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Cyber Attack Thought to Originate in Russia

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A massive cyber attack targeting a European spam-fighting group appears to have been launched by a gang of hackers from Russia and neighboring countries, says the head of a Russian firm specializing in defending against such attacks....
Cyber Attack Thought to Originate in Russia

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL)

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Good morning! Here's the news: Apple is fighting back against iPhone scalpers in Hong Kong. Apple has hired a new head of retail operations. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo defended Twitter's ability to censor tweets by country. Check out Twitter's excellent recruiting video. Paypal, Yahoo, Google, and others have declared...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL)
Google takes a bite out of spam with new web search tool

Comment Spam is the weight that broke this camel’s back.

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Comment Spam is the weight that broke this camel’s back.

Finally: Facebook Silences App Notification Spam

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Facebook is about to become a quieter, less annoying place for users. The company just announced that it has deprecated "application notifications" and will require apps to use other, less intrusive methods of sending news to users. It's a big step in the ongoing anti-MySpace-ification of Facebook. Now your "notifications"...
Finally: Facebook Silences App Notification Spam
Kickstarter Tries To Makes Itself More Social, Ends Up Annoying Users

A CAPTCHA That Asks How You Feel About Homosexuality

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Choose wisely. (Photo: screencap) CAPTCHAs are a good way to sort the bots from the bodies, providing a bulwark against the never-ending flood of spam. But because proving you’re human requires a moment of your attention, captchas also happen to be a great place to embed a political message. That’s...
A CAPTCHA That Asks How You Feel About Homosexuality
With new U.S. presence, Shopcade expands its social commerce business model

Wonder what happens when you send an email? Google tells all with “The Story of Send”

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The technology behind sending an email has become an afterthought to most of us. It’s not because the process isn’t potentially interesting, it’s because email has become such a huge part of our daily lives. Basically, we take it for granted. Google decided to share more about what goes on...
Wonder what happens when you send an email? Google tells all with “The Story of Send”

Trust And Safety

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As Director of Twitter's Trust and Safety team, a big part of my job is focused on the detection and prevention of spam and abuse. A couple weeks ago, Biz explained how Twitter users were being victimized by phishing scams spread primarily through links in Direct Messages. Basically, people click...
Trust And Safety
Yahoo eliminates classic Mail, requiring users to agree to Gmail-like email scanning

CAPTCHA showing flaws according to Imperva report, but let’s not give it up just yet

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CAPTCHA, the Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, has been used for years to try to stop automated spamming and as a line of defence when it comes to hacking into accounts. It seems that the technology behind some CAPTCHA systems is somewhat lacking though...
CAPTCHA showing flaws according to Imperva report, but let’s not give it up just yet

After Last Week's Worm, Tumblr Goes Dark Again; Company Says Outage Is Intentional To Resolve "Network Issue"

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As you may have heard by now, this afternoon, many users have reported being unable to access their favorite mixed media blogging platform, Tumblr. The company confirmed this afternoon that this is not in fact one of the first signs of the Mayan prophesy, tweeting that the site is “currently...
After Last Week's Worm, Tumblr Goes Dark Again; Company Says Outage Is Intentional To Resolve "Network Issue"

If you’re a Google Apps admin, you will now have access to a “Gmail log search”

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If you’re a business, non-profit or educational institution, administrating all of the accounts can be a bear, I can imagine. A new tool from Google Apps, called Gmail log search, will allow administrators peek into the inbound and outbound email traffic happening from their domain. Before you freak out though,...
If you’re a Google Apps admin, you will now have access to a “Gmail log search”

New API severely restricts third-party Twitter applications

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Twitter has officially announced the changes coming to version 1.1 of its API, and the news is mostly bad. While some new rules are ostensibly aimed at reducing the number of bots and spam accounts on the service, they also severely restrict how much and how often third-party Twitter clients...
New API severely restricts third-party Twitter applications

The Google shutdown parade continues; next up: site-blocking in search

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Reader. Exchange ActiveSync. Voice app for BlackBerry. Google is on a closure tirade in the last few months, and the trend continued with a Monday announcement. The company will discontinue its site-blocking service for Google search results. Soon, users will no longer be able to log into their Google...
The Google shutdown parade continues; next up: site-blocking in search

