Internet Evolution editors find the best, worst, and most interesting social media, Internet, and mobility news of the week and serve it up in one sizzling slideshow.
Got one to share? Leave a message below.
And when you are done reading this (or even before that), join the editors of Internet Evolution today, Friday, Jan. 11, at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) to chat about the top news and issues of the week.
Click on the first image to start the slideshow.
Collaring a Hacker?
Japanese police are trying to catch an elusive hacker, who is terrorizing the nation with a computer virus, bomb threats, and riddles. This hacker even attached a memory card to a stray cat's collar. After months of taunting, authorities and journalists remain clueless. They don't even know the hacker's gender, according to Wired UK.
As I understand it, the Venezuelan and many other "south of the border" jails still aren't particularly bastions of human dignity. Although many of the tales aren't particularly recent, passages from Max Hardberger's Seized comes to mind.
In McAfee's case... Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean nobody's out to get you.
I'm not going to defend McAfee nor would I ever attempt to even try to figure out what's going on inside his head, but I do understand why he would flee -- even if he's innocent.
As a child, I lived in Caracas, Venezuela, and dealing with law enforcement there is far different than in the US or UK (where I'm originally from). In the 1970s, at least, bribing police was the way of life; cops expected European, British, and American citizens to pay to get out of tickets, whether they were for drunk driving, speeding, or hitting a dog. There were many horror stories within the ex-pat community surrounding those who didn't pay or didn't pay enough. Venezuelan jails weren't known at the time for their adherence to civil or human rights. I remember when we were pulled over -- it was some alleged traffic violation -- by a cop in the Andes, and I was terrified that Dad was going to jail. Fortunately, he already knew the ropes. My father is a man of extreme integrity, but survival sometimes requires you to use a different moral compass.
In other words, this part of McAfee's strange adventures I can understand!
Now this is interesting. I've read about the Japanese hacker ever since they began reporting about him or her, and I have to admit, I'm intrigued. Sooner or later, I'm sure the perpetrator will be caught though.
As for that bit about John McAfee--that's just bizarre, including the part about him being on the run. Why run if you're innocent? That's all I'm wondering.
One reason may be due to some of its focus on consumer-oriented technologies like TVs, smart home devices and controls, etc. That gets the attention of the mainstream, non-tech press, as well as those who specialize in keeping up with technology of all types. It becomes self-fulfilling: More cameras, more air time, more attendees, and more vendors.
Personally, I like virtual shows (although attending some live events each year is a great way to connect, live, with new folk and some people I've met online and enjoy the social aspect of events that you can't get online).
We have choices..that's for sure.....and yes, specifically about "TED", folks seem to "running wild" with it...but having "TED" online and on demand is to me part of the growth of the Virtual Trade Show/Trade Conference Phenonmenon..I sense I am a minority of one....but that's okay. :-)
I have been a constant "visitor" to such shows....I view this as "vital"...In my case, I am not in a position to travel as much...for instance, I'm hoping to be able to catch COMDEX Virtual Soon. The potential power of the outreach is something worth going after...
The ThinkerNet does not reflect the views of TechWeb. The ThinkerNet is an informal means of communication to members and visitors of the Internet Evolution site. Individual authors are chosen by Internet Evolution to blog. Neither Internet Evolution nor TechWeb assume responsibility for comments, claims, or opinions made by authors and ThinkerNet bloggers. They are no substitute for your own research and should not be relied upon for trading or any other purpose.
The world mourned the passing of Nelson Mandela. To signal our sorrow, we turned to social media (especially Twitter) to share Mandela's most memorable quotes, our personal memories, or his impact on our lives. One photographer found a special way to transform those messages into a tribute to Mandela -- a tribute now being shared via the medium used to create it.
Tablets are near a tipping point and will make up almost -- but not quite -- half of PC sales next year, according to a Canalys study. Tablets sales will make up 49.556% of the client PC market. Tablets will be the most popular design for PCs, beating out both notebooks and desktops.
Turkeys aren't just for eating this Thanksgiving. Technology companies, government agencies, and executives have been serving up turkeys throughout the year. We've put together a menu of the biggest birdbrains and boobs of the year in our new Big Report: Ten Turkeys of 2013.
Facebook's Graph Search may face some profound challenges and risks, first, because Facebook users haven't been thinking of their posts as product reviews; and second, because Facebook will now have to contend with the social-network equivalent of SEO "gaming" of results.
A recent release of the popular TweetDeck app for Twitter power-users gives new life to software that had previously taken a wrong turn. Here's a quick walk-through of the new TweetDeck, to show you why it should be at the top of your Twitter toolkit.
Marissa Mayer at Yahoo has come out with her strategy on turning the company around: culture, company, calibration, and compensation. But Yahoo needs to have a technical approach to the mobile cloud opportunity, not a management theory lesson.
Twitter's changes are clearly aimed at being more Facebook-like, and this is because both companies are vying to serve the mobile social network market. But can that market work for anybody, given how difficult it is to push ads to social-update readers?
US counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke, who came to prominence with his prescient warnings before the 9/11 attacks, tells Smithsonian Magazine the US was responsible for the Stuxnet supersmart worm that attacked parts of nuclear reactors in Iran – and in the process, has given away one of the world's most sophisticated cyberweapons.
You've heard the expression, "Out of the frying pan, into the fire?" Amazon lives in the fire. The e-tailer wins by keeping things hot for its competitors, employees, and itself, according to a new book.
Positec, a manufacturer of power tools for homes and commercial applications, achieves greater customer service flexibility and cuts hold times in half by using a cloud-based service to manage its call center.
Big-data and analytics tools enable marketers to understand customers as individuals, identifying unmet needs and addressing each customer as a "segment of one," says John Kennedy, VP corporate marketing, IBM.
Expert Integrated Systems: Changing the Experience & Economics of IT In this e-book, we take an in-depth look at these expert integrated systems -- what they are, how they work, and how they have the potential to help CIOs achieve dramatic savings while restoring IT's role as business innovator. READ THIS eBOOK
your weekly update of news, analysis, and
opinion from Internet Evolution - FREE! REGISTER HERE
Wanted! Site Moderators Internet Evolution is looking for a handful of readers to help moderate the message boards on our site as well as engaging in high-IQ conversation with the industry mavens on our thinkerNet blogosphere. The job comes with various perks, bags of kudos, and GIANT bragging rights. Interested?