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PlayStation Accounts Hacked, PSN Database Allegedly Stolen.

The official Twitter and Facebook PlayStation accounts were compromised late Sunday by hacking group OurMine, with the attackers claiming they had managed to get access to a PSN database. While no leaks have happened since the breach was announced, OurMine hackers claim they won't be releasing any details online, meaning ...

- Softpedia - US

The 2017 Fappening: Danielle Lloyd Hacked, Nude Photos Leaked Online.

​The Fappening saga continues, this time with former Miss England and Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd, whose iCloud account got breached by an unknown hacker. While little has been said about the breach itself, it turns out that the hacker or the hackers managed to access photos stored in the celebrity's iCloud account, ...

- Softpedia - US

Jonathan Coulton's New Dystopian Album Becomes a Graphic Novel.

An anonymous reader quotes NPR's report on one of Slashdot's long-time favorite musicians: In April, musician Jonathan Coulton released Solid State, a sci-fi concept album that represented a significant departure -- both from Coulton's wry, bright, tuneful back catalog and from any conventional understanding of what a ...

- Slashdot - US

Researchers Win $100,000 For New Spear-Phishing Detection Method.

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has awarded this year's Internet Defense Prize worth $100,000 to a team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, who came up with a new method of detecting spear-phishing attacks in closely monitored enterprise networks. The team created a detection system -- ...

- Slashdot - US

Bug In Lowe's Site Sold Goods For Free. Couple Arrested For Exploiting It.

An anonymous reader writes: A couple from the Brick Township in New Jersey stands accused of using a flaw in the Lowes online portal to receive goods for free at their home. According to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, the couple tried to steal goods worth $258,068.01, but only managed to receive approximately ...

- Slashdot - US

50,000 Users Test New Anti-Censorship Tool TapDance.

The CBC reports: What if circumventing censorship didn't rely on some app or service provider that would eventually get blocked but was built into the very core of the internet itself? What if the routers and servers that underpin the internet -- infrastructure so important that it would be impractical to block -- could ...

- Slashdot - US

Alleged Yahoo Hacker Will Be Extradited To The US.

An anonymous reader quotes the AP: A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States. Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ontario, in March under the Extradition Act after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others, ...

- Slashdot - US

Ask Slashdot: How Can You Teach Programming To Schoolchildren?.

Slashdot reader SPopulisQR writes: A new school year is approaching and I wanted to ask what are appropriate programming languages for children of various ages. Specifically, 1) what coding languages should be considered, and 2) are there are any self-guided coding websites that can be used by children to learn coding using ...

- Slashdot - US

Trump tweets 'thoughts & prayers' for USS John S. McCain crew, upgrading earlier response.

About two hours after a Liberian-flagged oil tanker, Alnic MC, collided with the U.S. Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain at 5:24 p.m U.S. East Coast time in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore, President Trump tweeted that he was on his way back to Washington "after working hard" during his 17-day vacation at his New Jersey ...

- The Week - US

The Daily Stormer receives DDoS protection from CDN service BitMitigate, whose founder says he believes in free speech and wants to promote his company .

Ken Schwencke / ProPublica: The Daily Stormer receives DDoS protection from CDN service BitMitigate, whose founder says he believes in free speech and wants to promote his company  —  The neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer was back online Friday with help from a small company whose founder said he wanted to defend free ...

- Mediagazer - US

A look at challenges facing Verizon's Oath as the integration of NYC's AOL and SV's Yahoo struggles along, after 2,100 were laid off in mid-June .

Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair: A look at challenges facing Verizon's Oath as the integration of NYC's AOL and SV's Yahoo struggles along, after 2,100 were laid off in mid-June  —  Can two once-great Internet behemoths come together harmoniously in an age of mergers, roll-ups, and distribution plays?

- Mediagazer - US

Elon Musk is right: we should all be worried about killer robots

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, along with 115 other artificial intelligence and robotics specialists, has signed an open letter to urge the United Nations to recognize the dangers of lethal autonomous weapons and to ban their use internationally. The letter was released at the International Joint Conference on Artificial ...

- The Next Web - US

Embracing the committed online shopper

Raymond Auto Group in northern Illinois has embraced the "shop, click and buy" approach. It took some work.

- Automotive News - US

Roadster lands Longo Toyota as client for online storefront

Longo Toyota has signed on to use Roadster's digital storefront. Consumers can complete transactions online and have vehicles delivered to them.

- Automotive News - US

Amazon's sale makes now the perfect time to find out why everyone's obsessed with Google Wifi

Google is known far and wide for its software and services. Can you even imagine what life would be like without products like Google Search, Gmail, and Google Maps? Of course, Google has also seriously stepped things up in recent years where its hardware efforts are concerned, and there is perhaps no product that better ...

