3/15/2010

Google Wave opens extensions gallery

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google has unveiled an extensions gallery for Google Wave, the crossbreeds email with IM and document sharing.

The new extensions gallery - announced today - appears as a link in the navigation panel that runs down the lefthand side of the Wave UI.

The gallery displays extensions as a list of “waves” - the multifaceted conversation threads that serve as the platform’s basic building blocks. These waves include installers that then add the extension as an option on the toolbar that appears when you open a wave. The gallery is pre-populated with about 15 extensions.

Netflix cancels recommendation contest over privacy

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Netflix has canceled a contest designed to improve its movie recommendation system out of concern it might compromise the privacy of its customers.

The decision was announced in a blog post, published Friday, by Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt. A previous competition that handed over anonymous user data to more than 50,000 contestants ended poorly after researchers showed it was possible to identify individuals’ viewing habits by connecting the dots.

“In the past few months, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asked us how a Netflix Prize sequel might affect Netflix members’ privacy, and a lawsuit was filed by KamberLaw LLC pertaining to the sequel,” Hunt wrote. “In light of all this, we have decided to not pursue the Netflix Prize sequel that we announced on August 6, 2009.”

Programmer gets 4 years in TJX hack case

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A former Barclays Bank programmer received 46 months in prison for helping TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez launder as much as $800,000, according to news reports.

Humza Zaman, 33, was also fined $75,000 and ordered to undergo three years of court supervision once he’s released. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy last April. He’s the second person to be sentenced in a massive ring of credit card hacks that hit TJX, Office Max, Heartland Payment systems and others.

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