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March 11, 2013

Technology News Briefs — March 11, 2013

Facebook Members Sharing Like Crazy

Facebook’s one billion members are more active than ever.

According to new stats released by the social networking site, more than 400 billion Open Graph actions have been shared.

Open Graph actions include likes, follows, articles read or videos watched on integrated sites and images shared on Pinterest or Instagram to name a few.

Members shared their app habits more than one billion times each day with their Facebook friends. App activity includes a variety of items, with the most popular share (currently sitting at 40 billion) being what music they are listening to.

Other new stats from Facebook, as of March, include:

• 110 million songs, albums and radio stations have been played 40 billion times with apps that are connected to Facebook.

• 1.47 million books have been shared through apps connected to Facebook.

China Calls For Cyber Co-operation

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has joined the chorous of other Chinese officials in denying his government’s or military’s involvement in the recent spate of cyber-attacks on Western websites.

Jiechi at a weekend news conference called for “rules and co-operation” rather than a cyberspace “war” or political mud-slinging, according to the China Daily.

His comments come just a few weeks after a 74-page report by American security firm Mandiant Corp. alleged a Chinese military unit has launched thousands of hacking attacks against U.S. companies and defense contractors since 2006 at the behest of the Chinese government.

The Alexandria, Virginia-based security firm said it traced the hacking to four large networks in Shanghai, two of which serve the Pudong New Area where a 12-storey building run by Unit 61398 of the People’s Liberation Army is located.

Yang said the accusations to be leveled against China are politically motivated.

“Those reports may have caught the eye of many people, but they are built on shaky ground,” said Yang, adding it is wrong to “turn cyberspace into another battlefield, or capitalize on virtual reality to interfere in another country’s internal affairs.”

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng also denied the accusations earlier this month, saying China itself it a victim of about 144,000 hacking attacks per month many of which originate from the U.S.

Google’s Talking Shoe

First it was Google Glass. Now it’s a talking shoe.

Google showed off its latest invention — computerized running shoes — at The South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals (SXSW).

Dubbed “an experiment in connected objects” by creators YesYesNo, a new interactive collective that specializes in creative inventions, and Google, the shoes connect to Andorid-powered Smartphones or tablets, acting as a personal trainer.

If the wearer has been still too long, the shoes will let him or her know. The shoes will also tell walkers or joggers if they need to pick up the pace.

Not only do the sneakers talk, they can also share online what the wearer is doing.

So far, the talking shoe is just a marketing experiment and is unlikely to hit store shelves any time soon.