theEweekly Wrap: iPad apps, ineffective bans and improving SSL

LinkedIn iPad app LinkedIn has launched its long-awaited iPad app along with a number of updates to the current versions of its iPhone and Android apps. For the tablet, the professional social network has undergone a complete design overhaul. Mario Sundar, social media manager at LinkedIn, said: "The LinkedIn iPad app was handcrafted to provide the most engaging experience for our iPad users by shining a spotlight on the essential information they need throughout the day."

The LinkedIn iPad app comes with a simple interface, where users can choose from one of three options: updates, profile and inbox. The iPad app aims to provide LinkedIn members with essential information throughout the working day, offering them one place to review their calendar, read current industry news, and keep updated with colleagues.

Olympic photo ban A number of social media rules have been set out for the 2012 London Olympic games, prohibiting athletes, volunteers and ticketholders from posting photos, videos or sound bites online. However, Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of organiser Locog, has suggested that it will be difficult to enforce the rules amongst spectators. He said: "People are much more accessible to a road race or a marathon or a triathlon because they're not contained within a tight venue."

The conflicting information surrounding the social media ban has led to confusion amongst Olympic ticketholders. While Locog ticket conditions state that "a Ticket Holder may not license, broadcast or publish video and/or sound recordings, including on social networking websites", a London 2012 spokesperson has also suggested that: "We understand that spectators will want to share their photographs of London 2012 events on social networking sites."

Improving SSL Non profit organisation Trustworthy Internet Movement (TIM) has announced that it will perform a website security survey, looking at the SSL implementation on a number of websites. SSL is a protocol used to protect sensitive information and valuable data. Early tests by the group have shown that 52 percent of the sites checked run an SSL version that is known to be compromised.

Philippe Courtot, founder of TIM, said: "We want to stimulate some initiatives and get something done." The group is set to compile a list giving sites a grade based on their safety protocol. The survey aims to raise awareness on the importance of online safety while also encouraging businesses to improve and upgrade their internet security where appropriate.

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