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Lost in English to Arabic translation or vice-versa? A new website launching today aims to provide automatic translation with hope that it will help promote peace between Middle East and Western civilizations. The new website ran in beta mode for ten months and officially launches today. Interestingly, the new website operates where a government closely monitors the internet but so far the site continues to operate without getting blocked by government firewalls.
Written by Ryan Singel
EPIC, or the Electronic Privacy Information Center, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commissions last Tuesday in an effort to expose Google Buzz as violating consumer privacy laws and suggests that Google may have even gone so far as to have broken federal wiretap laws as well.
Written by Bob Sullivan
A new suite of insurance products specifically targeted toward
smaller technology companies has been announced by Hub
International – a U.S. insurance broker.
The new integrated suite will offer options and enhancements
normally only offered large corporations. Developed in cooperation
with CNA, the plan will include coverage for a variety of technology
sectors including internet and telecommunications.
Options for coverage will include management liability, comprehensive
general liability, worker’s compensation, umbrella coverage and more.
Additional coverage for personal, automobile, electronic data liability,
and more is available as well. Both Hub and CNA believe that middle market
companies are in need of such coverage and have teamed up to provide such
companies a viable insurance solution.
Hijacking computers pays! In a technique dubbed “ransomware”,
computer criminals generally send spam emails to try to trick unsuspecting users into buying “products” or warning them of the need to “update” their account information.
But now, the FBI has a warning against new software programs they call “rogueware.” These clever thieves claim that their program will find viruses on your computer and then they offer you the option to “clean” your computer for only $50. So far, internet users have paid approximately $150 million for such scams.
PC criminals are finding new ways to get unsuspected users to pay up and they’re not trying to hide it much anymore either. They often make claims using messages in their programs that say something like, “Google recommends that you install this…” or “Microsoft warns that you should allow this feature be turned on”, then suddenly they make it look like your computer is infected with 500 viruses. Next thing you know, you can’t access your information because the criminal(s) encrypted it and now they demand that you pay them a ransom for your information and promise to “release” your information so you have access to it again.
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself if you determine that your computer may be infected. Read the tips at MSNBC
Written by Bob Sullivan; Edited by Bill Sorensen
Today, Monster announced it will buy Yahoo’s HotJobs portal for $225 million in cash. With so many Americans looking for work, Monster believes closing the deal will put them in close
competition to CareerBuilder.com
Monster already provides about one-third of online job postings in the U.S.A. One thing is not sure is if Monster will now cut jobs in order to save additional money from the deal. The deal
should be finalized around the end of the third quarter. Monster’s most recent quarterly results matched expectations at a net loss of about $2.1 million. But still just ahead Wall Street expectations.
Written by Nick Zieminski; Edited by Bill Sorensen
Georgia Senate voted 65-5 to qualify e-readers as textbooks among other computer hardware. According to the bill, school districts would have the option to offer modern alternatives for disseminating digital information.
This only makes sense since textbooks are currently undergoing digital transformation and can be downloaded to electronic devices.
Supporters of the measure believe this would help students learn faster and better since information would be more readily available.
Others charge that Georgia state funds are already under strain and that the state will spend $45 million on new textbooks alone. Still, the majority of statewide education organizations support the bill.
Written by Ernie Suggs; Edited by Bill Sorensen
Mad at your neighbor’s dog? Their loud music? Their illegal construcion projects? Want to complain yet remain anonymous? “Notify Your Neighbor” , a new service, will do just that.
If you are a person who doesn’t like confrontations, now you can have someone else do it for you – by mail. And your neighbor will never know who the letter came from. Sometimes, neighbors are just clueless and don’t realize they are bothering or disturbing others. Often, a simple notification will help them see the error of their ways and they will make adjustments. Other times, they may be just one of those that need an official notification that they better make some changes or may face some type of legal action.
If you, or anyone you know, have issues with your neighbors and can’t handle facing them yourself, you might want to give Notify Your Neighbor a look.
Kathy Ireland, a former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model talks about her billion dollar empire. Here is a sneak peak video of a new CNBC documentary by Darren Rowell following up on former Sports Illustrated Supermodels and the successes they have achieved in the business world. Check out the story and more videos here: CNBC
Goalbody.com claims to be the “Premier Online Fitness Directory.”
A service strictly for fitness professionals where they can post a complete
profile of themselves including pictures, videos, contact info, session rates and more to promote their skills and knowledge to their clients or prospects.
Membership is free and the site is simple and elegant and just might
offer everything you could be looking for to promote yourself and your
Written by Bill Sorensen
What’s up with Google phones?
Negative news is seeping in about lack of sales of Google mobile phones. The recent battle with China tends to be having an affect on Google’s ability to produce enough cell phones to satisfy sales orders. Reports of delays related to launches of Motorola and Samsung phones are spreading everywhere.
Indeed, Google stands to grow and profit by promoting its web services through mobile devices. But some analysts are questioning Google’s business decisions centered around mobile devices and their recently released Android OS. And the initial launch of the Nexus One did stir up some controversy when some customers complained that the phone didn’t work properly. But Google was well aware of what was going on and claim to have worked to resolve the issues quickly.
Despite a lackluster launch of the Nexus One and other Android packing phones, Google continues to launch new devices and work through its issues.
Written by Elizabeth Woyke; Edited by Bill Sorensen