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25 Dec 11 Upgrade your geek with Houston Chronicle technology writer Dwight Silverman


Chrome Engineer: Firefox Is A Partner, Not A Competitor – Chrome exists to try and make the Web better, not to gain huge numbers of users, the engineer says. If it makes other browsers better out of competition, that helps the Web, too.

Dutch Parliament: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal – The Dutch see the downloading of music and movies as “fair use”, and encourage the entertainment industry to find competing, authorized ways to sell their wares.

Online Gambling Given a Boost in U.S. Ruling – The U.S. Department of Justice reverses a long-held stance against online gambling.

Mobile malware will become profitable in 2012, PC attacks mirrored on the phone – According to a report from Lookout, which sells Android security software. The biggest threat on Android phones: SMS hijacking.

Insurance Against Cyber Attacks Expected to Boom – More companies are expected to seek insurance against online hacks in the wake of the assault on Sony, which cost the company millions.

Study: Apple’s iPhone, iPad account for 90 percent of mobile purchases – If you bought something online with your smartphone, chances are you used an iOS device.

Facebook, Google, And Dropbox Are Hiring Interns By The Boatload – When experienced talent is hard to find, send in the interns.

RIM gets kicked while down, sued over BBM trademark (update: RIM comments)

GoDaddy’s domain registration after SOPA: behind the numbers – Although Go Daddy lost more than 21,000 domains over the last few days, it has gained 20,000.

Article source: http://blog.seattlepi.com/techblog/2011/12/25/linkpost-12-25-2011/

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