The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots. Telecommunications experts say the odds that passengers' cellphone data can help locate the missing Malaysian jetliner are next to zero, and smartphones are unlikely to lead investigators to the plane. Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court says, reversing the case of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012. Since 50 percent to 80 percent of declined credit card transactions abroad are actually legitimate, MasterCard is working with Syniverse on a new solution to geo-verify identities for travelers. SocialRadar is a new mobile app that could become a cool way to find nearby friends and discover other interesting people living or working in the same neighborhood. Or it could just be creepy.
Top Cyberthreats Exposed by Verizon Report Beyond Heartbleed, there are cyberthreats vying to take down enterprise networks, corrupt smartphones, and wreak havoc on businesses. Verizon is exposing these threats in a new report.
Where Do Web Sites Stand, Post-Heartbleed? A security firm says the vast majority of Web sites have patched themselves to protect against the Heartbleed bug, but now there are questions raised on the reliability of open-source programs.