- Boy Genius Report - US

While you're watching the eclipse, solar power companies are going to have a really bad day

The internet is about to explode with anticipation for Monday's solar eclipse. Traffic jams have backed up the entire state of Oregon, Harbor Freight is out of welding masks, and vets are issuing guidance for how dogs should deal with the eclipse. But while everyone is running around in a panic about the sky going dark, the ...

- Boy Genius Report - US

How to watch 'Game of Thrones' season 7, episode 6 for free

We're finally going beyond the Wall this week. I know that because the episode is called "Beyond the Wall," and because HBO accidentally leaked the episode earlier this week. This is the second episode of Game of Thrones to leak this season, but I managed to stay strong and avoid watching it until Sunday, so I'm sure you ...

- Boy Genius Report - US

Tourism minister to meet international technology powerhouses in America this week

MONTEGO BAY, St James , Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett will lead a team to San Francisco, California, this week to engage in strategic meetings at the headquarters of international technology powerhouses Google, Airbnb and Uber.The meetings are in tandem with two of the five strategic pillars of the tourism ministr: ...

- - JM

Watch the Foo Fighters and Rick Astley Rickroll a Music Festival Crowd

While headlining the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo, the Foo Fighters refused to pass up a chance to bring an internet meme to life. After performing a number of their own hits on Sunday, Grohl and his bandmates invited none other than Rick Astley onstage to assist them with their next song. “We just learned...

- Variety - US

Google develops machine learning algorithm that can easily remove watermarks from images

Probably much to the horror of image licensing companies such as Getty Images Inc., Google has developed a new algorithm that can easily remove watermarks from images. Detailed in a paper presented at the 2017 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference, the algorithm takes advantage on an error in the way ...

- SiliconANGLE - US

The Daily Stormer retreats to the dark web after being booted offline yet again

Neo-Nazi hate site The Daily Stormer briefly reappeared online for a few hours on Friday, only to be dumped a few hours later by its new web hosting provider. Dubbed as the top hate site in America', the Daily Stormer was at the center of controversy last week after a blog posted to the site The post The Daily Stormer ...

- SiliconANGLE - US

PlayStation social accounts hacked, PSN may have also been compromised

Notorious Saudi hacking group OurMine successfully hacked the social accounts for the PlayStation Network at the weekend but in a more concerning twist is claiming to have also compromised PSN itself. In a series of tweets and Facebook messages that appeared Sunday, the group first claimed responsibility for that hacking ...

- SiliconANGLE - US

Photo editing app Prisma is now offering its services to other companies

Russian startup Prisma Labs, Inc., the company known for its popular photo editing app, is moving into the B2B space. The company recently launched a new website,, offering various AI-related services. The Prisma app isn't going anywhere, but the focus now will be marketing its machine learning tools to other ...

- SiliconANGLE - US

Crowded TV Marketplace Gets Ready for Three Tech Giants

The arrival of Apple, Facebook and Google means that the hypercompetitive world of scripted TV is going to become even more ferocious.

- New York Times - US

Why is it So Easy to Chase Bad Strategy Online?

Sticking with what works makes sense, but there's a point at which you need to evolve your thinking.

- Social Media Today - US

Do Different Age Groups Prefer Different Content Online?

This new infographic looks at the key content habits and behaviors of the different generations online, based on various research reports and studies.

- Social Media Today - US

Insta360 teases a mid-market 360-degree camera

Insta360 is one of the companies in the 360 camera space that has been on an absolute tear. Last year it announced the Insta360 Nano, which is a popular iPhone-attached 360 camera capable of doing Periscope and Facebook livestreaming. Since last year, it also released an Android variant called the Insta360 Air and a ...

- VentureBeat - US

Reports: China accuses luxury e-retailer of smuggling

Chinese news reports say the founder of an online luxury retailer has been charged with smuggling goods into China by having travelers pretend they were personal belongings.

- FOX News - US

Scholars: Refuse to bow down to China censorship pressure

Scholars have started an online petition to urge Cambridge University Press to restore more than 300 politically sensitive articles removed from its website in China after a request from authorities.

- FOX News - US

Kansas police department breaks internet with tweet after teen fails horribly at mocking them

A tweet from a Kansas police department has gone extremely viral for its hilarious response to a young person who failed horribly at mocking them.…

- - US

Larry Elder suggests Obama pays for his family's slave history — and snowflakes lose their mind

Larry Elder on Sunday took to Twitter to suggest President Barack Obama uses the money from his book deal to pay African Americans reparation for their…

- - US

From the Editor's Desk: Fun with HDR+

Port of Pixel camera app to other phones shows Google is still almost unmatched in computational photography. One of the major trends in smartphones in the past year has been the rise of computational photography — using the vast computing power of modern phones to get better pictures from the tiny lenses and sensors ...

