Thursday, June 16, 2011

Technical News - 16 June 2011

  • LulzSec leaks 62,000 emails and passwords, also targets CIA
    June 16, 2011
    Another day, another LulzSec leak. This time, they've targeted the CIA and leaked a list of 62,000+ email addresses and passwords. Check to see if your name is on the list!
  • SocialVest raises $1M in Series A funding, helps consumers give back
    June 16, 2011
    Social giving is on the rise and making more money for those in need than ever before. SocialVest has created a platform that leads the charge in taking giving to a whole new level.
  • Yahoo builds app to search for new smartphone apps
    June 16, 2011
    Undoubtedly, most of us have heard the phrase, "There's an app for that," whether it be serious or just in jest. But finding the app with the functionality we're looking for might not be easy. Now...
  • Nortel patent portfolio draws bidding war: Apple vs. Google?
    June 16, 2011
    Nortel Networks said it is putting off the auction for its 6,000 patents and applications due to "significant level of interest." The move sets the stage for a potential Apple vs. Google bidding war.
  • Nuance acquires SVOX for in-car voice technology
    June 16, 2011
    Nuance acquired SVOX, a company that makes voice systems for in-car entertainment and consumer electronics.
  • Q&A: Is Facebook's 'under-13' policy viable?
    June 16, 2011
    Michael Freidson, with Metro International -- the world's largest newspaper -- about online privacy, social media and Facebook 'the under-13' rule.
  • Sony bundles Luidia ebeam technology with interactive projectors
    June 16, 2011
    Sony recently tapped Luidia to partner on creating interactive projectors bundled solutions for business.
  • HP sues Oracle over Itanium support: Does the lawsuit make sense?
    June 16, 2011
    Hewlett-Packard said it has filed a civil lawsuit in California forcing Oracle to support its Itanium platform.
  • What this tech lover wants for Fathers Day
    June 16, 2011
    What to get this tech lover for Fathers Day is the biggest challenge of the year for my family. After lots of thought about a good gift, I only come up with one really good one.
  • Acer introduces Aspire Ethos line of entertainment-friendly laptops
    June 16, 2011
    Acer has been busy over the last week, introducing everything from new Aspire TimelineX notebooks to fresh desktop families. Today, the company is debuting a new line of laptops that puts...
  • Mozilla planning to use HTML5 and JavaScript to render PDFs in Firefox
    June 16, 2011
    This is really cool, and a really good idea. Mozilla is working on a project that will allow PDF documents to be rendered within the browser using HTML5 and JavaScript as opposed to having to rely...
  • Intel's concept for intelligent desktop virtualization
    June 16, 2011
    I had an opportunity to speak with Intel's Lisa Watts, Director of Business Client Solutions, about "Intelligent Desktop Virtualization," a concept the company was pushing.The conversation...
  • What does this dad want for Father's Day? Rosie the Robot (an end to my robot saga)
    June 16, 2011
    It ain't the Jetsons, but personal robots have come a long way. I still want Rosie for Father's day, but I'll take any of the robots I've been testing as a surrogate for the time being.
  • A Virtualization Geek's Father's Day Wish List 2011
    June 16, 2011
    If you're tired of the same old tired Father's Day wish lists, you've never seen one like this. This is a list of five wishes that, if implemented, would be like winning the lottery.
  • IBM at 100: 15 inflection points in history
    June 16, 2011
    IBM turns 100, but it's been a bumpy ride. Here are 15 moments in the company's history that changed it forever.
  • How to: Using the Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder
    June 16, 2011
    Bill Detwiler shows you how Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder can show you exactly what was happening when a computer problem occurred.
  • Anthony Weiner to step down: Democratic source
    June 16, 2011
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Representative Anthony Weiner, embroiled in a sex scandal for sending lewd photos of himself to women over the Internet, has told House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi he will resign from Congress, a party source said on Thursday.

