Web/Tech

Yahoo COO Henrique de Castro dismissed after 14 months

January 16, 2014
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Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer dismissed chief operating officer Henrique de Castro after 14 months, amid disappointment with his efforts to boost growth, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

In a memo to employees, Ms Mayer said she made the decision that Mr de Castro should leave, according to a...

Study: Narcissists Tweet most – self-obsessed, approval seeking behavior

January 10, 2014
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We all know someone who tweets about the minute details of their life every 10 minutes and now new research suggests that are displaying narcissistic tendencies.

U.S. researchers claim narcissists tweet more often than others and crave followers on Twitter to meet their need for approval.

They also found that narcissists update their...

Snapchat updates app, apologizes

January 9, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO — Snapchat on Thursday made changes to its app to address privacy concerns.

The Venice Beach-based service will now allow people to opt out of linking a phone number with their username. The option is available in the app’s settings.

via Snapchat updates app, apologizes.

Man arrested after Judge rules auto-generated Google+ invite violated restraining order

January 8, 2014
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Talk about checking your settings. Damn.

A man has been arrested after his Google+ account sent an automated invitation to his ex-fiancée.

A Massachusetts court ruled that the invitation violated the no-contact terms of the restraining order that Tom Gagnon’s fiancée took out against him.

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Six odd and crazy technologies at CES

January 7, 2014
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Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) — Smartphones can control drones, speeding robots, cameras and the temperature of your master bathroom. That’s just some of the technology on display in Las Vegas this week at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show.

via Six odd and crazy technologies at CES – CNN.com.

More Details on “Guccifer” Hacking: Targeted Colin Powell, Bush and Rockefeller families

January 6, 2014
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The hacking spree by “Guccifer,” the online outlaw who has bedeviled Colin Powell, members of the Bush and Rockefeller families, Obama administration officials, and assorted other public figures, has been far more extensive than previously known, The Smoking Gun has learned.

via “Guccifer” Files Further Detail Hacking Spree | The...

Selling bogus social media clicks is now big business

January 5, 2014
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Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore “click farms,” where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

More via The  AP Wires.

Malware attack hits Yahoo users

January 5, 2014
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A malware attack hit Yahoo’s advertising server over the last few days, affecting thousands of users in various countries, an Internet security firm said.

In a blog post, Fox-IT said Yahoo’s servers were releasing an “exploit kit” that exploited vulnerabilities in Java and installed malware.

via Malware attack hits thousands of Yahoo users...

Douglas Engelbart, Internet visionary and father of the computer mouse dead at 88

July 3, 2013
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Douglas C. Engelbart, a technologist who conceived of the computer mouse and laid out a vision of an Internet decades before others brought those ideas to the mass market, died on Tuesday night. He was 88.

Engelbart had suffered from poor health and died peacefully in his sleep, his daughter, Christina, told...

Edward Snowden speaks to Chinese newspaper

June 12, 2013
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Edward Snowden spoke with the South China Morning Post on Wednesday.

Edward Snowden, the former CIA analyst behind one of the most significant government leaks in U.S. history, has vowed to expose further surveillance secrets as he speaks out again.

The 29-year-old whistleblower remained defiant in an interview with the South China Morning...

Secret Service “Visits” Outspoken Twitter Critic of Obama?

June 12, 2013
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Tom Francois is an outspoken critic of Barack Hussein Obama- and has a robust Twitter presence. He also likes to dabble with his “paint” program to create funny cartoons. He has never threatened the President in any way, manner or form.

On April 11, 2013, he heard relentless pounding on his door...

It’s an ‘Information Highway’, Not a Private Drive: People Resigned to Little Privacy

June 8, 2013
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This AP item via ABC pretty much echoes what I’ve been saying on this topic. If you want privacy via the Web take responsibility for it and use encryption; otherwise, always assume someone is watching the traffic go up and down the ‘information highway’ all day. It may not even...

NSA, FBI mining data from 9 U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program

June 6, 2013
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You were saying? Oh, never mind. I’ll just ask the NSA, the FBI – or maybe the IRS….

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to...

Break up letter: Woman dumps boyfriend after finding his Facebook Gal Pal

June 2, 2013
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Heh!

An armchair psychiatrist could have a field day trying to decipher if the jilted lover writing the letter has taken the end of the relationship well or is perhaps overacting to what she has discovered.

What we do know is that when the writer accesses her boyfriend’s Facebook account she...

Vintage Apple computer auctioned off for $668,000

May 25, 2013
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An auctioneer says one of Apple’s first computers — a functioning 1976 model — has been sold for a record 516,000 euros ($668,000).

via Vintage Apple computer auctioned off for $668,000 | wivb.com.

Gabrielle Molina, 12 of Queens hangs herself over cyberbullying

May 23, 2013
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I’m wondering if the concept of ‘cyberbullying’ allows this type of activity to go on much more frequently and consistently than in a past without computers. I imagine it’s much harder to escape in certain cases. Gabrielle Molina was so young and evidently so sad – this is just tragic.

A 12-year-old...

Twitter Boosts Security With Login Verification

May 23, 2013
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Those who sign up for login verification will have to enter their normal password plus a six-digit code sent via text every time they sign into Twitter.com.

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Alleged Twit-and-Run Driver Emma Way Brags on Twitter, Joins Other ‘Crime-Braggers’

May 22, 2013
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No, really? But some of the other cases are even worse. I mean, all cute little Emma Way here did was knock down someone on a bike. She didn’t behead him, or anything.

The criminal mind can be cunningly brilliant—or stunningly foolish. You can safely put Emma Way of the U.K. into...

Tiger Woods tweets reply to Sergio Garcia ‘fried chicken’ remark

May 22, 2013
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Who needs a press release when there’s Twitter?

The verbal sparring between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods continued Wednesday after Woods tweeted back at Garcia in response to comments made by Garcia that could be perceived as a racial reference aimed at the world’s No. 1 player.

On Wednesday morning, Tiger tweeted this:...

Teens flocking to Twitter, ‘too many adults’ on Facebook

May 22, 2013
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Really ….

Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook, according to a new study published Tuesday about online behavior. It said teens are sharing more personal information about themselves even as they try to protect their...

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