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FBI Opens Investigation Into AT&T's iPad User Security Blunder

The New York Times today reported that the FBI has started an investigation into the AT&T leak that allowed a group to derive the email addresses of over 114,000 iPad 3G users. That group, which calls itself Goatse Security (after an old internet meme I will do you all the favor of not describing), does not seem to be involved.

"The F.B.I. is aware of these possible computer intrusions and has opened an investigation to address the potential cyberthreat," said Jason Pack, a supervisory special agent with the F.B.I.’s news media office.

The leak sparked a huge controversy, helped along by Gawker's original reporting, but the threat itself is fairly minor. The only information that could be gained is the list of email addresses, which is not particularly hidden information to begin with (many of these names are journalists or public figures who used publicly available work email addresses). AT&T closed the hole within 24 hours, and many, including myself and Gizmodo's John Herrman, downplayed the seriousness of the leak.

...keep reading at Fast Company

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I can't wait to go swimming / fishing / boating this summer (thanks, BP)

London, Jun 10: British Petroleum (BP) plans to burn some of the oil it collects from the spill at Gulf of Mexico, as they does not have another ship properly equipped to process and store the unrefined oil.

The containment dome collects oil from the gushing underwater well but as the cap nears the capacity, the British global energy company cannot find the means to dispose the oil.

So the company plans to use a mobile drilling vessel, Q4000 to burn some of the oil collected, 5000 feet below the Gulf's surface. Company informed that it has a rig armed with a device which will turn oil into vapor and burn it without creating visible smoke, on Wednesday, Jun 9. The company says that the flames would not endanger other vessels.

"Until we do some other things, this is our only option to basically get rid of some of the oil," said the BP spokesman, Roy Viator. He also said that the company decided to burn the oil as Q4000 does not have the equipment to process or store the oily mixture.

...keep reading at OneIndia News

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iPhone's killer feature? The price.

Apple and AT&T continue their two-pronged assault on the mobile market with aggressive price points on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. With prices starting at $99, it puts Apple at a price advantage over competing models.

The new iPhone 4 will be offered at the same price points as the out-going iPhone 3GS. The 16GB iPhone 4 will cost $199 and the 32GB iPhone 4 will cost $299. The comparable iPhone 3GS models were at those same price points.

AT&T is doing its best this year to avoid any confusion about who is eligible for those prices. This year, it has basically said that (nearly) all iPhone customers can upgrade to the iPhone 4 and still pay only the $199/$299 price points. (Full retail prices are $599 and $699, respectively.) That's much more generous than AT&T was last year, when it used some arbitrary scale to determine who was eligible and who wasn't. (It boiled down to how much users spent each month on their wireless bill.)

AT&T explained, "The reason we're doing it is we recognize the commitment our current iPhone customers have made to us. We listened to people last year and took steps to make the process better. And we built on it this year by expanding further the approach."

This move by AT&T does little to soften the blow it recently levied against smartphone customers when AT&T decided to alter its data plans. However, it will encourage current iPhone customers to upgrade sooner rather than later.

The $99 price point on the iPhone 3GS (8GB) is perhaps most compelling. The 3GS is a very solid phone, and it will get ...

...keep reading at InformationWeek

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Forget #iPhone4, here's what Steve Jobs didn't mention during his #WWDC speech

Today's WWDC speech by Steve Jobs was in some ways, surprising. Despite a veritable armful of rumors, Steve mainly talked about a handful of tech, with emphasis on the new iPhone 4. So what did he leave out, and when may it come true anyway?

New Mac Minis

The Mac Mini is a much-beloved little computer, widely use as a home theater device and even as a server workhorse (due to its petite size and reasonable pricing). So why didn't Apple lavish any WWDC love on their smallest Mac? Strong rumors hinted at a big refresh with HDMI connectivity, after all.

Because the Mini is not a high profile world-beating device, like the iPhone or iPad, it's not high on Apple's priority list and simply isn't going to garner many headlines online or in the traditional press. Apple probably didn't want to water down the excitement about the iPhone 4 by announcing other new hardware. (Leaks have already muffled a bit of the thunder around the new iPhone as it is.)

When will we hear this news? Soon. We think it'll happen, and Apple will just slip out a special press release with some Jobs quotes and a splashy new Web page to advertise it.

HTML5, in the shadows

Jobs did mention HTML5 briefly during his address. But it was literally a mention in passing, and he didn't even play up the new promotional HTML5-ready Apple demo page. Instead Jobs noted HTML5 is one "platform" the company supports, an "open, uncontrolled platform that is forged and defined by standards alone." Apple is "fully behind" it, and its browsers are "in the lead" in supporting it. Apple's second platform is the "curated" iPhone OS (now iOS) for comparison.

