A quick burst of 7 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Brazil's Smartphone Census >> Parminder Bahra
"The Brazilians say that the digital census has several advantages over paper and pen methods. They say that the data is more accurate since GPS data will pinpoint the exact location of a household. The GPS data is cross-referenced with satellite images to ensure that responses are correctly geo-tagged. The digital approach allows changes to areas, streets and buildings to be incorporated. This is particularly pertinent in the slums as these areas tend to change quickly and their density mean that printed maps are quickly out of date. The use of digital technology means that mapping is considerably more accurate and that adjustments and changes can be made all the time to ensure that the coverage is as comprehensive as possible.
"IBGE estimates that upto 5 per cent of households are incorrectly located in traditional censuses compared with 0.5 per cent of digital data."
Music, Sweet music >> Asymco.com
Back in March, Asymco collected together what people were saying about the then-announced-but-still-forthcoming iPad. Manufacturers like Lenovo said they'd tried the idea but teens didn't like it in prototype. They're nothing new. Quite useful if you need a collection of people whose predictions you need to avoid.
What's the success rate of Facebook spam? >> F-Secure
Investigating statistics unwittingly provided by spammers which show how well (or badly) their spam links have done.
DLL Hijacking and Why Loading Libraries is Hard >> F-Secure
"The problem is really quite simple. An attacker will try to trick someone into opening a data file (for example, an MP3 file in the case of iTunes) from a folder while at the same time placing a malicious Dynamic-link Library (DLL) somewhere under the same location. By doing this, he can force a vulnerable application to execute the malicious code. So, double-clicking on the wrong file on a network share might get your machine infected.
"The whole class of problems is really nothing new. As Thierry Zoller points out, a nearly identical issue was reported a good 10 years ago. Why are we seeing lots of new vulnerabilities now? A lot can be attributed to a new tool that was made available by HD Moore last Sunday. It makes finding such vulnerabilities very easy."
All the new screens >> Asymco
"So what strikes me about all of these designs is that they're basically just shiny rectangular things. There is very little you can do as a vendor to stand out with any particular rendition of a rectangle. This is also becoming obvious with the mechanical design of smartphones. They are all smaller rectangles with shiny black screens.
"Which begs the question: as they are all just screens, shouldn't what's on the screen matter more than the screen itself?"
Council transparency on spending wrongly implies see-through undies purchase - getsurrey
"The figures, which have been published on the council's website in an effort to create greater transparency, clearly state that thousands of pounds were spent with a lingerie company during the last financial year. However, the council said that the money was a refund of business rates rather than a large purchase of underwear."
Microsoft's billion dollar bonfire >> Asymco
The Scandinavian analysts comment on Microsoft's plans to spend $1bn marketing Windows Phone 7: "With hundreds of Android devices and RIM and Apple increasing distribution, why would operators be willing to spend hundreds on a venture to promote a new platform? This decision is even more puzzling when realizing that the vendor of the new platform left nothing but business model carcasses behind the last time they got involved in the industry."
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