Somebody call the Hollywood producers, we've got a feel-good blockbuster on our hands. Here's the pitch -- man loses his love, never gives up hope, and finds her online 42 years later. Yes, it's a true story, and yes, I think Tom Hanks would be perfect for the lead. I'll have my people Skype your people.
There is one wrinkle in this real-life plot line, though -- the lost love is a 1967 Austin Healey 3000. According to the Associated Press, the slick British car was stolen from Bob Russell's apartment near Philadelphia after he … Read more
AT&T plans to launch a service that will allow customers to report and block stolen mobile devices.
The service was initially reported by the Verge earlier today.
The service would let a customer block data, voice, and text message access to the phone or tablet but keep their account information in place, avoiding the hassle of creating a new account and SIM card.
It's part of a broader effort the national carriers agreed to in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission. In April, the carriers agreed to work together to compile and manage a database of stolen … Read more
I'm not the kind of person to drop a wad of money on jewelry, but there are buyers out there that will shell out millions for a necklace with a rare stone or earrings set with massive diamonds.
You can start saving your change, or you can check out the Stolen Jewels collection from design studio Mike & Maaike.
Mike & Maaike hitched a ride on Google Image Search, looked up the world's most expensive and famous jewelry, and started downloading. Those low-res images were then pixelated and reproduced for the real world in interwoven strips of leather.… Read more
Authorities arrested a computer programmer today and charged him with stealing source code worth $9.5 million from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Bo Zhang, 32, is accused of taking the software last summer while he was working as a contract employee assigned to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Zhang allegedly admitted that in July 2011 he checked out and copied the code onto an external hard drive and on to his own computers, according to the complaint unsealed today. He said he used the code in connection with a computer programming training company he operated, … Read more
For some humans in the world, it seems that stealing someone else's phone is on their bucket list.
For one alleged thief, taking someone else's phone put him on that person's Photobucket list. Which led to him being arrested.
The way PC World tells it, 26-year-old Korey Heess, from Salinas, Calif., has a goatee, an earring, and an alleged penchant for taking pictures of himself.
Having allegedly stolen a woman's phone, the suspect snapped himself in full repose. Interestingly (but not for him, perhaps), the owner had equipped her phone with a Photobucket app that automatically … Read more
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its annual list of cities with the most car thefts, and Fresno, Calif., tops the list. In fact, eight cities in the top 10 are in California, with the remaining two in Washington state.
Right behind Fresno are two other Central Valley cities, Modesto and Bakersfield. Sacramento, Stockton, and an area including San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont also make the list. Spokane, Wash., comes in at No. 4. Surprisingly, Los Angeles is all the way down at 23.
Here are the top 10 cities for car theft in 2010:
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.
Yakima, Wash.… Read more
We take an inside look at the New York auto show. Is your car one of the most stolen? Also, a TV chef makes a serious car downgrade, and we drive one of the most-awaited new BMWs.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 211 SHOW NOTES
Sometimes, when you lose something, you can gain something too. Sometimes, when you feel someone has wronged you, there might be an avenue down which you can discover a little solace--or even a touch of revenge.
This seems to be the case with Mark Bao and his stolen MacBook Air.
Bao, you see, might have not done well in leaving his laptop in a lounge at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., allowing an opportunist to swipe it earlier this year. However, he had already embedded a little wisdom inside of his machine by installing BackBlaze software.
This, the way CBS News.com tells it, allowed him to enter his laptop remotely and see what might be going on there. Or, indeed, going down.
And what a picture of humanity in the Facebook age was revealed.
The first thing the alleged thief reportedly did was photograph himself. Then he filmed himself dancing to Tyga's "Make It Rain." Bao, naturally, was impressed by the software's performance rather more than he was by the alleged thief's.… Read more