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Hacker blames depression and pot for ‘sextortion’ threats against hundreds of women

A California man who hacked into hundreds of Internet accounts and blackmailed women into stripping for him blames depression and marijuana use for his crimes. Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, of Glendale, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison after he admitted to hacking into hundreds of Facebook, Skype and…

Skype confirms it is developing 3D video calls

Internet phone company said it is developing the technology in the lab but it could be several years before it reaches the market Skype has confirmed it is developing 3D video calls – but said it could be many years before we can use the technology. The Microsoft-owned internet telephony…

California man accused of ‘sextortion’ of more than 350 women pleads guilty

A southern California man accused of hacking into women’s online accounts and using their personal information to blackmail them pleaded guilty last week, according to the Los Angeles Times. Karen “Gary” Kazaryan of Glendale, 27, was arrested in January for hacking into hundreds of women’s Facebook, Skype, and e-mail accounts…

Hilarious ‘Skype bombing’ shuts down Zimmerman trial witness testimony

An attempt to allow a witness to offer live video testimony in the murder trial of George Zimmerman ended in failure on Wednesday after Internet pranksters inundated his Skype connection with dozens of call requests. Prosecutors introduced Seminole State College criminal justice professor Gordon Scott Pleasants by displaying a Skype…

Australian military embroiled in fresh sexual harassment scandal

SYDNEY — The Australian military was embroiled in a new sex scandal Thursday with 17 personnel, including officers, under investigation after hundreds of “explicit and repugnant” emails and images demeaning women were uncovered. Army chief, Lieutenant-General David Morrison, said he was appalled at the revelations, which follow a government report…

Facebook unveils Skype video calling feature

PALO ALTO, California — Facebook added Skype video calling on Wednesday for the hundreds of millions of users of the world’s leading social network. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new video calling feature during an event at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto. “We think this is awesome because we’re…

Skype introduces video calls on Android phones

LONDON (Reuters) – Skype, which is being bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion, introduced a new service on Thursday allowing users of Android phones to make free video calls to Skype contacts, including those on Apple iPhones. The company whose name became synonymous with Internet calling in the mid-2000s said its updated Android app…

House to use Skype for constituent calls, despite security concerns

Technology experts for the House of Representatives said in a memo Tuesday that House members will now be able to use the free Internet-based phone and videoconferencing service Skype. Security concerns had originally stopped the House from allowing use of Skype, logisticians explained to The Hill. “There’s a concern about…

Microsoft to acquire Internet phone pioneer Skype

NEW YORK (AFP) – US software giant Microsoft will buy Internet phone service company Skype for $8.5 billion dollars, the companies announced on Tuesday. “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer in a statement. “Together we…

EU warns telecom firms against blocking Skype

BRUSSELS — The European Commission launched a probe Tuesday into charges that telecom firms block next-to-free Internet phone services to undermine competitors or degrade the quality of online videos. With the proliferation of smart phones putting the Internet in the palm of consumers’ hands, the European Union’s executive arm asked…

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