Tech 2.0 for Monday, April 1, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 4/01/2013 1:32 pm


Apple is adding an extra layer of security to users' online accounts. Two-step verification is now an option to make purchases from iTunes, the App Store, or the iBookstore. Apple says turning on two-step verification reduces the possibility of someone accessing or making unauthorized changes to your account information. The process uses text messages and passwords to secure an Apple ID. Adding a new device requires a verification code that's sent to your cellphone or tablet. A number of companies have adopted two-step verification to enhance security including Google and Facebook.

Twitter is doing away with vowels, Google has a "smell button" and the cast of "Wings" is launching a Kickstarter campaign. The digital world celebrated April Fools' Day on Monday with the annual rollout of mock innovations and parody makeovers. Despite 72 hours of video uploaded every minute, YouTube said it was shutting down. The Google Inc.-owned video site joked that it had concluded its eight-year-long talent search. Having already debuted its wearable Google Glass, the company on Monday showcased "Google Nose," adding scents to it search results. The comedy site Funny or Die parodied the recent Kickstarter campaign for a "Veronica Mars" movie with crowd-funding campaigns for other 1990s shows like "Wings" and "Family Matters."

"Journey" is the big winner at the Game Developers Choice Awards. The artsy video game developed by thatgamecompany took six of the honors, including game of the year and the innovation award. The downloadable PlayStation 3 title was also honored for best audio, game design and visual arts and as best downloadable game. Other winners at ceremony in San Francisco last week include Ubisoft's "Far Cry 3" for best technology, Telltale Games' "The Walking Dead" for best narrative, and Fireproof Studios' "The Room" for best hand-held/mobile game.

A divided New York federal appeals court has given the go-ahead to an Internet company offering inexpensive live television online. The 2-to-1 ruling Monday cleared the way for Aereo's expansion of a service that had been limited to New York City until this year. The company has announced plans to expand to Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington and 18 other U.S. markets. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with a lower-court judge. They say the service does not appear to violate copyright law because subscribers are assigned to their own tiny antennas at Aereo's Brooklyn data center. Broadcasters had appealed the lower court ruling. In a dissent, Judge Denny Chin says Aereo violates the Copyright Act and calls the company's individual tiny antennas a "sham."


Password denied: when will Apple get serious about security? http://t.co/qiyzcVyEmW

Does Apple Need To Get Serious About Security? http://t.co/UGPtbvd7v5

RT @UberFacts: About 150 people are sent to the hospital every year from April Fools Day pranks gone wrong.

Tomorrow is April Fools Day. Believe nothing, and trust no one. “So it’s like any other day. Right?

There were too many amazing games #JourneyPS3 was up against. Innovation Award for Journey! #GDC Awards @Official_GDC http://t.co/yg65HceQHX

Journey takes top prize at GDC Awards. http://t.co/7WzYHfIA6u

I did some legal reporting today. No I'm not joking. http://t.co/L9eOjifDa4

HUGE HUGE HUGE development in the TV world. "Aereo Beats Broadcasters in Big Appellate Ruling http://t.co/4UakaN8UC2

@AereoTV CEO: court ruling "...again validates that Aereo's technology fall squarely within the law..." That's a victory for consumers.
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