14 December 2012

Bank Attackers Used PHP Websites As Launch Pads

Bank Attackers Used PHP Websites As Launch Pads - Security -
WordPress sites with outdated TimThumb plug-in were among PHP-based sites hackers used to launch this fall's massive DDoS attacks, reports Arbor Network. By Mathew J. Schwartz · InformationWeek. December 14, 2012 11:36 AM. Who Is Hacking U.S. ...

One reliable prediction for 2013: BYOD still a bear for IT
Computerworld - Next year could well be the year that many IT leaders finally start to get their mobile computing management house in order. The process of integrating consumer smartphones, tablets and other devices into the workplace has been chaotic for ...

Google fights mobile misclicks with new ad format
Washington Post
Google is fighting a small but annoying problem on mobile devices: fat-finger ad clicks. In a company blog post Thursday, Google said that its data show that most of the time people accidentally hit ad links when they're tapping near the bottom of their screens ...

Google+ team delivers boatload of improvements for mobile users | Internet ...
Both iOS and Android have received a wide array of updates, including "on-the-go profile editing." Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. December 14, 2012 9:57 AM PST. A look at Google+ for the iPhone. (Credit: Google+). Google+ Vice President of ...

A&E launches iPad apps with free access to full episodes
iPad owners can now watch shows from A&E, History, and Lifetime for free through three new apps. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. December 14, 2012 7:58 AM PST Follow @lancewhit. (Credit: Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET). Fans of such shows ...

Reviewed.com roundup: Nook HD tablet and more
For over 10 years, Reviewed.com has put thousands of products to the test, all for the sake of the informed purchase. We've had a busy week working with some new stuff and investigating new technology. Here's what we've been up to.

iPhone or Android? The Case for Each - Digits - WSJ
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Among the smartphones available today, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 sit at the top of many wish lists. Both of them are the best-available iPhone and Android phone, respectively. But how do you choose whether to buy an Android smartphone ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Opponents say ITU treaty threatens Internet freedom
PCWorld (blog)
The United States joined 20 other counties in refusing to sign a treaty that the objectors say will harm Internet freedom. The proposal was hammered out at an international communications conference that ended Friday in Dubai. A major hangup of the treaty ...

Analyst: iPad, iPhone, Apple to feel squeeze in 2013
Prospects aren't as rosy as expected, UBS says, for lots of reasons, from rising competition and a supply chain squeeze to the iPad Mini going cannibal. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. December 14, 2012 7:29 AM PST Follow @lancewhit. (Credit: CNET) ...

IPCC critical of climate change report leak
BBC News
The UN climate science panel has criticised a blogger who has published a draft version of its next report. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is preparing what is known as its Fifth Assessment Report for publication next year. The work ...

BBC News

'King tides' bring 2nd day of minor flooding to California beach city
Washington Post
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A Southern California beach town is sloshing through another day of minor flooding because of a so-called king tide. TV news reports show ankle-deep water on some streets in Sunset Beach near Huntington Harbour shortly ...

Sharp unveils 64-inch UHD TV, priced at $31000
If you have 31 big ones laying around and want to blow it all on a new television set, Sharp actually has one for you that may fit the bill. The company has unveiled what they call the ICC Purios, and it's a 64-inch Ultra HD television that will only be ...

Gigabit Internet Just Out of Reach in Seattle
On 13 December 2012, the City of Seattle announced a breakthrough in a previously shelved plan to bring fiber-based Internet service directly to homes and businesses. A partnership with a private firm, Gigabit Squared, and the University of Washington will ...

Google ends copyright dispute with Belgian newspapers
Google has settled a long-running dispute with Belgian newspapers over copyright complaints. The case dates back to 2006 when a group of publishers sued Google claiming the use of headlines and snippets of Belgian newspaper articles in Google New ...

Apple Doubles iPad Mini Display Orders - Hardware - Macintosh -
Stronger than expected demand has led Apple to increase the number of iPad Mini displays on order from 6 million to 12 million. By Eric Zeman · InformationWeek. December 14, 2012 11:30 AM. 12 Best iPhone, iPad Apps Of 2012. (click image for larger view ...

Dell and SUSE team up to promote OpenStack
Summary: The use of OpenStack often turns into a computer science project. Many in the industry, including Dell and SUSE, are working to create an easy to deploy and use product based upon OpenStack. Dell and SUSE just announced that they are ...

