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Enraged by abusive lawsuits, anonymous troll slayers fight back

Megaupload Publishes Deal to Counter U.S. Extortion Claims

torrentfreak.com
Last month Megaupload filed a renewed request to dismiss the indictment against it, until the U.S. Government finds a way to properly serve the company. Megaupload’s legal team reiterated that the company’s due process is at stake. The company has already been destroyed and is being held ransom by the...
Megaupload Publishes Deal to Counter U.S. Extortion Claims

The 404 1,213: Where Sphere says no to Yes to the Dress (podcast)

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Sphere's Law of Recurring Subject Matter argues that, given enough time, all conversations with Steve Guttenberg will inevitably become audiocentric. As usual, The Audiophiliac brings a ransom list of talking points today, including Spotify robbing musicians, Benford's law, Say Yes to the Dress, and a Monoprice controversy. [Read more]...
The 404 1,213: Where Sphere says no to Yes to the Dress (podcast)
6 Big cyber security predictions for 2013

Megaupload Wants Charges Dropped, Points Out Judge Failure

torrentfreak.com
On Tuesday, Megaupload’s request to have the criminal charges against it dropped on the grounds that the U.S. Government failed to serve the company, was denied. District Court Judge Liam O’Grady believes that the authorities could still satisfy the serving requirement if they can prove that Megaupload is an alter...
Megaupload Wants Charges Dropped, Points Out Judge Failure

Medical Cybercrime: The Next Frontier

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The idea of hackers holding electronic medical records for ransom sounds like the stuff of a final Die Hard installment. But medical hacking and biomedical fraud are growing areas of concern for the healthcare industry... and for Americans receiving medical care. Although only a few isolated cases have been spotted,...
Medical Cybercrime: The Next Frontier

The Bootstrapped Rally Charges Forward, Moves Out of Mexico

pandodaily.com
Remember the Bootstrapped Rally? The crazy, multi-day race through the deserts of Mexico, starring a bunch of venture capitalists and startups founders blasting around in pieced-together clunkers? Turns out, people want to race. Just…maybe not through Mexico. As about half of the comments in that first post pointed out,...
The Bootstrapped Rally Charges Forward, Moves Out of Mexico

Post Google Deal, Wildfire Hints at Importance of Influencers

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Call them what you’d like, “Influencer,” “Advocate,” “Superfan,” every brand is after for the ones who’ll most benefit its word-of-mouth marketing. Last week Wildfire Interactive was acquired by Google; today the company released a report measuring how much the value of a fan. Is this a sign the social SaaS platform, which...
Post Google Deal, Wildfire Hints at Importance of Influencers

Is It Time to Rethink the Stigma for Tech Companies Led by Couples?

allthingsd.com
Romantically involved tech company co-founders are having a good year. In the past four months of big-ticket tech exits, Wildfire, co-founded and led by the engaged couple Victoria Ransom (CEO) and Alain Chuard (head of product management) was bought by Google for at least $250 million; Michael (CEO) and Kass...
Is It Time to Rethink the Stigma for Tech Companies Led by Couples?

Twitter Roach takes guidance from tweets, ushers in a terrifying 2013 (video)

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We've already seen cockroaches turned into unwitting puppets for human overlords, but never have we seen dominance quite so casual as with Brittany Ransom's recent Twitter Roach art project. While part of the exhibition, one of the insects wore a modified RoboRoach backpack with an Arduino add-on that took...
Twitter Roach takes guidance from tweets, ushers in a terrifying 2013 (video)
Ray Ozzie's stealthy startup Talko raises $4 million

Criminals push ransomware hosted on GitHub and SourceForge pages by spamming 'fake nude pics' of celebrities

thenextweb.com
Online criminals have launched “a large and determined” spam campaign pushing malware that is hosted on GitHub and SourceForge pages. They are using the Stamp EK exploit kit to infect computers by baiting innocent victims with promises of YouTube videos and “fake nude pics” depicting US news reporters, film actresses,...
Criminals push ransomware hosted on GitHub and SourceForge pages by spamming 'fake nude pics' of celebrities
Hacker holds Romney tax returns ransom for $1M in Bitcoins

Ransom Trojans Spreading Beyond Russian Heartland

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The extent of ransomware's success can only be gauged by the growing volume of attacks, which implies a worthwhile success rate....
Ransom Trojans Spreading Beyond Russian Heartland

Ray Ozzie's renamed startup Talko nets $4M

gigaom.com
No one really knows what Ray Ozzie’s next big thing is other than it’s in the mobility space, but we now know it’s netted $4 million in funding, according to an SEC filing.  Ozzie, the former chief software architect at Microsoft and the brains behind Lotus Notes, has been toiling away...
Ray Ozzie's renamed startup Talko nets $4M

