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+ - Twitter Under DoS Attack

Submitted by Rentiak
Rentiak (835443) writes "Twitter is currently offline. Details are still sketchy at this point. The Twitter Status site now indicates that they are defending against an ongoing Denial-of-Service type attack. I'm sure more information will become available throughout the day."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Apple Bends to the iPhone Plankowners->

Submitted by Rentiak
Rentiak (835443) writes "Early iPhone users have gotten a door prize from Steve Jobs this week. In the wake of the 2007 keynote address that launched the new iPod touch and dropped the price of the iPhone by $200 early adopters have been upset that the price has dropped so soon. After addressing these concerns to Apple an open letter was posted on Apple.com addressing anyone who owns an iPhone already. As a concession Apple will be providing a $100 store credit (online or in store). Now you can buy those 100 songs you've always wanted to play on your expensive iPhone."
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Privacy

+ - Federal Job Applicant Information Lost via Malware->

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Rentiak
Rentiak writes "Users of USAJobs, the Federal job search board, received an e-mail this morning indicating that contact information for job seekers had been stolen. According to a security alert found on their website: Monster is the technology provider for USAJobs and has already "identified and shut down a rogue server that was accessing and collecting the job seeker contact information." It goes on to say that "the data was obtained through the use of a private sector Monster customer's computer using legitimate employer credentials". There are no reports of stolen Social Security Numbers, but be on the look out for fake job offers filled to the brim with malicious content."
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Comment: Already approved? (Score 3, Informative) 153

by Rentiak (#18482823) Attached to: Washington State To Try RFID Drivers Licenses
According to this CNN article, the initiative appears to already have been approved by DHS.

"The pilot project, signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire and formally approved by (DHS Secretary) Chertoff on Friday"

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/03/24/border.crossi ng.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
Windows

+ - MS trying to spur Vista sales with more discounts

Submitted by Ang
Ang (666) writes "Is Microsoft having worries about selling Vista already? Ars reports that Microsoft has announced yet another "discount program" for Vista, but these new discounts work out only to a 10% discount — not much when retailers already sell Vista below list price. To make matters worse, the discount program would still end up costing you $100 more than the older "family" discount built around Vista Ultimate in some situations. Is all of this complexity supposed to help sell Vista?"
Microsoft

+ - Xbox 360 boots Ubuntu Linux

Submitted by curry684
curry684 (943645) writes "After a security hole was uncovered last month, it was only a matter of time before someone would succeed in booting a Linux distro on the system:

That's Ubuntu, running our favorite Mozilla Firefox web browser in the Gnome desktop environment, and a console window dumping the system's processor info, showing a sweet total of 3 Xenon CPUs running at an approximated 3192Mhz.
Video and screenshots are supplied for your leisure."

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