In today's Digital Dispatch:
Want To Stay Safe On The Web? Stop Looking For Free Stuff (TechCrunch)
...The research found that adding the word “free” to a search for music ringtones, for example, resulted in a 300 percent increase in the riskiness of sites returned by major search engines in English.
FCC move to release 'white spaces' has tech firms dreaming of wireless boom (Washington Post)
...Now, the FCC is betting that another batch of unlicensed and better-quality airwaves will enable engineers to turn those frequencies into WiFi networks on steroids. The airwaves would connect longer distances and penetrate through concrete walls - allowing for stronger connections.
Google Research Carves Space-Time to Optimize Video for Any Size Screen (ReadWriteWeb)
...Today Google Research announced an algorithm for resizing videos that will preserve the width to heighth ratio for "salient" images while squishing and stretching the "non-salient" parts of the shot.
Disney Consumer Products Seeking to Establish Standards for Web-Connected Toys (Engage! Expo Show Blog)
Disney Consumer Products is looking to establish a set of standards for web-connected toys. The idea of establishing standards has received mixed reviews from other major toy companies.
Lighter side: Irish Hand Dancing From Up and Over It (urlesque)
Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding are world-class Irish dancers, but their dancing sometimes has a unique twist: it's hands-only. Yep, these two have choreographed and performed entire routines with just their hands and a table
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