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Tech Stuff and random observations on life as I see it….
Recent tech news
Here’s a list of some tech news I thought worth mentioning…
Microsoft buys Skype (+ Mac Skype client exploit)
Find out what happened at Google I/O
Twitpic causes clash over Copyright claims
The latest reason to change your Facebook password (+ Syrian Facebook espionage)
Here’s hoping for a quieter week next week….
In case you missed it, here are some older news items i’ve written about.
PSN Network Outage – Note: As of today on the 15th the company announced that services will start being restored as of today.
Dropbox security issues
MAC Defender virus
Even older tech news:
Highlights from SXSW
Twitpic, a simple Picture posting service popular with Twitter users came under fire this week for changing their terms of service to appear to say that they held the copyright to all the photo posted on their site. This prompted a spate of users moving over to alternative services. The site founder apologised for the lack of clarity stating that users still owned the copyright of the images and the terms and conditions have been rewritten again.
By changing the terms, Twitpic hoped to limit the abuse of images on it’s site which have found their way into reports about newsworthy events. One of the most famous images posted on Twitpic came from January 2009 when a US Airways jet crash landed on the Hudson river. . To try and prevent this it recently signed an exclusive deal with the Wenn news group to syndicate images posted on Twitpic. There does still seem to be confusion over who profits from redistributed images as by signing up to Twitpic, users do agree to let the service distribute their images to the company’s partners.