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Boot up: Mobile threats at ‘all time high’, Apple reveals new location app patent, and more

Josh Halliday: A quick burst of links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
  
  

A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team

Meredith Attwell Baker Leaving F.C.C. to Join Comcast >> NYTimes.com

Hmmm: "Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved a hotly contested merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who voted for the deal said on Wednesday that she would soon join Comcast's Washington lobbying office"

At Risk: global mobile threat study finds security vulnerabilities at all time highs for mobile devices >> Juniper Networks

"With smartphones set to eclipse PCs as the preferred method of both personal and professional computing, cyber criminals have turned their attention to mobile devices. At the same time, the gap between hacker capabilities and an organization's defenses is widening. These trends underscore the need for further mobile security awareness, as well as more stringent, better integrated mobile security policies and solutions."

The Really Smart Phone >> WSJ.com

"Apple and Google may be intensifying privacy concerns by tracking where and when people use their mobile phones--but the true future of consumer surveillance is taking shape inside the cellphones at a weather-stained apartment complex in Cambridge, Mass.
"For almost two years, Alex Pentland at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has tracked 60 families living in campus quarters via sensors and software on their smartphones--recording their movements, relationships, moods, health, calling habits and spending. In this wealth of intimate detail, he is finding patterns of human behavior that could reveal how millions of people interact at home, work and play.
"Through these and other cellphone research projects, scientists are able to pinpoint "influencers," the people most likely to make others change their minds. The data can predict with uncanny accuracy where people are likely to be at any given time in the future."

Even predicts market movements. Amazing.

Windows Embedded Handheld 7 slips off the Microsoft roadmap >> ZDNet

"A year ago, Microsoft officials went public with their roadmap for the company's various embedded mobile operating systems. At that time, the Redmondians said to expect Windows Embedded Handheld 7 -- an enterprise-targeted update to its ruggedized-device operating system -- to arrive in the second half of calendar 2011. But those plans seemingly have changed."

Where changed means "we've binned it". But you only learn this if you examine PowerPoint slides as though they were communiques from the Kremlin.

Apple reveals a powerful location-based service for the iPhone >> Patently Apple

"The idea is simple. Deliver a location based service to information savvy iPhone users that wish to receive temporary retail and service-based applications. Imagine standing at the entrance of a restaurant and viewing their menu on your iPhone or entering a public library and being able to access their database. The minute you leave the library or the front of that restaurant, the app disappears so that you don't clog up your iPhone with hundreds of local business apps. I don't know if Apple will tackle this at their upcoming developer conference, but this is a phenomenal opportunity for hungry developers and/or Business Form companies looking for a new avenue for revenue. There are millions of non-geek business owners who are going to want in on this service so as to attract new tech savvy iPhone using clients. Snooze on this opportunity and you'll Lose."

Intriguing.

BlackBerry PlayBook review >> Pocket-lint

"it took us a couple of days and a helpful hint from the chief designer of the PlayBook to find out that we could turn it on without the use of the power button. All the functions are there from the start, but RIM doesn't detail them in any of the accompanying literature."

But he makes house calls, right?

LG Optimus 2X to get Angry Birds Rio game preloaded >> Mobile Entertainment

Alfred Hitchcock would be having a field day with this. They're everywhere.

A rising tide does not lift leaking ships >> Asymco

Dediu on the latest market numbers for smartphones. As he says, it's hard to get seasonality out of the growth. Prize for best blogpost title, though.

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