6.5 million LinkedIn Passwords HACKED !! Change Yours Now!


Update: LinkedIn has responded to the issue, updating its official Twitter account to state that it is “looking into reports.” Scroll down for more information.

Already in the spotlight over concerns that its iOS app collects full meeting notes and details from a device’s calendar and sends them back to the company in plain text, LinkedIn user accounts are now said to have been compromised, with 6.5 million hashed and encrypted passwords reportedly leaked.

Norweigan IT webite Dagens IT reported the breach, with 6.5 million encrypted passwords posted to a Russian hacker site. Security researcher Per Thorsheim has also confirmed reports via his Twitter feed, stating that the attackers have posted the encrypted passwords to request help cracking them.

Finnish security firm CERT-FI is warning that whilst user details have not been posted, it is believed that the attackers will have access to user data as well as their passwords.

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What should you do? For starters, change your password.

LinkedIn hasn’t responded to reports at the time of writing, so the breach is yet to be confirmed. However, over 300,000 passwords are said to have been decrypted, and more are being cracked as we write this. We suggest you employ good security practises and amend yours, regardless of whether you have been affected or not.

LinkedIn is home to more than 150 million users, suggesting the breach is limited to less than 10% of the professional social network’s userbase, but it will still affect a huge number of users.

The unsalted hashes use SHA-1 encryption, and while it is somewhat secure, it can still be cracked if the user employs a simple dictionary password.

Earlier today we reported that the LinkedIn iOS app collects full meeting notes and details from your device’s calendar and sends them back to the company in plain text.

The information is gathered without explicit permission by a feature that allows users to access their calendar within the app. LinkedIn has took the time to formulate an official response, noting that a new version of the app it on its way.

It also provided a list of what it does and doesn’t do with your data.

We have contacted LinkedIn for clarification on the password breach and will update the article should we receive a response.

-(via The Next Web)

Facebook Adds “Listen” Button to Bands, Artist’s Pages.


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Facebook is adding on Tuesday a “Listen” button to some its band and artist pages that give users an easy way to listen to their favorite songs directly on the site.

As of now, fans can listen to songs from artists such as Justin Bieber and Linkin Park to former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash directly on Facebook via various music services such as Spotify and MOG via the Facebook itself. Although the “Listen” button is only available on some artist pages, more are expected to get the button added soon.

Located next to the “Like” and “Message” buttons on an artist’s page, the “Listen” button will connect users to the music service they use most frequently and play popular songs from that artist. The first time you click on the button, a prompt from one of the participating services will pop up and ask for you to grant access

Since the music services are apps connected with Facebook Timeline, listening activity will be published to your page while listening.

Will you listen to artists directly on Facebook? Let us know in the comments.

Wrist Watch Mobile Phones by Burg Launched in India:


India, New Delhi: Now, make and receive calls, send SMSs and do much more using your wrist watch. Does it sound strange? But now, no more.

Burg, the Netherland-based wristwatch mobile phone brand, has expanded its business in India by opening its flagship showroom in Kirti Nagar Moments Mall, Delhi.

The company introduced some innovative models of wrist watch mobile phones for the Indian market including Burg 9, Burg 10, Burg 11, Burg 12 and Burg 13. The models are priced between Rs 9,000 and Rs 24,000.

Burg launches wrist watch mobile phones in India; starts at Rs 9,000

It is claimed that, with Burg wrist watch mobile phones, one can have access to all the features of a mobile phone, which include making and receiving phone calls, Internet connection through WAP 1.2.1, MP3 / MP4 Player, front-facing camera (with 3x zoom function), video recorder, audio recorder, voice recorder, image viewer, file manager organiser, task list, alarm clock, calculator, Bluetooth capability, phone book up to 500 numbers, micro SD card slot and much more.

In Delhi-NCR, Burg has opened 3 retail outlets in a day. Apart from the flagship store, the two other retail outlets are in Greater Kailash and MGF mall, Gurgaon. Besides, the company already has two stores – one each in Guwahati and Kolkata, opened this week.

There are plans to open 20 outlets of Burg within a span of next one year.

