- Anonymous Hacks U.S. Government Site, Threatens Supreme ‘Warheads’
- It’s Official: George Lucas Hands Star Wars to J.J. Abrams
- This GoPro Camera Shows What It’s Like to be Lion’s Prey
- Google Officially Responds to Safari-Tracking Lawsuit
- Clean up Your Facebook Profile With FaceWash
- Two Dazzling Comets Headed Our Way
- Two Major Soap Operas to Premiere on iTunes and Hulu
- LEGO PancakeBot Is Deliciously Nerdy Innovation
- Facebook, Twitter, Stop Fighting!
- Animation Offers Unique Look at Week-Long Cold Snap
- Is Your Business Guilty of These 6 Blogging Mistakes?
- Ravens Coach John Harbaugh Pranks His Parents
- The 25 Most Buzzed-About Universities of 2013
- Largest Multi-Touch Screen in U.S. Installed at Cleveland Art Museum
- Why Google Flu Trends Will Not Replace the CDC Anytime Soon
- How Social Media Can Reunite Lost Children With Their Families
- Listen to the Strokes’ New Song ‘One Way Trigger’
- iPhone vs. Android: Cold-Weather Texting Smackdown
- Steve Wozniak Says Scene From Steve Jobs Movie Is ‘Totally Wrong’
- Facebook Explains Why Vine Can’t Access Your Friends
- Square’s COO Resigns After Sexual Harassment Claim
- RIM’s BlackBerry to Run First Super Bowl Ad
- The World’s Biggest Ant Colony Is No Match for Facebook
- This Case Turns Your iPad Into the Ultimate Gaming Machine
- How a Group of Michael Jackson Fans Sunk a Book on Amazon
- How to Share Vine Videos on Tumblr
- London: The Hottest Tech Scene Since Silicon Valley?
- Woman Sues Match.com After Date Stabs Her
- Cory Booker Saves Freezing Dog
- ‘Glee’ Airs ‘Baby Got Back’ Cover Despite Copyright Controversy
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 11:57 PM PST
The hacktivist group Anonymous hacked the US federal sentencing website early Saturday, using the page to make a brazen and boisterous declaration of "war" on the U.S. government.
The group claims mysterious code-based "warheads", named for each of the Supreme Court Justices, are about to be deployed.
As of midnight Pacific time, the front page of Ussc.gov -- the Federal agency that establishes sentencing policies and practices for the Federal courts -- is filled with a long screed in green on black, together with this YouTube video:
All areas of ussc.gov other than the front page appear to be functioning normally. In other words, there's no denial of service attack or widespre…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 10:43 PM PST
After an agonizing wait of more than a day to confirm the widespread rumor, Disney and its newest subsidiary Lucasfilm have made it official: J.J. Abrams will direct the still-unnamed Star Wars Episode VII.
The news was announced late Friday night -- at exactly midnight EST -- on StarWars.com. None other than George Lucas was quoted, effectively handing the baton of directing Star Wars to Abrams personally. Here's how the Star Wars creator put it:
"I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He's an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands."
Kathleen Kennedy, the new head of Lucasfilm, offered her own pr…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 08:48 PM PST
But this GoPro Camera had to learn that the hard way. When the camera's owner spotted this lion in Kenya, he strapped his GoPro 2 onto a $60 toy car and drove it slowly toward the adolescent male.
At first, the lion only pawed at it, but after a few moments it decided that this futuristic E.T. thing was clearly the enemy and lunged appropriately. It's ok Simba, at times we all feel equally terrified by the power of technology.
Luckily, the lion slobber didn't harm the footage and we still got to see life as the prey of a li…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 08:24 PM PST
Last winter, a Stanford researcher discovered Google was bypassing iPhone users' privacy settings in the mobile Safari browser in order to serve them ads tailored to their browsing history. Even though Google apologized, paid $22.5 million in fines and chalked the whole thing up to a technical error, several people sued Google over the affair, which was consolidated into a class-action lawsuit.
Now Google is asking the court to tell those people to get lost. The search giant filed an official motion to dismiss the lawsuit this week, stating the plaintiffs' claims "lack standing," mainly because they suffered no demonstrable injury over the ads, and that Google never obtained anyo…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 07:57 PM PST
We've all been there. Your grandmother just joined Facebook, your boss sent you a friend request or you're applying for that dream job. Suddenly, you're scrambling to purge your profile of last night's pictures plus everything else you wouldn't want Grams to see.
