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Today’s Scuttlebot: Banned in Saudi Arabia and Building a ‘Silicon Bayou’

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. More Scuttlebot can be found here. Viber Banned in Saudi |  Viber, a free call and text service  popular with migrant workers but not the phone company, is banned in Saudi Arabia. — Quentin Hardy A… Read more →

Real Estate Apps for Google Glass

The Trulia app on Google Glass can show images and provide information about homes for sale. 5:36 p.m. | Updated to add that Zillow is also planning apps for Glass. Walk down a street wearing Google Glass, and you can see alerts about nearby houses on the market. The alerts are courtesy of Trulia, the real estate site, which this… Read more →

NSA ‘top secret’ spying order affects millions of Americans: FAQ

The National Security Agency’s headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md., in an undated file photo. (Credit: NSA) The Guardian newspaper revealed exclusively on Wednesday that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has and continues to vacuum up millions of Verizon customer details, including information on phone calls both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other… Read more →

Google re-opens CalDAV

When Google announced on March 13th that it would no longer be supporting the CalDAV application programming interface (API), developers were not happy. In early June, Google reconsidered its position and re-opened CalDAV and, to top it off, Google said they’d be opening CardDAV’s API as well. CalDAV, for the non-programmers among you, is an… Read more →

Robbing a Gas Station: The Hacker Way

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Thieves of the future will look back on today’s stick-up artists and have a good old belly laugh. Why would anyone ever rob a cashier with a gun, when all that is needed is a smartphone? Matt Bergin, a security consultant at Core Security, discovered he could hack a cash register remotely, popping it open, by sending… Read more →

Box looks to attract more third-party developers with ‘$rev’ monetization scheme

Box‘s cloud-based ecosystem of third-party apps and services is poised to get even bigger with the debut of a new monetization scheme. Dubbed “Box $rev,” the program is designed to offer developers with the chance to monetize their applications on the Box platform. CEO Aaron Levie pointed toward mobile as a major motivation here, remarking… Read more →

GM doubles down on its internal IT

GM, which last October announced they were bringing 3000 IT jobs back into the company after changing the way their IT division worked from using outside contractors to internal assets, has started adding a second new datacenter to their US operations in the Detroit area as a major step in their plan to reduce their number… Read more →