Apple's iPhone 5 Launches in 33 Countries, Including China | News & Opinion ...
PC Magazine
After hitting store shelves in South Korea last week, Apple's iPhone 5 is making its debut today in 33 countries, including China. In Beijing, a snowy morning and competitive pre-registration lottery made for an uncharacteristically low turnout, according to a ...

Apple's iPhone Guilty of Infringing Three Nokia, Sony Patents Held by Shell ...
Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has lost an important, but under publicized patent infringement jury trial regarding its iPhone. The trial was held in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, a jurisdiction that is viewed as plaintiff friendly (much like East Texas) and ...


Hoax-loving McAfee said run from Belize was no hoax
San Jose Mercury News
John McAfee's blog, www.whoismcafee.com, asks the media to respect his privacy but the Silicon Valley software guru nevertheless continues to grant interviews and told CNBC's Squawk Box Friday morning that he loves drugs but doesn't do them anymore ...

Ford executive Jim Farley says Transit van will eventually replace Econoline for ...
Plain Dealer
van.jpg Ford's 2014 Transit van will launch late next year, replacing the automaker's Avon Lake-built Econoline, a best seller for 33 years. Though it will continue producing some van models at the Ohio plant for some time, Ford officials say they will eventually...

Plain Dealer

Geminid meteor shower amazes night-sky watchers
Washington Post
An onslaught of Geminid meteors dashed through the cloudless skies Thursday night and early Friday morning, putting on a dazzling spectacle. Israelis enjoy a hot water spring on the shore of the Dead Sea near the Israeli.  ...

IAB to FTC: Don't Be a Grinch
Let's hope the Federal Trade Commission has a sense of humor. On the eve of the agency's release of updates to the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act, the Interactive Advertising Bureau has come up with a cartoon and a message in a blog post: Don't ...

Ford to Address Fuel-Economy Concerns - WSJ.com
Wall Street Journal
Ford Motor Co. is working with the Environmental Protection Agency on whether it needs to change the method for determining the fuel economy of hybrid vehicles after reports that its new hybrids don't attain their advertised mileage in real-world driving.

Kids Go Fishing, Catch 13000-Year-Old Mastodon Bone Instead
The Mary Sue
Eleven-year-old cousins Eric Stamatin and Andrew Gainariu of Michigan went on a simple fishing trip and wound up making the news. Not because they caught a huge fish, but because they found a prehistoric bone. “I thought it was a rock at first, but a couple ...

Emo NASA Is Taking Its Feelings Out on the Moon
Vanity Fair
Taking a step back for a moment, we would like to admit that before the launch, temper tantrum, depressive spiral, and nascent online-shopping addiction of the Curiosity rover, we did not really pay attention to NASA. Like most journalists, we are essentially ...

Judge dismisses speed camera violation case - baltimoresun.com
Baltimore Sun
An automatic speed camera citation was issued to a car owned by Daniel Doty for going 38 in a 25. But there was a problem, as his car was standing still. (Baltimore Sun video). By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun. 1:11 p.m. EST, December 14, 2012 ...

Global cuteness increased by discovery of new loris
New Scientist (blog)
Gaze into this slow loris's adorably furry face and you'll see more than the world's cutest animal. The mask-like colouration of the fur around its eyes and on the top of its head has led it to be recognised as a brand new species. Nycticebus kayan joins N.

New Scientist (blog)

Leaf sales rebound as Nissan battles mixed reviews, plans for 'long haul'
Nashville Business Journal
The Nissan Leaf entered the record books for the second time in 2012, when this convoy of 225 cars around the Silverstone racing circuit broke the Guinness World Record for the “largest parade of electric vehicles.” ...

Dell bows out of Android smartphone market globally - Crave - Mobile Phones ...
Jeff Clarke, Dell's consumer business head, said at the company's Dell World conference that the company will not be jumping back into the smartphone ring anytime soon and that "it needs a lot of investments to really be successful". The move also means ...


Mercedes Valued at Half of BMW as Zetsche Loses Investors: Cars
Play. Battle of the Luxury Automakers: BMW vs. Daimler. Daimler AG (DAI) investors value Mercedes- Benz at half what Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is worth as Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche's effort to reclaim the title of world's biggest ...


