Yahoo, Apple Discuss Deeper iPhone Partnership
Yahoo and Apple have been discussing how more Yahoo services can play a prominent role on Apple's iPhone and iPad.
U.S. ‘Hacker’ Crackdown Sparks Debate Over Computer Fraud Law
In June 2010, Andrew Auernheimer, a well-known Internet security expert, discovered a gaping hole in AT&T’s website that exposed 114,000 email addresses belonging to the wireless giant’s Apple iPad customers. After a colleague downloaded the data, Auernheimer passed the information to a journalist at the wesbite Gawker. The episode was a major embarrassment for AT&T because the list included thousands of high-profile individuals, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and then-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. AT&T quickly patched the hole. The FBI promptly launched an investigation, and last November, Auernheimer was convicted of two felony counts under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a 1980s-era law originally designed to punish and deter intrusions into government and financial industry computer systems. His colleague, Daniel Spitler, pleaded guilty last year. On Monday, Auernheimer, 27, was sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay $73,000 ...
South Korea mall says 'Hello shopper, nice to see you'
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 04:36 Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images People walk through a mall in Seoul's Gangnam District in Seoul, South Korea. Here's an idea: Put kiosks throughout a mall armed with facial recognition cameras that figure out a shopper's gender and age. The Wall Street Journal says it's happening now at the International Finance Center Mall in Seoul, South Korea. The system then makes shopping recommendations and will soon generate customized ads. The demographic data is being gathered, but the company involved says there's no personal information. Chester Wisniewski, at the online security firm Sophos, "The creepy factor to it all is that the technology being used isn’t really all that different than the technology that could be used to more pinpoint who you actually are or potentially record you." He says it's not much a leap between tech that recognizes you in the mall to tech that links that with your social media profile. Which is happening now in the U.S. although ...
China's Foxconn worker riot and Iran's shadow Internet
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 03:02 MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images A group of protestors from SACOM (Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour) demonstrate outside the Foxconn annual general meeting (AGM) in Hong Kong on May 18, 2011. With all this information technology at our disposal, it's striking how getting to the truth of a matter can still be so tough. Two tech stories from opposite sides of the world today remind us how even in 2012 the flow of information is still tightly controlled. First, Iran, where authorities seem to be restricting access to some big websites . Cyrus Farivar is an editor at the online technology publication, Ars Technica. "There were reports that Iran had blocked Gmail and Google," says Cyrus Farivar, an editor at Ars Technica, "thereby cutting off Iranian internet users from using those popular internet services." The reason for the interruption? Some Iranian media report the temporary restriction was in response to protests over the inflammatory ...
Brands: What not to do in mobile
With news about the upcoming release of Apple's iPhone 5, rumors about a smaller iPad product and a new Kindle Fire, more brands are looking into the mobile space with interest. These new releases may push more people to think about the Internet as more than a desktop/laptop diversion. But, for brands to engage, they'll have to change their thinking, too.
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