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ITV withdraws Britain's Got Talent voting app after semi-final crash

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Broadcaster says technical failure didn't affect result but service won't be reintroduced and customers must ask for refundITV has had to pull its new 50p-a-time voting app for Britain's Got Talent after it crashed.The broadcaster said that the mobile app service failed during Sunday night's first live semi-final, which was...
ITV withdraws Britain's Got Talent voting app after semi-final crash

iPad 3G sold out in 49 of 50 stores

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By Sunday afternoon, most Apple Stores had run out of Wi-Fi-only iPads as well iPad 3G launch day in New York City. Photo: PED Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, one of the few Apple (AAPL) analysts who attends product launches and counts heads, estimates that Apple sold 300,000 iPad 3Gs over...
iPad 3G sold out in 49 of 50 stores
Flickr accidentally made some private photos public for 20 days (update: Yahoo responds)
Twitter resets unknown number of passwords after apparent security breach

FL Schools Go Minority Report On Students, Give Parents Opt Out Choice Afterward

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In past discussions around the use of technology to achieve school security, we have typically found that the practice has more to do with money than safety. Such was the case when a Texas school district issued RFID-chipped student IDs, the impetus for which was actually all about receiving...
FL Schools Go Minority Report On Students, Give Parents Opt Out Choice Afterward

Apple's iMessage and FaceTime down for some users

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An unknown number of users have been affected by an outage of Apple's iMessage and FaceTime messaging services, with downtime reaching nearly an hour.    ...
Apple's iMessage and FaceTime down for some users

GoDaddy and customers go down in apparent online attack

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An unknown number of sites that use online services from domain registrar GoDaddy.com have been knocked offline today. A member of the activist group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for an attack targeting and overloading the company’s servers. Sites reporting problems include Zipline Games and the newly launched ThingsWeStart site, featured on...
GoDaddy and customers go down in apparent online attack

HTC: we're upgrading our HTCSense cloud - by deleting all your data

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Users advised to download copy of data before it is deleted after 30 April, in move made without any warning to registered usersHTC is shutting down its free HTCSense.com cloud service in order to "renovate" it – a move which may be the first time a company has destroyed a...
HTC: we're upgrading our HTCSense cloud - by deleting all your data

Avira antivirus upgrade wreaks 'catastrophic' havoc on Windows PCs

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German security firm Avira yesterday issued a service pack for its antivirus software that crippled an unknown number of Windows machines, with one customer calling the gaffe "catastrophic" to his company....
Avira antivirus upgrade wreaks 'catastrophic' havoc on Windows PCs

FL Schools Go Minority Report On Students, Give Parents Opt Out Choice Afterward

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In past discussions around the use of technology to achieve school security, we have typically found that the practice has more to do with money than safety. Such was the case when a Texas school district issued RFID-chipped student IDs, the impetus for which was actually all about receiving...
FL Schools Go Minority Report On Students, Give Parents Opt Out Choice Afterward

Netflix outage mars Christmas Eve

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The company's video streaming service went down for an unknown number of people across the U.S. yesterday. The outage apparently has continued into Christmas morning. [Read more]...
Netflix outage mars Christmas Eve

Gaming the Clouds: Here's the D Demos of Otoy (Still Standing) and OnLive (Who Knows?)

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At our D: All Things Digital conferences, we’ve taken an interest in the cloud, including showing off two of the leading game streaming services — Otoy and OnLive. (That’s OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman in the photo, demoing the service at D: Dive Into Mobile in 2010.) Earlier...
Gaming the Clouds: Here's the D Demos of Otoy (Still Standing) and OnLive (Who Knows?)
Chinese iPhone and iPad smugglers go on trial as government cracks down
'Testing error' results in early online sale of an unknown number of tickets to the Presidential inauguration

Google Buzzkill

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The launch of Google Buzz, the new social networking service tied to GMail, was a fiasco to say the least. Its default settings exposed people's e-mail contacts in frightening ways with serious privacy and human rights implications. Evgeny Morozov, who specializes in analyzing how authoritarian regimes use the Internet, put...
Google Buzzkill

AT&T security breach leaks thousands of iPad owners' emails (but luckily, little else)

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A security flaw in one of AT&T’s customer-identification scripts has allowed a group of 4chan hackers to extract as many as 114,000 email addresses of iPad owners, according to Gawker. AT&T has apologized and explained the flaw and data leaked. Essentially, a bit of open information (the SIM card’s...
AT&T security breach leaks thousands of iPad owners' emails (but luckily, little else)

