Happy Friday! Some It news...
Your next USB connector will be reversible
- As mobile devices get increasingly slimmer, so too will their corresponding USB connectors.
Landline phone bill passes Michigan Senate despite AARP concerns
- Controversial legislation that makes it easier for phone companies to discontinue traditional landline service passed the Michigan Senate by a wide margin on Thursday.
Mobile shopping goes mainstream this year
- Consumers are browsing -- and buying -- on smartphones and tablets. And retailers are responding with deals.
Google-Backed Bill to Rein in Suits Passes U.S. House
- The U.S. House passed legislation to rein in some patent lawsuits that technology companies say could reduce the time they spend fighting such suits in court.
Speedy computer-server solutions made SingleHop grow fast, too
- Zak Boca and Dan Ushman, a startup team since high school, understand the need for speed and precision.
Hackers steal millions of passwords; Tips to protect your security online
- Massive security breach puts Facebook, Twitter, Google accounts at risk; Security experts offer advice to keep your data safe.
Microsoft CEO watch continues: Mulally commits to Ford, not Microsoft
- Ford chief executive Alan Mulally says, again, that he's interested in leaving the car maker. Bloomberg reports that Mulally isn't going anywhere through 2014.
'ZeroAccess' click-fraud botnet disrupted, but not dead yet
- Microsoft, along with the FBI and Europol, said the botnet cost online advertisers $2.7 million a month.
Study finds zero-day vulnerabilities abound in popular software
- Organizations selling exploits for vulnerabilities in software from major companies including Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and Adobe.
Singapore Banks Told to Boost Security After StanChart Data Theft
- Singapore's central bank has called on financial institutions to tighten up cyber security after a database on elite customers of Standard Chartered Bank was compromised.
On appeal, Oracle may beat Google and kill innovation
- With Oracle v. Google, programmers won when courts said APIs could not be copyrighted; now that ruling may be reversed.
New website lets users check if their online credentials were exposed in hack attacks
- The site combines email addresses corresponding to accounts exposed in data breaches at Adobe, Yahoo, Stratfor, Gawker and Sony.
State agency investigating Google barge construction
Los Angeles Times
- The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission has launched an investigation into the construction of Google's mysterious barge.
In the Murky World of Bitcoin, Fraud Is Quicker Than the Law
New York Times
- Illicit activity is rising in the virtual currency market, where there is an increasing amount of real money but few rules and even less oversight.
Apple guides shoppers inside stores with iBeacon
- GPS will tell you how to get to the nearest Apple store. With iBeacon, Apple hopes to guide you around once you're inside, whether it's to pick up an order, upgrade to a new iPhone or shop for a pair of headphones.
Twitter rolls out cookie-based ad targeting
- Twitter will begin showing ads to users based on their browsing history, it said on Thursday, becoming the latest Internet company to employ the controversial but increasingly widespread tracking technology.
Microsoft: US government is an 'advanced persistent threat'
- Microsoft's EVP of Legal and Corporate Affairs outlined the company's new data protection strategy on the basis that the US government is an "advanced persistent threat" -- a label used for cyber criminals.
NASA Taps Silicon Valley Space Miners to Crowdsource Asteroid Threats
- NASA is taking a new approach to spotting potentially threatening space rocks hurtling toward earth: Crowdsourcing.
Saving the Net from the surveillance state: Glenn Greenwald speaks up (Q&A)
- The man to whom Edward Snowden entrusted his NSA documents isn't content just to save the Bill of Rights and reinvent journalism. He also wants to stop the Internet from becoming history's most dangerous spy tool.