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Google Drops Google+ Requirement, Netflix Officially Lands On Linux, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 22-09-2014

Also, served via Facebook, investigating eBay, Xbox One delayed in China, Netflix expands in Europe, and Conan demands Apple eRase U2.


Google+ No Longer Required For Gmail

Google is no longer requiring new Gmail users to also sign up for a Google+ A Guide to Google Tools: Tips and Tricks You Can't Live Without Find tips, tricks, and hacks that'll help you make better use of Google tools you already use. The guide covers five main Google Services. Read More account. The change of policy was spotted by the WordStream Blog, with a screenshot showing how new Gmail signups have the choice to create a G+ profile or continue onto their inbox without doing so. These new users will, however, be required to sign up to Google+ It's Not Really Dead: 7 Reasons To Start Using Google+ Today I wake up in the morning, and check what's new on Google+. Yes, really. Google is putting a lot of brawn and brains behind the social network everyone loves to hate, and it shows. Read More if and when they want to share any sort of public content.

This may be as far as the easing off of mandatory Google+ signups goes, or it could be the first sign Google is slowly but surely realizing Google+ isn’t the be-all and end-all of social networks. Let’s hope it’s the latter, as Google+ will only ever succeed when people actively choose to use it rather than feel forced into doing so.

Netflix Officially Lands On Linux

Netflix is finally coming to Linux. Officially. And without the need for any awkward hacks. While there are workarounds enabling Linux users to watch Netflix You Can Now Watch Netflix On Linux Natively: Here's How It is now possible to watch Netflix on any Linux system, so long as you run the Chrome browser starting with version 37. Read More , Paul Adolph, a senior engineer at Netflix, has promised that official support is coming soon.

Posting to the Ubuntu Development Group, Adolph said, “Netflix will play with Chrome stable in 14.02 if NSS version 3.16.2 or greater is installed. If this version is generally installed across 14.02, Netflix would be able to make a change so users would no longer have to hack their User-Agent to play.” Which should mean that Netflix is available on Ubuntu as soon as it’s updated to the latest version of NSS (Network Security Services).

You Got Served, Via Facebook

Legal papers can now be served via Facebook, with a judge ruling the social network counts as a form of contact. Magistrate Gregory Gliedman accepted that Facebook counts as legal contact in the case of a Staten Island man notifying his wife he was ending child support payments as their son had turned 21. After failing to find her in the real world, Noel Biscocho served his ex-wife via Facebook. So, if you really don’t want to be found, you may want to close your Facebook account How To Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips] For whatever reason you may have, one day you might find yourself wanting to delete a Facebook account. Perhaps you had a few accounts and want to delete the extra ones. Maybe you want to... Read More as soon as possible.


Investigating The eBay Vulnerability

A serious eBay vulnerability was discovered last week enabling criminals to scam people using cross-site scripting (XSS) What's Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), & Why It Is A Security Threat Cross-site scripting vulnerabilities are the biggest website security problem today. Studies have found they’re shockingly common – 55% of websites contained XSS vulnerabilities in 2011, according to White Hat Security’s latest report, released in June... Read More . This vulnerability left eBay buyers signing into a phishing site which looked like eBay but which was actually used to harvest login credentials. For more information please read our article investigating the eBay XSS vulnerability New EBay Security Breach: Time To Reconsider Your Membership? Buyers shopping for new iPhones have found themselves scammed by criminals employing a cross site scripting vulnerability on eBay listings. Find out how to avoid being caught out by the security weakness. Read More and asking whether it’s time we all dropped eBay until it tightens its security measures.

Microsoft Delays Xbox One Release In China

Microsoft has delayed the release of the Xbox One in China, informing interested parties that “despite strong and steady progress, we are going to need more a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for our fans in China.

The Xbox One was originally slated for release in China Twitter Is Flatlining, Firefox 29 Is Radical, MacBook Air Is Cheaper [Tech News Digest] Twitter flatlines, Firefox updates, MacBook Air cheapens, Xbox One lands, Udacity expands, and Vsauce measures. Read More on Sept. 23, but Microsoft is now saying it’ll happen “by the end of this year.” Customers who have pre-ordered the Xbox One in China are being promised “an added bonus” to make up for the delay.

