If Mark Zuckerberg had been arrested for posting ratings of female classmates on Facebook, where might he be now? Living in some hollow shame in Mountain View, rather than living it up in Palo Alto?
This question must be considered on hearing the news that a 17-year-old student at the Oak Park and River Forest High School in the Chicago suburbs was arrested for allegedly doing something that sounds rather Zuckerbergian.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the boy was arrested Monday and charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly published on Facebook his rankings of female classmates.
After LastPass reported a possible security breach and potential theft of some of its users' master passwords last week, we wondered what it meant for other password managers, such as RoboForm.
Both LastPass and RoboForm help you create and manage strong passwords to log into the increasing array of secure Web sites that we all juggle these days. But is there an inherent vulnerability in relying on a single service to keep track of all your passwords? Should RoboForm users be concerned about the possibility of a similar "anomaly" exposing any of their data?
To answer those questions and learn how RoboForm strives to keep its own customers' data secure, CNET recently spoke with Bill Carey, RoboForm's vice president of marketing.
Q: Bill, from what you may know of what happened at LastPass, what was your take on it? Carey: That's a good question. I don't think anybody really knows what happened yet. I'm not even sure LastPass really knows what happened yet. I've read some of the articles and I read their blog, and they said there was an anomaly. It appears someone had access to their servers for a certain amount of time and that there could've been a transfer of data. But I don't think it would be fair for me to comment on it because I'm not really sure what happened yet. But I appreciate that you're writing it from our standpoint because no one's really thinking about "well, who else is out there and what are they doing and how are they protecting [their data]."… Read more
HBO's mobile app has apparently caught on quickly.
Speaking yesterday at the Streaming Media East conference, HBO co-President Eric Kessler said HBO Go's mobile application, which is available on iOS- and Android-based devices, was downloaded over 1 million times during the first week of availability. The free app launched April 29.
Google took a surprise $500 million charge in its first quarter to cover potential charges related to resolving an investigation by the Department of Justice.
The revelation came in the company's quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It was first reported by GeekWire.
In the filing, Google wrote that it took the charge as "a potential resolution of an investigation by the United States Department of Justice into the use of Google advertising by certain advertisers." The company said it took the charge this month, but accrued it against earnings in the period that ended … Read more
Those people who use Google's Image Search to find photos and graphics should now have an easier time zeroing in on just the right ones.
Unveiled yesterday, a new feature in Google Image Search now lets you sort your images by subject. So instead of seeing just a random, haphazard gallery of images, you can organize them so that each row displays images specific to a certain topic or area.
As Google's official blog points out, the new feature can come in handy especially when you're struggling to find the right words or phrase to describe the … Read more
The next battlefield in the gaming market is undoubtedly digital.
Speaking to investors during an earnings call yesterday, Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick said that during the first quarter of 2011, 50 percent of his company's $1.4 billion in revenue was derived from digital sources, lending even more credence to the idea that the gaming market is quickly moving away from the traditional "packaged goods" model.
"We continue to shift our business towards digital delivery of content and establishing direct ongoing relationships with our audiences," Kotick said, according to a transcript obtained from SeekingAlpha. "While this quarter, 50 percent of our revenues were digital, we are still scratching the surface when it comes to the role that digital delivery will play in our products and franchises."
Kotick's comments on digital delivery follow a similar statement made last week by his archrival, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello. Speaking during his own call with investors, Riccitiello said his company is shifting away from the traditional packaged-goods model and toward becoming a full-fledged digital-delivery firm.… Read more
A BitTorrent file-sharing case could soon have more than 23,000 defendants.
Back in March, Judge Robert Wilkins of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia allowed Nu Image, a production company and the plaintiff in the case against "Does 1 to 6,500," to start seeking out contact information, including full name and address, related to IP addresses it had already collected.
Those IP addresses, Nu Image said at the time, were "Doe Defendants" who had allegedly pirated copies of last year's "The Expendables" using the BitTorrent protocol. Sylvester … Read more
The Healthline BodyMaps site lets users mouse over male or female bodies; rotate them in 360 degrees and click on various tissues and organs; and see various inner systems such as muscular, neurological, and skeletal.
For instance, the circulatory map includes a drop-down list of anatomical terms. Clicking on the heart leads to an enlarged image of the organ, from which you can click on its chambers and arteries to get relevant info.
You can also search for anatomical terms and read related articles on symptoms or treatments, as well as share info with friends. The site is the first of its kind available to all Internet users, according to the developers. Unlike Google Body, the site does not require WebGL. … Read more
The Federal Communications Commission is expanding its familiar emergency alert system notifications sent over TV and radio to now include mobile phones.
Dubbing the new service PLAN (Personal Localized Alerting Network), the government would target the alerts in the form of text messages sent to cell phones of people who need or want to be notified in the event of an emergency. Developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), PLAN would allow customers of any participating wireless carrier to turn their phones into personal alert systems.
The service will initially launch in New York City by the end of … Read more