John P. Mello, Jr.Contributor, TechHive

John Mello writes on technology and cyber security for a number of online publications and is former managing editor of the Boston Business Journal and Boston Phoenix. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

Microsoft launches campaign targeting Gmail's privacy policies

Microsoft also promotes its own webmail program,, in the campaign

Study finds racial bias in ads displayed on Google searches

'Black names' appear more likely than 'white names' to trigger arrest ads.


Anonymous posts personal data of 4000 bankers online

Personal information on some 4000 people in the banking industry, including bank officers, was posted online Sunday by the hacker collective Anonymous.

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$25 Raspberry Pi Model A ships in Europe and soon the world

HED: $25 Raspberry Pi starts selling in Europe, elsewhere soon Just as Henry Ford revolutionized the auto world with his Model A, the scrappy lot at Raspberry Pi are doing the same with the computing world.


Facebook adds news retrieval based on your assorted likes

Facebook is adding a news discovery function to its repertoire. Its new articles-related-to aggregation feature appears to exploit the popularity of apps like Flipbook, but it could also clog your news feed.

Oracle rushes out another Java update, fixing 50 vulnerabilities

Oracle says Java 7u13 addresses 50 flaws, many of which left systems vulnerable to remote exploits.

FTC report suggests ways to improve mobile privacy

A new Federal Trade Commission report recommends best practices for mobile operating systems, app developers, and ad networks.


New search engine for Dotcom's Mega site may be boon for pirates crowd-sources indexing of storage rogue's new cloud offering

Google maps North Korea using crowd-sourced data

Google relied on Map Maker, an online app that allows people from all over the world to contribute to making Google Maps

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Google vows to push legal reforms to protect user privacy

In recognition of Data Privacy Day, search giant Google spells out its efforts to protect and inform consumers about intrusions into their online lives.


Hands on with Swipp: Compare global opinions in real time

A new social networking service, Swipp, builds on Facebook to enable not only sharing opinions but quick, graphical comparisons with the rest of your network and the web.

Facebook legal notice could get you cash, so don't trash it

If you received the recent legal notice from Facebook, you may be paid up to $10 as part of a settlement over Sponsored Stories dispute.

New video standard is expected to be a bandwidth buster

The emerging standard HEVC codec promises better, faster HD video without clogging wireless networks, and will ably support 4K TV.

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Google files with FCC to build experimental wireless network

Google has submitted an application to build a wireless network near its headquarters, but many details about the project are designated as confidential, so analysts are speculating about the company's plans.

Kickstarter darling Pebble launches its smart watch

Pebble announced Wednesday that its smart watch has finally begun shipping.