Tech 2.0 for Friday, April 12, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 4/12/2013 2:35 pm

Google has launched a tool that lets users decide what happens with their email, Google Plus and other accounts after they die -- or become inactive online for any other reason. Called "inactive account manager," the feature lets users of Google's services tell the company what to do with email messages and other data if their account becomes inactive. For example, Google says, users can choose to delete their data after three, six or 12 months of inactivity. Or they can choose specific people to receive the data. Besides Gmail and Google Plus, other services covered include YouTube, the photo-sharing service Picasa and Blogger. Google says it will warn users through a secondary email address or a provided phone number before taking any action.

They're hackers in training. Every Wednesday evening about two dozen teenagers and 20-somethings gather in a New York City computer lab and start hacking. But they're not shadowy criminals. They're students training to become "white-hat" hackers, cybersecurity experts dedicated to protecting data and information for businesses and governments. Hacking attempts against federal agencies and companies have become an almost daily occurrence -- and experts say there's a dearth of highly trained experts with real-world experience. That's why students from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University are increasingly being trained to develop hands-on skills. Instead of just classroom instruction, they're honing their hacking skills with weekly Hack Night events. They compete in hacking competitions and attempting to discover software flaws for companies like Samsung and PayPal.

E-book editions of "Dandelion Wine," "The Illustrated Man" and other Ray Bradbury favorites are coming out this month. Publisher William Morrow says 16 Bradbury works will be released in April and seven more later in the year. The science fiction-fantasy master, who died last year at age 91, had long resisted e-books but relented late in life. In 2011, he granted electronic rights for his futuristic classic "Fahrenheit 451." Other Bradbury e-books scheduled for this month include "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "Quicker Than the Eye" and "Driving Blind." Morrow is an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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