On the show this week: the dire consequences of unfriending your boyfriend on Facebook, and we talk about regulating an Internet that belongs to the whole world, not just one country. There's also news, including malicious Android apps, Charlie Sheen on Twitter, and Facebook giving away your home address.
In Crave, we discuss an awesome Blu-ray player, and two other products which are probably not all that significant. Ahem.
More than 50 Android apps found infected with rootkit malware
Twitter fast-tracked Charlie Sheen's verified user account
Ofcom still belly-aching about broadband speeds
Facebook opens up address and phone number details to third parties
When us old-timers started on the Internet, back in the mid-90s, the thing we loved was that it was global. Suddenly it was no harder to get information from a US university than it was to walk to the college library and get a book out. We also liked chatrooms.
But with the meteoric rise of the Internet into the public sphere of understanding, people have started to wonder why the rules are different online. Why is it suddenly possible for advertisers to mislead and lie to get more people to buy their product?
The answer, of course, is because the Internet is an unregulated space where anyone can do whatever they want. So it's not a massive surprise that British agencies like the one that looks after Advertising Standards, the ASA, has started to become concerned about certain adverts. Add to that the recent re-emergence of the government plan to force ISPs to block sites that encourage piracy, and you've got a worrying trend.
As always, we're keen to hear what you think. Use the comments below, or get your tech crayon out and scribble on our Facebook wall.
When Tina Cash unfriended her boyfriend, Thomas Gannon, she set in motion a series of events that would land them both in jail. Gannon returned home and asked Cash why she has changed her status. At this point, she began to throw things at him and he apparently reciprocated by throwing some other things, and hitting her in the head. Charming.
The pair were eventually charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.