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  • Skype Aware Of XSS Vulnerability In iOS Apps, “Working Hard To Fix” It

    Skype Aware Of XSS Vulnerability In iOS Apps, “Working Hard To Fix” It

    If you’re using Skype for iOS on your iPhone or iPod touch, consider yourself warned: a cross-site scripting vulnerability looms in the “Chat Message” window in version 3.0.1 and earlier versions. The hole allows attackers to execute malicious JavaScript code that runs when a victim views a chat message, enabling theft of information, including a user’s address book… Read More

  • I’m Leaving TechCrunch. Here’s Why.

    I’m Leaving TechCrunch. Here’s Why.

    So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark —that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back. – Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas To those who have been following the recent TechCrunch drama, this post won’t come as much of a surprise. Read More

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    In Battle Over The ‘Tweet’ Trademark, Twitter Sues Twittad

    In Battle Over The ‘Tweet’ Trademark, Twitter Sues Twittad

    You may remember that back in July 2009, Twitter made a big stink about developers using the term ‘tweet’ in their Twitter apps. Oddly enough, while Twitter has long been trying to register the ‘tweet’ trademark in the United States, it has so far failed despite its efforts mainly because one or more third-party developer(s) actually beat them to the punch in –… Read More

  • Google Fails To Hire The ‘GooglePleaseHire.Me’ Guy

    Google Fails To Hire The ‘GooglePleaseHire.Me’ Guy

    Remember Matthew Epstein, the guy that wanted to work at Google so badly that he created an interesting campaign in order to get the search and advertising giant’s attention? Well he did get their attention, partly because we urged Google to hire Epstein as fast as human-resourcesly possible. That said, at some point the company apparently lost interest in communicating with Epstein. In… Read More

  • Lost In Legoland: A Gazillion Bricks And A Mini Star Wars Geekfest

    Lost In Legoland: A Gazillion Bricks And A Mini Star Wars Geekfest

    What happens when a geek winds up in Legoland? He has loads of unfiltered fun, that’s what. You can spend hours just looking at the fantastic creations, big or small, go on fun rides or visit some of the movies and exhibitions in the designated areas. I promised myself to come back here when my kids, who is now only 5 months old, grows a few years older. If you have kids, or you would… Read More

  • Lost In Denmark: Hackers, Robots, Wacky Office Spaces And Sharks

    Lost In Denmark: Hackers, Robots, Wacky Office Spaces And Sharks

    I spent the better part of last week hanging out with some fellow tech bloggers in Denmark – in Aarhus and Billund, to be more specific – and mingling with the people who organized and traveled to attend, speak or exhibit at the Next Aarhus ‘Beautiful Mistakes’ conference and exhibition. The conference in itself was really fascinating, though not exactly TechCrunch… Read More

  • Nokia Exec Leaves After 21 Years To Start ‘Vision+’ Fund, Promptly Partners With Nokia

    Nokia Exec Leaves After 21 Years To Start ‘Vision+’ Fund, Promptly Partners With Nokia

    Nokia this morning announced that Tero Ojanperä, former CTO and currently Executive Vice President and a member of the company’s ‘Leadership Team’, is leaving the flailing phone manufacturer at the end of this month, after serving Nokia for 21 years. He will take on a new role as managing partner of a new investment fund called Vision+. Amusingly, Vision+ has already formed… Read More

  • Nokia Shuts Down Developer Forum After Hacker Accesses Member Records

    Nokia Shuts Down Developer Forum After Hacker Accesses Member Records

    Nokia has temporarily shut down its developer community website as a precaution, after a hacker gained access to a database table containing forum members’ email addresses and other information. The hacker last week exploited a vulnerability in the bulletin board software that allowed an SQL Injection attack that in turn enabled him (or her) to deface the forum website. Nokia has now… Read More

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    Merriam-Webster Dictionary Now Includes ‘Tweet’, ‘Social Media’, ‘Crowdsourcing’ And More

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary Now Includes ‘Tweet’, ‘Social Media’, ‘Crowdsourcing’ And More

    Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has been updated to include 150 new words and definitions this year, its publisher announced this morning. Four technology-related additions are ‘tweet’, ‘social media’, ‘crowdsourcing’ and ‘m-commerce’, words that should have been familiar to readers of this blog for year now. Read More

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    The Year Is 1996. Apple Instructs Its Employees How To Use The Netscape Browser.

    The Year Is 1996. Apple Instructs Its Employees How To Use The Netscape Browser.