Painstakingly filtering through your Timeline isn't going to cut it, but FaceWash makes it easier. Three Kent State University undergrads created a web app that cleans your profile of incriminating content to give you a "fresh face."
The app allows users to search the profile with a "dirty word" list, a precompiled set of offensive or distasteful terms. You can also input your own words, and the returned results are displayed…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 07:26 PM PST
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 06:52 PM PST
New half-hour episodes of each show will air every weekday. Exact premiere dates will be announced later. Fans using the Hulu Plus subscription service or free Hulu.com will be able to watch via tablets, PCs or connected TVs. iTunes users can watch via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Apple TV.
Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO of Prospect Park, the production company that owns The Online Network, released a statement framing the move as a key way for the network to stay relevant in a changi…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 06:24 PM PST
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 05:53 PM PST
Guys, please. I know you've got serious differences, but you still love us users, right? Right?
A Cold War has been brewing between the two major social media services for the better part of a year -- and it heated up Friday. That's when Facebook effectively sent Twitter a little passive-agressive note about why it was blocking access to the Facebook Friends list on Twitter's Vine app.
There's no doubt who it refers to when it calls out "apps that are using Facebook to either repl…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 05:07 PM PST
To get a more comprehensive view of what's been happening all week, take a look at this fascinating animation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), commonly known as the National Weather Service. Those trusty weather watchers say a drop in the jet stream caused a week-long cold snap across the country.
This animated graphic shows how temperatures changed across the U.S. between last Saturday and today. To create the animation, the NOAA used a series of data…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 04:29 PM PST
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 03:24 PM PST
Yeah, yeah, there's that whole Super Bowl thing that night, but we're more interested in how the head coaches -- and brothers -- of the rival teams deal with the family affair.
It appears that Ravens coach John Harbaugh is dealing with the whole thing smoother than a pigskin: He's just taking this as an opportunity to prank his parents.
And considering the Harbaugh parents have a no-win situation on their hands (but, seriously, whoever wins is clearly going to be their favorite), they could use the laughs.…
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Posted: 25 Jan 2013 03:02 PM PST
The Global Language Monitor's TrendTopper MediaBuzz survey measures the schools with the most Internet clout. One major trend this year is the rise of public universities on the list, as 13 of the top 25 schools ranked are now state institutions. Two public universities, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Texas, Austin, placed in the top 10.
"The higher education world is in the midst of a major upheaval that has only begun to sort itself out," said Paul JJ Payack, president of the Global…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 02:51 PM PST
The museum recently installed what it claims is the nation's largest multi-touch screen, where as many as 16 visitors at a time can explore the 3,500 works in the permanent collection on display. Pieces are presented as thumbnails on a 40-foot-wide moving grid. Visitors can click on individual images to pull up more information, and to discover similar items by category (such as African art), artist, medium or period.
The wall, housed in a space called Gallery One, is designed to foster stronger engagement between visitors and individual items in the c…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 02:38 PM PST
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 02:30 PM PST
In November 2011, Tony Loftis's 13-year-old daughter Allie ran away from their suburban hometown of Wayland, Mass. Allie was last seen boarding a Peter Pan bus to New York from downtown Boston, and Loftis assumed she'd headed to Brooklyn where Allie had frequently visited family.
"We tweeted the heck out of it," Loftis told Mashable.
After a few days, Allie's story was picked up by The Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, the Boston Herald and four TV stations. On day 12, following a live TV appearance, Loftis received word…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 02:18 PM PST
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The first released scene from jOBS, the upcoming independent film about tech icon Steve Jobs, emerged online Thursday. Soon after, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressed dismay over Ashton Kutcher's portrayal of Jobs and Josh Gad's portrayal of him.
"We never had such interaction and roles," Wozniak told Gizmodo. "I'm not even sure what it's getting at ... personalities are very wrong although mine is closer."
The scene shows Jobs telling Wozniak his "operating system" can be sold to the masses.
The film — not to be confused with the one Sony Pictures is creating based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the late tech luminary — will…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 01:58 PM PST
Within hours of Vine's launch, the ability for users to find Facebook friends also using Vine disappeared. The move was not unlike a decision Twitter made in July to prevent Instagram users from continuing to find contacts using Twitter.
