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Submission + - Thieves Clear Out Apple Store In 31 Seconds 3

theodp writes: "An amazing surveillance tape of a burglary in progress at a NJ Apple Store (YouTube) shows five perps in masks smashing the plate-glass doors at 2:05 a.m., signaling to the security guard that they had a gun, and clearing off the display tables with the efficiency of a Indy 500 pit crew. The take: 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones and 9 iPod touches in 31 seconds flat. Estimated value, based on average selling price: $46,345. No word yet on whether Microsoft's Laptop Hunters have alibis."

Submission + - Warns of Active Worm Hacking Blogs (

Erik writes: "Wordpress, the popular open-source Content Management System (CMS) for many thousands of bloggers worldwide, is under attack from a "clever" worm that automatically compromises unpatched versions of the Wordpress system. The particularly nasty bug crawls the web for vulnerable Wordpress installations, installing malware, deleting content, and generally wreaking havoc wherever it can. Today, Wordpress founder Matt Mullenweg eloquently implored Wordpress bloggers to update more frequently. Originally, updating the Wordpress system was a rather laborious process, however newer versions offer fast and simple one-click upgrades. The two most recent versions of Wordpress (2.8.3 and 2.8.4) cannot be attacked by the worm discovered this week, and blogs hosted at are also apparently immune."

Submission + - Mars Lander snaps most detailed Martian pics yet (

An anonymous reader writes: Wanna get up close and personal to a Martian? The Mars Lander has taken its very first microscopic image of a single piece of Martian dust. The particle, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory , is shown at a higher magnification than anything ever seen from another planet. The piece of dust is a rounded particle about one millionth of a meter across. This particle is one of the countless specks of dust that continually swirl around the Red Planet, even coloring the Martian sky pink. "Taking the images required the highest resolution microscope operated off of Earth and a specially designed substrate to hold the Martian dust," said Tom Pike, a Phoenix science team member, in a statement. "We always knew it was going to be technically very challenging to image particles this small."

Submission + - OLPC Physics Game Jam for an XO (

Brian Jordan writes: "For 48 hours during the weekend of August 29-31st at the OLPC Physics Game Jam Boston, game developers are competing in teams of 2-4 to design and implement a physics-based game for the One Laptop per Child XO laptop. There are prize categories for indie, professional, and remote developers (Ludum Dare style). In addition to OLPC/Jam-related swag for all participants, one team will win an XO laptop! Participants should have some game development experience, but we'll be going over the development process during the event. Eric Jordan of the Box2D project will be giving a talk on developing physics games with pyBox2D for the OLPC XO. Nirav Patel, the Google Summer of Code student working on vision processing for the XO, will describe combining physics and vision processing for interactive games, and Alex Levenson, OLPC summer intern and creator of the x2o physics game will give a remote introduction to level design for his game. If you'll be in the Boston area this weekend, or want to participate remotely, sign up before August 22nd! If you're a graphic artist, sound designer, musician in the Boston area or want to be a volunteer, get in touch!"

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