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Facebook goes down for the third time in 3 weeks

<i>This post was updated at 1:45 p.m. PT</i><p>Facebook's app and website appear to be slowly coming back online after both went down for many users Monday …

Hack attacks strike top porn sites

Several of the world’s most popular pornographic websites were struck by cyberattacks in the past week, according a blog post by the malware hunting …

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Google to introduce new Google Photos features tomorrow: album sharing, people labeling, Chromecast support

Last week we told you that a teardown of the latest version of Google Photos revealed some interesting new features: album collaboration, people labeling, Chromecast support, and more. Now we’ve learned thanks to a new report that Google is planning to make these exact three features official at …

Samsung to shutter Milk Video service in November

Samsung will end support for the video-discovery app a year and a day after its launch.<p>Samsung plans to shut down Milk Video, a video-discovery app for users of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones.<p>The Korean electronics giant announced Monday it would end support for the app on November 20, a day after …

Mobile

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Gottfrid Svartholm Released From Prison

After spending three years in prisons in Sweden and Denmark for various cybercrimes, Gottfrid Svartholm, co-founder of the notorious file-sharing website Pirate Bay, is a free man.<p>His mother, Kristina Svartholm, announced his release from Sweden’s Skanninge prison via Twitter on Monday.<p>“Yes, …

Crime

Google Unveils Cool, New Stuff: Pictures

Google

Google Is Preparing To Take Over Your Living Room

At Apple’s last event we heard about its plans for Apple TV. It’s something we’ve all been waiting for…APPS! On the TV! It’s set to ship in October and goes for $149 (32GB) and $199 (64GB).<p>Meanwhile, Google hasn’t had its head in the sand in Mountain View when it comes to the living room. Its …

Living Rooms

No, Facebook isn’t going to charge to keep people's posts private

To make it official, we’re publishing it in the media: there’s no need to post an informational message on the social network to warn friends<p>Facebook is not planning to make its users pay £5.99 [or $5.99 for US users] to keep their status updates private. Is this news? It may be to the people …

Social Media

No More Swiping: New Credit Cards Designed To Reduce Theft

For the black magnetic stripes on the backs of your credit and debit cards, Thursday will mark the beginning of the end — a shift that could be costly for retailers.<p>Since the beginning of credit cards, merchants were never liable if a thief used a stolen or counterfeit credit card to shop; the bank …

Identity Theft

Now you can shop directly from YouTube videos

YouTube has started introducing shopping ads, similar to those available on Google, which will allow you to shop directly from the videos you’re watching.<p>The new Shopping ads make it possible for all creators to have shoppable ads in their videos. This is particularly useful for bloggers who might …

TrueCrypt Windows encryption app has critical security flaws

If you're still using TrueCrypt to protect your Windows disks, even though its developers abandoned it and said it was "not secure" last year, you may want to stop that. Google Project Zero researcher James Forshaw found two "privilege elevation" holes in the popular software that would give …

New credit cards aim to protect consumers, banks from hackers

A chip implanted in new cards is designed to stop cybercrime. Starting Thursday, stores that haven't upgraded their card-reading terminals will be on the hook for fraudulent charges.<p>US consumers are about to get a new defense against cybercrime. The armor will take the form of credit and debit …

Identity Theft