Daily Links and Deals: Millions of PCs ship with bloatware riddled with security flaws, say researchers

daily_links_1In today’s stories, all of that free software that comes with your PC may be a big security problem. Also, Myspace is hacked, mobile ad blocking is on the rise and Periscope is trying a new way to block trolls. In deals, you can get big savings on network storage and accessories.

Daily Links for Tuesday, May 31, 2016:

Millions of PCs ship with bloatware riddled with security flaws, say researchers (ZD Net) Used to be, you wanted all the software that came with a new PC. Now, it’s a liability.

Recently confirmed Myspace hack could be the largest yet (Techcrunch) Before you say who cares, if you used to have a Myspace account and haven’t upped your password game, you may be in trouble.

Ad blocking on mobile browsers nearly doubled last year, report finds (ZD Net) One-fifth of the world’s mobile users block ads. That’s impressive.

This Aboriginal Keyboard App Is Helping Preserve Indigenous Languages (Motherboard) These are the languages that tend to be in serious danger of going extinct. Is this a solution?

Periscope is using viewer juries to fight trolls (Engadget) This is an interesting idea. What do you think? Will this immediate action solve the troll problem? And is the jury big enough?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes books by S.G. Redling, Alan Russell and The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen by Ellen Datlow  for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, get 60% off network storage and accessories. Includes SanDisk micro SDs, SSD drives, travel routers and extenders and lots more goodies.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Behind the Mask: Enter a World Where Women Make – and Break – the Rules by Emma Sayle for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is It’s All True by Juliana Macintyre for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Lemon City by Elaine Meryl Brown for 99 cents.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

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