Security only as strong as the weakest link

And in this case, it’s the users and their passwords.

After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone.

Semil Shah on iOS First

The fragmentation in the Android development sphere should really keep most developers off that platform until long after they’ve reached that successful stage.

Let me state up front that I have no problem with Android and see its own benefits. But in this context, startups should follow the lead of Instagram and only start dabbling with Android if and when there’s a solid base of millions on iOS and/or if it becomes a strategic chip for the startup.

Mozilla introduces Rec Room

Not a bad looking toolchain for spinning up your web development projects. Definitely something to keep in mind or keep an eye on.

Rec Room is a Node.js utility belt you can wear to build client side web apps. It includes:

Brick to add components like appbars and buttons to your UI.
Ember for your app’s controllers, models, and views.
Handlebars to write your app’s templates.
Grunt to run the tasks for your app, including building for production.
I18n.js to localize your app.
Mocha to test your app.
Stylus to write your CSS.
Yeoman to scaffold new code for your app’s models and templates.

CloudFlare bringing SSL to Free Accounts

Should be rolling out in the fall. Can’t wait! It’s also interesting to hear that Google will be rewarding HTTPS in search rankings.

First, Google just announced that they will begin taking into account whether a site supports HTTPS connections in their ranking algorithm. This means that if you care about SEO then ensuring your site supports HTTPS should be a top priority. Kudos to Google to giving webmasters a big incentive to add SSL to their sites.

@aol.com is one pricey email account

I wonder how many of those subscribers continue paying just keep their email address and how many still use dial-up.

But as always, the most amazing thing about AOL’s business is the thing that drives AOL’s business: Millions of people, who started paying the company a monthly fee for Internet access more than a decade ago, who continue to pay the company a monthly fee for Internet access, even though they likely aren’t getting Internet access from AOL anymore.

Swift Benchmarks

Jesse Squires:

When Apple introduced Swift, we were assured safety, clarity, modernity, and speed. It is clear to me that they have delivered and are continuing to deliver on these promises. The refinements and enhancements made over the past few months have been absolutely great. I think Swift is coming along quite nicely and I am more excited than ever for the next beta.

An in-depth look at that Netflix-Comcast deal

Dan Rayburn breaks it down with some context and history and gets right to the point.

The reason for the poor quality streaming is that Cogent refuses to pay Comcast to add more capacity, even though Cogent is taking Netflix’s money for the service. Cogent is charging Netflix for a service it can’t deliver.

So, the deal with Comcast may not be as bad as it seems at first glance.