In what was ostensibly an effort to make future Internet Explorer 10 customers feel more secure about their online privacy, Microsoft announced that the forthcoming version of its browser would ship with a default 'do not track' setting that would protect web users from ad networks and other companies that track their online behaviour.
But the move has upset some people - in an open letter addressed to Microsoft executives, a US advertising group argued that the setting would prove to be harmful to advertisers and ad-supported sites and content. "This result will harm consumers, hurt competition, and undermine American innovation and leadership in the Internet economy," the group wrote. You just can't please everyone, it seems.
But you can usually please your boss, at least if you turn up for work on time and relatively sober, and trying to get down with to latest enterprise buzzword boogie usually doesn't hurt either. BYOD is the business world's newest classic abbreviation - a buzz-acronym, if you like - associated with the changing office environments of the 21st century. As enterprises across all sectors look to cut costs and boost productivity - that age old corporate pursuit - the idea of employees bringing their own devices to work and being able to do their jobs remotely at all times is appealing for many company bosses. But how appealing is it for the employee themselves?
According to a recent survey, not very. It seems many of us are concerned about the privacy implications of BYOD and are uncomfortable with the fact our superiors can check what we've been looking at on our devices, even where we've been outside office hours. For the full set of telling statistics and to see what innovation may be coming to refine BYOD policy, follow the link.
Speaking of lateral thinking, the UK government thinks that they're on to a great idea - which means, of course, that they're steering our collective ship straight into an iceberg. According to prominent daily newspaper The Independent among others, the latest sketchy plans for a national identity scheme - most recently anointed with the Newspeak-like moniker 'Identify Assurance Programme' – show that ministers are weighing up the possibility of utilising mobile technology and, more mind-bogglingly, social networking sites as a central part of the initiative.
Specifically, Westminster and its cohorts are considering the possibility of setting up a system whereby citizens would be able to use their social media profiles as a valid form of identification when logging-in to public services portals. We can't even begin to detail just how mind-bogglingly bad an idea this is in the space of a humble news digest, so if you want to read our full list of complaints about why employing Facebook to lord over millions of tax claims, passport applications, and driving records is the worst idea since, well, electing this government of chinless wonders in the first place, you'll have to click the above link.
Not more misery, surely? Well, it is the news after all, and the world' s favourite curmudgeonly Californian company, Apple, is yet again proving itself to be a grumpy old beast, this time by restricting Lightning accessory production. Apparently, it is tightening up its exclusive 'Made For iPhone' policy, so only companies with Apple's approval will be able to manufacture Lightning-based accessories. The move is likely to eliminate most cheap third-party fixtures, at least in official channels. No companies have yet received the thumbs up from the Cupertino-based firm, but an upcoming seminar in China looks set to change that. This follows news that the cables all carry unique chips to make cloning Lightning potentially impossible - but we reckon the world's hacking fraternity is well up to the task.