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Does Facebook's new 'Home' put too much Facebook in your face? (podcast)

If you're one of the people who get Facebook's new Home software, your social-media life will be front and center whenever you pick up your phone. It's literally putting Facebook in your face.

While that may have appeal to heavy-duty Facebook users who want to be in constant touch with their social graph, it raises some issues about "presence." People have their phones with them almost all the time, including when they're interacting with friends, family, and work colleagues, and many of us (myself included) have a habit of paying attention to our phones … Read more

App.net: 'Plumbing' for social apps, not Twitter rival (podcast)

App.net founder Dalton Caldwell was impressed by Twitter in its "early days" when third-party developers were using it as a platform to "build really strange and amazing software, which is not what the people at Twitter necessarily intended." At that point, said Caldwell, "they had an open platform and you could build any kind of business on it in."

But, he added, "there's been a number of business moves made by Twitter to restrict third-party access to the data and discourage third-party clients being built." He said Twitter's "… Read more

Trend Micro VP: Everyone helped avert DNSChanger disaster

As far as I can tell, the impact of the FBI pulling the plug on the servers set up to provide temporary domain-name service to computers infected by the DNSChanger malware was pretty low.

Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at the SANS Institute told CNET's Elinor Mills that "we haven't seen a single report" of someone losing Internet access." He called the issue "hype." But Trend Micro Vice President Tom Kellerman says a concerted effort of law enforcement, Internet service providers and security companies successfully warned consumers to fix infected computers before the … Read more

One last time to get Loaded

Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:

Android app security flaw Google+ redesign gets mocked Sony launches SmartWatch And this is the final episode of Loaded! In just a few days, we will launch our new daily tech news show, CNET Update. We thank you for watching Loaded all these years, and we can't wait to show you what we have in store. Subscribe:  iTunes (MP3)iTunes (320x180)iTunes (HD)RSS (MP3)RSS (320x180)RSS HD

The battle over e-book prices

Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:

Justice Dept. sues Apple, publishers Nokia Lumia 900 glitch triggers $100 credit Spotify Play Button Pinterest buttons on Amazon, eBay Jim Gaffigan follows DIY model for launch of "Mr. Universe" stand-up special Subscribe:  iTunes (MP3)iTunes (320x180)iTunes (HD)RSS (MP3)RSS (320x180)RSS HD

Why Facebook snatched up Instagram

Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:

Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion Instagram users threaten to quit Best Buy CEO resigns Tablets to replace pay phones in NYC Amazon adds in-app purchases Subscribe:  iTunes (MP3)iTunes (320x180)iTunes (HD)RSS (MP3)RSS (320x180)RSS HD

1.5 million card numbers stolen

Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:

1.5M card numbers compromised Comcast, Time Warner don't allow access to HBO Go on Xbox and Roku Free Photoshop CS6 preview Angry Birds cartoon series Developer defends Girls Around Me app Subscribe:  iTunes (MP3)iTunes (320x180)iTunes (HD)RSS (MP3)RSS (320x180)RSS HD

Keep on rockin' in the free version

Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:

Spotify extends free, unlimited trial Bump Pay transfers money Free Photoshop CS6 preview Apple CEO Tim Cook visits China Kindle Fire update Amazon CEO found rockets from Apollo 11 Subscribe:  iTunes (MP3)iTunes (320x180)iTunes (HD)RSS (MP3)RSS (320x180)RSS HD

Bonus for Apple shareholders

Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:

Apple pays dividends No new Xbox anytime soon Gadget policy changing on flights? NetZero offers free (but limited) broadband Artists get digital Subscribe:  iTunes (MP3)iTunes (320x180)iTunes (HD)RSS (MP3)RSS (320x180)RSS HD

Packing 41 megapixels into a smartphone camera

Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:

PureView packs 41 MP camera IBM's quantum computing breakthrough Yahoo picks fight with Facebook over patents Hardly any time is spent on Google+ New way to gift with Karma Subscribe:  iTunes (MP3)iTunes (320x180)iTunes (HD)RSS (MP3)RSS (320x180)RSS HD