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iSue 2: Apple’s lawyers gunning for Polish grocery chain

Apple, who seems to be suing everyone they can, has focused on a grocery store in Poland, claiming copyright and/or trademark infringement.  I kind of understand why, kinda - the supermarket chain owns the A.pl domain ("A.pl Internet SA" - get it?  A.pl?), while...

New Gmail Phishing Attack [news]

Wordfence (a cyber security firm) reported a Phishing scam that targets Gmail users. They are calling it "highly effective."The attackers send an email to your Gmail account and it's typically from someone you know - their account has been compromised. An attachment is included with the...

One part awesome, one part “Oh crap”: DARPA funded power-strip can hack your network

Well, keep on the lookout for this gizmo...called the "PowerPwn" - fitting, right?From ZDNet: The Power Pwn may look like an ordinary power strip, maybe with an included surge protector, but it's far from it. Network administrators and IT staff in general need to be...

Guy builds video game in Excel. In other news, least efficient game designer in the world located.

BBC reports that an accountant (of course) named Cary Walkin developed a fantasy turn-based RPG in Excel(!) over the course of 4 months while he was studying for his MBA in Toronto.  "Sssssuuuuure he did" said his employer.The game, called Arena.xlsm, is developed using...

CCleaner Compromised – Contains Malware [info]

One our favorite tools has been compromised. Piriform is reporting CCleaner 5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud 1.0.7.3191 are the affected versions.The software was modified unknowingly before release. Once installed the malware is able to report back your computer name, OS version, IP address, software packages, and...

Malwarebytes Acquires AdwCleaner [news]

Malwarebytes Acquires AdwCleaner
Malwarebytes acquires AdwCleaner! It's also bringing two of its developers Jérôme Boursier and Corentin Chepeau onto their engineering and research team.AdwCleaner is a removal tool for: PUPs, adware, toolbars, and even browser hijacks.Recently, Malwarebytes has reaffirmed their dislike for PUPs; this acquisition should help strengthen their resources for detection and...

Amazon S3: Taken Down By Typo [news]

Thousands of websites down, trillions of objects unavailable to cloud customers - all taken offline by a mistake in a command and fixed by a reboot. We've been saying it for years: the old off and back on again works like a charm!Read more...

RIM (BlackBerry) To Stop Making Smartphones [news]

RIM announced today they will stop making smartphones and tablets. Their focus will be software and licensed services.I remember the good old days of shitty scroll buttons and that one time their whole network took a massive shit and left us all without service.

Apple stores really should have drive-thrus [news]

On January 13th, an elderly person drove their Lincoln Town Car right into the Lincoln Park, Chicago Apple store.  No "geniuses" were hurt in the making of this awesome news story. "The dark-colored sedan drove through the glass walls and made it about four or...

Tech news flashback: I think we know the answer to this.

I saw a photo linking to this article on Imgur the other day via the NYT and I felt it was worth commenting on.Stated via the Imgur link, the Times predicted this way ahead of the curve (February 25, 2010!) - but, honestly to...