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July 30, 2014
Old tricks that have helped hackers penetrate computers for months or longer worked again last week at Goodwill and Stubhub. Taking a page from the gang that pillaged payment card and personal information from Target last year, hackers clipped payment card information from an undisclosed number of Goodwill Industries International customers. As they were in the Target attack, it's believed point-of-sale systems were compromised at Goodwill, which has 2,900 U.S. retail locations that collect and sell donated clothing and other goods. [More...]

July 30, 2014
Government snooping on Americans would be curtailed under a bill introduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate. The measure, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would ban bulk collection of domestic information, limit the scope of searches by government agencies, and add transparency and reporting requirements. Further, it would reform procedures of the FISA Court. [More...]

July 30, 2014
An Android vulnerability that exists in every version from v2.1 Eclair to v. 4.3 Jelly Bean could expose millions of users, Bluebox Security has warned. The flaw lets attackers fake the certificates of specially privileged parties, such as Adobe and Google Wallet, and serve them up with malware that bypasses detection by Android. Attackers then can take over every app running on an Android device. [More...]

July 30, 2014
Samsung Z
Samsung has been doing just fine with Android, but it appears to want an OS of its own to fall back on, just in case. It appears to be a steep hill to climb, though. "I see this as a much tougher proposition than anyone realizes," said Gartner analyst Tuong Huy Nguyen. "It's even more difficult for Samsung, because their competency seems to lie in hardware and not so much on the software side." [More...]

July 29, 2014
OkCupid has admitted carrying out psychological experiments on its users. Because OkCupid doesn't really know what it's doing, it needs to experiment to see what works and what doesn't, according to cofounder Christian Rudder. Every Internet company needs to test different things with users, and website visitors are subjected to "hundreds of experiments," he argued. "That's how websites work." [More...]

July 29, 2014
bubblews
Social networks are desperate for user interaction -- that's how they earn the big advertising bucks. However, the ones who do all the interacting typically aren't in the financial loop. Bubblews has come up with a novel idea: Give the content creators a share of the ad revenue. The plan might just have legs, as many social networkers are ready to try something new, a recent Harris Poll suggests. [More...]

July 29, 2014
A new way to extend battery life would allow smartphones to last three to four times longer on a single charge, Stanford University researchers have found. A team led by Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering, has developed pure metal anode prototypes, which differ from the lithium-ion batteries seen in most devices. "I think this is very promising," Cui said. [More...]

July 28, 2014
Skully Helmet design
When you're more aware of what is around you, when you can listen to your tunes and use GPS so you don't get lost and can stay in touch more easily, your stress level goes down. Without this stuff, you're trying to ride while you juggle a phone or GPS system, worry about what you're missing when your phone vibrates on your waist, and could get surprised by something coming up fast behind you. [More...]

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