Around the IT Industry 10/22-10/26

by Modis on October 26, 2012

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Google’s Security Hole Found By an Outsider

When Zach Harris, a mathematician from Florida, received an e-mail claiming to be from Google asking him if he would be interested in a job opportunity, he was somewhat suspicious since Google did not seem like the kind of company that would have need of his particular talents.  Nonetheless, after performing some validation checks on the e-mail, the domain it was sent from was legitimate… though the encryption it was using was suspiciously weak.  Thinking perhaps it was a test of his attention to detail, he decided to crack the weak encryption and spoof e-mails between the two Google CEOs to each other letting them know that he was on to their game.  As it turns out, it was no game and Mr. Harris unwittingly exposed a serious security breach in Google’s e-mail system.

Zynga Layoffs Try to Sneak Out Beneath the Apple iPad Mini Event

In a stroke of “targeted cost reductions,” leading app maker Zynga laid off over a hundred of its employees during the Apple event that had drawn the collective eye of tech media in the hopes that the layoffs would go relatively unnoticed.  Unfortunately, word got out via Twitter and Zynga’s stock dropped nearly 5% as a result.  The app developer completely closed its Boston office and made several cuts on the application teams for both TheVille and Zynga Bingo.

Windows 8 in Review

Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system has officially launched now and customers everywhere are beginning to experience the many and sometimes radical changes the OS has made since Windows 7.  Still, many consumers remain skeptical of the new operating system and are eager to learn more about its capabilities and, perhaps more importantly, its limitations.  This article from The Verge offers an incredibly detailed review of the new OS that could help determine if the time is right for you to upgrade.

So You Want to Be a Programmer?

Computer programming is one of the fastest growing industries in America right now and, while universities continue to churn out fresh computer science majors each year, there are a number of ways to learn computer programming without the considerable time and expense involved in a college education.  This article covers 27 different ways to learn computer programming in your own time using the Internet without all the hassle of enrolling at a university.

Amazon Owns Your eBooks

The eBook market has grown considerably in recent years after the arrival of the Kindle, Nook, and other popular e-readers and no one is more prominent in the eBook business than Amazon.  Unfortunately for consumers, however, unlike a regular book which you physically take ownership of at the time of purchase, eBooks are tied to a user account and that account can be taken away by the company that provides the service if you violate their terms of service.  In other words, the eBooks which you pay for to read on the physical device that you own are not necessarily yours.  They may be owned by Amazon, who simply allows users to “rent” the eBooks for an indeterminate length of time and can rescind the rights to access the books at any time, as Linn Jordet Nygaard from Norway learned the hard way.

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