    Eli Goldberg emails us. He writes: “If you’re ever having a slow news day, you might be able to do something funny with this. It’s the instructions I received in summer 1996 when starting at Apple explaining how to employees how use a Netscape web browser to obtain our benefits information, including how to use a web browser’s back button.” Dear Eli, there’s… Read More

  • Fake Apple Store Is Now The “Smart” Store

    Fake Apple Store Is Now The “Smart” Store

    MICGadget has some action shots of the Kunming “Apple” store that raised so much Internet ire and mirth a few weeks ago. Although the insides are the same, you’ll notice one big difference: the apple is still there but the text has been replaced by a nail-salonesque sign dubbing the shop the “Smart Store.” They still sell Apple products, but now they’re smarter. Read More

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    BART’s Interference In Subway Protests, A Step In The Wrong Direction For Digital Freedoms

    BART’s Interference In Subway Protests, A Step In The Wrong Direction For Digital Freedoms

    As many may be aware by now, Bay Area Rapid Transit, also known fondly as BART and San Francisco’s version of a municipal subway system, has been on the receiving end of quite a bit of criticism over the last 24 hours. The criticism stems from BART temporarily interfering with cell service in four of its stations in order to stifle potentially violent protests that centered around an… Read More

  • Facebook Quietly Updates Platform Policies – Developers, No Linking To Its Competitors!

    Facebook Quietly Updates Platform Policies – Developers, No Linking To Its Competitors!

    Facebook made some noteworthy changes to its Platform policies on the 27th of July 2011, adding a couple of new terms developers need to take into account when building apps for the Facebook Platform. Facebook appears not to have communicated the revisions on its developer outreach blog or forum as far as I can tell, and astonishingly, nobody seems to have noticed the policy updates… Read More

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    Fark.com Settles With Patent Troll … For Zero Dollars!

    Fark.com Settles With Patent Troll … For Zero Dollars!

    Satirical, bizarre and amusing news website Fark has kicked the fark out of a patent troll called Gooseberry Natural Resources LLC. The original lawsuit was leveraged in January, claiming Fark infringed on a patent that covered a “method of inputing news releases into a web form, which would then compile the news release and email it to media outlets.” The patent, for those who… Read More

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    Amazing Panoramic Photos Of Hiroshima After The Atomic Bomb Blast

    Amazing Panoramic Photos Of Hiroshima After The Atomic Bomb Blast

    Every once in a while, we interrupt our regular live coverage of breaking news about Internet companies from around the world to highlight amazing photography. In 2009, we featured the world’s largest spherical photo, and earlier this year, the world’s largest photo ever taken indoors. Today, 360Cities published a series of historical 360° photos of Hiroshima, taken six months… Read More

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    Have Swedish Treasure Hunters Just Discovered The Millennium Falcon On The Sea Floor?

    Have Swedish Treasure Hunters Just Discovered The Millennium Falcon On The Sea Floor?

    Some readers may be upset by the content herein, as this doesn’t exactly involve APIs, Android, or SDKs, but it was just too good not to share. The international media has been abuzz today with some unusual news from Sweden. The “Ocean Explorer Team”, a Swedish expedition plumbing the Baltic Sea for underwater treasure, has discovered what looks to be the Millennium Falcon on… Read More

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    OK Go’s Latest Video Lets You Force Band Members To Do Your Evil Bidding

    OK Go’s Latest Video Lets You Force Band Members To Do Your Evil Bidding

    If you’re running Chrome and you like Prince-inflected super-pop with a knob-twister aesthetic, then you’re in luck. The band OK Go teamed up with dance company Pilobolus to create a very unique video for their song “All Is Not Lost.” The video itself is pretty simple – you’ve got a bunch of people running around in spandex on a clear floor so you can… Read More

  • “Data Furnace” Would Heat Homes While Flipping Bits

    “Data Furnace” Would Heat Homes While Flipping Bits

    One byproduct of computing almost everybody has had to deal with at some time or another is the heat. Whether it’s your Xbox overheating due to poor ventilation, your MacBook’s fan roaring like a jet engine, or some other manifestation, the inescapable truth is that computers these days get warm. Whether it’s a processor, hard drive, or video card, it produces waste heat as… Read More

  • Gossamer Web Browser Runs On Your Graphing Calculator

    Gossamer Web Browser Runs On Your Graphing Calculator

    I had a friend who once amazed me by writing a basketball game for the TI-81 graphing calculator. This, however, is an order of magnitude more impressive. Gossamer is a web browser for the TI-83+ through TI-84+SE calculators and, through the use of a number of fairly interesting network protocol APIs, it lets you see the text of almost any website right on the calculators tiny, pixelated screen. Read More

  • Illogical? William Shatner Gets Booted From Google+ (Update: He’s Back)

    Illogical? William Shatner Gets Booted From Google+ (Update: He’s Back)

    Actor and musician William Shatner has apparently had his Google+ account beamed up for “violating standards”, according to a tweet posted earlier this morning. He who loves TechCrunch tweeted the following message to his followers: “My Google+ account was flagged for violating standards. Saying hello to everyone apparently is against the rules maybe I should say… Read More