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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth has more articles for you

Thanks to Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth’s tireless scouring of the ‘Net, we have more articles for you to read:

Some folklore on the original Macintosh:

Chris Espinosa got a flash of inspiration …….  instead of a new iteration of the calculator [app for Mac], Chris unveiled his new approach, which he called "the Steve Jobs Roll Your Own Calculator Construction Set".

Steve …... immediately started fiddling ……. After ten minutes or so, he settled on a calculator that he liked.

Since iOS’ launch in 2007, people have devoted a lot of time and money to copying the UI. Samsung, of course, is the biggest offender.

The entire tech industry has been homogenizing and commoditizing iOS’ appearance so much that after six years, iOS no longer felt exclusive, unique, or premium to most people: it felt like the norm. Apple needed to shake things up to keep their premium edge, and they went all-out.

Now, with Apple's new iOS-7, every imitation looks ancient. Soon, they’ll start to feel obsolete. Most imitating efforts will need to be redone or abandoned to look current.

Copying iOS 7 is going to be a big problem for cheap hardware.  iOS 7 requires lots of computing power that they don't have.


Hiring managers say social media sink job chances

U.S Government Surveillance: Bad for Silicon Valley, Bad for Democracy Around the World

Violating foreigners' privacy harms both our security and our prosperity.

some European activists are calling for data-storage rules to thwart the U.S. government's surveillance advantage. The best way to keep the American government from snooping is to have foreigners' data stored locally.

So the first unintended consequence of mass NSA surveillance may be to diminish the power and profitability of the U.S. Internet economy. America invented the Internet, and our Internet companies are dominant around the world. The U.S. government, in its rush to spy on everybody, may end up killing our most productive golden goose.

Even worse, a shift away from U.S.-based Internet services is a blow to free expression around the world. We expect U.S.-based Internet companies to resist authoritarian governments that ask for help squelching political dissent.

Having Twitter in the U.S. helped when the U.S. State Department asked it in 2009 to delay its regularly scheduled maintenance to ensure activists can communicate during the Iranian elections. It is much harder to say no to a foreign government when a business has employees and data in that country.

authoritarian countries want to censor, spy on, and control Internet access within their own borders.  The U.S. government's fervor for Internet surveillance has now provided advocates for such cyber-sovereignty with new privacy-motivated allies and a great set of talking points.

President Obama recently chided Americans concerned with NSA surveillance for our naïveté, saying "you can't have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy." But this administration's rhetoric is short-sighted and depressing when, in fact, rampant surveillance harms our long-term security.

A good article on accountability for medical record keeping.

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