Will Apple hit the news with HTML5? Possibly not in a special event, unless you're talking about a dedicated Jobs blog. Apple thinks its support for HTML5 is now self-sustaining in terms of news and media coverage, and probably didn't want to bring any hint of the Apple versus Adobe "war" into the Apple WWDC event.

iTunes in the cloud

Not a peep about iTunes during Steve's speech, which may be a surprise to some who were expecting news about a move to cloud-based storage and content streaming (possibly using tech from Lala, the streaming music platform that Apple recently acquired). The only mention of iTunes is in the new iPhone's specs page on Apple.com, where it's noted the device needs "iTunes 9.2" whereas the current version is 9.1.1.

...keep reading at Fast Company

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How to use LinkedIn with business savvy

When Lewis Howes crushed his wrist, along with his dream of making his fortune playing football, and ended up bedridden on his sister's couch with no college degree and no job, he could have made best friends with Ben & Jerry and whiled away the hours watching TV.

Instead, he spent six to eight hours a day experimenting with LinkedIn — tweaking his profile and learning the ins and outs, often through trial and error. After he was able to get up and about, he cut back to about three hours a day and kept on learning.

Sound like a waste of time? Nope. We're not talking about Facebook here. Howes wasn't posting pictures of the people who came to sign his cast and taking quizzes to find out which Disney princess he's most like. He was doing business and growing into a business pro.

"I believe that LinkedIn is the No. 1 social-networking medium on the planet today ... for anyone looking to build their business," Howes told participants in the Social Media Success Summit on Tuesday afternoon.

For Howes, LinkedIn has been just that — and he says it can do the same for you, too.

"Start using it aggressively every day and testing and tweaking to see what works for you," he suggests.

Luckily, you won't have to spend quite as many hours learning LinkedIn as Howes did, because he's happy to share what he learned, not only at SMSS, but with co-author Frank Agin in their book "LinkedWorking: Generating Success on the World's Largest Professional Networking Website."

...keep reading at SmartBlog

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EXCLUSIVE: @McDonalds (MCD) airs their first gay commercial

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So What Do You Do, Samir Husni, Mr. Magazine?

Husni shares his take on monetizing digital content and the outlook for print publications.

If print is dead, Samir Husni has been working in a mausoleum. Running a $30,000 annual tab for his magazine collection, the issues are overflowing from his three storage units and onto his office floor and couch at the University of Mississippi, where he educates the next wave of journalists and runs the Magazine Innovation Center.

From his first comic book at age 8, Husni's passion for print grew to the point where he was publishing a daily paper from his bedroom in Lebanon, writing his own news stories and using candle wax to imprint the ink from old newspaper images. When he set out to earn his Ph.D. in magazine journalism 30 years ago, there was no such thing. When he wanted to turn his magazine research into a book on which publications succeeded and failed, his peers said, "Didn't you do this last year?" Husni recalls complaining to his wife, "They just don't get it." She said, "Why don't you put it in a book and just send it to the industry?" He pitched the idea to Jim Autry, then president of Meredith Publishing, and he bit. Within two weeks of publication, every copy was gone, and he became a household name -- as Mr. Magazine, a moniker from a student who couldn't pronounce "Husni." "At the end of the semester, he gave me a plaque," says Husni. In 1989, The New York Times ran a photo of his desk in a profile story, and the name stuck. "I figured, if everybody wants to call me Mr. Magazine, so be it."

Today he lives up to the title as the country's preeminent magazine expert. On the eve of the 25th edition of his eponymous Guide To New Magazines, coming out in June, mediabistro.com caught up with Husni to discuss what it takes to succeed in today's magazine marketplace and the real salvation of print (Hint: It's not the iPad).

...keep reading at media bistro

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Your logo on pizza (yes, I said P-I-Z-Z-A). Yum?

Gee, Your Logo Tastes Terrific!Pass the Pistons pizza and Timberwolves toast! Soon, you'll be able to put your favorite NBA team where your mouth is, thanks to brave new licensing initiatives designed to fatten up the NBA's bottom line.

The league is betting that basketball fans, having lost interest in team-branded apparel, will have bottomless appetites for logo foodstuffs. "As key licensing categories have matured, it's an ongoing goal of the NBA to expand the brand into places that may attract new customers," Sal LaRocca, head of global merchandising, told USA Today.

...keep reading at media bistro

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The best beer and food pairings

"Good food can make good beer taste better, and vice versa," says Aviram Turgeman, a beer sommelier at Cafe D'Alsace in Manhattan. Select the food you're eating to learn his picks for which beers are the perfect match for your main dish.

Pizza, Mackerel
Drink this: Pilsner, lager
Why it works: Structure. A dry, crisp beer with balanced hops can overcome strong flavors, like seasonings on pizza, or the oiliness of fish. Plus, the hops can scrub your taste-buds between bites, enhancing the flavor of both beer and food.
Health bonus: When steaks were soaked in pilsner for 6 hours before panfrying, a suspected carcinogen in the meat was reduced by as much as 88 percent, according to a Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry study.
Also try: Stella Artois, Kronenbourg 1664

Burger, Chicken, Lamb
Drink this: Amber ale
Why it works: Intensity. "Strong flavors overwhelm light beers," says Turgeman. That's why you need a complex, heavier brew.
Health bonus: The hops in a beer like an amber ale may help lower cholesterol and prevent blood clotting, according to a 2007 study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.
Also try: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

