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Nokia: Yes, we decrypt your HTTPS data, but don’t worry about it

SUMMARY: [Nokia] has confirmed that the Xpress Browser used on its Asha and Lumia handsets does route HTTPS traffic via its servers, temporarily decrypting it as it does so. However, Nokia maintains that it wouldn’t access complete unencrypted information.

via Nokia: Yes, we decrypt your HTTPS data, but don’t worry about it — Tech News and Analysis.

Why Leaders Don’t Learn from Success – Harvard Business Review

…success can breed failure by hindering learning at both the individual and the organizational level. We all know that learning from failure is one of the most important capacities for people and companies to develop. Yet surprisingly, learning from success can present even greater challenges…

The first is the inclination to make what psychologists call fundamental attribution errors. When we succeed, we’re likely to conclude that our talents and our current model or strategy are the reasons. We also give short shrift to the part that environmental factors and random events may have played.

The second impediment is overconfidence bias: Success increases our self-assurance. Faith in ourselves is a good thing, of course, but too much of it can make us believe we don’t need to change anything.

The third impediment is the failure-to-ask-why syndrome—the tendency not to investigate the causes of good performance systematically…

via Why Leaders Don’t Learn from Success – Harvard Business Review. (Free registration required to view the full article).

4 Facebook Privacy Settings for the New Year

Facebook’s privacy settings are a pain point for many users: From the chaos it’s caused after a privacy breach to the confusing settings after the launch of Timeline in 2011, securing your data and understanding who can see which parts of your profile have never been easy.

While Facebook has taken some considerable missteps, the social network has also made strides in ensuring its privacy settings are more accessible and straight-forward. Most recently, Facebook launched a new set of privacy tools to help you more easily manage who can see what you share.

Here’s a look at those new privacy settings, plus three more you should revisit to ensure you start the New Year off safe and secure.

via 4 Facebook Privacy Settings for the New Year.

Facebook privacy settings even trip up the Zuckerbergs | VentureBeat

Facebook privacy settings aren’t always clear, as Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sister and creator of the Bravo reality show Silicon Valley, found out Christmas day.

Zuckerberg posted a warm family photo to Facebook that was subsequently tweeted out…

Zuckerberg believed her photo was set to friends only, but everyone should be aware that anything “friends-only” is often not actually “friends-only.” In Zuckerberg’s case, Schweitzer was a friend of another Zuckerberg sister who was tagged in the photo. You may have set your photo to be “friends-only,” but friends of those tagged in the picture can also see that tagged photo.

via Facebook privacy settings even trip up the Zuckerbergs | VentureBeat.

Netflix uncages Chaos Monkey DR tester

Netflix has released Chaos Monkey, which it uses internally to test the resiliency of its Amazon Web Services cloud computing architecture, making available for free one of the tools the video streaming company uses to keep its massive cloud computing architecture running.Chaos Monkey is a free download available from GitHub as of today. It works by randomly terminating instances of virtual machines in applications, simulating what would happen during a disaster event.

via Netflix uncages Chaos Monkey disaster testing system.

Joe Kraus – Culture of Distraction

  1. We are creating and encouraging a culture of distraction where we are increasingly disconnected from the people and events around us and increasingly unable to engage in long-form thinking. People now feel anxious when their brains are unstimulated.
  2. We are losing some very important things by doing this. We threaten the key ingredients behind creativity and insight by filling up all our “gap” time with stimulation. And we inhibit real human connection when we prioritize our phones over our the people right in front of us.
  3. What can we do about it? Is this path inevitable or can balance be restored?

via Joe Kraus Blog.

What ATT U-verse is doing to conserve IPV4 addessess…

… and some impacts.

As part of AT&T’s efforts to enhance our network to accommodate future growth, we will be making a firmware upgrade to your AT&T U-verse Gateway. Customers who have configured their network to use the 10.0.0.1 – 10.255.255.255 private Internet Protocol (IP) ranges within their AT&T U-verse Gateway will need to change to an alternate IP range. AT&T recommends changing to a 192.168.1.x IP range.

via http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2012/052912-backspin.html.

How new design will affect your company’s Facebook page

Facebook wants every business on its site to be able to express what’s happening with its brand right now – as well as the heritage behind that brand – all on a single page.

While Facebook’s new look has left many businesses in a scramble, migrating to the new, mandatory change need not be accompanied by gnashing of teeth.  Armed with insights from Web marketing experts, you’ll be able to cruise through the upgrade – and perhaps dust a competitor or two – unphased.

via How new design will affect your company’s Facebook page | TechRepublic.

How to make Android faster, more productive and more secure

I’m an iPhone guy…. I don’t know why I’m posting this:

Here are 10 ways to make Android faster, more productive and more secure

via How to make Android faster, more productive and more secure

Cloud storage Terms of Service comparison: Avoid Google Drive | The Verge Forums

Chances are this will never be an issue, but the standard Google terms are particularly egregious in the context of personal cloud storage.

…. and, it seems to me, that one could never use Google Drive in a business context, since Google will have the right even to “publicly display” the information you upload.

via Cloud storage Terms of Service comparison: Avoid Google Drive | The Verge Forums.