WrongSizeGlass writes: ARS is reporting that the "inventor" of the concept of "providing individual online presences for each of a plurality of members of a group of members." claims that 4 million Facebook business account holders, including at least three major presidential candidates, are guilty of infringing his patent. He's suing Facebook for infringing on his patent as well as the three candidates. A Patent Office examiner rejected the patents claims, but the rejections have been appealed.
WrongSizeGlass writes: Daniel Spitler, a member of Goatse Security, pleaded guilty today to writing the code used to steal email addresses and personal information belonging to 120,000 Apple iPad subscribers from AT&T computer servers. Spitler, who surrendered to the authorities in January, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers connected to the Internet and one count of identity theft. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
"Computer hackers are exacting an increasing toll on our society, damaging individuals and organizations to gain notoriety for themselves," US attorney Paul Fishman said. "In the wake of other recent hacking attacks by loose-knit organizations like Anonymous and LulzSec, Daniel Spitler's guilty plea is a timely reminder of the consequences of treating criminal activity as a competitive sport," he said.
WrongSizeGlass writes: Video game developer Sega said that its online database has been hacked, making it the latest in a string of games companies to be attacked. The company sent an email to users of the Sega Pass system on Friday to warn them that email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords had been stolen from online database. From Sega Pass:
SEGA Pass is going through some improvements so is currently unavailable for new members to join or existing members to modify their details including resetting passwords.
WrongSizeGlass writes: Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Microsoft Corp on Thursday, rejecting its appeal of a record $290 million jury verdict for infringing a small Canadian software firm's patent. The justices unanimously upheld a U.S. appeals court ruling that went against the world's largest software company in its legal battle with Toronto-based i4i.
A team of computer scientists at two University of California campuses has been looking deeply into the nature of spam, and they think found a 'oechoke point' [PDF] that could greatly reduce the flow of spam. It turned out that 95 percent of the credit card transactions for the spam-advertised drugs and herbal remedies they bought were handled by just three financial companies — one based in Azerbaijan, one in Denmark and one in Nevis, in the West Indies. If a handful of companies like these refused to authorize online credit card payments to the merchants, “you’d cut off the money that supports the entire spam enterprise,” said one of the scientists.
WrongSizeGlass writes: The LA Times is reporting that Sony has revealed that 10 million credit card accounts may have been exposed two weeks ago when a hacker broke into the company's computers in San Diego and stole data from 77 million PlayStation Network accounts. Sony said it will provide credit card protection services for the 10 million customers whose data were compromised. Sony last week said it had encrypted credit card data, but not other account information, including names, addresses, email addresses and birth dates.
WrongSizeGlass writes: PCWorld has an article on Kohler's new hi-tech toilet. The Numi comes complete with a detachable touch screen remote; motion-activated lid and seat; integrated air dryer; a heated seat; feet warmers; ambient lighting; built-in speakers with FM radio and an MP3 player input jack. If you have $6,300 to flush down the drain on a toilet this is for you.
WrongSizeGlass writes: Computer World, Information Week, The Register are all reporting on the story of a former Gucci IT employee who is accused of a November 2010 assault on Gucci's network deleting files and virtual servers, taking a storage area network offline, and deleting mailboxes from the corporate email server. The lost productivity is estimated at $200,000. Sam Chihlung Yin, 34, of Jersey City, NJ, allegedly created a fake VPN token in the name of a non-existent employee which he tricked Gucci IT staff into activating in June 2010, a month after his employment contract was terminated by Gucci for unrelated reasons.
WrongSizeGlass writes: Fox News is reporting that a private security guard fatally shot a suspect carrying out an early morning smash-and-grab burglary at a California Apple store after one of the two burglars pulled a gun. The other burglar and a woman waiting in the getaway car were arrested.
WrongSizeGlass writes: The Inquirer has an article entitled Microsoft delivers the numbers on Windows Phone 7. Opening with "Anyone who was under a rock when Microsoft launched and then fluffed the first update to its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system will be pleased to see that the firm has compiled some statistics about the software" it appears that we would finally have some Windows Phone 7 sales numbers, but instead it only included numbers related to developers: downloads of VS Express & Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone (1.5 mil), paid members of the development community (36,000), new developers per week (1,200), applications in their App Store (11,500), apps downloaded by customers (around 12 per month) and applications generating ad revenue (1,100).
Is it just me or does the lack of Windows Phone 7 sales numbers tell the true tale of MS's latest mobile OS? Does IDC know something the rest of us don't?
WrongSizeGlass writes: InformationWeek is reporting that Windows Phone 7 will overtake Apple's iPhone by 2015 according to IDC. IDC predicts 2015 will bring: Android 45.4%, WP7 & WinMobile 20.9%, iOS 15.3%, RIM 13.7%, Symbian 0.2% and 'Others' 4.6%. These numbers would move WP7 into 2nd place and leave iOS in 3rd place with a slightly smaller piece of the smart phone pie than they current hold (15.7%).
The author of the story isn't buying IDC's forecast due to WP7's anemic sales to date and Microsoft's recent stumbles with its first two updates. I have to wonder if WP7 will still be Microsoft's smartphone OS in 2015 or if they'll have moved to WP8.
WrongSizeGlass writes: ABC News is reporting that Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can download IE 9 starting at 9 p.m. Pacific, Monday night. IE 9 is not compatible with Windows XP. Microsoft had planned to launch the software in 40 languages, but is postponing the launch in Japan to avoid bogging down networks already affected by the earthquake there.
As of this submission IE 8 is still being featured prominently at the MS Download Center though I did get a notice that I wasn't using IE 8 displaying the IE 9 moniker.