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, 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.

One Spotify user's data was accessed, so the company has updated the Android app (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android).

Avast support forums were breached.

Stanford Security Lab's MetaPhone app (Android) shows how metadata can be revealing. (video)

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).

Coming attractions

WWDC kicks off Monday morning. CNET has scoured the rumors and predicted what to expect. On Monday, follow the WWDC live blog.

One thing we should hear more about: Beats, for which Apple drummed up $3 billion. The deal includes Beats Music (iOS, Android), a subscription music-streaming service.

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:

In other translation news, Twitter is testing Bing translations on Android.

New releases


Pocket (iOS, Android) announced a paid premium service that will save your articles indefinitely for $5 per month or $45 per year.

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.

The Springpad note-taking app shutting down, so move your data by June 25. You might want to try Evernote (iOS, Android).

How to...

Windows Start button

Get the Start menu back in Windows 8.

Use a friend's Android to find your own.

Make any Android easy enough for Grandma to use.

Go incognito when launching Chrome on Windows.

How to install Chrome extensions manually.

Fix Apple's iMessage bug. (video)

Check files for suspected malware with Google VirusTotal Uploader for OS X.

Customize Windows Phone 8.1 notification quick actions.

Set a contact-based reminder on Windows Phone 8.1.

Set up and start using Cortana.

Export your Springpad data before it shuts down.

Manage your email for free on iPhone and iPad.

There's an app for that? Srsly?

Blackcraft Zodiac

Find your Gilfoyle or Siouxsie with Blackcraft Zodiac (iOS, Android), an astrological dating app for dark souls.

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.

Can you bend it like Beckham? The Adidas MiCoach smart soccer ball and iOS app tests your kicks.

Get your emergency cute with Klooff, which is like Instagram with nothing but pet photos (iOS).

Julie is managing editor of and has been cooking up tech editorial since 1996.