  • Anthony Weiner to step down: Democratic source (Reuters)
    June 16, 2011
    U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner speaks to the media in New York, June 6, 2011. New lewd photos emerged of Weiner on Sunday as Democratic party leaders renewed calls for him to resign over an Internet sex scandal that prompted him to seek a leave and treatment. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/FilesReuters - Representative Anthony Weiner, embroiled in a sex scandal for sending lewd photos of himself to women over the Internet, has told House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi he will resign from Congress, a party source said on Thursday.


  • Etc: UK service carrier O2 has decided they will not sell the BlackBerry PlayBook after all, citing "issues with the end to end customer experience."
    June 16, 2011
    UK service carrier O2 has decided they will not sell the BlackBerry PlayBook after all, citing "issues with the end to end customer experience." Read More: Boy Genius Report
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  • Gaddafi's son holds out offer of elections
    June 16, 2011
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's Muammar Gaddafi is willing to hold elections and step aside if he lost, his son said on Thursday, an offer unlikely to placate his opponents but which could test the unity of the Western alliance trying to force him out.

  • Etc: UK retail website Play.com has put up a pre-order page for the July 8 release of an unlocked version of the HP Pre 3, priced at £349.99
    June 16, 2011
    UK retail website Play.com has put up a pre-order page for the July 8 release of an unlocked version of the HP Pre 3, priced at £349.99 Read More: Boy Genius Report
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  • Bin Laden deputy Zawahri takes over as Qaeda leader
    June 16, 2011
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Veteran militant Ayman al-Zawahri has taken command of al Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden, an Islamist website said on Thursday, a move widely expected following his long years as second-in-command.

  • 'Sexting' lawmaker Weiner to quit (AFP)
    June 16, 2011
    Congressman Anthony Weiner, pictured on June 6, has decided to resign after being embroiled for weeks in a sex scandal linked to his lewd online exchanges with women.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Andrew Burton)AFP - US Congressman Anthony Weiner is set to resign Thursday after being embroiled for weeks in a sex scandal linked to his lewd online exchanges with women, a Democratic Party source told AFP.


  • The Pokemon Seizure Episode
    June 16, 2011
    The Geek Picture of the Day remembers one of the most infamous cartoons of all time.
  • Data offers a mixed picture of recovery
    June 16, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gauge of regional manufacturing activity slumped to a near two-year low in June, suggesting U.S. factories were faltering, overshadowing better than expected readings on the labor and housing markets.

  • Facebook Taking On Apple?
    June 16, 2011
    oDDmON oUT writes "Techcrunch has a piece about Facebook's Project Spartan, which aims to deliver app store functionality through the use of HTML5 in the iOS Safari browser. Given Facebook's shifting sands privacy stances, as well as their track record with their "trusted partners", I don't think I'd be alone in wondering if this wouldn't put a great big stake in the heart of the assertion that iOS is the most secure operating system in existence today."
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  • Chinese military warns of U.S. cyberwar threat
    June 16, 2011
    The official newspaper Liberation Army Daily says China must beef up its online defenses and create a "strong Internet army," lest the U.S. seize the high ground.
  • 100 Years of IBM: Milestones
    June 16, 2011
    IBM is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding Thursday. Led by American capitalist icons Thomas J. Watson, Sr. and Thomas J. Watson, Jr. until the...

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  • Which Chromebook is Right for You?
    June 16, 2011
    Acer and Samsung have started taking pre-orders for their Chromebook laptops. But which Chromebook is right for you?

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  • Treasure Hunter Wants To Find Bin Laden's Body With ROV
    June 16, 2011
    Kittenman writes "Slate is carrying some details of how eccentric treasure hunter Bill Warren is proposing looking for the body of Osama Bin Laden in the Arabian sea. He plans on using sonar, and a remotely operated submersible. If he finds the remains, he'll photograph them to confirm Bin Laden's death to the world. Warren says, 'There is still a $25 million reward that no one has collected, and the reward says dead or alive, well, if -- in fact -- he is dead, then I could collect the $25 million
  • Citi says 360,000 accounts hacked in May cyber attack
    June 16, 2011
    NEW YORK/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said a cyber attack in May affected almost twice as many accounts as the bank's figures had initially suggested, as major U.S. lenders come under growing pressure from lawmakers to improve account security.

