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more than 5 things I love on the internet this week of July 6th

Apple music is a lesson in how NOT to onboard new users.   Apple is usually good at this, right?

Google is testing a Ride-sharing app based on Waze.  It’s beta-launch is in Tel Aviv, Waze’s home base.

It’s 2015 — shouldn’t we have figured out web metrics by now?

One of the great un-solved challenges of Virtual Reality is your Inner Ear (those two things that help you stay upright and hear things).  A VR system is pounding your visual cortex with information telling your body that you’re, say, riding a bike or hurdling through space or falling off a cliff.  But that doesn’t bring your inner ear along for the ride.  The mismatch created causes dizziness.  Sometimes gross levels of dizziness.  That’s a super long winded way of introducing you to a hilarious video in which  the intrepid reports from Ars Technica try out all the VR rigs from E3 this year. 

Boeing just patented an engine powered by lasers and small thermonuclear explosions.  Isn’t the future awesome?

Earbuds that customize the ambient noise around you.  Novel, interesting, and now rocking $17m of funding.

Mobile advertising is about to be fundamentally disrupted.  The next gen of AdTech is surely waiting in the wings.

Finally, hats off for this amazing anti-nazi campaign in Germany.  Clever, thoughtful and for the best possible cause.

It’s a dangerous underworld: Google’s Realtime Internet Attack Map

Google is leveraging its access to, and understanding of, internet traffic patterns to create a “realtime” map of internet attacks (DDOS, et al).

I imagine that the traffic flow for which Google can’t (or won’t) identify the source or destination is where the true Professionals are (governmental or otherwise), but the asymmetry of attack sources and destinations that *can be tracked* is fascinating to watch. Should we assume that those are all brazen amateurs looking for easy victims?

This blog is often getting pounded by brute force attacks and various other sorts of exploits that are typical to wordpress blogs. I don’t for a second entertain that there’s someone actually interested in the content here specifically, just the bot-army / spam opportunities of having access to yet another compromised wordpress site. But that, I suppose, is one of the take-aways: it doesn’t matter that this site averages only a few hundred hits a day, there’s more than one unknown entity that sees some value gaining access to something it is not supposed to, from the obvious passwords for financial records to the less obvious wordpress exploits that really only help black-hat SEO types increase SERP or facilitate more spam for whatever their fake/cheap pharmaceutical product might be.

Lock your stuff up, people, and practice good password etiquette. In case anyone’s wondering, I recommend Better WP Security from Bit51.