Do You Need to Keep Up With Facebook's Privacy Changes? | News & Opinion ...
PC Magazine
Anytime Facebook makes changes to its Privacy Settings, as it did once again on Wednesday, a number of users panic. An equal number of users berate the panickers for panicking, and many more don't even realize anything changed. Do Facebook's privacy ...

To Gain From Rising Sales, GM Redesigns Pickups
New York Times
PONTIAC, Mich. — Signs of recovery in the housing and construction industries have given a much-needed lift to the market for full-size pickup trucks, which took a beating during the recession. Add to Portfolio. General Motors · Go to your Portfolio » ...

New York Times

The pope's Twitter presence
Washington Post
On Faith reached out to some of the Catholic Church's most influential online voices to get a sense of how the faithful are reacting to the news this week that Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics, is using Twitter. Here are some excerpts.

Best Buy to sell Microsoft Surface, joining Staples
Washington Post
Best Buy will join Staples this weekend in selling Microsoft's Surface tablet, previously available only online and at Microsoft's own stores. The electronics retailer made the announcement Thursday, saying that it will start selling the device on Dec. 16. Staples ...

Smartphone Taxi E-Hail Apps: New Convenience or Potential Deathtrap
Yesterday, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (T&LC) approved an “e-hail” pilot program allowing taxi cabs to be hailed via smartphone apps. Several apps – including those from Uber (http://www.uber.com/) , Hailo (http://www.hailocab.com/) ...


Mayan Doomsday Stress: How to Cope
Fox News
If there's one date everyone has their eye on this year, it's December 21st, the day when the world will reportedly come to an end. The ancient Maya invented the Long Count, known as a calendar that “transplanted the roots of Maya culture all the way back to ...

Evidence of Very Old Cheesemaking in Europe
New York Times
Observatory. Evidence of Very Old Cheesemaking in Europe. By SINDYA N. BHANOO. Published: December 13, 2012. As long as 7,000 years ago, cheese was being made in northern Europe — albeit in a simple and functional form, a new study reports.

Google puts stop to accidental porn - Technology on NBCNews.com
In an effort to avoid showing sexually explicit content when someone enters an ambiguous — but entirely innocent — search query, Google has tweaked its Image Search. The only downside is that you'll have to work a tiny bit harder to dig up — ahem ...

iTunes 11 minor update brings back duplicate finder
Apple's iTunes 11 gets its first update, one that brings back the duplicate-song finding feature and fixes a handful of bugs. Josh Lowensohn. by Josh Lowensohn. December 13, 2012 3:17 PM PST Follow @Josh. Apple this afternoon pushed out its first update ...

Cassini spots Titan 'mini-Nile'
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent back images of what the space agency says is “the first time images have revealed a river system this vast and in such high resolution anywhere other than Earth”. NASA image mini-Nile. NASA image: Mini-Nile on Titan ...

This "Massive" Cybersecurity Attack Targets Your Money
Money Morning
If you haven't yet been the victim of a cybersecurity attack, you might be soon depending on what bank you use. Computer security firm McAfee issued a report yesterday (Thursday) alleging a "massive cyberattack" was being planned for next spring.

Money Morning

Woman tasered after 'trying to buy too many iPhones' - Techworld.com
Apple has come in for heavy criticism after a woman was allegedly tasered by police at one of its stores after refusing to leave when told she would not be allowed to buy more than two iPhones. Xiaojie Li of Newton in Massachusetts bought two iPhone 5s at ...

The Amazon 'could survive global warming': Study claims its tree species have ...
Daily Mail
Some common species of tree in the Amazon date back more than 8 million years and have survived through epochs of massive temperature fluctuations, researchers say. The findings suggest that man-made global warming may have little effect on the robust...

Daily Mail

Cosmic Dawn: How the Universe's Lights Went On
Astronomers call it the cosmic dawn, and it's nearly as poetic as it sounds. This is the time, a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, when the first stars and galaxies burst into existence, bringing light to the cosmos and putting an end to the period known ...

Apple and Google (Briefly) Join Forces
In the video below, Motley Fool analyst Lyons George talks about how two of the world's biggest tech companies, Apple and Google , are joining hands in an effort to put together a bid to acquire Eastman Kodak's patent portfolio. Kodak is going through a ...

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