner, who previously tried to sue Aereo, is encouraging subscribers to try it out if its dispute with CBS happens. [Verge]
Yahoo is taking Flickr offline tomorrow for six hours for maintenance. [CNET]
Netflix has just inked another high-profile content deal, this time with Time Warner. Via Deadline comes news that, as of March, the service will beef up its offerings for kids with a whole host of Cartoon Network shows including “Adventure Time” and “Johnny Bravo.”
Checking In to the New Yelp Foursquare already set its sights on overtaking Yelp with the launch of its super useful local search engine. But its newest iOS update really goes for the jugular: Foursquare now gives locations a 1-10 rating to show you how much people actually like it, instead of the app’s old star rating system. Per the Foursquare blog, the rating is calculated by an amalgamation of “tips, likes, dislikes, popularity, loyalty, local expertise, and nearly 3 billion check-ins from over 25 million people worldwide.” Yelp is going to have to do better than Ernest Hemingway to keep up.
Do-Gooders Keep On Doing Good The New York tech community has banded together over the last week to help victims of Sandy. And now Rain NYC and TelAPI are co-sponsoring a hackathon in conjunction with the Node.js Knockout to build applications that will help future disaster relief efforts. It’s a 12 hour competition and teams will be responsible for building telephony applications that hopefully will improve communication or information dissemination when there’s limited electricity and power.
After the Storm
Given recent events, Betabeat decided to forego our Rumor Roundup this week for a roundup of all the things startups are doing to help get New York back to normal following Hurricane Sandy.
It didn’t take long for New York startups and techies to spring into action after Hurricane Sandy left parts of our fine city without power, water, shelter, or Wifi.
On Tuesday, we pointed you to New York Tech Meetup and New Work City’s attempts to mobilize tech-savvy volunteers to help local businesses and organizations get networks and websites up and running. Today, NYTM put out an official call to its 28,000 members, asking for more volunteers and taking requests (online or by phone/text 646-392-7353) from government agencies, small businesses, non-profits, and schools that need help anything from data recovery to Internet connectivity to getting servers back online.
Noel Hidalgo, one of the lead volunteers of that effort, has been manning an uber-useful Sandy Coworking map of offices space for displaced techies. And New Work City founder Tony Bacigalupo, has pretty much morphed into Silicon Alley’s Cory Booker.
Zappos’ Tony Hsieh is using his empire to help revitalize downtown Las Vegas. “I first thought I would buy a piece of land and build our own Disneyland.” [New York Times]
Sources say the SEC’s probe into Facebook’s IPO has found no evidence that the company withheld information from investors. Good news for those seeking relief for the stock dive in civil court: Whether retail investors were led astray by misleading info from brokers still remains to be seen. [Bloomberg]
BuzzFeed is opening a Los Angeles bureau; prepare for a lot more celebrity photo lists. [BuzzFeed]
Internet service providers like Verizon and Time Warner have launched the Copyright Alert System, a new warning feature that will send notes to customers they’ve found are pirating content. Users who ignore these messages could even have their connections throttled, because ISPs will pretend to care about piracy if it gives them an excuse not to pay for bandwidth. [CNN]
Shopping for glitzy gowns just got a lot easier. On Friday, Rent the Runway introduced a new feature that replaces models with everyday women, “allowing visitors to search for women of a certain age, height, weight and even bust size, to see how that dress looks on someone similar.” [New York Times]