Monday Morning Cyber Corner

WINDOWS 8 - BE READY FOR A LEARNING CURVE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Be ready for a learning curve when Windows 8 comes out this Friday. The Windows system you're used to has been replaced by a completely different one that will force you to learn new ways of getting things done. Instead of the familiar Start menu and icons, Windows 8 displays applications as a colorful array of tiles. The "photos" tile shows a picture from your collection, the "People" tile shows images from your social-media contacts. Windows 8 will be standard on practically all PCs from now on.

CYBERSECURITY ORDER

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new White House executive order would tell U.S. spy agencies to share their intelligence about cyberthreats with companies operating electric grids, water plants, railroads and other vital industries. The aim is to help protect them from electronic attacks. The administration is becoming more concerned that Iran could be the first country to use cyberterrorism against the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the military is ready to retaliate if the U.S. is hit by cyberweapons, but he acknowledges that the U.S. is poorly prepared to prevent such an attack, which could damage or knock out critical services that are part of everyday life.

LANE GOODWIN FUNERAL TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON THE INTERNET TODAY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Lane Goodwin's funeral will be streamed live on the Internet today. Goodwin was the boy who won a huge Facebook following for his positive attitude about his cancer, which he showed by giving a thumbs up on his page. Lane had a rare form of cancer. He went through chemotherapy in 2010, but last year, his cancer returned. He was 13 years old when he died. An announcement was made on his Facebook page that Goodwin had "gained his angel wings."

INTERNET ADS COULD TOP PRINT ADS FOR THE FIRST TIME

NEW YORK (AP) -- This could be the year that Internet ads top print ads. The Interactive Advertising Bureau says Internet sites collected $17 billion in ad revenue in the first half of the year. If it continues at that rate, Internet ads will take in more than the nearly $36 billion that magazines and newspapers made last year. The digital marketing research firm eMarketer predicts that Internet ads will amount to $37 billion, about $4 billion more than print ads. Neither one comes close to what's spent on TV ads. That totaled nearly $73 billion last year.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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