bi$hop (878253) writes "Snapchat, the developer of a popular mobile messaging app, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers [PDF] with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through the service. The FTC case also alleged that the company deceived consumers over the amount of personal data it collected and the security measures taken to protect that data from misuse and unauthorized disclosure. In fact, the case alleges, Snapchat’s failure to secure its Find Friends feature resulted in a security breach that enabled attackers to compile a database of 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers." Link to Original Source top
Consumerist releases bracket for 2014 worst company in America
There are several returning competitors, including previous champs EA and Comcast, three-time runner-up (and sort of winner from when it acquired Countrywide) Bank of America, the perennially hated Ticketmaster and PayPal (with their respective corporate counterparts LiveNation and eBay). There are also some new names on the list, like Koch Industries and lawsuit-happy seed company Monsanto. There’s also SeaWorld making a splash on WCIA 2014, presumably because people have been watching that Blackfish documentary.
bi$hop (878253) writes "After sorting through a mountain of nomination e-mails, we’ve whittled down the field of competitors for this year’s Worst Company In America tournament to 40 bad businesses. Here’s your chance to have your say on how these players will square off in the bracket, and which bubble teams will get left out in the cold.
The poll below has the names of all 40 contenders for the 2014 Golden Poo trophy. You can vote for up to 8 companies. The result of your votes will inform the seeding for the bracket that we post tomorrow. So be sure to read through the list (presented in random order) to make sure the eight companies whose boxes you tick are companies that really tick you off." Link to Original Source top
Mechanical 'Robo Raven' is so realistic, real birds fly in formation
bi$hop (878253) writes "We humans are surprisingly good at traveling when off the ground: We have planes that can fly at five times the speed of sound and we've traveled all the way to the moon and back — at least if you believe NASA and Neil Armstrong.
One thing we haven't yet been able to do, though, is fly like a bird. All that flapping and flying involves some pretty complex mechanics and has been so-far unachievable. But researchers at the University of Maryland and the Army Research Laboratory have a had a breakthrough: A mechanical bird so realistic that actual birds either attack it or fly in formation with it." Link to Original Source top
bi$hop (878253) writes "Flash vs. HTML5. HTML5 vs. Flash. Whatever your take on the respective merits of the two high-profile technologies for creating splashy Web content, you can't deny that the rivalry between Adobe's venerable Flash and the assortment of evolving open-source standards collectively known as HTML5 is intense.
bi$hop (878253) writes "The networking giant's 2010 Annual Security Report states that in January 2010, Java exploits accounted for only 1.5 percent of Web malware blocked by the company's ScanSafe software. By November, that number had jumped to 7 percent, Cisco says. Meanwhile, PDF exploits were declining. In January, they totaled just over 6 percent of Web malware blocked by ScanSafe, and by November that number had dropped to just 2 percent." Link to Original Source