July 19, 2013, 6:00 AM —
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Hard to believe that Marissa Mayer has already been at Yahoo for one year, isn’t it? It’s only been six weeks or so, though, since Mayer’s “no working from home” policy took effect, though it probably feels like longer than that for people who now have to slog into the office again. Of course, my cartoon above is a joke; Yahooligans can go home at night (I think). But, given that we just found out this week that advertising revenue at Yahoo was down sharply in Q2, would you be shocked to hear that Mayer has revoked the company’s “sleep at home” policy? Me neither.
So, aside from Yahoo-related news, here are some of the top tech stories from the past week(ish)...
The DEF CON hacker conference has asked the federal government to not attend this year. The NSA said no problem; they don’t need to be there to know what’s going on.
MIT has built an artificial intelligence system with the IQ of a 4 year old. It’s so life-like it’ll also flush your keys down the toilet.
Bill Gates vowed on Monday to bring back Microsoft Bob, a short-lived on-screen assistant. The FBI is currently investigating this threat.
It's the middle of the summer which, of course, means that everybody’s going on summer vacations. For example, earlier today Edward Snowden applied for asylum from the Magic Kingdom.
Bose Corporation founder Amar Bose died last week at the age of 83. Per his request, he’ll be buried in one big coffin, and five tiny ones.
A new study finds that 92% of all mobile malware is aimed at Android devices. To make it less appealing to hackers, Google says the next version of Android will be named Black Licorice.
Steve Ballmer said recently that Microsoft now has 1 million servers. Experts say it would take 2.6TWh of electricity annually to power all those blue screens.
Tumblr issued a security update on Wednesday to address an issue with passwords being compromised. What they did was they removed the “Compromise My Password” icon from users’ dashboards.
At the end of June, 591 million people in China had Internet access. That means that 750 million other people in China still have lives.
A Russian oil executive has ordered a tablet that will cost $3.69 million. It’ll be one of kind, but still a better seller than the Microsoft Surface.
Have a great weekend! If you’re stuck in a heat wave like it sounds like I'll be, allow me to suggest frequent glasses of ice cold water - down your pants. Works like a charm.
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