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Tajikistan Blocks Facebook

Posted: March 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Tajikistan Blocks Facebook

Tajikistan Blocks Facebook - Emomali RahmonovThe Republic of Tajikistan has blocked local access to Facebook and two Russian-language sites that published an article critical of its long-serving president Emomalii Rahmon.

The shutdown was ordered by the state-run communications service, the local Internet providers told Reuters, requesting anonymity.

Users who tried to access Facebook or the two websites, which published a story critical of President Imomali Rakhmon, were automatically re-directed to the home page of their provider.

Freedom of the press is officially guaranteed by the government, although independent press outlets remain restricted, as does a substantial amount of web content.

According to the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, access is blocked to local and foreign websites including avesta.tj, tjknews.com, ferghana.ru and centrasia.ru and journalists are often obstructed from reporting on controversial events. In practice, no public criticism of the regime is tolerated and all direct protest is severely suppressed and does not get reported in the local media :: Read the full article »»»»


GAWKER: Anonymous Fundraising

Posted: February 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News From the web | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on GAWKER: Anonymous Fundraising

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In early January we reported: India has had some serious issues dealing with technology over the past decade, the country has gone from a potential tech behemoth to an open joke. An Indian hacking group, calling itself the Lords of Dharmaraja, has threatened to publicly disclose the source code on the internet. So far, there have been two claims related to Symantec’s source code. A document claiming to be confidential information related to Norton AntiVirus’s source code was posted on Pastebin. Symantec says it has investigated the claim, and rather than source code, most of the hackers booty seems to have been documentation dated April 1999, the documentation is related to an API – application programming interface – used by the product.

GAWKER is now reporting that, Anonymous Swears It Was Trying to Extort $50,000 from Antivirus Company for Charity. An Anonymous hacker tried to use stolen source codes to extort $50,000 from antivirus firm Symantec. Turned out it was a law enforcement sting. Now Anonymous is in spin mode, claiming the hacker was trying to raise money for poor kids in India.

The source code for some popular Symantec products, including pcAnywhere and Norton Antivrus, ended up in the hands of an Indian-based hacker named Yamatough, a member of the Anonymous-affiliated group the Lords of Dharamaja. This is a big deal, since the source code can give hackers a map to dangerous vulnerabilities.

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Indian Hackers Set to Release Full Antivirus Code

UPDATED: Indian Hackers Set to Release Full Symantec-Norton Antivirus Code

Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED: Indian Hackers Set to Release Full Symantec-Norton Antivirus Code

UDATED Indian Hackers Set to Release Hacker the Full Symantec-Norton Antivirus CodeIndia has had some serious issues dealing with technology over the past decade, the country has gone from a potential tech behemoth to an open joke. An Indian hacking group, calling itself the Lords of Dharmaraja, has threatened to publicly disclose the source code on the internet. So far, there have been two claims related to Symantec’s source code.

A document claiming to be confidential information related to Norton AntiVirus’s source code was posted on Pastebin. Symantec says it has investigated the claim, and  rather than source code, most of the hackers booty  seems to have been documentation dated April 1999, the documentation is related to an API – application programming interface – used by the product.

In a later posting to Pastebin, the hacking group shared what it said was source code. However, it seems the code is related to what appears to have been the 2006 version of Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus.

Almost as quickly as the Hackers post documents, accounts are closed, documents removed and the smoke and mirror game goes no-place. The hacking group claim that they are working on creating mirror sites for their content, though nothing of any real substance has come through.

The group are claiming that they have been “pressured and censored by US and Indian government agencies.” It’s important to underline that there is presently no reason to believe that Symantec’s own servers have been compromised in any way.

It appears that the data leak has occurred on Indian government servers, which are notoriously unsecured, the implication is that Symantec, and perhaps other software companies, may have been required to supply their source code to the Indian authorities. The source code the hackers have released is NOT relevant to ANY of Symantec’s current anti-virus products, the source code is 6 years old.  This is very likely a case of over-excited Indian Hackers.