In a post on its Developer Blog, Facebook clarifies some of its platform policies. While not mentioning Vine by name, it's clear this is the app the company is referring to when it writes:
For a much smaller number of apps that are using Facebook to either replicate our functionality or bootstr…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 01:56 PM PST
Square announced late Thursday that COO Keith Rabois was leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that his resignation came after a sexual harassment claim from an unnamed employee at Square.
The Journal reports hearing from Square that a lawyer representing the employee in question accused Rabois of sexual harassment and said that the company had failed to take necessary action. Rabois denied the charges to the Journal: "I'm completely confident that all the facts will come out and I will be vindicated."
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 01:46 PM PST
Research in Motion will run its first Super Bowl ad, which will spotlight its new BlackBerry 10 smartphone and platform.
The company did not disclose any details about the ad. London's AMV BBDO is creating the ad.
"A Super Bowl commercial is a great opportunity to show the redesigned, reengineered and reinvented BlackBerry to tens of millions of consumers on the largest advertising stage of the year," said Frank Boulben, Chief Marketing Officer, Research In Motion, in a statement. "BlackBerry has 30 million social media fans, and we're looking forward to continuing to encourage them and all NFL football fans to see the power of BlackBerry 10 for themselves."
In addition to the 30…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 01:21 PM PST
If you look at it the right way, the universe can astound you with its scale. Astrophysicist Carl Sagan once said we live on an "insignificant planet of a hum-drum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe." The scope of the space around us and within us is practically inconceivable.
Similarly, we are beginning to harness the power of technology to create, send, store and receive more data than at any time in history. This digital world is just as striking in its seemingly infinite depth -- the Internet routinely processes more data than humans have exchanged in 5,000 years of civilization. This is the decade of the digital universe, after all.
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 01:17 PM PST
What if you could have an iPad case that gives you better control over your games? That's the promise of Audojo, the case with joysticks and buttons that its makers say can turn your iPad into the ultimate gaming machine.
The cool thing about this iPad case is that it makes up for the weaknesses of the iPad when it comes to gaming. Attach an iPad 2, 3 or 4 to this case, and you'll have precise control using a couple of actual analog joysticks. In addition, you'll have two physical trigger buttons that are sorely missed when gaming on an iPad, especially with first-person shooter games.
Just above the joysticks are a couple of stereo speakers that but are designed to sound better than…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 01:05 PM PST
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 01:03 PM PST
When Twitter launched Vine Thursday it omitted one important social network from its sharing options: Tumblr. Looped GIF images are extremely popular on Tumblr, so the audience there for Vine videos is potentially huge.
Just because there's no native way to share Vines on Tumblr, doesn't mean you can't share your creations on the site. Here are few different ways you can include Vine videos in your Tumblr posts:
Upload Directly To Tumblr
Every Vine you create is automatically saved to the camera roll on your device. To upload…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 12:40 PM PST
London's so-called "Silicon Roundabout" east of downtown can appear underwhelming. The attached Tube station is decrepit, the shops below ground are tatty, and at night its psychogeography seems deliberately designed to attract muggers and thieves.
It doesn't get much better above the surface. Traffic swirls around the unwieldy Old Street roundabout , which is dominated by a huge billboard. Nearby City Road stretches north for a mile from the Thames and the City of London, home to London's banks and finance.
The cityscape is depressing. Nothing seems to have been built since the area's halcyon days of printing in the 1970s and 1980s, when it served the newspaper industry on nea…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 12:38 PM PST
A Las Vegas woman is suing Match.com for $10 million after she was brutally attacked by a man she met on the dating website.
Mary Kay Beckman claims the site misled her and failed to alert her to the dangers of online matchmaking, leading to an ambush attack in her garage. The assault left her with 10 stab wounds and multiple surgeries, for which she's seeking compensation.
Beckman joined the online service in August 2010 and met her "match," Wade Ridley, a month later. After several online conversations and 10 days of dating, she decided to end the relationship. Beckman claims Ridley sent threatening texts to her days after the break-up and in January 2011, hid in her garage with a…
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 12:31 PM PST
Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., who's become an Internet legend for his Twitter antics and real-world heroics, added another act of valor to his resume Thursday: He saved a freezing dog left in the cold during a below-zero night.
The dog was brought to Booker's attention by local WABC reporter Toni Yates, who tweeted a plea for help to the mayor. Yates was using Twitter to help residents without heat, while Booker had been tweeting to advise people about staying warm.
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 12:15 PM PST
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