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Microsoft Patches Freak & Stuxnet, Facebook Stops You Feeling Fat [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 11-03-2015

Microsoft patches problems, Facebook is no longer Feeling Fat, Uber wants women, iPhone Google Calendar, PlayStation lands in China, and playing Snake in a water fountain.


Microsoft Squashes Two Old Bugs

Microsoft has issued patches protecting against the old Stuxnet worm and the newly-discovered-but-even-older FREAK flaw. The fixes were included in the latest batch of security updates released on March 10.

The FREAK flaw Freak Attack Security Flaw Revealed, Valve Teases Steam Machines [Tech News Digest] FREAK attacks Android and iOS, Valve gets Steamy, the NVIDIA Shield set-top box, study comics with Stan Lee, Vince Vaughn's stock images, and GEICO trolls YouTube users. Read More was first thought to only affect the default browsers on the Android, iOS, and OS X operating systems, but Windows users are also at risk Facebook Dislikes Inactive Accounts, Harmonix Teases Rock Band 4 [Tech News Digest] Facebook dislikes pages, Rock Band returns, net neutrality naysayers, FREAK Windows attacks, Apple's plentiful product placement, and Audi fears The Drones. Read More . A hangover from a decree by the U.S. Government in the 1990s, FREAK opened browsers up to man-in-the-middle attacks.

Stuxnet is a worm that was first discovered in 2010, but while Microsoft patched Windows against it that same year, some issues remained. The new update supersedes the old patch, providing a more stringent defense against Stuxnet. Just like FREAK, the U.S. Government is also alleged to be to blame for Stuxnet Could These NSA Cyber-Espionage Techniques Be Used Against You? If the NSA can track you – and we know it can – so can cybercriminals. Here's how government-made tools will be used against you later. Read More . Once again, thanks, Obama.

Facebook Bans Feeling Fat

Facebook has removed the option for people to suggest they’re “feeling fat.” Instead, those people who have overdone it on junk food can now suggest they’re “feeling stuffed.” It’s a subtle change, but one which Facebook obviously felt was important to make.

The social network made the change in response to pressure from a vocal minority of activists. Catherine Weingarten, who started a petition calling for Facebook to remove the option, suggested that anyone using it was “making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders.


A Facebook spokesperson said, “We’ve heard from our community that listing ‘feeling fat’ as an option for status updates could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders. So we’re going to remove ‘feeling fat’ from the list of options.” Thus ignoring the fact that “feeling fat” is a well-known phrase uttered by anyone who feels bloated after a big meal.

Uber Wants 1 Million Women Drivers

Uber has vowed to “create 1,000,000 jobs for women as drivers on the Uber platform by 2020.” The promise has been made in partnership with UN Women, which is committed to pushing for complete gender equality Women in Tech: What Future Tech Companies Need to Know For tech companies to thrive, they need to solve the 'gender gap'. Not just for equality, but to protect the bottom line, too. Read More by 2030.

While this is a noble goal, we’re not sure how Uber can promise something which is entirely dependent on factors outside of its control. There is also the fact that Uber What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? Uber has landed, and it's fundamentally changing inner-city transit. And some might say, not entirely for the better. Read More has something of an image problem when it comes to gender, thanks to accusations of rape by drivers and sexism at the company itself.

New Google Calendar Lands on iPhone

Google has released its new Calendar app on iOS four months after releasing it on Android. The redesigned Google Calendar app follows the Material Design principles Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? You may have heard about Android L and Material Design, but what exactly is this new design philosophy and how will it affect Android and other Google products? Read More Google is slavishly adhering to, which makes it look very fresh and clean on an iPhone.


As well as the visual overhaul, the new Google Calendar app adds a host of new features, including the automatic inclusion of events discussed on email, an autocomplete Assist option, and an illustrative Schedule View which adds images to your itinerary.

PlayStation is Finally Coming to China

Sony is set to launch both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in China on March 20. The games consoles were originally meant to land in China in January, but the Chinese authorities delayed the launch after Porn Studios Killing GitHub Projects, Apple Abusing Developers [Tech News Digest] Porn studios hate GitHub, Apple accused of abusing developers, Google donates to Charlie Hebdo, try Apple Watch in your browser, PS4 launch delayed in China, and a speedy marriage proposal. Read More requesting some undisclosed changes were made to the hardware.

According to Bloomberg, the PS4 will sell for 2,899 yuan ($460), and the PS Vita for 1,299 yuan ($210). Microsoft beat Sony to market in China, with the Xbox One having been available in the country since September 2014. However, Sony is still winning the next-gen console war by some margin.

Playing Snake on London Fountains

And finally, anyone who misses the simple joy derived from playing Snake on their old Nokia mobile phone 8 Creative Ideas To Recycle Your Mobile Phone Without Throwing It Out Recycle mobile phones. I wish that should be the catchphrase for all of us to live by. While researching this article, I came across quite a few official mobile industry websites of consumer rich countries... Read More should head immediately to London 10 Essential Websites For Visiting London London is a great city to visit. I should know, having lived on the outskirts of it for 30 years before I upped sticks and headed north to Manchester, another great British city. London is... Read More . And, in particular, Granary Square in King’s Cross. This is because, as seen in the video above, you can now play Snake in the water fountains.


There are 1,080 jets of water in the Granary Square fountains, each of which is illuminated from beneath. Which means it’s ready-made for a game of Snake using the Granary Squirt app and the on-site Wi-Fi. The problem is it looks even more difficult than the original. [H/T Us vs. Th3m]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Was Facebook right to remove the option of Feeling Fat? Will Uber succeed in employing 1 million female drivers? Will the PS4 and PS Vita sell well in China?

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  1. David
    March 12, 2015 at 4:28 am

    At first I too thought it was a little ridiculous that saying "I'm feeling fat" is insulting to fat people, and my only problem with the phrase is that it is not as close to the reality of the situation as feeling stuffed. However, a friend pointed out that no one ever says "I'm feeling skinny" when they're hungry. So, yeah, maybe "I'm feeling fat" does have a negative connotation. Either way, I'm okay with facebook's decision.

    • dragonmouth
      March 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Connotations, just like beauty, are in the eyes of beholder. Even the most innocent of phrases can be taken the wrong way if it hits a sore spot.

  2. dragonmouth
    March 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    "Facebook has removed the option for people to suggest they’re “feeling fat.” "
    Another example of over-zealous Political Correctness. If people did not feel guilty over being fat, they would not mind the expression. IMNSHO, "feeling stuffed" is equally inappropriate as "feeling fat." "Feeling stuffed" belittles the vast numbers of those all over the world who do not have enough to eat.

  3. clovervidia
    March 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I don't know how to feel about using accelerometer controls for that snake game...