09 August 2012

Pinterest opens site to all, stops invite-only policy

Pinterest opens site to all, stops invite-only policy
BBC News
Image-based social networking service Pinterest has relaxed its sign-up policy, opening the site to all. Previously, people needed invites to become members and "pin" online images onto its virtual "boards". Launched in 2010, Pinterest became the ...
BBC News

Nation-backed surveillance malware monitors Middle East bank accounts
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld - A sophisticated cyber surveillance tool that monitors financial transactions with Middle Eastern banks was probably built by or under the auspices of a government, security researchers said today.

Google agrees to pay $22.5M for Apple browser breach
Washington Post
Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. agreed to pay a record $22.5 million to settle allegations by the US Federal Trade Commission that it breached Apple Inc.'s Safari Internet browser. The fine, the largest ever the FTC has levied against a company, ...

Name your own price for a sci-fi e-book bundle
Taking a page from indie game bundlers, StoryBundle offers a collection of five highly rated, DRM-free e-books -- and lets you set the price. by Rick Broida StoryBundle's Big Bang Bundle gives you five sci-fi novels for whatever you want to pay -- or ...

Nokia Continues Asset Sales
Wall Street Journal
By GUSTAV SANDSTROM Nokia Corp. Thursday said it has agreed to sell its remaining share of software development kit Qt to information-technology firm Digia Oyj for an undisclosed sum and divest a number of patents to US-based Vringo Inc., as the ailing ...

RIM Wins Appeal in Mformation Patent Case
Wall Street Journal
By WILL CONNORS Research In Motion Ltd. won a small but potentially important ruling after a US judge overturned a jury's finding that RIM had infringed the intellectual property of another company. The ruling by a US District Court in San Francisco ...

Experimental NASA planetary lander catches fire, crashes during Florida test ...
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — A prototype NASA lander crashed and burned in a test flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA spokeswoman Lisa Malone says it appears that the methane-powered Morpheus lander is a total loss. She says nobody was hurt in the unmanned ...

The Internet is getting faster
ZDNet (blog)
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Networking | August 9, 2012 -- 16:22 GMT (09:22 PDT) The Internet is getting faster throughout the world, but is it getting faster fast enough? (Image copyright Akamai) The good news, according to Akamai, ...

Facebook asks users to help fight phishing
Facebook is home to friends, family — and phishing attempts by scammers seeking to connive you out of your personal info and hard-earned money. Thursday, the social network announced a new email address where users who spot such scams can report them.

Will Mars declare independence from Earth?
TG Daily
If China or the US colonized Mars, would its inhabitants eventually declare independence from Earth? Such a revolution would obviously be quite brutal and would likely be characterized by guerilla attacks against Earth paramilitary forces guarding key ...

Neil Armstrong on the mend after heart surgery
The first man on the moon underwent a quadruple bypass and sources have told NBC News that Armstrong's doctors expect no problems with his recovery. NBC's Brian Williams reports. Did Mars rover snap alien life form or dirt?


Gameloft reveals Wild Blood, drops first teaser trailer
Last week, Gameloft began teasing its first game made with the Unreal Engine by releasing a single image. At the time we tried our best to guess what it was, and after making us wait a week, Gameloft has finally revealed the title.


Lenovo's ThinkPads, Past and Present
PC Magazine
By Michael J. Miller At an event last night, Lenovo not only introduced a number of new ThinkPads, including two ultrabooks and a new tablet, but also celebrated 20 years of its iconic ThinkPad brand. (The early ThinkPads, of course, were created by ...

Google Translate For Android Gets Pumped Up With Picture Translations
As is their wont, the folks at Google pushed out a nifty new update for its Translate for Android app earlier today, and it packs a handful of new goodies for the lexically inquisitive to play with. The feature that's gotten the most love is the app's ...


Bear in Space
Huffington Post
2012 has been a year of fantastic achievements in space exploration. From the recent landing of Curiosity on Mars to Space X's Dragon successful docking with the International Space Station, humankind has done what it hasn't done before.

Pitfall! Cheats And Tips (iPhone, iPad)
Business Insider
Modojo is a mobile games industry website, which primarily covers the iPhone and iPad. Chris Buffa is the editor-in-chief. By all accounts, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was disappointing, to say the least, largely because the ...

Impossible Studios unveiled, features former 'Amalur' devs
By Brett Molina, USA TODAY Epic Games unveiled the Baltimore-based studio scooped up this year following the highly-publicized demise of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning hub 38 Studios. Their first project will be the iOS title Infinity Blade: Dungeons, ...


Officials to discuss state of Long Island Sound
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A roundtable discussion is planned in New Haven, Conn. to discuss efforts to preserve Long Island Sound. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, US Sens. Joe Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal, state Department of Energy and Environmental ...

Foreign Policy: The UN Takes On The Internet
by Rebecca MacKinnon Rebecca MacKinnon is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a former CNN bureau chief in Tokyo and Beijing, co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices, and author of Consent of the Networked: The ...

The Higgs Aether
Sonoma Valley Sun
This past month marks what looks like the confirmation of the Higgs Particle, or what has been called “The God Particle.” Like most things quantum, the Higgs Particle is simultaneously the Higgs Field, and its confirmation is a big deal.

BioShock Infinite Loses Two Key Team Members
Ever since I had the fortune to see BioShock Infinite, coming away extremely impressed with the demo, I've been following the ups and downs of the game's development. Unfortunately, following a delay into 2013 and no demonstrations at E3 or the ...

Apple suppliers see best July on record as they prepare for 'largest launch in ...
Apple Insider
By Kasper Jade A basket of Apple suppliers responsible for delivering parts for the iPhone maker's future products witnessed their best monthly sales jump last month, a trend financial experts are attributing to the ramp up for a series of new iOS ...

Supposedly extinct snail is not dead yet
The Leptoxis compacta specimen was discovered by University of Alabama PhD student Nathan Whelan, who was kayaking down the Cahaba river in search of the snail. It once survived in a 50-mile stretch of water, but now seems restricted to just one ...

Pulse News Arrives On Web
One of the first news apps for iPad is now available on the Web. The free Pulse for Web is the company's first foray outside the mobile ecosystem. First introduced for iPad in 2010, Pulse arrived on the iPhone/iPod touch one year later.

Mann: We Must Heed James Hansen On Global Warming And Extreme Weather Since ...
NASA's James Hansen has been accurately warning about the dangers of global warming for more than three decades. In fact, 31 years ago this month, Hansen and six other NASA atmospheric physicists, published a seminal article in Science, “Climate Impact ...


Lots Of Dark Matter Near The Sun, Says Computer Model
Science 2.0
Dark matter, up to 25 percent of the universe, hasn't actually been found. It is a hypothesis, though not an unreasonable one, given that something must create a gravitational force. But science has mapped the motions of more than 400 stars, ...

Samsung Galaxy S III's share of Web traffic surges
By Matt Hamblen Computerworld - Samsung's Galaxy S III has won stellar reviews and reportedly sold more than 10 million units in early sales. Now the smartphone is also climbing fast in its share of Web traffic, according to a report issued Wednesday ...

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