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Keep Facebook Kicking After You Kick the Bucket

Site now lets users pick 'legacy contact' to maintain their page after they die

(Newser) - If you can't bear the thought of your digital footprint stagnating once you're 6 feet under, there's a new security setting that US Facebook users are able to tap into starting today: managing what happens to your page when you die. After a yearlong project of gathering... More »

Microsoft Looks to One-Up Dropbox

OneDrive now offers users 1TB of data

(Newser) - It's a new kind of Storage Wars . With services like Dropbox seeking business users, Microsoft is raising the stakes. To that end, the company today announced that users of OneDrive for Business, a Microsoft storage offering, will now get 1TB of space each—up from 25GB. Users of Office... More »

Amazon Glitch Is 'Wake-Up Call for Cloud Computing'

Failure highlights risks, need for better design

(Newser) - Amazon still hasn't fully resolved the massive computer glitch that has brought down or slowed websites large and small, but one thing is clear: “This is a wake-up call for cloud computing,” an industry analyst tells the New York Times . “It will force a conversation in... More »

Pogoplug Ideal for Taking Personal Info Out of Cloud

Storage device makes it easy to access your hard drive remotely

(Newser) - The Pogoplug device seems like the perfect solution for people who want to access and share their files over the Internet but are wary of storing their personal data "in the cloud," writes Katherine Boehret. The $129 device allows users to access hard drives or other devices connected... More »

How to Manage Your Passwords From the Grave

From Facebook to bank accounts, online afterlife a thorny legal area

(Newser) - These days grieving relatives have a new problem to contend with: managing the Facebook, Flickr, and eBay accounts of the dead. As people trust ever more of their lives to the Internet, from email and online banking to identities on Second Life, very few have considered what exactly will happen... More »

Microsoft Recovers Nearly All Lost Sidekick Data

Meltdown not as bad as feared; minority of users affected

(Newser) - It turns out Sidekick users will get “most if not all” of their data back, Microsoft announced today. The company now believes that only a minority of users were affected by the blackout. Until now, the company had painted a much bleaker picture, saying Saturday that though it would... More »

Canada Says Facebook Breaks Privacy Laws

(Newser) - Facebook suffers from "serious privacy gaps" and must become more transparent about how personal information is handled to comply with the law, says a government watchdog in Canada. The report by the country's privacy commissioner marks the first time a government has found Facebook to be acting illegally, reports... More »

In the Facebook Era, Colleges Are Dropping Yearbooks

Schools shut down tradition as online networks take over

(Newser) - The next generation of college graduates will have to rely on MySpace and Facebook to recall the good times and look up old friends, for the era of the yearbook is drawing to a close. With hardbound copies costing up to $75, the Economist cites Purdue University and nearby DePauw... More »

Google Plans Remote File Storage

Long-rumored 'Gdrive' might become reality within months

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal reports on a new service under development at Google that would allow users to store personal files on the search giant's own hard drives, making them available via the Internet to multiple devices. The new service, as yet unnamed but known among bloggers as Gdrive, could... More »

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