Daily Dispatch: White House releases Digital Identity plan; Is Google planning a Facebook killer?

    Consumer Reports News: June 28, 2010 05:33 PM

    Combing through hundreds of blog posts and news articles daily, Dirk Klingner, our technology-trend watcher, sifts through the noise to bring you the tech news most important to consumers. If you have a tip on a story you want to share, leave a comment below.

    White House Releases Draft Digital Identity Strategy (Information Week)

    ..."No longer should individuals have to remember an ever-expanding and potentially insecure list of usernames and passwords to login into various online services." White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt said in a blog post.

    Is Google About to Launch a Facebook Killer? Kevin Rose Says So. (SFWEEKLY)

    ...According to Digg founder Kevin Rose, Google is about to launch a social profile service called, aptly, "Google Me."

    Amazon Adds Video, Audio To Kindle Apple Apps (mocoNews.net)

    ...This week, it's flexing the Kindle platform's muscles, adding a small batch of books "enriched" by audio and video available only (for now) on its suite of apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

    BMWs to read your BlackBerry e-mail to you (cnet)

    ...Using the iDrive control interface that's on models equipped with Assist, Bluetooth, and onboard navigation, occupants of a BMW can select e-mails they want the system to narrate from a Bluetooth connected phone. Currently the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G is the only RIM device that supports this functionality, but BMW plans to support more phone models.

    Bionic British cat gets faux paws (Yahoo News)

    ...After losing his two rear paws in a nasty encounter with a combine harvester last October, the black cat with green eyes was outfitted with metallic pegs that link the ankles to new prosthetic feet and mimic the way deer antlers grow through skin. Oscar is now back on his feet and hopping over hurdles like tissue paper rolls.

    Lighter side: Email Prankster Designs Best Missing Cat Poster Ever (urlesque)

    ...Anyway, his latest email exchange started when a coworker asked him to design a poster for her missing cat. What happened? Well, she got a poster, but it wasn't exactly the poster she wanted ...


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