Tech Sightings, November 19, 2014

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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China Blocks Websites as Internet Meeting Begins

China’s vigilant censors have blocked several popular websites even as the World Internet Conference convened in the country. Blocked sites include networks that help speed website performance and services that enable users to access typically blocked content.

Next Year’s DDOS Attacks Expected From Vietnam, India, Indonesia

According to a recent report from DDOS mitigation vendor, Black Lotus Communications, countries like Vietnam, India and Indonesia, which have large numbers of insecure mobile phones, especially Android smartphones, are likely to be big botnet sources for distributed denial of service attacks next year.

Everything Google Knows About You (and How It Knows It)

The amount of information that Google has about people who use its search engine is disconcerting, to say the least. And according to research firm Survata, people care more about Google getting to their personal data than they do the U.S. government.

Peter Thiel: Uber is ‘Most Ethically Challenged Company in Silicon Valley’

Ride-sharing company Uber is under fire – again. Recent comments by one of its top executives suggesting digging up and publishing dirt on journalists who criticize the company have drawn widespread condemnation. The latest criticism came from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who said Uber is on the brink of going too far.

HTML5 Is Already Everywhere, Even in Mobile

If you’re wondering what happened to HTML5, the Internet’s latest markup language, it is still there and quietly working in app development for mobile devices, according to EmberJS co-founder Tom Dale.

Dirty Secrets: 12 Strange and Disturbing Facts About Your Phone

Do you even know how much grime your favorite gadget picks up every day? Prepare to be appalled by all the stuff your mobile phone collects!

Movie Franchises, Sports Dominate Mobile Gaming

Industry-tracking firm App Annie’s October report shows that movie franchises and FIFA soccer league games make up a huge chunk of downloaded iOS and Android games.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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