Glasshole Checklist, Linksys Router Moons & Win a Moto G – News Bits
Instead of having separate writeups about each of these items, we’ve decided to condense them into a bite sized post for your reading pleasure. Here are some newsworthy bits from the beginning of the week.
Google introduces Google Glass Do’s and Dont’s
Google has finally decided that they don’t want too much bad press around Google Glass, and published a whole set of do’s and don’ts for Google Glass Explorers. They essentially tell you how not to be a Glasshole and tips on what not to use Google Glass for. Like this one where they say that Google Glass is meant for short bursts of information –
So don’t read War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens.
They also Explorers not to be snappy when other people ask them about Google Glass:
Be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way.
Self replicating TheMoon Worm Attacks Linksys Routers
The latest malware out there is not hitting your desktop, laptop or mobile phone; but the gateway to your Internet, the humble WiFi Internet Router at home. A new self replicating worm nicknamed “The Moon” is attacking a number of models of Linksys Routers. An infected router finds susceptible routers over a set of IP blocks, which are thought to belong to Cable and DSL companies, and then injects them with the worm. As of now, other than the infection security reachers haven’t found any other devious purpose for this worm. Who’s to stop the next wave of infection from containing payloads which can sniff your internet traffic and pull out sensitive data and send it out to hackers?
If you do have one of these routers I would suggest that you go and read these tips Linksys has published to prevent it from being infected.
WhatsApp Acquired by Facebook
In shocking news from earlier today, Facebook announced that they are aquiring WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion in cash and stocks. That’s a super deal for WhatsApp, and I hope Facebook continues the tradition which the founders of WhatsApp were following – No Ads, No Games, No Gimmicks!
An interesting tidbit here is that Brian Accton, a cofounder of Whatsapp, had tried getting a job at Facebook ( and Twitter) back in 2009. He was rejected at both companies and decided to join Jan Koum in creating the app we all know these days. via
Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life's next adventure.
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) August 3, 2009
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