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Tech News for 12-16-09

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 by | Filed Under: In The News

How secure and private is Facebook? Recently, Facebook implemented it’s new privacy settings to all of its 350 million users. Those who log in for the first time since these settings have been added will go through a quick wizard to confirm the privacy settings that you would like to use. However, many are asking “How private is Facebook?” as the default settings for user’s accounts set personal information viewable to “Everyone”. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile is even viewable to “Everyone”, a move some think may be a mistake or an effort to convince other Facebook users to become more public.

The talk of the week: Google Phone. When Google first began the development of their phone’s operating system, Android, there were rumors flying around about Google developing their own cellular phone and possibly even a cell phone service. When Google was in the bid for the 700Mhz frequency back in 2007, some even believed that Google might try to use that frequency to offer free cell phone service. However, when the first Android phone was released, the world realized it was just a phone running the Google OS which could be purchased through TMobile. Now almost every provider has an Android phone, except for AT&T. (And it may be a while for AT&T to release a Android phone, with the current TV advertising war between AT&T and Verizon .) No, the interest in Google providing an exclusive “Google Phone” and “Google Phone Service” has somewhat fell off the radar, until now. Google is apparently developing Nexus One, a Google Android phone without a carrier. According to reports, this phone will be available for purchase directly from Google, and will work with your current carrier, in essence, it will be released as an unlocked cell phone.

Those still using Microsoft Windows XP SP2 have just a few months left until Microsoft’s public support for Windows XP ends on July 13, 2010. On that date, Microsoft will discontinue any assisted support and security updates and patches. Users will still be able to access the Windows XP online knowledge base to search for answers to their questions, however. Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 will move from Mainstream Support into Extended Support on the same day.

~Bryan Scheiber is a Systems Administrator in Metro Detroit.
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