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Twitter explains new mystery outage

A freak double failure in its data centers took Twitter down for around an hour on Thursday, leaving millions without updates from friends, celebrities and news providers a day ahead of the Olympics. “We are sorry,” said Mazen Rawashdeh, Twitter’s vice president of engineering, in a message on the company’s…

Facebook shares hit new low on growth worries

NEW YORK — Facebook shares on Thursday sank to a new low after the world’s leading social network reported a loss of $157 million in its first earnings after its public offering. The financial results were largely in line with expectations and were dragged down by reserves set aside for…

Apple pitches gadget security to hacker crowd

LAS VEGAS — Apple pitched security measures in its mobile gadgets on Thursday during its first presentation at a premier gathering of hackers and those intent on thwarting cyber attacks. The unprecedented talk by Apple head of software platform security Dallas De Atley at the 15th annual Black Hat conference…

Survey: Two-thirds of world leaders are on Twitter

Some world leaders may be making full use of the microblogging Twitter tool to promote their ideas, but other international figures are shunning the medium, a new survey revealed Thursday. “Sixteen of the G20 leaders are actively using Twitter for public diplomacy,” said Matthias Lufkens, Digital Practice Leader at Burson-Marsteller,…

Google Fiber pilot program boasts ultrafast broadband speeds

Google on Thursday unveiled an ultrafast Web service along with an Internet television subscription in the Kansas City area as part of a pilot project to boost broadband speeds. The Google Fiber superfast broadband network will be available starting in September, with one-gigabyte per second speeds — about 100 times…

Facebook hopes investors like first earnings

Facebook reports its first earnings as a public company on Thursday in an announcement that will be closely watched for signs of whether the social media giant can deliver on its financial promise. The earnings figures could serve as redemption, or lead to further market punishment for the social network.…

USC team developing a holodeck for gamers

A team of University of Southern California students is putting together what it says will be a virtual-reality gaming platform similar to the holodeck seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation, according to C-Net. The developers say Project Holodeck, as it’s called, will combine a headset-like display known as the…

iPhone case turns into a 650,000-volt stun gun

Video camera. Still camera. Video editor. Handheld games console, music player, satellite navigation device, internet browser, radio, ebook reader. (Also, telephone.) But a 650,000-volt stun gun? The iPhone is often said to have revolutionised the mobile phone market. Now, it’s about to take on a somewhat more alarming guise. The…

Report: Hackers force Iranian nuclear facilities to blast AC/DC after attack

A person inside the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) claimed this week in an email to a security researcher that a fresh hack is affecting two facilities, causing vital equipment to shut down and then playing AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” on lab computers at maximum volume “during the middle of the…

Hacker McKinnon’s extradition decision delayed until after ‘all-consuming’ Olympic games

The home secretary, Theresa May, has delayed until October any announcement on whether to extradite the computer hacker Gary McKinnon to the US Home Office lawyers told the high court in London on Tuesday that the delay was needed because of May’s “all-consuming involvement in the Olympic security” and her…

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