Autism Expressed Helps Autistic Children Learn About The Internet

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The internet is an incredibly powerful tool, but it’s also a very dangerous place. Because of this, children with autism and other disabilities often can’t leverage the power of the web, which is a place where you should be able to learn anything. But Autism Expressed, a startup we...
Autism Expressed Helps Autistic Children Learn About The Internet

Guzzle Turns Out 2.0

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Paris-based Lemonchik has announced Version 2.0 of their topic-by-topic aggregator, Guzzle. Do you...dig? Guzzle's new backend, Nibble, has been rewritten from scratch. Nibble receives PubSubHubbub notifications and every story is automatically processed with Reuters Calais technology, adding rich semantic encoding information. There's also a new user interface, categories and archives...
Guzzle Turns Out 2.0

New webmaster video: If I use multiple versions of a phrase, would it be seen as keyword spam? http://goo.gl/2gWk

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New webmaster video: If I use multiple versions of a phrase, would it be seen as keyword spam? http://goo.gl/2gWk

Facebook re-opens notifications channel for developers to send users custom messages

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Facebook has launched the new Notifications API beta giving developers a way to reengage users with custom messages through the native notifications channel. These notifications are different from app requests in that users do not need to allow further permissions to receive them. Developers will find many positives to this feature...
Facebook re-opens notifications channel for developers to send users custom messages

Gmail updates: good news for globalists, bad news for drunks

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Ever used Gmail's automatic message translation feature, which lets you receive and send emails without even bothering to notice the native language of your contact? If not, that's probably because it's been lurking in the Labs section along with other ideas undergoing live experimentation. As of now though, translation...
Gmail updates: good news for globalists, bad news for drunks
Privacy groups fight Facebook's spam-friendly policy proposal

Tensions Rise Between Facebook, Developers

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Facebook is stepping up efforts to police the network by curbing spam and restricting apps that aren't adding sufficient value to the network. Developers say the crackdown is an attempt to stifle applications that compete....
Tensions Rise Between Facebook, Developers

Dropbox says no evidence of hack in investigation of spam

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Dropbox's ongoing investigation into a possible security breach has not produced any evidence that its systems have been infiltrated, according to an update Friday to the company's user forum....
Dropbox says no evidence of hack in investigation of spam

Booting Up: Now Elon Musk Wants to Build a Futuristic Rapid Transit System, Go Figure

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“What else can we do with my money?” (Photo via flickr.com/jurvetson) After a steady stream of complaints about hacking and spam, BT (a.k.a. British Telecom) is moving its six million customers off Yahoo! email. [Telegraph] “What we have concluded is that illegal enterprises — commercial child pornography, human trafficking, drug...
Booting Up: Now Elon Musk Wants to Build a Futuristic Rapid Transit System, Go Figure

10 Things You Need To Know About Today’s Facebook Privacy Changes

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This morning Facebook announced a new set of privacy settings that they hope will be sufficient enough to make them essentially permanent, as Mark Zuckerberg described during his presentation. For many users, the new settings means greater control over privacy. While there are always aspects of the privacy settings to...
10 Things You Need To Know About Today’s Facebook Privacy Changes

Facebook tries promoting games with notifications

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Facebook appears to be testing a way to drive users to re-engage with games by sending them a new type of notification, we’ve discovered. Some users are seeing notifications about their friends playing games. These notifications, which are different from requests, appear to come from Facebook, not the game itself....
Facebook tries promoting games with notifications

Google begins penalizing search 'over-optimization'

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Google is making a change to its search algorithm to penalize what the company's head of Web spam called "over-optimization" and instead favor websites with high-quality content and less refined search-engine optimization....
Google begins penalizing search 'over-optimization'

Drive-by Spam Emails Infect Computers Without Links or Attachments

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Up until now, most malicious emails that were designed to spread a virus or a Trojan required some user interaction, but new variants discovered by German security experts automatically infect a device when the email is opened in the email client. Many security savvy users know that, as long as...
Drive-by Spam Emails Infect Computers Without Links or Attachments

Spraffl Launches As An Anonymous, Location-Based 'Social Experiment'

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Spraffl is a new iOS app that’s attempting to buck the trend of real name policy, or even semi-identifiable pseudonyms, in favour of an entirely anonymous social network, tied to a user’s location. I say social network, when in actual fact the UK startup is dubbing the app a ‘social...
Spraffl Launches As An Anonymous, Location-Based 'Social Experiment'
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