Watch This: YouTube Complaints Department IRL [Video]

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Should Google Have Fired this Newly-Hired Redditor Simply for Posting Pictures of His Uniform? [Chatroom]

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On Friday afternoon, an anonymous Redditor posted a follow-up to a thread he’d since deleted, explaining that Google had fired him for posting pictures of his company uniform. More »







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Serious Web Vulnerabilities Dropped In 2011

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wiredmikey writes “It’s refreshing to see a security report from a security vendor that isn’t all doom-and-gloom and loaded with FUD. Web Application Security firm WhiteHat Security released a report this week (PDF) showing that the number of major vulnerabilities has fallen dramatically. Based on the raw data gathered from scans of over 7,000 sites, there were only 79 substantial vulnerabilities discovered on average in 2011. To compare, there were 230 vulnerabilities on average discovered in 2010, 480 in 2009, 795 in 2008, and 1,111 in 2007. As for the types of flaws discovered, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) remained the number one problem, followed by Information Leakage, Content Spoofing, Insufficient Authorization, and Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) flaws. SQL Injection, an oft-mentioned attack vector online – was eighth on the top ten.”

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How an Electrical Storm in Virginia Brought Down a Large Chunk of the Internet [Internet]

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Late last night, a severe electrical storm struck over Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC, halting train traffic and felling trees. More »







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Google Tablets, Android Jellybean, Facebook, Flashbangs and More… [The Best Stories Of The Week]

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Following along with Apple and Microsoft, this week was Google’s Turn to dominate the news. They had new hardware, new software, and skydivers. But there were plenty of other great stories like the death of Winamp and digital camo, a live Q&A with a bike thief, and the discovery that we can breathe without air. Here are our top stories of the week. More »







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Use Google+ Hang Outs to Create Your Own Personal Puppy Cam [Google+]

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A recent graduate of Northwestern University, Taylor Barrett felt nervous about leaving Walnut, her 11-week-old Chihuahua puppy, home alone while she was at the office all day. But instead of overpaying for a too-luxe doggie daycare, she turned to technology for the solution.

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How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the FTC On Privacy Issue

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Pigskin-Referee sends this excerpt from an article at ProPublica:
“Jonathan Mayer had a hunch. A gifted computer scientist, Mayer suspected that online advertisers might be getting around browser settings that are designed to block tracking devices known as cookies. If his instinct was right, advertisers were following people as they moved from one website to another even though their browsers were configured to prevent this sort of digital shadowing. Working long hours at his office, Mayer ran a series of clever tests in which he purchased ads that acted as sniffers for the sort of unauthorized cookies he was looking for. He hit the jackpot, unearthing one of the biggest privacy scandals of the past year: Google was secretly planting cookies on a vast number of iPhone browsers. Mayer thinks millions of iPhones were targeted by Google.”

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How To Find an Awesome Apartment On Craigslist [How To]

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Looking for an apartment is horrible. But technology can help. If you’re smart, you can cut through the junk and beat the competition en route to a sweet pad. If you’re planning to rent in a city, your search is bound to go through good old Craigslist—especially now that its listings no longer appear on Padmapper. Here’s how to navigate the chaos. More »







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How a Giant Rube Goldberg Machine Ended Up on the Side of This House [Video]

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Before the Web, AOL, and Prodigy, There was Minitel

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