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Google is globally switching its search to HTTPS by default

Google is globally switching its search to HTTPS by default

Google has announced on its Inside Search blog that it is enabling SSL encryptionby default on its global search pages. The US site google.com has been switching users to the secured HTTPS protocol since last year and now, to improve security and privacy for all its users, the company is rolling the behavior out to its international properties [...]

VLC reaches 2.0

VLC reaches 2.0

While this isn’t news about the site per se, it does impact many of our visitors. VLC is one of the most universal media players with built-in codecs. It is also cross-platform, free and open-source. It has been locked to the 1.x versioning for many years, but now the latest major release VLC 2.0 “Twoflower” is here.

The Pirate Bay will fit on a ZIP cartridge

The Pirate Bay will fit on a ZIP cartridge

The Pirate Bay is making good on its long-announced plan of moving from hosting a torrent-tracker to hosting "magnet links" that allow BitTorrent file-sharing without a centralized tracker. This will vastly reduce the amount of data that TPB needs to store and serve, so much so that the entire TPB index will only be 90MB -- a file that you could [...]

SOPA Breaks The Internet

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites-- they just have to convince a judge that the site is [...]

Identity theft marketplace sells mothers’ maiden names, dates of birth, etc

Identity theft marketplace sells mothers’ maiden names, dates of birth, etc

Many websites will allow you to "recover a lost password" if you (or a crook) can supply your date of birth, mother's maiden name, etc. So, of course, crooks buy and sell data like dates of birth, mothers' maiden names, Social Security Numbers, and other easily mined minutae. Brian Krebs reports from superget.info, a site that sells would-be [...]

Day after big debit fee hike, BofA homepage fails

Day after big debit fee hike, BofA homepage fails

Bank of America’s homepage was down Friday morning, a day after the megabank announced that it will begin charging customers $5 a month to use their debit cards. Instead of the bank’s normal site, visitors receive a notice stating “Home Page Temporarily Unavailable.”Instead of the bank’s normal site, visitors receive a notice stating [...]

Groupon Restates Revenue & COO Exits

Groupon Restates Revenue & COO Exits

Cliff Notes: Revenue was actually $312 million, not $713 million. COO returns to Google after 5 months. IPO looking even worse than before. Daily deals site Groupon Inc. said it was restating its financial results "to correct for an error in its presentation of revenue," and said its chief operating officer was exiting after just five [...]

BART police officers website hacked, database released

BART police officers website hacked, database released

Reports are circulating that databases containing BART police officer information from the website for The Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officers' Association site have been published. The bartpoa.com site is currently down. Who is responsible for the hack? Whoever ends up claiming credit, it's complicated. What isn't complicated: the notion that [...]

“Enterprise expert finder” gplus.com mistaken for Google+, stupid user hijinks ensue

“Enterprise expert finder” gplus.com mistaken for Google+, stupid user hijinks ensue

I pity the moderators at gplus.com. The site is a forum for Gerson Lehrman Group, "the premier enterprise platform for connecting to experts and their insights." But countless Stupid Users trying to find Google+, the search giant's new social network offering, think Gerson Lehrman's G+ is Google+'s G+. Maybe it's just me, but I found it hilarious. [...]

Deeper look at why prices end in .99

Deeper look at why prices end in .99

The companion site for the book Life’s Little Mysteries: Answers to Fascinating Questions About the World Around You has a short post summarizing why most prices end with .99. Of course, there’s the obvious “psychological pricing” reason that when a shopper sees something that costs $5.99, the .99 is subconsciously ignored, making the item [...]

Copyright extremist RIAA lawyer confirmed as America’s Solicitor General

Copyright extremist RIAA lawyer confirmed as America’s Solicitor General

The Senate late Monday confirmed former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr.to serve as the nation's solicitor general. Verrilli, one of at least five former RIAA attorneys appointed to the administration, is best known for leading the recording industry's legal charge against music- and movie-sharing site [...]

In-depth look at SpyEye crimeware

In-depth look at SpyEye crimeware

Brian Krebs has an in-depth look at SpyEye, a "crimeware" trojan horse that is used to harvest personal information (especially banking credentials) from infected Windows machines. SpyEye's keylogger is capable of prioritizing the information it grabs by paying special attention to information from browser forms, including Chrome and [...]

MAFIAA Fire: A Firefox add-on to reverse US government domain censorship

MAFIAA Fire: A Firefox add-on to reverse US government domain censorship

Earlier this year, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement shocked the world by asserting the right to seize any .com or .net domain that it characterized as a "pirate" or child porn site, with little due process or judicial oversight. ICE conducted a series of high-profile seizures that were notable in that they were sloppy (80,000 sites [...]

Automatically generate regular expressions with Txt2re

Automatically generate regular expressions with Txt2re

A programmer who hates coming up with regular expressions has produced a visual tool for automatically generating them. You paste in a block of text, identify the parts of it you'd like your regexp to catch, and it produces an (admittedly inelegant but absolutely functional) regexp ready for your use. The programmer explains, "It's free [...]

The Happiness Project (the updated paperback edition)

The Happiness Project (the updated paperback edition)

One of my favorite books from last year was Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project, in which Gretchen tried out a bunch of different old and new techniques for becoming happier and reported on the results. The book was a huge hit, and her web site based on the book has taken on a life of its own. Today, the paperback edition of The Happiness [...]

Spokeo may know more about you than you realize

Spokeo may know more about you than you realize

Spokeo is a new site that claims to not be your "grandma's phonebook." This is because it pulls a ton of info about you from all over the web into one place. And I mean a ton. More than you might be comfortable with, in fact. But luckily, it appears you can "remove your Spokeo listing from public searches for free" by following these simple [...]

Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers

Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers

I love how every statement the spam people are quoted as saying in this article could be very easily applied to the spammers' practices themselves. "Unfairly exploiting" the law to make a buck, etc. I mean come on, you make a living scamming people, and you complain when you get scammed back? Daniel Balsam hates spam. Most everybody does, of [...]

MasterCard.com Taken Down By 4chan, Twitter Next?

MasterCard.com Taken Down By 4chan, Twitter Next?

WikiLeaks’ self-appointed online posse is systematically abusing anyone who it believes has slighted WikiLeaks in the last week’s growing controversy over the site’s quarter million leaked diplomatic cables. And the next attack targets may be PayPal and Twitter. MasterCard, which cut off services to WikiLeaks Tuesday, became the [...]

WikiLeaks’ Swiss host says no to French and US government pressure

WikiLeaks’ Swiss host says no to French and US government pressure

Leave it to Switzerland to pursue net neutrality... The site's new Swiss registrar, Switch, today said there was "no reason" why it should be forced offline, despite demands from France and the US. Switch is a non-profit registrar set up by the Swiss government for all 1.5 million Swiss .ch domain names. The reassurances come just hours after [...]

Secret Brooklyn Bridge subway station revealed

Secret Brooklyn Bridge subway station revealed

A once abandoned (or, rather, off limits) subway station from 1908 in Brooklyn is now accessible to the public... and it is beautiful. Beautifully preserved too! The city closed the station in 1945, mostly because at its height only 600 people a day used it, and because the loop created an unsafe gap at the platform. In 1995 the city vowed [...]

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