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Sony fined $395,000 for 2011 hack of its PlayStation Network

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A UK government body has fined Sony £250,000 (about $394,570) for the devastating 2011 hack of its PlayStation Network, which resulted in one of the largest online breaches ever. The Information Commissioner's Office announced the fine on Thursday, a little less than two years after Sony officials first disclosed...
Sony fined $395,000 for 2011 hack of its PlayStation Network

Diagnosing Google Crawl Allowance Using Webmaster Tools & Excel

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Posted by Tom_CThere's been some talk recently in the SEO industry about 'crawl allowance' - it's not a new concept but Matt Cutts recently talked about it openly with Eric Enge at StoneTemple (and you can see Rand's illustrated guide too). One big question however is how do you understand...
Diagnosing Google Crawl Allowance Using Webmaster Tools & Excel

Sifting the facts from the fiction about contactless cards

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Can someone else scan your contactless card through your pocket ... we ask the experts what's true and what's notThe reports of contactless charging errors on buses and in stores will have left some people nervous - and have prompted a flurry of theories about what's wrong with the technology...
Sifting the facts from the fiction about contactless cards

The three hottest hires in Silicon Valley

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This guest post is by Jim Yu, the founder and chief executive of BrightEdge. Every Silicon Valley company knows how difficult it is to hire top talent right now. But there are three roles that are especially hard to fill: SEO Director, Growth Product Manager, and UI Designer. Who...
The three hottest hires in Silicon Valley

Sony Fined Nearly $400,000 By U.K. Data Protection Watchdog For 2011 PlayStation Network Hack

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Sony has been fined by the U.K.’s data protection watchdog for the April 2011 data breach of the PlayStation Network which compromised the personal details of millions of users. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the company close to $400,000 (£250,000) for the breach, describing it as “a serious...
Sony Fined Nearly $400,000 By U.K. Data Protection Watchdog For 2011 PlayStation Network Hack

LearnStreet Launches With $1M From Vinod Khosla To Help You Learn How To Build, Test And Push Code

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For more than a few years now, engineering talent has been in high demand but it also seems that, of late, coding has become cool. Okay, maybe not cool, but thanks to a fleet of startups and companies like Codecademy, Treehouse, Code School, CodeNow, Khan and more, it’s becoming easier...
LearnStreet Launches With $1M From Vinod Khosla To Help You Learn How To Build, Test And Push Code

Don't let e-safety worries be a barrier to using social media in school

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Simple steps from e-safety expert Alan Mackenzie on how to improve the safety and security of social networking in schools• Read more on using social media in schools hereIt is clear that one of the major obstacles to adopting social networking is that of e-safety. This issue of safeguarding is...
Don't let e-safety worries be a barrier to using social media in school

Are books and the internet about to merge?

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The difference between ebooks and the internet, is minimal, and we should be glad the two are growing closer and closerIt's easy to forget that the world wide web as we know it today evolved from an early attempt to put books on the internet. When Tim Berners-Lee envisaged what...
Are books and the internet about to merge?

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

Download, print, fire: gun rights initiative harnesses 3D technology

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Project aims to let anyone print a gun in their own home, raising new concerns about the legality of homemade firearmsImagine an America in which anyone can download and print a gun in their own home. They wouldn't need a license, a background check, or much technical knowledge, just a...
Download, print, fire: gun rights initiative harnesses 3D technology

Wanted: German security developers for new, homegrown spyware

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Despite causing a minor political scandal in Germany last year, the government-created “state trojan” program appears to be going strong. A German tech news site pointed out on Monday that the Zollkriminalamt (Customs Investigation Bureau) is looking (Google Translate) for two new developers to work on the latest version of...
Wanted: German security developers for new, homegrown spyware

HDTV Lies Exposed By Industry Expert

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The next time you go shopping for a new HDTV, keep in mind that the brightness and contrast settings don't adjust brightness and contrast, and most of the fancier-sounding image quality controls don't do anything except possibly degrade the image. Also, motion blur in live video is largely imaginary,...
HDTV Lies Exposed By Industry Expert

Open Thread: Should Social Media Experts Be Required to Know Their Tech?

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Social media gurus: We all know one. If you're lucky, you know only one. They are the attendees of tech parties, the "Twitter consultants," the armchair generals of the Internet, and their numbers grow by the day. Yet most of them couldn't distinguish a line of code from a badly...
Open Thread: Should Social Media Experts Be Required to Know Their Tech?

