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 ...

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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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