The Madeleine Brand Show for July 5, 2012

Tech Update with John Moe: WikiLeaks releases new docs, and why your friends post ugly photos of you on Facebook

Julian Assange

Kirsty Wigglesworth

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

John Moe, host of the Marketplace Tech Report, joins the show to talk about the latest news in the tech world.

Next Monday, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are going to get kicked off of the Internet. Before you try to remember what life was like before Facebook and copious amounts of cat pictures, only computers infected with a DNSChanger virus will be affected. The Washington Post has broken down how to tell if your computer is a shutdown candidate.

And WikiLeaks released a new set of documents connected to Syria. Wikileaks' Sarah Harrison says there is a great deal of information linking the oppressive Syrian government to international corporations, and that the documents will be embarrassing to both the Assad regime and to those who publicly denounce the regime but have been profiting from it.

And finally, you have a right to be skeptical about the motives of your friends who post unflattering photos of you on Facebook. The photo site MyMemory.com conducted a survey of 1,500 women who use Facebook, and found that one in four admitted to deliberately posting unflattering photos of their friends. According to Gawker, "one in three claimed they were doing so out of retribution for a similar slight made against them. A majority of the rest said they had fallen out with the friend in the photo."

Guest:

John Moe, is the host of the Marketplace Tech Report, which airs every weekday at 7 p.m. on KPCC.


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