Beef, Sausage, Pork
Drink this: Farmhouse ale
Why it works: Region. European beers taste great with meat cooked in European styles. Carry the lesson to other cuisines, to complement undertones in each: Asian beer with sushi, a Mexican cerveza with tacos, and so on.
Health bonus: The barley used in ale's brewing process contains flavonoids—a group of compounds, also found in wine, that may interfere with the multiplication of cancer cells.
Also try: La Choulette Blonde, Castelain Blond

Green Salad, Egg
Drink this: Belgian white
Why it works: Weight/body. Citruspacked, lighter wheat beers make food taste fresher and cut through the richness of yolks or hollandaise sauce.
Health bonus: Wheat beers may help lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases, say Austrian researchers. A test-tube study found that compounds in beer helped prevent tryptophan degradation and neopterin production, two factors that are linked with coronary-artery disease.
Also try: Hoegaarden, Blue Moon

Cheese, Salmon
Drink this: Trappist, Abbey
Why it works: Body/strength. The mild sweetness and yeastiness of Trappist beers play off the charred flavors of smoked or grilled food or pungent cheese.
Health bonus: Brewer's yeast contains B vitamins, protein, and minerals, but it rests on the bottom in Trappist beer bottles. So pour most of your beer into a glass, then swirl the last bit to pick up the yeast.
Also try: Leffe Blonde, Goose Island Matilda

Chocolate, Fruit
Drink this: Stout, Porter, flavored lambics
Why it works: There are no rules. "Experiment with sweet beers," Turgeman says. "You can make great combinations." To cap off a dinner date, pair chocolate with cherry lambic.
Health bonus: The black-cherry juice in cherry lambics is higher in disease-fighting antioxidants than cranberry and orange juice are, says a 2008 UCLA study.
Also try: Smuttynose Robust Porter, Young's Double Chocolate Stout

...via Men's Health

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Innovation is the enemy of recession

Razorfish 2010 Outlook: "You Can Innovate Your Way Out of a Recession"Razorfish isn't labeling their digital trends outlook as "digital" this year. And it's no accident. The marketing and design agency that’s been rooted in digital since its inception in 1995, is making a statement that digital’s not only here to stay, but it’s an assumed part of the mainstream ad world.

And with the first surprise built right into the title, the 2010 report is off and running.

The data crunchers at Razorfish had to examine the data differently because of the double dip recession that persisted throughout 2009. "We analyzed how our clients adapted to the challenging environment, what media proved effective, what didn’t deliver as expected, and how this information can be used to direct successful strategy moving forward," Jeremy Lockhorn, vp of emerging media, tells FastCompany.com.

The result? Many clients acted conservatively and stuck with proven strategies that were in place before the economic slump.

Another surprise was the relatively small investment in social media. "Only 4% of dollars go into social," says Lockhorn but admits the figure is misleading. The money going towards creating content and in the people who power Twitter feeds and Facebook pages is often not included in a traditional advertising budget. "It doesn’t by any stretch represent the total investment our clients are making," Lockhorn notes adding that in mobile, it’s the same deal.

One company that’s making a bigger investment in social media is MillerCoors, with Facebook pages for every beer brand. Director of media relations Julian Green asserts that the company’s "Playing in the space where consumers are living," and points to deals with Yahoo! Fantasy Football and Twitter as other examples of the company's non-traditional media push into sites where at least 70 percent of the audience is adult over 21 years of age.

...keep reading at Fast Company

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Now THIS is a greenhouse

Jungle Home: Green Tree-Filled Interior & Moss-Lined WallsAt one extreme there are ultra-minimal, super-modern white-and-black interior designs that seem almost medical in their clean simplicity – at the other, this house feels more like a forest or jungle landscape than an indoor living space or work of architecture.

...keep reading at Dornob

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EGO and LUCK (2 ways to fix anything)

A couple of thoughts on how we can improve everything...

First, eliminate ego from our work. Second, create more opportunities for being lucky. Here are the fundamentals behind each.

Imagine a world without ego. No toes to step on. No feelings to hurt. No territory to defend. Just pure care.

ego: noun: 1. the self 2. an inflated sense of self-significance

To be no ego...

  1. Be humble. Understand you are a (small) part of the world. Service and patience should be your top priorities.
  2. Be teachable. Focus on what you can learn, rather than what you know. Remember that almost everything you learn comes from the work of someone else.
  3. Listen more. Make every effort to truly understand what others are saying (beyond just words). Allow a gap of silence before responding. Ask questions (and listen, again).
  4. Appreciate people. Enjoy others' contributions. Don't squelch ideas or defend territory. Encourage more.
  5. Relax. Let go of the need to be right or win every time.
Nothing complex. So what do you say? You up for it?

You want more luck? Be the force that makes it happen...

...keep reading at BNET Enterprise Spotlight and Give More

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Those crazy Canadians!

Ever been to Canada? Ever driven on the highways? If so, some of these billboards will look familiar...




























...via @StephSutton

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