  • Government panel and ministries disagree on banning of Internet based communication services
    June 16, 2011
    A telecommunication security panel setup by the Indian government has made recommendations on banning and blocking of services like Skype, BlackBerry, Nokia mail, Gmail which have been opposed by...
  • Juror jailed for Facebook contempt
    June 16, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - A juror who contacted a defendant through the Facebook social networking website, causing a multi-million pound trial to collapse, was jailed for eight months on Thursday in a British legal first.

  • UK Mobile Operators Join Forces on Mobile Wallet
    June 16, 2011
    Everything Everywhere, O2 and Vodafone plan to create a joint venture in the U.K. that will allow users to pay for goods using NFC-equipped phones, they said on...

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  • What's Pharma Done For You Lately? A Lot
    June 16, 2011
    The Atlantic's take on new-age medicine set me off on a rant yesterday. My rant led to this wonderful comment from johnatucker:
    The pharmaceutical industry, if it has failed, has done so in the same sense that Babe Ruth failed every season he failed to repeat his record of hitting 60 home runs. In the early 1950′s, high blood pressure (i.e., cardiovascular disease) was a death sentence. Schizophrenics were locked in custodial wards, and parents were afraid to let their kids
  • Groupon: Probably Not Sustainable
    June 16, 2011
    Groupon may not have a sustainable business model according to recent research.
    Daily deal sites such as Groupon are just a fad with little individual staying power, a new study has claimed.
    That's a slightly stronger statement than is supportde by the actual research, which is here.
    "How Businesses Fare with Daily Deals: A Multi-site Analysis of Groupon, LivingSocial, OpenTable, Travelzoo and BuyWithMe Promotions"

  • 2011 National Conference on Volunteering Ignites Social Entrepreneurship
    June 16, 2011
    In working on multiple start up advisory boards, I'm seeing an upward trend in companies engaging in social entrepreneurship.  Founders of AltrUHelp, the hottest new social media platform leading the way in social entrepreneurship, attended the national conference on volunteering...and the most talked about topic - Social entrepreneurship.  With so many readers wanting to get involved in this movement, I have asked their Chairman and founder, Matthew Paisner, to introduce us to this
  • Anonymous Plans Attack on City of Orlando Website, IRC Chatter Suggests
    June 16, 2011
    Hacktivists are allegedly targeting Orlando, Florida's city Website Thursday in retaliation of the arrests of Food Not Bombs volunteers

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  • IBM Turns 100
    June 16, 2011
    adeelarshad82 writes "On this day in 1911, IBM started as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (C-T-R). It wasn't until 1924 that the company changed their name to IBM. Needless to say that a 100-year milestone is quite the feat. While some of us might know IBM for its recent "Jeopardy"-playing Watson computer, a look back shows that IBM has a long history of innovation, from cheese slicers (yes, really) and the tech behind Social Security to the UPC bar code and the floppy disk. One of the
  • JK Rowling launches new Harry Potter website
    June 16, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) - Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has launched a new website called "Pottermore," but fans of the boy wizard will have to wait to see what it entails as the entry page says simply "Coming Soon...."

  • Microsoft Warns of Internet Phone Scam
    June 16, 2011
    Scammers call your house posing as computer security pros and claim that you're at risk for a computer security threat and offer to help you solve the problem.

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  • Road Trip Pic of the Day, 6/16: What is this?
    June 16, 2011
    If you know what today's picture is, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.
  • Facebook juror given eight months
    June 16, 2011
    A juror, who contacted a defendant via Facebook, is jailed for eight months, as the solicitor general warns jury integrity must be protected.
  • Report: U.S. Senate site hacked again
    June 16, 2011
    Those responsible for the confirmed breach have not come forward or been publicly identified so far. However, the same site was hacked over the weekend by LulzSec.
  • Russian High Tech in Focus at St. Petersburg Forum
    June 16, 2011
    When investors think of Russia's economy, they tend to think of oil and gas. It might take some work to change the way Russian industry is seen abroad, but the Russian corporate and government leaders behind the 15th annual St Petersburg International Economic Forum are hoping to participants leave the three day forum starting June 16 knowing that Russia is also pretty high tech.

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