Tim Berners-Lee’s Web Index rates countries

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Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has a new pet project that he hopes will shape the Internet of the future.  His project, the “Web Index” measures and ranks over 60 countries on three broad states.  These include: web readiness, such as infrastructure; web use, the quantity of web content available; and web…

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Guild Wars 2 has already been hacked

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Chinese hackers have launched a dedicated attack against Guild Wars 2 ArenaNet servers in a successful attempt to obtain private player information.  According to Guild Wars: Hackers have lists of email addresses and passwords stolen from other games and web sites, and collected through spyware, and are systematically testing Guild Wars 2 looking for matching…

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World of Warcraft screenshots contain embedded player information

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Techspot is reporting that Blizzard secretly embeds World of Warcraft player information into screenshot graphics in an effort to track down illegal private servers.  A Slashdot member notice strange artifacts in WOW screen shots that he was taking.  According to Techunknowns, after a few days, a group from OwnedCore was able to decrypt the information…

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New flashlight and USB charger that runs on saltwater

When a disastrous earthquake hit Japan last year, one of the biggest problems citizens experienced was a shortage of electrical power.  Electric grids were knocked offline and batteries, used continuously during their ordeal, quickly ran in short supply.  The Japanese subsequently sought a way to generate power using renewable resources.  The result?  An electric LED…

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Amazon introduces cool new gear including 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD tablet

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Lot’s of new gear introduced by Amazon today.  Amazon held an invite-only event in an airplane hanger in Santa Monica, California.  Guests were treated to several product announcements, some of which could be game changers.  They again stressed the tablet as a service device and not a gadget (which means Amazon makes their profits off…

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Al Jazeera website hacked

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Visitors to Al Jazeera’s website got a surprise overnight.  Hackers replaced Al Jazeera’s home page with a message saying it was done in protest against the Doha-based television station’s coverage of the Syrian conflict.  The attack lasted for several hours during which visitors were served a page with a Syrian flag and a message explaining…

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Antisec hacks 12 million Apple UDIDs from FBI Cyber Security agent’s laptop

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Antisec (hacking group) is at it again and this time they’ve surprised us with an example of how lax the United States’ security policies have become.  Antisec managed to hack an FBI agent’s Dell laptop computer.  Utilizing a shell session, the hacker(s) noticed a file sitting on the FBI agent’s desktop that look interesting.  They…

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