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  • British police arrest suspected LulzSec spokesman

    British police have arrested an 18-year-old man in a remote Scottish archipelago on suspicion of being a spokesman for the Lulz Security (LulzSec) and Anonymous computer hacking groups, Scotland Yard said. Officers from a London-based cybercrime unit detained the man in a "pre-planned intelligence-led operation" on the Shetland Islands, off the northeast coast of Scotland, London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement. "The man arrested is believed to be linked to an ongoing international investigation into the criminal activity of the so-called 'hacktivist' groups Anonymous and LulzSec, and uses the online nickname 'Topiary' which is presented as the spokesperson for the...

  • White House ‘Rickrolls’ Twitter followers

    In the midst of a stalemate in talks surrounding the raising of the US debt ceiling, tensions are high in Washington. The White House is, however, keeping a sense of humour. Along with other US politicos, the White House has taken to Twitter to spread its message on the debt talks. White House officials were replying to questions on Twitter when a Tennessee man named David Wiggs, who describes himself as an "Energy tech enthusiast and mediocre golfer" in his Twitter bio, made a complaint about the daily White House Press briefings. The White House quickly fired off a reply. The link is...

  • Mobile incubator ‘mLab Southern Africa’ opens for applications

    In what it is expecting to be a boon for mobile development across the region,mLab Southern Africa -- which is positioning itself as Southern Africa's new incubator for mobile entrepreneurs and innovators -- has announced that applications for membership of the lab are now open. The lab, which is to be situated at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria, will be officially opened on 15 September. mLab intends to provide support to mobile developers and entrepreneurs through a number of services. In a statement, mLab says that these services will include: "subsidised office space with meeting rooms – to allow...

  • Anonymous and LulzSec coordinate global anti-PayPal movement

    Marking a change from the usual DDoS attacks, hacking and other tactics, Anonymous and LulzSec have issued a call to their legion of supporters, asking them to close their PayPal accounts as a act of protest. In an "official communique from Anonymous and Lulz Security in the name of AntiSec", they cited the recent global arrest of a number of alleged Anonymous operatives and the continued denial of PayPal to allow donations to Wikileaks as reasons for the "operation". In recent weeks, we've found ourselves outraged at the FBI's willingness to arrest and threaten those who are involved in ethical,...

  • 8 ways music subscription services are rocking our worlds

    I'm in the midst of a love affair with a music subscription service. No sooner had I thought of a song than it began playing. From synapse to speaker in an instant. As a listener, this is amazing and I’m well aware of what a privilege it is. Why a privilege? Well, for artists, music subscription services aren't a particularly good deal. In fact, of all the ways you can monetise your work as an artist, music subscription services are the least profitable. According to the beautiful infographic by David McCandless which visualises the different monetisation methods available to...

  • How HTML5 follows in the footsteps of Java’s proven WORA

    Java was released by Sun Microsystems back in 1996. As a new programming language, it entered a space long dominated by the likes of C; C++; Perl and many others. Java needed to bring something new to the table. At the time, every compiled programming language needed to be recompiled on every platform you wanted to run it on, often with particular fixes to handle the idiosyncrasies of different operating systems. Java was different in that it had the benefits of a compiled language, but thanks to the cross-platform 'virtual machine' it ran on, it could run anywhere without...

  • Jack White – you’re a musical genius but you’re wrong

    An excellent piece is doing the rounds in musician and audiophile circles -- Jack White of the White Stripes and sundry other artistic vehicles, explaining why producers master albums the way they do. Mr White makes some excellent points and gives interesting views into the makings of an album from the technical side, but commits three grievous sins: confusing "levels" and "loudness", being pretty smug about how smart the recording engineers he uses are, and falling for the groupthink lie that louder records sell better. Read more on Gearburn.

  • US politicos turn to Twitter in midst of debt debate

    With Democrats and Republicans locked in a tense showdown over the US debt, both sides have taken to social network Twitter in a bid to score points in 140 characters or less. Since talks began, leading the Democrats, President Barack Obama's communications team and their Republican counterparts on House Speaker John Boehner's staff have scrambled to get out their message the traditional way -- in print, on talk radio and in televised addresses. With time running out for a deal to raise the US debt ceiling by a 2 August deadline, however, all parties have rushed to post soundbite-friendly updates on...

  • 5 scientifically proven ways to get more retweets on Twitter [Infographic]

    Over the years, I've done a ton of research on retweets. I've found five specific points that are the most powerful ways to get more retweets, so I rolled them up into one simple infographic. If you're curious where this data came from, check out the two links in the first paragraph, which explain the research surrounding the science of retweets.

  • Australian police lay 49 charges against ‘Evil’ hacker

    A man who used the online nickname "Evil" has been charged with cyber attacks that police alleged could have caused considerable damage to Australia's national infrastructure. The 25-year-old unemployed truck driver, who had been unable to find a job in information technology, faces 49 charges after a six-month investigation into his online activities. The activities include hacking into the systems of Platform Networks, one of the 13 service providers for the National Broadband Network (NBN), the largest infrastructure project in Australia's history. Potentially, customers could have lost their services, depending on the security back-up they had in place. "While Platform Networks had strong...

  • App of the week: TweetBot

    This week I take a look at the most popular of the infamous Tapbots app range, Tweetbot, a stylish, easy to use and cleverly designed Twitter client that blows all its competitors out of the water. To start off, Twitter has, and will always be, a very weird and interesting part of the Internet for me. Millions of people posting pics, sharing stories and having conversations in 140 characters or less. Rich Mulholland once said, and I still believe it is the most apt description of the micro-blogging service, that tweets are like those cardboard newspaper headlines tied to the...

  • America’s appetite for online video jumps again

    Seventy-one percent of online Americans were using video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo as of May, up from 66 percent a year ago and 33 percent five years ago, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. Read more on Gearburn.com

  • Link between Norwegian killer and right-wing South African blog unearthed

    It has been revealed that the perpetrator of the recent horror massacre in Oslo may have been influenced by a right-wing South African blog, reports online publisher News24. It has come to light that Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind the Oslo bombings and mass shootings, borrowed heavily from several sources, including the controversial blog iluvsa. The blog is hosted by Google's blog service, Blogger. In Breivik's rambling 1 500-page Manifesto on Western Civilisation, there is a link to what he calls the "democratic struggle against the Islamisation of Europe" with arguments made by iluvsa against multi-culturalism in the South African,...

  • Pentagon surrenders to YouTube

    The US military is surrendering to YouTube. Less than three years after its launch, the Pentagon is shutting down TroopTube, a video-sharing site set up for US soldiers and their families. A statement posted on the home page of TroopTube said it would close on 31 July. TroopTube was launched in November 2008 at a time when many members of the US armed forces were restricted from using YouTube. Its stated mission was to be "an online video site designed to help military families connect and keep in touch while miles apart". The site never really caught on, however, and restrictions on the...

  • Mano a Mano in El Baño: Fabio takes on Old Spice guy

    Just when you thought it was safe to concenrate on your work and not be distracted by anything on the interwebs, Old Spice proves you wrong. Fabio, the "new" Old Spice guy has challenged the "old" Old Spice guy, Isaiah Mustafa, to a duel. So if you have plans for Tuesday, July 26th 12pm EST (5pm GMT), cancel them because this promises to be interesting. Italian male model/actor, Fabio, who appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s is currently "filling in" for Mustafa as the Old Spice guy. In a bid to...