- Android Central - US

Google Uses Machine Learning To Help Journalists Track Hate Crimes

Hate crimes unfortunately happen all over the world, such as in America, and according to Google, it is difficult to track since apparently very little official data is collected on such incidents, which makes it harder for journalists to do their jobs on reporting on such issues since there isn't much to go on.However ...

- Ubergizmo - US

Android 8.0 Oreo Seemingly Confirmed In Leaked Image

Google is expected to officially unveil Android 8.0 O very soon. The next major update to Android was actually announced earlier this year and has been in developer preview for a while now, but recently Google started to tease the official unveiling where we can expect to learn the name of the platform and also potentially ...

- Ubergizmo - US

Here's proof that Apple leaks are nothing new

The product leaks that Apple fans are obsessed with at the moment involve the upcoming new flagship iPhone. But long before the era of blogs and Twitter, Apple was not entirely successful at keeping its secrets secret. I just found and digitized a local news item from San Francisco’s KGO, broadcast in February 1988. ...

- Fast Company - US

Chicago slaying of hairdresser was part of sexual fantasy: Prosecutor

Men allegedly hatched crime as part of a fantasy built online, prosecutor says.

- ABC News - US

Woman stuck in swimming pool turns to Facebook for help

No one else was home and her cellphone was inside.

- ABC News - US

The internet dictionary: what is a Milkshake Duck?

Milkshake ducking is now more common than ever. The whole internet loves Milkshake Duck, a lovely duck that drinks milkshakes! Oh, apologies. We regret to inform you that the duck is a racist. The whole internet loves Milkshake Duck, a lovely duck that drinks milkshakes! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you the duck ...

- New Statesman - UK

Senator who hoped for Trump assassination in post apologizes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri lawmaker who drew bipartisan outrage over her brief Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated apologized publicly Sunday to Trump and his family, calling the online posting "a mistake."

- Billings Gazette - US

Prosecutors: Prof killed boyfriend as part of sexual fantasy

CHICAGO — The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves,…

- Billings Gazette - US

Caveat exporter: Canadian companies selling via Alibaba face big challenges

China's largest online company has been courting Canadian business and influence for several years.

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Missouri State Legislator Who Hoped for Trump's Assassination Apologizes

Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal on Sunday apologized for a Facebook post in which she hoped for the assassination of President Donald Trump, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

- Newsmax - US

Skift Global Forum 2017: Facebook, Delta and More Big Brands

Don't miss out on hearing from one of the most diverse and relevant collection of brands at any travel conference. -Jason Clampet

- Skift - US

Travel Payments Sees $10.4 Billion Merger That Makes Worldpay a Stronger Competitor

Vantiv's $10.4 billion acquisition of Worldpay creates a payments-processing powerhouse with a huge hand in helping travel businesses boost online and mobile purchases. Due to competition from new rivals, fees are unlikely to spike yet. -Sean O'Neill

- Skift - US

They’re Trying to Sue a White Supremacist. First He Must Be Found.

Andrew Anglin, founder of the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer, is accused of online harassment in a lawsuit. Serving him papers has been a daunting task.

- New York Times - US

South African court grants rhino rancher permission to auction horns

JOHANNESBURG - A South African court on Sunday ordered the government to allow the owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd to hold an online sale of rhino horn, which he aims to hold this week, his lawyer said.

- Reuters - US

Government gives €18m boost for IT training for young jobseekers

TRAINING in IT, internet and general technology for young jobseekers will be provided free thanks to a a government initiative costing €18.36 million, ...

- thinkSPAIN - ES

Worried son traces 'heroes' who saved his mother during Barcelona terror attack

A SPANISH man who saw a photograph of his mother on the BBC's Twitter site being helped by a young couple during the Barcelona attack put ...

- thinkSPAIN - ES

Today's Google Doodle Celebrates The Biggest Astronomical Event Of The Year

If you need another reminder that today is the biggest astronomical event of the year, you need only head to Google's homepage. There, the search engine's Doodle playfully animates the total solar eclipse taking place across the country. The Doodle jokingly depicts two aliens playing catch with the moon, which covers the ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Jeremy Hunt mocked for trying to school Stephen Hawking on Twitter

Jeremy Hunt has taken on famous scientist Stephen Hawking, firing off tweets defending himself against the professor's earlier criticism. Mr Hunt has been mocked and questioned by social media users, who said he is 'trying to school the world's most famous scientist on numbers and evidence.' In tweets Mr Hunt said: ...

- Yahoo! News - US