Addressing the media after inaugurating the Burg flagship store in Kirti Nagar Moments Mall, Mr Koen Pieters said, “India is the next focus destination for Burg in its global road map. We will keep introducing our wide range of futuristic products for Indian consumers at their door steps.”

Burg already has a significant presence in Italy, Germany, Russia, Mexico, United States of America, Spain, Chile, Venezuela, Norway and Switzerland.

YouTube Opens Partner Program to Everyone


Youtube CreatorsYouTube‘s Partner Program, previously opened only to producers of very popular content, is now open to all content creators from the 20 countries where the program is available.

To become a YouTube Partner, you need to enable your YouTube account and successfully monetize at least one of your videos.

YouTube’s guidelines for successful monetization are here, but in a nutshell, your best bet is to create original content while owning all the rights to commercially use all the visuals and audio in your video.

YouTube Partner program is currently available to everyone in these countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.

Newcomers to the program won’t immediately enjoy all the perks popular content creators have, such as custom thumbnails and banners. “We are working on making these and other features available to more newly made partners over time,” says YouTube.

-(via Mashable)

It’s the end of mainstream support for Windows Vista


April 10, 2012: That’s the date Windows Vista support moves from mainstream to extended (meaning paid for everything but security updates).

On April 10, 2012, today — Windows Vista’s period of free, Microsoft-provided mainstream support comes to an end.

What’s that mean to users still running one of Microsoft’s least publicly popular versions of Windows?

If you ask Microsoft, officials there will likely tell you that the end of mainstream support means it’s the ideal time to upgrade to Windows 7. But in reality, there are still a number of years left — five, to be exact — before Extended Support for Vista ends. That date is April 11, 2017, for all versions of Vista.

Microsoft’s Product Life cycle table for Vista spells this all out for the various versions of Vista:

(click on the table above to enlarge)

Mainstream support is the period during which Microsoft provides free and regular updates including both security fixes and other patches for a product. Once a product exits the mainstream support phase, it enters Extended Support. During this period, security updates for a product remain free, but most other updates are only supplied on a paid basis, and require a separate Hotfix Agreement.

Interestingly, Windows XP, which Microsoft introduced in 2001 (six years before it launched Vista),doesn’t exit the Extended Support phase until 2014 (for XP with Service Pack 3). But XP still has considerably more market share than Vista.

As Computerworld noted, Microsoft also is moving Office 2007 into the Extended Support phase this week (today, April 9, to be precise).

In February, Microsoft quietly updated its Product Life cycle rules to extend support for the Consumer versions of Vista and Windows 7 to 10 years (five mainstream, five extended), the same amount of time that Business versions of Windows are supported.

Facebook buys Instagram for $1Billion.


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Facebook has just finished a deal to acquire mobile photo sharing app Instagram for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock. Instagram will remain an independently branded standalone app that’s separate from Facebook, but the services will increase their ties to each other. The transaction should go through this quarter pending some standard closing procedures

Last year, documents for a standalone Facebook mobile photo sharing app were attained by us. Now it seems Facebook would rather buy Instagram which comes with a built-in community of photographers and photo lovers, while simultaneously squashing a threat to its dominance in photo sharing.

At 27 million registered users on iOS alone, Instagram was increasingly positioning itself as a social network in its own right — not just a photo-sharing app. And it was clear that some users were doing more of the daily sharing activities on Instagram rather than Facebook’s all-in-one mobile apps, which had to be cluttered with nearly every feature of the desktop site.

With the Instagram for Android launch last week, Instagram was going to get to 50 million registered users in a heartbeat after racking up more than 1 million in the first 24 hours. And with that kind of momentum, Facebook felt like it had to move — fast. After all, photo sharing and tagging are arguably what *made* Facebook.

Whatever you think of the price given the fact that Instagram had no revenues, the reality is it was going to be worth whatever Mark Zuckerberg felt like paying for it. Both Google and Facebook had approached Instagram several times over the past 18 months, but the talks clearly didn’t result in a deal. So Facebook was going to have to offer a huge premium over the last valuation for Systrom and the board to take any deal seriously.