Netflix Completes European Expansion

Netflix’s week-long expansion into mainland Europe has ended, with localized streaming services in Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, and Switzerland all coming online. The expansion began in France Facebook Tests Deleting Updates, GTA V Confirmed For PC, PS4, Xbox One, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Etsy Redskins, the 512GB SD card, Netflix in France, a round Apple Watch, and an amateur YouTube mashup. Read More and Germany Apple iPhone 6 Reviews, Hacking Amazon Via Kindle Books, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Microsoft's Universal Mobile Keyboard, a Roku milestone, Netflix hits Germany, and a YouTube marriage proposal. Read More , and Netflix is now available in more than 40 countries around the world. The only question is, which country is next on the agenda?


Conan Demands Apple Releases eRase U2 App

And finally, while Apple did release an app allowing iTunes users to delete the free U2 album Microsoft Buys Minecraft, How To Delete U2 From iTunes, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Windows 9 is incoming, iPhone 6 preorders, Kickstarter expansion, Surge is back, and texting Groot. Read More , Conan O’Brien feels the company should go further. What we need is eRase U2, a method for removing all memory of the aging Irish rock group from any individual’s gray matter. At which point Apple can introduce you to its favorite band all over again. Genius.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Is this the beginning of the end for Google+? Do you welcome Netflix coming to Linux? Do you think Facebook is a suitable platform for serving legal papers?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. ATLR (Adam)
    October 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    if google and facebook merged that would probably solve most of the world's issues in a peaceful way. linux would have gotten netflix much sooner. xbox would become the earth's official gaming platform and apple would be gobbled up as u2 will eternally release new music (after they've passed on) as the world's first virtual band.

    just thinking

  2. PlaGeRaN
    September 26, 2014 at 7:12 am

    been a fan since the Batman movie, with the Riddler (I think)
    Hold me, Kiss me, Thrill me, Kill me.

    Gotta love that line.

  3. Anon
    September 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Google screwed up the G+ roll out by keeping it exclusive until after people no longer cared if they joined. When they finally got around to opening it up and the users didn't flock to it, they then tried to force everyone in. If they would have opened it up to everyone before the buzz and interest had died out, it may have really taken off. By leveraging users into it they gave the impression that it's not something good enough that you would use voluntarily.

    • Dave P
      September 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      You may be right there, but then Google did a similar thing with Gmail and that worked extremely well, growing into an absolute behemoth. I think the problem with G+ is ultimately that people are happy sticking with what they know, which is primarily Facebook.

  4. Anon
    September 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Netflix on Linux should have happened at least two years ago. It has officially existed on locked down Linux devices for several years. Members of the Linux community have created a very maintainable and functional work around that Netflix hasn't thwarted...
    ...Oh wait an official release.

    • Dave P
      September 25, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Yep, we're all about the official releases here, none of your shoddy workarounds! (I'm speaking purely for myself and TND here, other writers specialize in disseminating workarounds)

  5. Rob H
    September 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Here's hoping this isn't an indication they're going to drop G+, Twit and FB are forever trying to grab my attention and LinkedIn went through a bad phase. G+ is less intrusive. When FB/Twit go the way of MySpace lets hope G+ will be there to pick up the pieces.

    • Dave P
      September 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      I can't see them dropping G+ altogether, but stranger things have happened. I personally think they've invested too much time and energy in G+ to drop it anytime soon.

  6. PlaGeRaN
    September 23, 2014 at 7:21 am

    U2 rocks!

    • Dave P
      September 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Wait, is this a positive U2 comment? Holy cow, that's rare these days ;)

  7. Tom W
    September 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    A Youtuber that I follow made a very good point about Google+, one that seems obvious to me now that I've heard it. Google have tried at least three times to create the next big social network, with Google+ being the most, for want of a better word, successful. Google+, however, isn't the next big social network because it tries too hard to conform to what existing social networks are doing. Google is focussing so hard on making a new network that they completely missed the fact that they already have a service that could become the next social network. One which offers a different way to communicate. They bought it for $1.65bn USD in 2006, and it's called Youtube. If they'd focussed on that, instead of Google+, they could have very easily fixed the comment system, and the UI issues, and made Youtube into a proper social network with new ideas, rather than just shoe-horning it into the lost battle of another generic Facebook clone.

    I hope that serving legal papers via Facebook will be used as an absolute last resort, and it doesn't become commonplace.

    Microsoft had better hurry up with the Xbone, if they miss the November window then they've got another failed launch on their hands.

    • Dave P
      September 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      That IS a very good point. YouTube is made for being a social network, even with the mental comments that G+ completely failed to fix.

      I suspect serving papers via Facebook will be a last resort, but it's interesting that it's even allowable now.

      Another day, another Microsoft mess-up ;)