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EU seeks rivals' feedback on Facebook, WhatsApp deal
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are asking Facebook's rivals and telecoms operators whether the world No. 1 online social network's proposed $19 billion bid for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp will lead to price hikes and curb innovation.

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last updated: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:23:00 GMT

'Cloud' concerns after celeb leaks
Experts have raised concerns over the security of "cloud" storage sites following the leak of intimate pictures of celebrities.

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last updated: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:30:23 +1000

Reconnaissance code on industrial software site points to watering hole attack
Attackers deploy Web-based reconnaissance tool to gather information about potential targets in different industries

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last updated: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:15:55 -0400

EU seeks rivals' feedback on Facebook, WhatsApp deal

Illustration photo shows "likes" on WhatsApp's Facebook page displayed on a laptop screen in ParisBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are asking Facebook's rivals and telecoms operators whether the world No. 1 online social network's proposed $19 billion bid for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp will lead to price hikes and curb innovation. The move came after Facebook sought EU approval for the deal, the largest in its 10-year history, which will give it a strong foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market and pit it against telecoms companies. The European Commission said on Monday it will decide by Oct. 3 whether to clear the deal unconditionally, demand concessions or extend the preliminary review into a wider probe. In a questionnaire sent to third parties and seen by Reuters, the EU regulator asked if the deal would have a negative, neutral or positive impact on users and customers in mobile messaging and social networks.


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Was iCloud behind nude photo leak?
THE hacker who published dozens of photos of nude celebs online may have taken advantage of a flaw in iCloud’s “Find My iPhone” function.

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Telstra gave up 85,000 customer records
TELSTRA has revealed it handed over close to 85,000 customer records, as controversy surrounds the government’s proposal to hold on to your metadata.

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10 things we remember about MSN Messenger
MICROSOFT’S chat is finally being switched off so we reminisce those late night convos, emoticons and the moment our parents found out we were still on the phone line.

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iCloud: Are your personal pics safe?
JENNIFER Lawrence and Kate Upton are just a few celebrities to have naked pictures stolen from their iCloud accounts overnight. Here’s how to protect yourself.

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Think spring starts today? Wrong
SPRING has sprung. Or has it? The b-a-a-a-a-d news is that September 1 is not the start of spring. Here’s why.

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last updated: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:41:00 PDT

Mom tries to Facebook-shame daughter, gets pizza on face
A mother makes her daughter pose for a picture to prove that it will travel far and wide on the Web. She ends up getting prank calls, pizza deliveries, and a lesson for herself.

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last updated: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:58:32 -0400

19 Signs You're Thirsty For Rumplestiltskin On "Once Upon A Time"

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How That Massive Celebrity Hack Might Have Happened
Tech experts say hackers may have gained access to cellphone pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and others in the iCloud via the "Find My iPhone" app

The leak of personal photos of more than 100 female celebrities, nude and otherwise, has tech observers questioning and debating potential vulnerabilities in Apple’s iCloud. But for those of us who don’t intuitively understand technology the questions remain: how could this happen and could it happen to me? Here are some answers:

Who was affected?

An anonymous user posted photos of celebrities like The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton to the site 4Chan. The hacker claimed that there could be posts of more than 100 celebrities in total. Some celebrities, Lawrence and Upton included, confirmed the photos’ authenticity. Others, like Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice, claimed the photos were fakes.

How did the hackers do it?

The leading theory goes that hackers found a vulnerability in Apple iCloud’s “Find My iPhone” service, which helps users find lost or stolen phones via the cloud. Apple typically protects its products from so-called “brute force” programs that repeatedly guess random passwords for a given username until it gets a match. But for some reason, various tech blogs have reported, Apple failed to do this with its Find My iPhone service. Hackers identified this vulnerability, TheNextWeb reports, and allegedly used a brute force service called “iBrute” to gain access to celebrities’ passwords — and consequently, the photos stored in their iCloud accounts.

Some tech observers are skeptical of this explanation, though. Most hacks occur through more straightforward methods of collecting a user’s personal data — via a lost cellphone owned by one of the celebrities, for example. There’s also evidence that some photos came from other devices that wouldn’t back up to the iCloud, like Android phones.

What does Apple have to say about all of this?

An Apple spokesperson told Re/code that the company is “actively investigating” the issue, but provided few other details. The company also reportedly rolled out a security upgrade Monday, just hours after the first hack, to eliminate the possibility of a brute force service gaining access to passwords via Find My iPhone.

Could this happen to me?

If the hackers did indeed use a brute force method on the iCloud and Apple has yet to fix the problem, then, in short, yes it could happen to you. Brute force methods can be applied so long as the hacker has your username. That said, this method does not collect broad amounts of data for a lot of people. Hackers would need a reason to target you specifically.

How do I protect myself?

The only way to completely protect yourself on the internet is to stay off it. But if you want to continue living in the 21st century, use two-step verification. Apple’s iCloud is just one of many services where you can set your account so that it asks you two, personalized questions before you can access it. This makes it much, much harder for hackers to get where you don’t want them. Also, maybe think twice before uploading those nude photos?

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13 of the best iOS apps from August
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From time-lapse videos to 360º photo spheres, we covered a lot of ground with new iOS apps in July. Here, we filter through the noise to present you with our selection of the best App Store newcomers from the past month. Photo Sphere Camera (Google) Google introduced a dedicated Photo Sphere Camera app to the iOS realm last month, letting users create 360º images and share them with anyone, while also letting them publish to Google Maps. Google’s existing camera app already brought photo spheres to Android users, so it’s nice to see it finally arrive for the iPhone fraternity too....

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