Lebanon news agency: Website hacked by Israel to post Ron Arad message

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Lebanon’s state-run news agency on Tuesday accused an Israeli organization of having hacked into its website to post a message calling for information about a missing Israeli air force pilot.

The hackers left a message that read: “Earn a reward of 10 million dollars in exchange for information about Israeli airman Ron Arad and other missing Israelis” was posted on the websites on Monday afternoon.

Due to the hacking, the agency was forced to stop transmitting on Monday, but resumed operations on Tuesday.


Brain training games don’t train your brain

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new study has shown that brain training games do little to exercise the grey matter.

Millions of people who have been prodding away at their Nintendo DS portable consoles, smug in the knowledge that they are giving their brains a proper work-out, might have to rethink how they are going to stop the contents of their skulls turning into mush.

The experiment, saw more than 11,000 people using the games for six weeks as part of the broadcaster’s annoyingly upbeat science slot Bang Goes the Theory.

The participants were subjected to a barrage of cognitive test before and after the experiment but the study found that they showed no improvement when compared to a control group which just buggered about on the Internet.

Clive Ballard, director of Alzheimer’s Society, told the BBC, “This evidence could change the way we look at brain training games and shows staying active, by taking a walk for example, is a better use of our time.”

Adobe Ditching Flash for the iPhone

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Adobe is no longer investing in iPhone-based Flash development, Adobe principal product manager Mike Chambers wrote in a Tuesday blog post.

The move comes after Apple put out new draft of its iPhone developer program license, which banned private APIs and required apps to be written in Objective-C, C, C , or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine.

“Essentially, this has the effect of restricting applications built with a number of technologies, including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5,” Chamber wrote. “While it appears that Apple may selectively enforce the terms, it is our belief that Apple will enforce those terms as they apply to content created with Flash CS5.”

Adobe will still provide the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5, but the company is “not currently planning any additional investments in that feature,” he said.

Man accused of listing kids on Craigslist says it was a joke

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The Brockport man accused of trying to sell his kids on Craigslist, told state police that the ad was a joke.

State Police Investigator Bryan Blum said Joshua A. Stagnitto, 24, of 29 Main St., Apt. 1, was charged with one count of third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, after a report was made to Monroe County Child Protective Services advising them of the posting on the online marketplace.

The posting indicated a person was selling their children. Police said an investigation revealed Stagnitto was the source of the posting.

Blum said Stagnitto was accused of attempting to sell his two sons – ages 1 and 2.

Google Dashes Hopes of Free iPhone Turn-by-Turn GPS

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Google has denied the latest rumors that the search giant will bring free turn-by-turn GPS navigation on the Apple iPhone, although the features could come in the future to other (unspecified) mobile platforms.

Reports surfaced on Thursday quoting a Google executive speaking about plans to bring free turn-by-turn navigation to other mobile platforms, including the iPhone, during a London press conference launching Maps Navigation for Android phones in the U.K..


Facebook widens reach to tailor broader Web

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Facebook is spreading its wings to the broader Web with new tools that will allow users to see personalized versions of websites they visit elsewhere.

The move could change the way people experience the online world, though it could come with deeper privacy implications. By accessing Facebook’s tools, websites will be able to customize the experience based on the list of friends, favorite bands and other things users have shared on their Facebook profiles.

McAfee antivirus program goes berserk, freezes PCs

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Computers in companies, hospitals and schools around the world got stuck repeatedly rebooting themselves Wednesday after an antivirus program identified a normal Windows file as a virus.

McAfee Inc. confirmed that a software update it posted at 9 a.m. Eastern time caused its antivirus program for corporate customers to misidentify a harmless file. It has posted a replacement update for download.

McAfee could not say how many computers were affected, but judging by online postings, the number was at least in the thousands and possibly in the hundreds of thousands.

Legal spying via the cell phone system

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Two researchers say they have found a way to exploit weaknesses in the mobile telecom system to legally spy on people by figuring out the private cell phone number of anyone they want, tracking their whereabouts, and listening to their voice mail.


China hackers stole key Google program

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Computer hackers stole a program that controlled access to most of Google Inc.’s services when they attacked the Internet company late last year, according to a report published late Monday.

The story in The New York Times provided more details about an intrusion that provoked a politically charged showdown between Google and China’s government over Internet censorship and computer security.

Google discloses demands for censorship, user data

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Google Inc. has set up a new tool to show where it’s facing the most government pressure to censor material and turn over personal information about its users.

The country-by-country breakdown released Tuesday on Google’s Web site marks the first time that the Internet search leader has provided such a detailed look at the censorship and data requests that it gets from regulators, courts and other government agencies. The figures, for the roughly 100 countries in which it operates, cover the final half of last year and will be updated every six months.


Google drafts cloud printing plan for Chrome OS

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Google is unveiling early-stage designs, software code, and documentation of a project whose goal is to let users of the company’s Chrome OS print documents to any printer from any application.

Called Google Cloud Print, the technology would dispense with the need to install printer drivers by routing print jobs from Web, desktop, and mobile applications via a Chrome OS Web-hosted broker.

“Rather than rely on the local operating system — or drivers — to print, apps can use Google Cloud Print to submit and manage print jobs. Google Cloud Print will then be responsible for sending the print job to the appropriate printer with the particular options the user selected, and returning the job status to the app,

Rolling Stone’s archive going online for a price

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For the first time Rolling Stone is inviting its readers on the long, strange trip though the magazine’s 43-year archive, putting complete digital replicas online along with the latest edition. But you’ll have to pay to see it all.

With a new site launching Monday, Rolling Stone will become one of the most prominent magazines to decide that adding a “pay wall” is the best way to make money on the Web.

To many publishers and media analysts, charging for Web access is the fastest way to drive readers to free competition, where advertisers will follow. But even free sites with lots of readers haven’t been able to charge the kind of rates for advertising that print still commands. As one of the few major consumer magazines now asking readers for an online fee, Rolling Stone is likely to get a close look from the rest of the industry.

The magazine’s revamped home page will remain mostly free. The kind of material that seems to work best on the Web - quick updates on who’s breaking up, slide shows of popular bands on tour - won’t cost readers anything.

But there will be reminders planted throughout the site that full access to Rolling Stone’s latest issue is just a few clicks and a credit card number away.

A one-month pass will cost $3.95 and annual access is $29.99. Online subscribers will automatically get a print subscription, which normally costs $19.95 a year. But print subscribers don’t automatically get Web access.

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