Andrea Smith, technology journalist and executive producer and host of CE Week TV, joins Tom to talk about Facebook’s new Nearby Friends feature, and how social networks like Instagram and Twitter are leading to marriage.

Daily Tech News Show - Apr

Daily Tech News Show - Apr. 17, 2014

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  • Facebook announced a new feature called Nearby Friends, that shares your general location with others and vice versa. The feature is opt-in, and both friends have to approve before locations will be shared. You can control what level of friends see your location too and choose to temporarily share precise locations with individuals. Notifications will use logic to take into account people you are always nearby so you don’t get barraged with notifications for every co-worker or family member. You can also turn it off anytime. Facebook will roll the feature out slowly in the US over the next several weeks.
  • The Next Web reports Twitter is beta-testing a new post format that features a prominent app download button. The format leverages both promoted Tweets and Twitter cards to make the so-called “rich native ad unit”. Twitter also announced advertisers can now set up campaigns on that run across the entire Twitter Publisher Network, not just Twitter itself. That includes thousands of apps and more than 1 billion devices covered by the Twitter-owned MoPub ad exchange.

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  • Kylde posted the Ars Technica story that the Heartbleed bug has been found to affect OpenVPN. Fredrik Strömberg, the operator of a Sweden-based VPN service, sucessfully extracted encryption keys from a test server multiple times. A slight bit of good news here, Strömberg notes the exploits aren’t as easy to develop as attacks against Web servers because OpenVPN encrypts traffic inside of an OpenVPN-specific container. Strömberg, like the OpenVPN officials, said the risk to users of the OpenVPN Connect Clients is minimal.

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