Daily Cuppa: Berners-Lee tweets, AAPT leaks and Apple tweaks

The 2012 Olympics stole away most of the limelight on the weekend, but it's not all that happened. We catch you up on the rest of the news that broke while you were relaxing.
Written by Michael Lee, Contributor

Welcome back to Monday. Was your weekend spent watching the Olympics?

Even if it you weren't tuned in to a live stream, chances are that you may have seen a tweet from the web's father figure, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who typed the message as he sat in the middle of the Olympic Stadium as part of its opening ceremony. It was also broadcasted on a display created by thousands of audience members holding up supplied "pixel" tablets.

The Olympic launch appeared to be free from any of the cyber attacks that some had predicted — a good sign, considering that British Telecom raised a curious claim that almost every Android device is infected with malware.

But not everyone was free from security incidents, with AAPT feeling the pain over its recent breach. Late on Saturday evening, Anonymous began dumping data, which it claims belongs to the ISP, posting it on the internet for posterity, and ensuring that now that it's online, it'll be hard to remove.

A company that might not appreciate the "stickiness" of data this week is Google. It has found that it still has payload data left over from its previous Street View privacy drama, meaning that it now has to re-contact authorities in each country that is affected.

Google's Glass project may also see some stiff competition, with news that Apple may be getting serious about entering the same space. Apple has owned patents for wearable computers for a while, but it has just taken up two new ones specifically for heads-up displays. So long as a patent war doesn't begin over this, it could lead to better competition and choice in devices for buyers, so it's certainly one to keep an eye on.

While some might say that the patent may go nowhere, Apple's US$356 million purchase of AuthenTec isn't one that the company would make without having some big plans. ZDNet editor in chief Larry Dignan dug beneath the surface, and believes that Apple might actually be taking steps to add some security tweaks to its devices in order to capitalise on Android's security downfalls in the enterprise space. That, and to stop Samsung from buying the technology.

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