The list of hacked Sony properties continues to grow as Sony Music Brazil finds its website the latest victim in a long line of breaches. The company’s website was the target of a cyberattack on Saturday night and nearly 36 hours later, the site is still offline. Initially, the hackers defaced the site with a single page titled “Hacked The UnderTaker,” which apparently contained nicknames of several people responsible for the attack. More than 12 hours later, the website was finally taken offline. Sony Music Brazil has not commented on the breach and it is unclear if any private data was exposed. More →
A late night burglary at a Vodafone technical facility in the UK has affected the service of “several hundred thousand” users. Via its forums, the company explained:
We had a break in last night at one of our technical facilities which resulted in damage done to some of our equipment. This means that some customers may be experiencing temporary loss of voice, sms and internet services. We are working quickly to restore these and will be back to normal as soon as we can. There has been no impact on the privacy of customers’ data.
In a subsequent FAQ post, Vodafone confirms that the vandalized site was in Basingstoke, the event occurred between 1:00AM and 2:00AM GMT, and that “specialist network equipment and IT hardware was stolen.”
The company expects its services to be fully restored by this afternoon. Any of UK readers experience this outage? More →
About.me is a relatively new service, but it’s already attracting boat loads of users. Since September, About.me has let people reserve personal profile pages, and has just opened up to everyone. It’s an incredibly simple concept — have your own profile page that has a short bio, links to your different social networking profiles and services, and most importantly, a super high resolution image of yourself. In addition to being a great personal landing site, About.me offers a great suite of analytics items to track how much traffic you’re getting and from where, etc. Over 400,000 people have reserved their profile page names on About.me since September, and the company raised around $425,000 in funding according to TechCrunch.
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You may not love social network giant Facebook, you may not see value in their new messaging system, but — at this point — you really can’t ignore them. Further evidence of that fact comes from a recent report filed by Experian’s Hitwise group. As the report reads:
The amount of content consumption taking place on the popular social network [Facebook] has also grown substantially where nearly 1 in 4 page views in the US took place on Facebook.com for the week ending November 13, 2010.
Facebook also clocked in with just over 10% of all site visits in the U.S.; YouTube placed second in both categories with 6.39% of pageviews and over 7% of site visits. Those are some mind-bending numbers coming from the privately held company. Hit the read link to check out the full report. More →
If you’re one of those people who still prefer the brutal, sometimes primitive, efficiency of a BlackBerry device, listen up. It looks like RIM is starting to get their proverbial ducks in a row for a 9780 launch in the near future. One of our readers was kind enough to point out the mention of the Bold 9780 on RIM’s official website. Links to a “9780 Demo” and “9780 Announcement” are visible on the 9700’s support page… for the time being. The links don’t yield any interesting results, but it certainly is a good sign for those waiting for the handsets release. T-Mobile launched the 9700 ahead of AT&T earlier this year, which carrier do we think is getting the device first this time?
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Today, social networking giant Twitter announced that all 160 million of its users now have access to the site’s new interface; the company announced a site over-haul just four weeks ago. In an official blog post, Twitter writes: “You’ll be able to switch between both the old and new versions of Twitter for the next few weeks. After that, everyone will just use the new version.” If you’re a Twitter person — a Twerson if you will — let us know what you think of the #newTwitter. More →
Today, Facebook held a press event where they detailed several new features the company will be rolling into their popular social networking site. As Facebook explains: “Until now, Facebook has made it easy to share with all of your friends or with everyone, but there hasn’t been a simple way to create and maintain a space for sharing with the small communities of people in your life, like your roommates, classmates, co-workers and family.” Facebook is launching a suite of tools that will allow you to better organize groups of friends and control what information is shared with those groups. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted, “there is no need for all my friends to know that I had a killer run this morning, so I made a running group.” The “groups” function will play a much more prominent roll in the Facebook experience and allow users to better manage shared content and smaller circles of friends. Next, the company revealed a feature that allows users to download all of their Facebook data locally to a computer.