Google buys social media firm Wildfire for a reported $250M

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Google just acquired social media marketing company Wildfire. AllThingsD first reported ”people familiar with the transaction” estimate Google bought Wildfire for $250 million, “plus earnouts, employment agreements, etc.” Wildfire currently serve 16,000 customers, including 30 of the top 50 brands, and raised a reported $14 million since its founding in 2008. Both...
Google buys social media firm Wildfire for a reported $250M

Meet the 6-year-old entrepreneur who just wowed Startup Weekend

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While checking out the action at Seattle Startup Weekend’s closing event Sunday, I stole a moment to sit down with the weekend’s youngest presenter Ashwin Gowland (also known as “Gap Tooth Kid”). Ashwin, just six-years old, presented his idea for washable stickers complete with slide deck and an easy confidence...
Meet the 6-year-old entrepreneur who just wowed Startup Weekend

Ray Ozzie's Stealthy Startup Talko Is Building A Consumer-Facing Mobile Communications App, Not A Cloud-Based Mobile Backend

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In December, news leaked that former Microsoft exec Ray Ozzie had raised $4 million for a stealthy startup known as Talko, previously known as Cocomo. Not much is known about the company’s plans, but originally the speculation was that Talko is building cloud-based backend services. We’re hearing now that a...
Ray Ozzie's Stealthy Startup Talko Is Building A Consumer-Facing Mobile Communications App, Not A Cloud-Based Mobile Backend

New malware strain locking up computers unless ransom is paid

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A new type of "ransomware" is hitting users across Europe, demanding payment for alleged copyright violations, according to a Swiss security blog. [Read more]...
New malware strain locking up computers unless ransom is paid
Google Slaps $100M Golden Handcuffs On Wildfire To Retain Employees After $350M Acquisition

HTC EVO Design 4G coming to Boost Mobile 'end of this quarter'

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Boost customers might soon be able to bite off another bit of Android, according to Pocket Now. It's reporting that the HTC Evo Design 4G will be landing on the prepay network before the end of this quarter. It was running Gingerbread when we first got our hands on...
HTC EVO Design 4G coming to Boost Mobile 'end of this quarter'
Azure not a slam dunk for Ray Ozzie’s next venture
Google's latest acquisition unveils new research on brands, fans, and Facebook

Hackers Claim They're Holding Mitt Romney's Tax Returns for Bitcoin Ransom

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Those crazy hackers. Hackers do a lot for epic lulz, including trolling a credulous public in love with stories about improbable, Mission Impossible-worthy hacks. So we are skeptical of The Daily Dot’s article about anonymous (we don’t know if that word should be capitalized yet) Pastebin posts claiming GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney’s...
Hackers Claim They're Holding Mitt Romney's Tax Returns for Bitcoin Ransom

The Facebook IPO Players Club: Eduardo Saverin

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They were doing just fine before, but the biggest of minority owners of Facebook are about to be catapulted into a far more elite bracket. As we ponder what they'll do with with new millions (billions, for cofounder Eduardo Saverin), here's a look at what got them where they are...
The Facebook IPO Players Club: Eduardo Saverin

UK spies point to more diverse terror threats

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• potential threats range from biological weapons to jihadists returning from Syria, they say• resources stretched, they implyThe trouble with reporting on the activities of the security and intelligence agencies, or on any matter dealing with national security, is that by definition it is difficult to establish the veracity of...
UK spies point to more diverse terror threats

Sparking a better conversation with Wildfire

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Businesses around the world—from neighborhood restaurants to major retailers—are embracing social media to share information and forge stronger relationships with their fans and customers. We know because we are one of those businesses—on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and LinkedIn. Indeed, a social presence can complement all marketing campaigns—search, display,...
Sparking a better conversation with Wildfire

Victoria Ransom's wild ride

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From adventure travel to social marketing, the CEO of Google's latest big-ticket acquisition has a knack for having the right idea at the right time. By Helen Coster, contributor On a summer morning earlier this year, Victoria Ransom and Alain Chuard pulled their Honda Civic into Google's Mountain View headquarters....
Victoria Ransom's wild ride

Ransom Malware Warning Issued by FBI

www.pcworld.com
The malware causing the damage is called Reveton, a drive-by attack incorporating the Citadel bank Trojan platform that has caused a largely unnoticed toll of misery since the beginning of 2012....
Ransom Malware Warning Issued by FBI

Google acquires Wildfire, maker of social marketing software

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Google today announced that it agreed to acquire Wildfire Interactive, a social media marketing software company that is a popular solution for managing pages and apps across platforms. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but AllThingsD reports that it could be around $250 million, plus earnouts and employment...
Google acquires Wildfire, maker of social marketing software
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