Too much information? This week was about the fight for the right to be forgotten, security measures proving to be insecure, and Apple fans speculating about next Monday's WWDC announcements. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest reviews from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.
The right to be forgotten: Following a European Union Court of Justice ruling, Google has posted an online form where you can ask to have personal info or links about you removed from search results. Removals, if approved, apply only to EU editions of Google: Results will still appear on Google.com, and when links are taken down, the site will post a removal disclosure -- see SearchEngineLand for an explainer on how the removals work. While Google is complying with the court's ruling, CEO Larry Page told the Financial Times that he's concerned about censorship.
Hate it when Facebook shares an action you had no intention of putting on your timeline? Facebook says it's reducing third-party app shares.
Heartbleed throbs on. A security researcher has just shown that Android devices can be exploited over Wi-Fi, a vulnerability dubbed Cupid.
Half of us have been hacked in the past year. A CNNMoney report says that 47% of American adults have been exposed to hacking in the last 12 months. That's 110 million people and 432 million accounts.
Australia and New Zealand's Apple users were hit by ransomware this week. Many iPhone, iPad, and Mac users found their devices locked, with a message demanding $100. Apple says iCloud was not compromised.
To protect Windows users from malware, Google is now blocking extensions not from the Chrome Store. The Chrome Store also quit showing plug-ins based on Netscape's API.
Microsoft cautions that a hack intended to extend security updates to Windows XP, which the company no longer supports, will not fully protect XP users. Straying from the party line, Ars Technica says the hack is helpful, because some protection is better than none.
Remember last week's eBay breach? A student found a second flaw that hackers could use to hijack accounts.
Snowden-endorsed TrueCrypt is warning users that the tool is not secure and will no longer be developed. A group of cryptography experts is auditing TrueCrypt to evaluate how secure it is, and they're also hoping to resolve licensing issues so they can fork the code and resume development of the app. Until and unless that happens, we recommend using Windows' BitLocker or Mac OS's FileVault, or you can try these disk-encryption alternatives.
Avast support forums were breached.
A researcher figured out how to hijack Android cameras. Phone owners would not be able to tell their Android device had become a spycam.
Indistinguishability obfuscation: a 12-syllable technology might be the future of cryptography (via Motherboard).
And it appears Apple will not present a split-screen feature for iOS 8, as had been rumored.
Mozilla's first phone for Firefox OS, the Flame, is now available for preorder.
The week saw a flurry of Microsoft news:
- It's teaming up with Salesforce, which means Salesforce will have Windows and Windows Phone apps in 2015 and will play nicely with Office 365.
- Microsoft says it will be faster and more transparent in Office 365 releases.
- In the spirit of openness, Microsoft also released info about its plans for the next Internet Explorer.
- Skype Translator, a real-time Skype translation tool, got a demo this week and will be available later this year in a beta version of Skype for Windows 8.
In other translation news, Twitter is testing Bing translations on Android.
Search engines do a great job of searching the Web, but the bots can't reach inside apps to extract their info. Ozy reports on startup Quixey, which aims to be the search engine for apps. The Quixey Android app went into beta last week.
Also in beta: Kaspersky's Friend or Foe shows you what your friends are doing on Facebook.
Google is dropping NPAPI plug-ins from Chrome, starting with removing them from the Chrome Store.
Fix Apple's iMessage bug. (video)
There's an app for that? Srsly?
From the Department of Dubious Strategies, iOS app Nametrix wants to help you avoid giving your baby a stripper name. You can also find out names that are disproportionately popular among guitarists, surgeons, librarians, and other professions, as well as name correlations with political political parties and American regions.