The serious question now is: Has Symantec misled the Indaina government by feeding it old, redundant code, or are Indian Hackers truly going the way of Indian call center operators? :: Read the full article »»»»


Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Invests $300m in Twitter

Posted: December 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breaking News, Standout, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Invests $300m in Twitter

Twitter - Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a Saudi billionaire and investor in some of the world’s top companies, has bought a stake in social network Twitter for $US300 million, gaining another foothold in the global media industry. The nephew of Saudi Arabia’s king was estimated by Forbes magazine this year to have a fortune of more than $US19 billion. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal already owns a 7 per cent stake in News Corp and plans to start a cable news channel :: Read the full article »»»»


Flipboard Launches iPhone App

Posted: December 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Cult of Apple, Facebook, Favorite New Thought, iPhone, News From the web, Smartphone, Social Media, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Flipboard Launches iPhone App

Flipboard, that übercool social magazine slash Apple iPad App that organizes sectionalized content like #News, #Technology and #Food, as well as social network updates, rolls it all together and spits out a sleek, unified interface, launched its highly anticipated iPhone App this week.

Flipboard cleverly pulls posts from Facebook and Twitter accounts and turns generic updates into sweetly formatted, eye popping posts.

Flipboard Announced the launch via social media. With the roll out, Flipboard announced a new feature called Cover Stories, which learns from a reader’s interactions with the content and helps them quickly catch up with some of the most interesting news, updates, and photos being shared at that moment.

The new iPhone App easily translates the intuitive flick gestures that make the iPad version so enjoyable to the small screen. Instead of horizontally swiping to turn pages, the iPhone version allows vertical swiping, which makes it much easier to navigate on the smaller device :: Read the full article »»»» 


Chumby Up: FunBox is Here, Almost!

Posted: October 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Chumby, Facebook, Favorite New Thought, Google, Marcus Dangerfield, Open Source, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Übergadget | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Chumby Up: FunBox is Here, Almost!

Our favorite ubergadget, the It-Can-Do-Anything Chumby has a new home, The FunBox. From the outside it looks like any other bedside clock – a little remaniscent of the classic Sony Cube – but it’s so so much more. It’s a widget-running Chumby, which means it’ll let you check your twitter feeds, cack yourself over the latest Youtube shenanigans,  check your Gmail or do any other inappropriately stimulating web activity just before you close those squinting eyes for some Zzzs. FunBox has just passed through the FCC and its paperwork reveals a 3.5-inch touch screen,  454MHz processor, 1GB DDR memory, SD card slot and a USB port for an external drive.

Unlike Chumby’s original plush Chumby, or Sonys Dash, the FunBox is in the guise of a more simplistic alarm clock form factor. The FunBox is expected to rely on a 454MHz ARM processor and 64MB of SDRAM. The FunBox runs Chumby’s open source OS, which currently features over 1,500 apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Pandora. No word on pricing or availability yet, but expect this to be in the cheap basket.

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Facebook Ignores New Sexual Revolution

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Favorite New Thought, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Ignores New Sexual Revolution

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Twitter jumps on humping bandwagon, come-on Facebook Pornstars are people too. Talk to any baby boomer and they will say the sexual revolution happened in the sixties, the real truth is that it never really stopped with each new generation pushing the revolution a little further.

The big shift in the 60’s can be boiled down to thinking sex was only a reproductive activity to now enjoying sex as a social activity.

If you still think the 60’s was the sexual revolution, go on twitter and follow a Pornstar, nothing is out of bounds, these people are unshockable.

The real sexual revolution is happening now more than ever, it’s been driven by how people interact online.

2010 was the year that established Pornstars on social media sites.

While Facebook was removing accounts of people showing too much flesh, Twitter and MySpace were revelling in the traffic :: Read the full article »»»»