How the MegaUpload Shutdown Screwed a High School Sports Broadcaster

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The trouble started with what should have been a routine file backup. In midsave, the external hard drive Kyle Goodwin was using slipped off his coffee table and onto the floor, rendering the data on it inaccessible. It wasn't the end of the world, Goodwin reasoned, because he knew...
How the MegaUpload Shutdown Screwed a High School Sports Broadcaster

The FTC Is Paying $50,000 To Anyone Who Can Rid Us Of Those Pesky Robocalls

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An unknown number flashes across the screen of your phone's caller ID. It's not an 800 number. In fact, it has a seemingly real area code, from "Bayonne, New Jersey." Though you don't know anyone from Bayonne, New Jersey, you decide to pick up. "Hello?" "CONGRATULATIONS. YOU'VE BEEN PRE-SELEC--" Click....
The FTC Is Paying $50,000 To Anyone Who Can Rid Us Of Those Pesky Robocalls

Foxconn Riots Halt Apple Production

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A workers' riot at a Foxconn Technologies factory in China has stopped production at the facility, which supplies many of the world's major tech companies, including Apple. Police were reportedly sent in to the factory in the central Chinese city of Taiyuan after a riot broke out Sunday, leaving an unknown...
Foxconn Riots Halt Apple Production
Path is spamming address books with unwanted texts and robocalls -- again

Tomfoolery raises $1.7m from Morado Ventures and others to develop mobile-first apps for the enterprise

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Tomfoolery, a service looking to develop consumer quality, mobile-first software for the enterprise, has just raised $1.7 million in seed funding. With this investment, the company says it will spend the capital on hiring more people and will use it to focus on developing its product. Morado Ventures led the...
Tomfoolery raises $1.7m from Morado Ventures and others to develop mobile-first apps for the enterprise

What It Was Like to Be Ryan Lanza's Facebook Friend When The World Thought He Was A Killer

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For a short period of time on Friday, as media outlets scrambled to get information about the Sandy Hook shooting, the wrong man was accused of murder.Ryan Lanza, the brother of the actual killer, Adam Lanza, was shown on multiple news outlets as the man behind the massacre. His Facebook...
What It Was Like to Be Ryan Lanza's Facebook Friend When The World Thought He Was A Killer

Android users targeted in Angry Birds malware scam

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Company fined £50,000 after nearly 1,400 people in UK were hit by fake apps that sent premium-rate text messagesNearly 1,400 UK Android smartphone users have been hit by premium-rate phone scams that cost them up to £15 when they opened fake versions of game apps including Angry Birds, Assassin's Creed...
Android users targeted in Angry Birds malware scam

The Problem with Putting Ads Over Content (During a Plane Crash)

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Integrating your ads over content can have negative consequences. On Thursday, a deranged man flew his plane into an office building housing IRS employees. In my search for updates and details on the crash, which was in a cluster of buildings housing a number of high tech companies where my...
The Problem with Putting Ads Over Content (During a Plane Crash)
Trion Worlds readies Storm Legion expansion for its Rift fantasy online universe

South Korean cyberattacks used hijacked patch management accounts

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The attackers who unleashed devastating hard-drive wiping malware on South Korean TV stations and banks earlier this week executed at least part of the attack by hijacking the firms' patch management admin accounts, the software vendor involved has said. According to South Korean antivirus company AhnLab, the 20 March...
South Korean cyberattacks used hijacked patch management accounts

Booting Up: Turns Out Craigslist Can't Copyright Its Customers Listings

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SO THERE Things aren’t going so great over at the Silk Road. Where are nerds going to order their Molly now?! [Telegraph] Now any old rando can shell out for promoted tweets. Please, please let’s not start using this to promote resumes. [Ad Week] Craigslist can no longer spook startups...
Booting Up: Turns Out Craigslist Can't Copyright Its Customers Listings
Customers Talk Back To Brands And Retailers On Mobile

Google did something seriously wrong

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"Privacy" seems like such an abstract concept. So your privacy was violated. Get over it. Here's what happened. When Google rolled out Buzz last week they activated an unknown number of users and chose people for them to follow automatically based on who they email most frequently with. Presumably these...
Google did something seriously wrong

BlackBerry chief: tablets will be dead in five years' time

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Thorsten Heins says tablets are 'not a good business model' - but he expects to sell 'tens of millions' of new Q10 smartphoneBlackBerry's chief executive has said that in five years "I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet any more" - but he expects the company...
BlackBerry chief: tablets will be dead in five years' time
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