Java, Fridges, Indix, MOOCs, More : Bulked-Up Sunday Buzz, January 19, 2014

Gross: Adware vendors are buying Chrome extensions and then updating them to send adware and malware.

Posting for balance (and because Sarah CS would really appreciate it) – Someone changes his mind about Google+: “Ah, Google+. How wrong I was. I admit I was not a fan. At first. But you’ve turned my head.”

Man, Google is stacking up the patents: “Look out, world: Google is on an intellectual property binge. According to the IFI Claims Patent Services, Google is climbing to the top of the patent assignees list, sitting at the No. 11 spot with 1,851 grants, just behind LG Electronics.”

Soundview Executive Book Summaries is getting into MOOCs (press release). “The courses offered are intended for professionals who want to increase their skills, entrepreneurs who are building the next successful start-up, business schools that want an all-in-one MOOC platform and small businesses that need quality budget-friendly employee training. While all the courses are free, supplemental learning materials including tests, additional readings and a certificate of completion are available for purchase.”

Thanks to the idea that dumb appliances JUST AREN’T ENOUGH, we now have spam-sending refrigerators.

Boing Boing reports some great news: “The new Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which Congress passed yesterday, contains an important — and fantastic — provision: it requires that scientific research funded by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education be placed in a free online repository within 12 months of their publication in a peer-reviewed journal.”

The next version of Windows is coming next year?

Yes, please, and the sooner the better: TechCrunch writes about a startup called Indix which is building a catalog of over 1 billion consumer products. “Indix is positioning itself as a neutral aggregator of all the world’s e-commerce inventory, and hundreds of millions of products that can be otherwise searched on Google, but without any personalized insights.”

I wish I could say I was surprised about this report from Cisco, but I’m not. “The Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report found that Java represented 91 percent of all Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) in 2013.” 91% y’all. Please, uninstall or disable it if you possibly can.

Fun with the New York Times How to Choose an Air Travel Search Site.

Oooh, I love the idea of an ITTT-like service for the enterprise. “Effektif wants to do for the enterprise what IFTTT has done for the consumer web – automate workflows through a cloud-based service, but one designed instead to integrate with business level tools and processes, like Salesforce, Oracle, Google Drive, Box and more.” Good morning, Internet…

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