On today's show, Google already runs out of disk space for Google +, and we're running low on disk space ourselves. The first Google eBooks integrated e-reader is landing soon, Apple takes another run at HTC, and we're discovering the most evil cities on the Internetz. --Molly
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The first Google eBooks-integrated e-reader: iriver Story HD
Oops, Google+ Already Ran Out of Disk Space
Google+ invitations no longer so scarce
Spotify Plans To Launch as Invite-Only in the U.S.
Netflix taking a pass on buying Hulu
Apple fires second legal salvo at HTC
Apple users buying 61% more apps, paying 14% more per app
Google blocks co.cc from search results
Zeroing In On the Internet’s ‘Evil Cities’
Apple ordered to pay $8M in damages over iPod playlist patent suit
Sony extends ID theft protection deal to PSN users
Nokia exits Japan cellphone market
Andy talks about Molly’s use of the word awesome
Google + is lacking
A Twitter phishing scam has been spreading through Twitter over the past few days. As a seasoned IT guy, I was taken by how devious it is and more than a little embarrassed that I fell for it. I hope you can help stop it from spreading by sharing this information. Here’s how it works: You receive a message from someone you follow on Twitter reading something like “”is that you in this picture?”" with a link. You’re intrigued, so you click the link, and it takes you to a Twitter login page. If you’re still in “”I want to see this picture”" mode, you might blindly enter your username and password–except that you shouldn’t have had to re-authenticate to see a picture and that login page was a Twitter impostor designed to steal your credentials. Congrats…you’ve been hacked! Now your account will be used to DM your followers, and so on. There’s a variant that poses as a partnering service that needs to be authorized, but it does the same thing. Both lead you to pages on a domain, itwitteri.com, registered in China. This scam is particularly effective on mobile devices, since many mobile Twitter services have an embedded browser that probably doesn’t show you URLs. If you get hacked, you may also find that those mobile services don’t make it easy (if at all possible) to change your credentials on the go.
Before you write this off as harmless, thinking “”ah, it’s just Twitter,”" consider what information is in your Twitter profile: Do you have links to other accounts? Web sites? Your email address is in your profile. Do you use that email address and password combination anywhere else?
Be careful out there!
Hi buzz crew!
I’ve started using Google+ these last few days (after you told me I could get it via the app loop hole)!
While using it I’ve suddenly realized that Google really can and does data mine my life.
When looking at the feed this morning, I suddenly noticed the Suggestions on the right side.
Who did Google+ suggest for me? My FATHER!!!
STOP LOOKING THOU MY EMAIL!!
Ok, I’m not actually angry, it’s just that before the data mining sort of happening in the background.
With Google+ it will probably become more apparent which makes it a bit more scary.
Am I going to stop using it? No…my life isn’t that interesting to the world..or is it?
Rune André – Norway
I listened to episode 1506 on July 8th.I have to inform Brian that my ISP did disconnect my service after the 3rd notice.I had to call them and promise to delete any torrent software and files before they reconnected me.they also said if I get another notice it will mean big trouble,whatever that means.So let people know they are seriously watching people.
Hey Buzz Crew,
Now I’m no Nostratongus, but given how BA google+ is so far I forsee that by 2013 Google+ will become what Facebook is now, Facebook will become what Myspace is now, Myspace will become what Friendster is now and the 5 people on Friendster will just start texting each other instead.
Love the Show,
Jonathan in Chicago
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