Hackers Targeting Android Browsers

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Android phones might be popular, but they're fertile territory for cybercriminals. According to a newly released McAfee report, phones are increasingly being infected by malware through mobile browsers. Instead of hoping fake games or wallpaper apps make it through the industrial-strength bouncers at the Google Play store, shady criminal gangs...
Hackers Targeting Android Browsers

VirtualMob's Point-At-Me Aims To Let Brands Easily Build Augmented Reality Campaigns

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The idea of using Augmented Reality to bring dead-tree media to life is arguably very 2010, and back then it often hugged the line of gimmickry. But with the hype being generated by Google Glass, AR technology seems destined to be brought back into focus. Meanwhile, companies like Layer and Metaio...
VirtualMob's Point-At-Me Aims To Let Brands Easily Build Augmented Reality Campaigns

Don't underestimate cyberterrorism threat, security experts say

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Concern about cyberterrorism was evident this week among security experts at the RSA security conference in San Francisco, who find that some people with extremist views have the technical knowledge that could be used to hack into systems....
Don't underestimate cyberterrorism threat, security experts say
The next breed of security analyst needs to be from the military
Infochimps Tame the Big-Data Elephant

Dropmysite inks email backup partnership and investment deal with Japan's GMO Cloud

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Web backup service Dropmysite is making a big push into Japan after it announced a partnership with GMO Cloud. The deal sees the Japanese hosting company — an arm of the GMO Internet Group – invest in the Singapore-based startup and begin reselling its email backup service Dropymyemail in the country....
Dropmysite inks email backup partnership and investment deal with Japan's GMO Cloud

Facebook Security Hole Lets People Read Your Chats [UPDATED]

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A new Facebook security hole makes it simple for your friends to read your instant messages, your instant messaging history, see your messages and friend requests. This isn’t even hard to do for the average person. There is no special technical knowledge needed. As a matter of fact, users may...
Facebook Security Hole Lets People Read Your Chats [UPDATED]

Apple fan boy Rob Shoesmith to donate his home to charity if his eBook hits 1m downloads

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You may have encountered Rob Shoesmith before. He first made headlines in 2009 after the then 27-year-old binman from Coventry, England, submitted one of the first ideas selected by MEDL and its App Incubator service. The competition was to help people develop app ideas without having the necessary technical knowledge,...
Apple fan boy Rob Shoesmith to donate his home to charity if his eBook hits 1m downloads

Sony fined $400,000 in the UK for customer data breaches from PlayStation Network hack

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Sony has been fined £250,000 (almost $400,000) by UK authorities in response to the data losses that it incurred when its PlayStation network was hacked in 2011. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says it has levied the fine for “a serious breach of the Data Protection Act”. Back in April 2011,...
Sony fined $400,000 in the UK for customer data breaches from PlayStation Network hack

Involver launches Visual SML to make creating Facebook apps easier for marketers

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Involver is a company that you might have never heard of, but one that helps companies create things that you see all of the time on Facebook. Involver does enterprise level social marketing management, which might sound boring at first, and invented SML (social markup language), which powers thousands of...
Involver launches Visual SML to make creating Facebook apps easier for marketers

Samsung grabs exclusive access to new ITV Player app until August 31 for Android users in the UK

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Samsung has today snatched the exclusive rights to an updated version of the ITV Player app for its Android smartphones and tablets being sold in the UK. The app is available right now through the Samsung Apps and Google Play store on a range of devices including the Samsung Galaxy S4, its...
Samsung grabs exclusive access to new ITV Player app until August 31 for Android users in the UK

The rise of the App Director

thenextweb.com
“I’m just a storyteller, and the cinema happens to be my medium.” – Federico Fellini As Apple’s App Store nears its five year anniversary, a new kind of storyteller is rising in importance: The App Director. This isn’t an official title, but it’s definitely a state of mind and an...
The rise of the App Director

How Statwing Makes It Easier To Ask Questions About Data So You Don't Have To Hire a Statistical Wizard

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If you have ever tried to use SPSS you know the nightmare that it can be when trying to do even simple analysis. SPSS is designed for statisticians to analyze data sets. But even statisticians find it aggravating to perform such tasks as making a neat graphic to show the relationship...
How Statwing Makes It Easier To Ask Questions About Data So You Don't Have To Hire a Statistical Wizard

Google gets into online learning with open-source Course Builder software

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Considering that Google’s Director of Research Peter Norvig and Google X founder Sebastian Thrun co-taught one of the massive online Stanford classes that helped give momentum to the recent surge in online learning, it’s probably not surprising that the search giant itself is now staking out a spot in education’s latest...
Google gets into online learning with open-source Course Builder software

Setup your own Proxy Server in 5 Minutes for Free

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A simple Google search and you’ll find dozens of really good PHP scripts on the Internet to help you create proxy servers in minutes for free. The only limitation with PHP based proxies is that you require a web server to host the proxy scripts and second, youl also...
Setup your own Proxy Server in 5 Minutes for Free

Tiger Pistol Raises $1M+ For Easy Social Media Marketing, Leaves Beta

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Tiger Pistol, an Australian startup offering social media marketing tools that it describes as both “small business friendly” and “enterprise powerful”, is coming out of its closed beta test today and launching to the public. It’s also announcing that it has raised $1 million in angel funding. Co-founder and CEO...
Tiger Pistol Raises $1M+ For Easy Social Media Marketing, Leaves Beta

Google Maps now embeddable like YouTube videos

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Google (GOOG) has enabled a feature that allows Google Maps users to easily embed maps in their websites or blogs, a feature that is likely to increase usage of the service. It was possible to embed maps in web pages before, but it required use of the Google API and...
Google Maps now embeddable like YouTube videos
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