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Twitter Hacked; Mega Bug Bounties; Facebook Photo Tagging Returns
Too busy to check out the tech headlines over Superbowl weekend? We understand, and here’s a roundup of what you missed:
Security news topped headlines as Twitter on Friday said that it detected “unusual access patterns” on its network last week, which indicated that attackers might have accessed the user data of approximately 250,000 users.
The micro-blogging site said that it discovered “one live attack and [was] able to shut it down in process moments later.” But it’s likely that the hackers still gained access to things like usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords.
In other Web security news, following the launch of his highly anticipated cloud storage service, Kim Dotcom appears eager to test Mega’s security at the court of public… hacking? Dotcom’s new Mega initiative is a bug hunt.The service is now offering up to 10,000 Euros for every bug that users find, limited to specific scenarios and setups.
Meanwhile, love it or hate it, Facebook tagging is back! We’re referring to the feature, first debuted by Facebook at the tail end of 2010, which offers suggestions of people you might want to tag in photos you upload. In other words, throw an album of photographs up on Facebook and the site will attempt to automatically pick out faces within your shots.
Also making headlines over the weekend:
- A Smarter Future, Thanks to Sensors: A bracelet that tracks your sleep patterns and a thermostat that monitors indoor temperature will both be commonplace in the near future.
- PlayStation ‘Orbis’ Rumors: Game Recording, Controllers, and Speeds!: Rumor has it that Sony will reveal its next-generation PlayStation console – codename “Orbis – on February 20.
- NFL Bitten by Twitter Bug This Season: Twitter has been abuzz with NFL news and updates this past season.
- Report: Smartphones to Consume Most Flash in 2013: Cellphones will become the single biggest repository for flash memory by product category this year, according to a new report.
- Facebook Channels Vintage MySpace With New ‘Mood Status’: The social network has begun testing a new status update composer that lets you add a mood as a complement to your post.
- Google to Give French Digital Publishing Fund Big Money: Google recently announced two new initiatives aimed at helping French publishers.
- ESA, Partners Demo 3D-Printable Lunar Habitat: The European Space Agency is exploring the possibility of building a lunar base using a 3D printer.
- BlackBerry Z10 vs. Nokia Lumia 920: How the Specs Stack Up: We take a look at these two flagship phones side-by-side to see how they compare.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag