23 February 2013

Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr Notify of Zendesk Hack

Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr Notify of Security Breach After Zendesk Hack
Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr have all warned their users that some of their data might be compromised after a security breach at Zendesk, a company which provides customer support services for all three companies. In a blog post titled "We've been hacked," ...

What Facebook's Search Engine Tells Us
New York Times
NEW YORK — Oh, the things you learn on Facebook's new search engine! Among them: that the hardware chain Home Depot wins the top ranking among employers of people who “like” sadomasochism; that a lot of people are not embarrassed to profess a ...

Google May Clinch EU Settlement After 'Summer,' Almunia Says
Google Inc. (GOOG) may reach a settlement of a European Union probe into its search business in the second half of the year, the bloc's antitrust chief said today. Joaquin Almunia said he may be able to start checking Google's January settlement offer with ...

Robert C. Richardson, Laureate in Physics, Dies at 75
New York Times
Robert C. Richardson, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics for coaxing a rare form of helium into a bizarre liquid state that had never been seen before, died on Tuesday in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 75. Enlarge This Image ...

Red Hat throws its hat into the Big Data ring
Summary: Red Hat has gathered together a reasonable selection of open source software to create a Big Data development and deployment environment. The company has thrown its hat into the ring to compete with and cooperate with many in the Hadoop ...

Twitter implements DMARC standard to fight phishing
Twitter has implemented DMARC, a standard for preventing email spoofing, in order to make it harder for attackers to send phishing emails that appear to come from twitter.com addresses. Twitter users are constantly targeted in phishing attacks that try to pass ...

Bees use 'electrical SIXTH SENSE' to nail nectar-stuffed flowers
There's electricity in the air when bees meet flowers: according to a new study, the blooms and approaching insects uses electrical signals to find out whether there is nectar and pollen to spare. A bee covered with pollen on a flower. My spidey bumble senses ...

Google+ Hangout hits the final video frontier on International Space Station
NBCNews.com (blog)
By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News. Follow @b0yle. Friday's live Google+ Hangout represents one small step for NASA, one giant leap for the Web-based videoconferencing tool. Space-to-Earth hookups are nothing new for the International Space ...

Report: Injured Russians leave hospital, analysis of meteorite fragments begins
(CNN) -- Twenty-five people were discharged from hospital Friday, state media reported, a week after a meteor exploded in spectacular fashion in the skies above Russia's Urals region, shattering glass in thousands of buildings. Eleven children were among ...

Google's Pixel Chromebook Has a Konami Code Easter Egg
Google's Pixel laptop is the Lamborghini of Chromebooks. It's packed with all the best specs and it's got an absolutely amazing display you've gotta see to believe. But the thing we're all talking about is the Konami Code. At least one person on the ...

Cellphone unlocking petition hits 100000 signatures
TG Daily
The US government will have to reconsider its decision to ban cellphone unlocking, after an online petition reached the necessary 100,000 signatures. The petition was prompted by a decision last year to ban the procedure under the 1998 Digital Millennium ...

TG Daily

Those Rumored Google Stores Are Starting To Make A Lot Of Sense
When talking about Apple's rise from near-bankruptcy to become the most valuable company in the world, people often credit the amazing string of products from the iMac to the iPod to the iPhone to the iPad. And rightfully so. But just as important was another ...


Apple 'slap wrap' patent fuels iWatch rumour
Summary: A 'slap wrap' flexible screen patent filed by Apple has added fuel to rumours about an iWatch. Liam Tung. By Liam Tung | February 22, 2013 -- 11:53 GMT (03:53 PST). Follow @liamT. Apple filed a patent in 2011 for a wearable "slap wrap" device ...


Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG and A 45 AMG to be featured in Driveclub PS4 game
This week was a big one for gamers with Sony unveiling the PlayStation 4 along with teasing some video games that will be coming to the system. Fans of driving/racing games and cool cars are excited about the video game Driveclub that looks poised to...


ZTE to Launch First Smartphones with Nvidia Tegra 4 Inside.
X-bit Labs
ZTE Corp. and Nvidia Corp. on Thursday said they had partnered to deliver the first super phones based on Tegra 4 application processor and Icera i500 4G/LTE software modem. ZTE aims to become the first manufacturer to release Tegra 4-based handset...

X-bit Labs

Discovered: The Most Adorable Planet Yet
Planets are like puppies. They're born litters, they stay close to their mama (in this case, their star), and no two are exactly alike. There are big planets, medium planets, and then there are the true runts. It's the runts that are often the cutest, and for those folks ...


Chrome App Launcher Makes PCs More Chromebook-Like
In the near future, using Google's Chrome web browser on a PC will become a lot more like using a Chromebook. That's because the app launcher, which has been a core part of the Chromebook experience, is on its way to Windows. The launcher sits directly ...


20 best Android apps this week
The Guardian (blog)
It's time for our weekly roundup of new and notable Android apps – those released for the first time this week, or which have been newly ported from smartphones to tablets (or vice versa). The roundup includes apps and games, and the pricing in brackets ...

The Guardian (blog)
Potential prehistoric link
Boston Globe
As Mike and Padi Anderson sold their catch of scallops on the dock Wednesday night in Rye Harbor, N.H., it was not just their shellfish that drew people's interest. It was an object that looks like a 6-inch-long tooth that Mike had dredged up from the ocean ...

Boston Globe

The Unparticle May Lurk in Earth's Mantle
It's a good time to be a particle physicist. The long-sought Higgs boson particle seems finally to have been found at an accelerator in Geneva, and scientists are now hot on the trail of another tiny piece of the universe, this one tied to a new fundamental force ...

Video of Plasma Rain on Sun Captured by NASA
Science World Report
A medium-strength solar flare exploded on the Sun's lower right hand side expelling light and radiation July 19, 2012. This beautiful dazzling magnetic display was trapped on film by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and released recently.

NBC.com HACKED to spread bank account-raiding Trojan
The website of US TV network NBC was hacked to deliver Java and PDF exploits. The attack against NBC.com - which hosts entertainment and TV content - used a cybercrime toolkit called Redkit that was ultimately aimed at delivering Citadel, a banking ...

Siberian Caves Point To Devastating Future Thawing And CO2 Release
A team of scientists from Britain, Russia, Mongolia, and Switzerland have released a report which finds that evidence obtained from Siberian caves suggest that a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius could result in permanently frozen ground end up ...

Is Microsoft readying Xbox 720 reveal for April?
Attack of the Fanboy
Microsoft could be readying a reveal of the Xbox 720 in April, according to reports that suggest the company was “caught off guard” by Sony's announcement of the PS4. Sony fired the first shots in the next-gen console wars with their announcement earlier...

Attack of the Fanboy

A scientist explains how the Brain Activity Map will cure mental diseases in the ...
NBC Latino
Dr. Rafael Yuste immigrated to New York City from Madrid, Spain, 26 years ago, with two suitcases, a medical degree, and not knowing a single person. Today, the neuroscientist is not only a professor at Columbia University, where he leads a laboratory, ...

Ubuntu's Touch OS preview released for Nexus tablets and phones
Summary: Ubuntu Touch is here, but users have been warned not to run it on their primary device, as it has number of kinks still to be worked out. Liam Tung. By Liam Tung | February 22, 2013 -- 10:22 GMT (02:22 PST). Follow @liamT. Ubuntu Touch Preview ...


Giant goldfish photo, video: Lake Taho researchers say monster goldfish found ...
On almost a daily basis, Lake Taho researchers head out on a customized boat to search for non-native fish like the large mouth bass -- but they found something much larger: A monster goldfish. Photographer: Handout. Regular Photo Size. advertisement. alt ...


IBM Unveils MobileFirst Portfolio For Enterprise Mobility Push
IBM Thursday rolled out a new mobile solutions set dubbed MobileFirst, which combines a wide array of IBM software products and services under one umbrella brand. MobileFirst encompasses mobile security, analytics and application development software ...

Qualcomm completes new Qualcomm family with 200 and 400 SoCs
Qualcomm has unleashed two more system-on-chip series (which it calls processors) yesterday. The Snapdragon 200 and Snapdragon 400 join the Snapdragon 600 and the Snapdragon 800 which were unveiled earlier in January at CES in Las Vegas.


Millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito planning 2018 trip to Mars
Digital Trends
He was the first space tourist to stay on board the International Space Station (in 2001) and now he's planning to send two astronauts on a flyby of Mars by the end of this decade. Dennis Tito, who made a boatload of money through his California-based ...

Digital Trends

FCC orders 2M people to power down cell phone signal boosters
Ars Technica
The Federal Communications Commission today enacted a set of rules governing the sale and deployment of wireless signal boosters, devices consumers use to improve cell phone signals. More than 2 million of these devices are in use across the country,...

Ars Technica

Samsung and Apple Slugging It Out in the Smart Connected Devices Market
All Things Digital
Godzilla_mechagodzilla Apple sold a ton of smartphones, tablets, and PCs last year, but not enough to retain its title as the world's leading vendor of smart connected devices. In 2012, the company ceded that title to archrival Samsung. In a research note...

All Things Digital

Hardware Roundup: NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Edition
Overclockers Club
NVIDIA released its latest and greatest GPU yesterday in the guise of the GeForce GTX Titan and we managed to pick up a couple of reviews of the reference version on this card in addition to the pair of reviews done here at OCC. Named after the world's ...

'Harry Pota' and the wizards of Unit 61398
The Australian
THE bright red and yellow star emblem of the People's Liberation Army is the only signal that a dank, pale office building in a poor downtown area of Shanghai houses the world's most comprehensive and covert cyber-hacking networks. Inside the nondescript ...

Completely redesigned iPad 5 due in September?
TechRadar UK
While the iPad mini may be flavour of the month in the Apple tablet world, the company has a revamped 9-inch iPad 5 on the cards for a September launch. That's if you believe TrendForce, which reckons it has some inside info about the new iPad 5 including ...

"Operation Whopper" takeover of Burger King and Jeep Twitter accounts, and spoof hacks by MTV and BET, trigger Twitter's "friendly reminder" to use strong passwords. Mathew J. Schwartz | February 21, ...

Wearable Computers Struggle to Go Mainstream: 10 Reasons Why
NEWS ANALYSIS: Google, Apple and others companies are betting wearable technology is the next big trend in mobile computing. But why is it taking so long to enter the mainstream? With Apple reportedly thinking about delivering a smart watch known as ...


Foxconn: Recruitment suspended due to installation of robots
Summary: Key manufacturer for Apple has halted hiring at its Chinese plants because it wants to further automate its processes with robots and replace employees. Cyrus Lee. By Cyrus Lee for View from China | February 22, 2013 -- 03:45 GMT (19:45 PST)...


RIAA Not Impressed With Google's Anti-Piracy Efforts
PC Magazine
The recording industry is not impressed with Google's efforts to rid its search engine of sites that facilitate piracy. A top lobbying group today said it has found "no evidence" that Google has followed through with a plan to demote sites with pirated content.

Hipsters have spoken: Microsoft is 'hip to be square'
Microsoft is getting hip again, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, but Google's still the coolest kid in school. The polling organization asked the US's finest 18 and 29-year-olds what the coolest tech brands are, and for the first time in a long while around half ...

What's the point of the Breakthrough science prize?
The Guardian
Sergey Brin and Mark Zuckerberg have joined forces with venture capitalist Yuri Milner to announce a new "Breakthrough prize in the life sciences". What does this mean for the science community? Well, science is already pretty well served for prizes. If not a...

The Guardian

Ford's Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid granted carpool-lane access
Los Angeles Times
Ford Motor Co. had some good news for California drivers Thursday: Its Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid had been approved for use in the state's carpool lanes. The Fusion plug-in is the third Ford vehicle currently sold that is eligible for the much-coveted HOV ...

Saverin: Facebook's rapid growth is its 'biggest risk'
The Facebook co-founder argues that the rapid growth makes it "hard to iterate, educate." Don Reisinger. by Don Reisinger. February 21, 2013 6:44 AM PST. Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. (Credit: Facebook). Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin ...

Facebook reveals plan for new archival data centre
Facebook has discussed details of a new data centre it is building to house photos nobody looks at any more. The Social Network TM already has two data centres in the spot the new one will splash down, namely the town of Prineville, Oregon. Facebook's ...

Mount Etna: Psychedelic satellite image of volcano erupting from space
Daily Mail
After ten months of what experts call a 'low simmer', Italy's Etna volcano boiled over on February 19th, with three massive outbursts in 36 hours. According to the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, each outburst (paroxysm) featured 'emission ...

Daily Mail

104-year-old woman forced to lie about age on Facebook
Mrs Joseph was born on April 19, 1908 and joined the social network when she was 102. But thanks to Facebook's restrictions on entering birth dates, she's forced to lie about her age. Writing in the about section on her Facebook page, she says “Facebook ...


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is officially a next-gen title for PlayStation 4
Geralt of Rivia is bringing his monster-slaying skills to the next generation of video game consoles. Polish developer CD Projekt RED today officially announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will launch on the PlayStation 4 in 2014. This marks the first time the ...

Windows 8 Tablets
Windows IT Pro
Windows 8 moves Microsoft's desktop OS firmly into the mobile OS arena for the first time. So it should come as no surprise that the devices on which Windows 8 runs have likewise expanded. Windows 8 is available on traditional portable and desktop PCs, ...

Windows IT Pro

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