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Student jailed for hacking Facebook

A student who infiltrated Facebook in what prosecutors called “the most extensive and flagrant” case of social media hacking ever heard in a British court was jailed for eight months on Friday. Glenn Mangham, 26, admitted hacking into the website from his bedroom in Yorkshire, between April and May last…

First-person-shooter video game provides therapy for rare eye disorder

VANCOUVER — Playing a videogame that involves shooting enemies on a battlefield has helped some adults who were born with a rare eye disorder improve their vision later in life, scientists said Friday. The research shows that some sensory abilities that may seem permanently impaired can be improved in adulthood,…

‘Anonymous’ stages dramatic take-down of FTC websites

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was feeling the wrath of unknown hackers with the “Anonymous” movement on Friday morning, after seven different government websites managed by the agency vanished from the Internet. Calling the FTC the “Fuctarded Troglodyte Clusterfuck,” hackers chide the government agency for lax enforcement of the national…

Google bypassed Apple privacy settings: report

Google and other online advertisers bypassed the privacy settings of an Apple web browser on iPhones and computers in order to survey millions of users, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The Journal said the companies used a special code that tricks Apple’s Safari software into letting them monitor the…

Twitter revamps to connect the world

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter announced it has finished rolling out overhauled pages crafted to boost the appeal of the message-sharing service to users around the world. “At the very core there are fewer places you have to click and less you have to learn,” Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said as…

Facebook dabbles with validating user identity

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Thursday began testing a way for celebrities, journalists, athletes and others with massive followings to have their identities validated at the globally popular online social network. “The new process enables people to verify their identities by submitting a government issued ID,” Facebook said in an…

Computer scientists find hackers can easily track cell phone user’s location

The ability to track the location of a cell phone user without the user’s knowledge is far too easy, computer scientists at the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering have discovered. University of Minnesota computer science Ph.D. student Denis Foo Kune, working with associate professors Nick Hopper and…

Online startup kicked off domain without stated reason

Updated, below: JotForm back online, Secret Service confirms involvement An online startup called JotForm said this week that it was kicked off its .com Internet domain by host GoDaddy, allegedly at the request of the U.S. Secret Service. It’s not yet clear why JotForm, which allows users to create and…

Apple unveils preview of new iPad-influenced Mac operating system

Apple released a preview version of its new Macintosh operating system on Thursday, bringing some features of the iPad to the personal computer. The Cupertino, California-based company said the updated operating system, called Mountain Lion, will be available to Macintosh developers immediately and Mac owners can upgrade to the new…

The Nation’s Ari Melber: Facebook owns you

Ari Melber of The Nation explained Wednesday on MSNBC why the public offering of Facebook was estimated to be one of the biggest of all time. “Why exactly is Facebook worth so much money? It’s current revenues of a few billion dollars don’t support this evaluation,” he said. “But Facebook…

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