[Instagram’s founders from left, Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom. Portrait by Cody Pickens]

With the deal, Instagram will gain massive design and engineering resources by joining forces with Facebook, a big change after running as a famously lean company with just a handful of employees. Still, the deal seems to let Instagram stay somewhat independent and maintain some of its company culture. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom writes in a blog post, “It’s important to be clear that Instagram is not going away.”

This is a really big departure from the way Zuckerberg has historically run Facebook as asingle product. He has always been insistent that everything feed back into Facebook itself. Keeping Instagram as a separate product and brand is reminiscent of what Google has done with keeping YouTube and Android as separate fiefdoms within the company following their acquisitions.

Instagram’s investors included Benchmark Capital, Greylock Capital, Thrive Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, along with angel investors including Quora’s Adam D’Angelo, Lowercase Capital’s Chris Sacca and Square and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.

The early investors must be thrilled with the price. From our understanding, the later investors, who put capital into the company at a $500 million valuation, seem happy with basically getting a 2X in a few days after the money was wired last Thursday.

Mark Zuckerberg posted the following letter to his Timeline about the purchase:

I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.

These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.

This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.

We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.

Microsoft Reminds Windows XP Users That It’s About Time To Upgrade, Just Two More Years XP.


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Windows XP, the operating system that launched in 2001 and just refuses to die, will still be getting security updates and hot fixes until April 8, 2014. With “just” two more years to go, though, Microsoft today reminded these users that it’s about time to upgrade their PCs. Microsoft stopped selling retail copies of XP in 2008. Just like XP, support for Office 2003 will also end in April 2014, so Microsoft is also using this occasion to remind these users that Office 2010 is indeed a viable alternative to an office suite that was released more than eight and a half years ago.

Windows XP SP3

There are still millions of XP machines out there, however. According to StatCounter, just over a third of PCs in use today still run it and it was only last in October that Windows 7 overtook XP in global usage. Many of these users are in developing countries, but quite a few small businesses and even large enterprises in the developed world still use XP today. Even in the U.S., for example about 22% of all PCs currently still run this legacy operating system.

ScreenAs Microsoft’s Stella Chernyak notes, “Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted. Technology continues to evolve and so do people’s needs and expectations. Modern users demand technologies that fit their personal work style and allow them to stay productive anywhere anytime, while businesses have an ever-increasing need to protect data and ensure security, compliance and manageability. It is in a company’s – and its employees’ – best interest to take advantage of the modern Windows and Office software that is designed with these needs in mind.”

Steve Jobs & Apple [THE JOURNEY] :


1.The commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh Computer to the world. 2.Demo of the first Apple Macintosh by Steve Jobs, January 1984, in front of 3000 people. Andy Hertzfeld captured the moment quite well in his retelling: "Pandemonium reigns as the demo completes. Steve has the biggest smile I've ever seen on his face, obviously holding back tears as he is … Read More

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Google leads the Voice Activated Future :


The Tech Innovators Series is supported by Lenovo. Lenovo does not just manufacture technology. They make Do machines — super-powered creation engines designed to help the people who do, do more, do better, do in brand new ways.

Speech and voice recognition technology have been around for half a century, but it’s still far from mainstream. Where are the machines that write down what we say? Where are the appliances that simply work based on voice commands?

The answer is that speech technology is a tough business. Not only does a machine have to recognize words, but it has to process accents, sentence structure, grammar, language, noise and other factors that help a machine distinguish “pain” from “pane” and a television from a human being.

That’s changing, though, thanks in no small part to Google‘s efforts in developing voice recognition tech. Since 2008, Google has been steadily releasing products that turn voice into text and voice into action. It started with Google Search by Voice for Android, but most recently debuted as an alternative way to search for content on the desktop.

Twitter To Officialize Photo-sharing Service : (via Mobile Gameroids)


I am eagerly waiting for this.

Twitter To Officialize Photo-sharing Service :   Twitter users could soon be using a smoother photo-sharing service as the company plans to announce its intentions on such a service this week at the D9 conference in California, according to several sources, including TechCrunch, which broke the story. Currently, all photos that are posted on a user’s twitter account are hosted by popular sites such as Twitpic, Yfrog, Instagram and Flickr, which are ac … Read More

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