We’ve built an easy way to quickly download to your computer everything you’ve ever posted on Facebook and all your correspondences with friends: your messages, Wall posts, photos, status updates and profile information.
If you want a copy of the information you’ve put on Facebook for any reason, you can click a link and easily get a copy of all of it in a single download.
Facebook will also launch an enhanced privacy dashboard that will make it easier for users to revoke authorized applications and show other security related information (e.g. when the last time your Facebook data was accessed by an application).
All this will be wrapped in a new, but familiar, site refresh. Facebook has several videos detailing the new features on their site; hit the read link to check them out. More →
GigaOM is reporting that T-Mobile is testing a completely solar-powered cell phone tower here in the States. The single tower — located in Chalfont, PA — generates enough power to keep the site off the grid and, at times, feed power back into the country’s aging electrical system. Pike Research estimates that 4.5% of all cellular stations worldwide will use solar or wind energy by 2014. The report indicates that although the tower does cost 2 to 3 times more than the standard, grid-powered equivalent, savings in the long run — in electricity, tax benefits, and initial setup costs — could very well make up for the difference over the life of the tower. Hit the read link for the full report. More →
Things we know: Microsoft has an Internet Explorer event scheduled for September 15th, Microsoft has released four developer previews of Internet Explorer 9, IE 9 beta is set to launch in September and in all likelihood will be unveiled at the 9/15 gathering. Things we don’t know: what IE 9’s interface will look like. However, thanks to Microsoft’s Russian press site, we may have a better idea of what we are in-store for. ZDNet found the screen shot above sitting on the Redmond software giant’s Russian web site. The screen capture shows a sleeker, less cluttered, dare we say more mature, version of IE. The shot depicts a unified search and address bar and the Russian site said the whole look and feel of the browser has been simplified. When contacted for comment, the company had this to say: “Microsoft is encouraged by the early enthusiasm around Internet Explorer 9; we have nothing further to share about Internet Explorer 9 at this time.” Guess we’ll just have to wait until the 15th. More →
It looks like Samsung has made a teaser site for their Galaxy Tab available to the public. What the video confirms is the device has a 7-inch screen, SWYPE keyboard, HD movie playback, navigation, e-reading, video calling, and Android 2.2. The video closes with a frame reading: “September 2nd, 2010 Berlin, Germany.” We’re pretty excited, how about you? Have a look and let us know what you think!
Need we say more? The BlackBerry Torch 9800 site is officially live on AT&T’s webpage minutes before the 11:00 AM ET scheduled press conference kicks off.
UPDATE: Here are some of the spec’s listed: 3.2 inch 480 x 360 screen, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, BlackBerry OS 6, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB Flash + 4 GB Flash + 4GB micro-SD card, 5 megapixel camera, 1300 mAh battery, and the following dimensions: 161.1 g. (H X W X D) 111 x 62 x 14.6 mm.
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I wanted to share some amazing news with you all.
I am happy to report that BGR has been acquired by MMC. Moving forward, CEO of MMC Jay Penske and I are partners on BGR, and I couldn’t be happier. This will allow BGR to grow enormously. From a more comprehensive and diverse editorial staff — all the way to the relaunching of BGR as BGR.com with new features and functionality, the site will advance dramatically and continue our mission: to break the biggest stories in this category possible. I am the President, Editor-in-Chief, and General Manager of BGR, and will continue to run the business as well as the editorial aspects of the site — nothing will change there.
BGR was started by myself, Jonathan Geller, a little more than four years ago. In that time, it has grown from just a small passion project into a profitable, dominant online business that is ranked with some of the biggest sites on the web. As I write this, BGR is, according to Technorati, ranked #49 out of every single site in the world. When I think back about how this was accomplished, and how with just a few great writers, and practically no infrastructure, we built something pretty mind blowing… I can’t wait to hit #1.
Thank you for making BGR your daily go-to for the latest mobile and gadget news, we will have more information over the coming weeks on what we are working on to make BGR better than ever. Press release is after the break!
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