Also – an Apple patent to let cops switch off protestor’s smartphones, the Android Bitcoin vulnerability and the battle for secure email

A quick burst of links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team

Use Android? You’re probably giving Google all your wifi passwords >> micah.f.lee

Go to your home screen, press the Menu button, select “Settings”, under “Personal” select “Backup and reset”. Is the “Back up my data” checkbox checked? If so, all of the wifi passwords that your phone remembers are being synced to your Google account.

How not to give Google your keys and, indirectly, the NSA.


For Bezos, the Post represents new frontier >> The Washington Post

Since his deal to purchase The Washington Post was announced, newspaper readers who have found Bezos’s e-mail address have started to pepper him with questions, and Bezos, true to his reputation for customer service, has been responding. A number of customers have e-mailed him this past week, and “he has responded to every one,” said Post publisher Katharine Weymouth, who recounted one in particular. A man who had paid several hundred dollars to place a marriage announcement did not like how the paper treated him. He wrote to Bezos saying, “Thank god you’re getting involved, you understand customer service!”


Apple patents tech to let cops switch off iPhone video, camera and wi-fi >> TechEye

Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, whenever they like. All the coppers have to do is decide that a public gathering or venue is deemed “sensitive”, and needs to be “protected from externalities” and Apple will switch off all its gear. The police can then get on with the very difficult task of kettling protesters without having to worry about a few beating anyone to death. Apple insists that the affected sites are mostly cinemas, theatres, concert grounds and similar locations, but it does admit that it could be used in “covert police or government operations which may require complete ‘blackout’ conditions”.


Bitcoin developers say critical Android flaw leaves digital wallets vulnerable to theft >> The Verge

The developers of Bitcoin have announced the discovery of a critical weakness in Android that leaves Bitcoin wallets subject to theft. The vulnerability affects every Bitcoin wallet app for Android, including popular options like Bitcoin Wallet, blockchain.info wallet, BitcoinSpinner and Mycelium Wallet.


NSA by numbers >> BuzzMachine

Fear not, says the NSA, we “touch” only 1.6% of daily internet traffic. If, as they say, the net carries 1,826 petabytes of information per day, then the NSA “touches” about 29 petabytes a day. They don’t say what “touch” means. Ingest? Store? Analyze? Inquiring minds want to know.


Snapchat lawsuit photos texts and emails >> Business Insider

It’s tough at the top – the auto-destruct app is at the centre of a vicious lawsuit between the co-founders, the biggest of its kind since the Winklevoss twins took on Mark

Read more here: Boot up: Google hoovering wifi passwords, Snapchat's Winklevoss scenario and the NSA in numbers