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Holy crap! Carrier IQ is secretly installed on any cell phone you have, recording every keystroke, button-press, password, website, text, and sending this to Google, AT&T, Sprint, and others.

2 Dec

If you have any decently modern Android phone, everything you do is being recorded by hidden software lurking inside. It even circumvents web encryption and grabs everything—including your passwords and Google queries.

Worse: it’s the handset manufacturers and the carriers who—in the name of “making your user experience better”—install this software without any way for you to opt-out. This video, recorded by 25-year-old Android developer Trevor Eckhart, shows how it works. This is bad. Really bad.

via Your Android Phone Is Secretly Recording Everything You Do (Updated).

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Facebook is inching closer to a $100 Billion valuation, more than twice that of HP, 3M, and others. What could it mean for users?

2 Dec

The Wall Street Journal this week quoted unnamed sources who said Facebook is “inching closer” to a public offering, in spring or early summer, that would value the company at more than $100 billion.

According to the report, Facebook would look to raise a staggering $10 billion during its initial public offering. A $100 billion valuation would price the social-networking giant at more than twice the value of tech institutions such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and 3M Co., the Journal reported.

via What would a publicly traded Facebook mean to users? – CNN.com.

One of the best quotes from Steve Jobs, about seeing things differently

2 Dec

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.

That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

Steve Jobs Says This Will Be Your Greatest Life Revelation.

Innovative Condoms With Teeth Fight Rape In South Africa ($2)

2 Dec

Over 30,000 Rape-Axe condoms are being handed out free at South Africa’s World Cup. While they won’t stop rape, the condoms (worn by women) have jagged-teeth inside to tear penises up, and can only be removed by doctors.

Sounds grim, but then I imagine rape isn’t any fun for the woman either. The inventor, Dr Sonnet Ehlers, was inspired to create the painful condom after she met a woman who’d been raped. The woman apparently told Ehlers “if only I had teeth down there,” which encouraged her to look at ways to make men regret their actions.

Women fearful of being raped can insert the Rape-Axe condom inside themselves like a diaphragm or tampon. If her worst fears come true, and a man attempts to rape her, the Rape-Axe’s inside hooks attach themselves to the penis and don’t come off, instead getting even tighter and stopping the man from being able to urinate. The only way to remove it is by seeing a doctor—which will obviously help with prosecution.

After the World Cup, Ehlers will be selling the Rape-Axe condoms for $2 each. [Rape-Axe via Jezebel]

Condoms With Teeth Fight Rape In South Africa.

Verizon just gobbled up $3.6 billion in wireless spectrum. Could it get any better for Verizon customers or any worse for AT&T customers?

2 Dec

Verizon Gobbles Up $3.6 Billion in Wireless Spectrum.

Fortunately, Verizon will continue to fuel its 4G LTE network with this new spectrum addition. That means stronger signal, wider coverage, and fewer dropped calls or failed data communication.

As an AT&T customer, I envy Verizon customers and really hope my wireless provider does something on its end to compete with VerizonWireless. Otherwise, I may be taking myself and my iPhone over to Verizon after my contract ends.

My Christmas present, please? Apple founding papers are up for sale. Just $150,000. NBD.

2 Dec

Apple Founding Papers Are Up For Sale.

“Stephen G. Wozniak”, “steven p. jobs” and “Ronald Wayne”. The latter had the best signature on Apple Computer’s founding contract, signed on April 1st, 1976. Too bad he used it again to sell his 10% share for $800.

Today, his 10% would have had a $35 billion market capitalization. Wayne always says he doesn’t regret selling because at the time it was the best choice. Whatever, Ronald, WHATEVER.

The two contracts, the one founding the company and the one with Wayne selling his shares, are going to be auctioned by Sotheby’s on December 13. The company believes the lot may reach $150,000. [Sotheby’s via Paul Fraser]

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