No need to do this, Mr Ballmer. Photo by MissMessie on Flickr. Some rights reserved
A quick burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Steve Ballmer saved $100 million in taxes selling $2B in MSFT stock >> Don Dodge
"Ballmer Economic Stimulus Plan - He saved $100M in taxes, and has nearly $2B in new cash. That is great for the economy because he has to put it somewhere. Maybe he will invest some of it in startups. That will stimulate jobs, economic growth, and innovation. Hey Steve, give me a call. I can point you to hundreds of startups that could use a little rocket fuel." So he's not bailing (and he said as much). He's just able to afford better tax advice than most of us... for tax problems of a scale we'll probably never face.
Dear Starbucks: The skinny on how you can be a security hero >> Naked Security
More ways to kill (or make redundant) the Firesheep extension: make every open Wi-Fi system use WPA2 and make the default password "free". "What is the value of a password if it is a 'well-known secret?' WPA2 negotiates unique encryption keys with every computer that connects to it. This means you and I cannot spy on one another's traffic even when sharing access on the same access point."
How Canada became an open data and data journalism powerhouse >> guardian.co.uk
Often overlooked, but "Canadians from Ottawa to Vancouver are embracing spreadsheets as never before – and producing great work which you don't often hear about outside the country."
Awesome cloud computing infographic >> Cloud Hypermarket
It is quite fun (though we prefer the awesomeness of our smartphone patent wars one, which is getting an upgrade) but more intriguing is the analysis: "Cloud computing spending will account for 25% of annual IT expenditure growth by 2012 and nearly a third of the growth the following year. " Chew on that. Microsoft has a big advertising campaign on the way aimed at small businesses to persuade them to use its cloud.
Route Optimisation Christmas Competition >> PostcodeAnywhere
Travelling salesmen (and women) may like to apply for the £250 worth of Amazon vouchers. 20 points, two time-sensitive deliveries, the fastest route... how hard can it be? You've only got around 2.4 billion billion (not a typo) options.
Man Held in Defrauding Roger Davidson, Musician >> NYTimes.com
Simply astonishing: "Over time, prosecutors said, Mr. Bedi told Mr. Davidson about an elaborate international conspiracy that had attacked Mr. Davidson's computer and was threatening Mr. Davidson and his family. The conspiracy allegedly involved a mysterious hard drive in a remote village of Honduras and a plot to infiltrate the United States government by Polish priests linked to Opus Dei. Mr. Bedi persuaded Mr. Davidson to pay the computer shop not only for data retrieval, but for personal protection, the authorities said."
He paid to the tune of at least $6m, and possibly up to $20m. Write your own punchline.
The first Windows Phone 7 apps you should grab >> MSNBC's Technolog
Up to 1,600 apps in the Marketplace, but beware: "There's already a lot of cr'apps in there, the standard lineup of flashlights, tip calcs, stopwatches, unit converters, and of course fart emulators. And because you can read what system resources each app needs to access, you can spot some shady ones too. A 'simple and fun finger drawing tool' that needs access to 'owner identity' and 'phone calls'? I'm sure there's a plausible explanation, but I am gonna pass!"
Kno Prices Its Student Tablets at $599 and $899 to Ship By End of the Year | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD
14.1" single- and dual-screen tablets, mind you, on which students buy digital textbooks that it says are around 50% cheaper than physical ones. No word of the OS they're running though. But will students want just that? Or something smaller?
BlackSheep - A Tool to Detect Firesheep >> Zscaler Research
"BlackSheep is a Firefox add-on which warns users if someone is using Firesheep on their network. It also indicates the IP address of the machine that is spying on you." And so the arms race begins.
Google TV Gets Static >> AdWeek
"The biggest flop of the new fall TV season wasn't Fox's Lone Star or ABC's My Generation. It's Google TV.
"The engineers at the search goliath appear to have pulled off the double whammy of disappointing the technorati and alienating the broadcast networks -- two constituencies crucial to getting Google TV off the ground."
It's like Yahoo's inability to understand the internet when advertising guy Terry Semel ran it, but the other way round: this is internet people (well, Google) not understanding the outside world.
Bet Microsoft's laughing as it looks at its WebTV franchise. Well, "franchise".
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