PASSWORD cache discovered -- White House targets patent TROLLS -- GOOGLE crawling with robots -- OMIDYAR on 1st Amendment -- The T-WORD


December 4, 2013 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> NAMED & SHAMED: Found: Hacker server storing two million pilfered passwords, by Dan Goodin: "Researchers have unearthed a server storing more than two million pilfered login credentials for all kinds of user accounts, including those on Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Twitter, and a handful of other websites... The server was running a bot controller application known as Pony. It's unclear exactly how the credentials were originally obtained. One possibility is they were captured using keyloggers or similar malware installed on compromised machines of end users. It could also be the case the credentials were pilfered using phishing websites or other types of social engineering attacks... The usual offenders were there, including '123456' (used for 15,820 accounts), '123456789 (4,875), '1234' (3,135), and 'password' (2,212)." Ars Technica

>>>> Launch code for US nukes was 00000000 for 20 years Ars Technica

>> WASHINGTON WIRE: Obama administration backs patent troll bill, House vote set for this week, by Jacob Kastrenakes: "The White House has been trying to crack down on patent trolls, and today it's come out in support of a House bill that would begin to do just that. The bill, Representative Bob Goodlatte's (R-VA) Innovation Act, has passed through the House Judiciary Committee and will be put up to a vote by the entire House of Representatives either this Wednesday or Thursday. Having seen strong, bipartisan support in the Judiciary Committee, the Innovation Act appears to have a shot at passing later this week. The Innovation Act aims to make it easier for businesses to fight back against patent trolls... the relevant patents, products, and demands would all have to be made more clear when a business initiates legal action. It would also make fighting patent lawsuits less expensive and allow defendants that win a case to potentially recover their court costs." The Verge

>>>> Critics to Congress: Put the brakes on patent bill InfoWorld

>> COURTHOUSE STEPS: Hotfile settles MPAA copyright case, agrees to $80 million in damages, by Joe Mullin: "Six days before movie studios were set to begin a jury trial over alleged copyright violations by the 'cyberlocker' site Hotfile, the case has settled. Hotfile has agreed to pay $80 million and to stop operating 'unless it employs copyright filtering technologies that prevent infringement,' according to a press release sent out today by the MPAA... Hotfile employed an incentive system to encourage downloading and paid users who uploaded popular files, including copyrighted files." Ars Technica

>>>> MPAA 'settles' another 'victory' against Hotfile for $80 million that no artists will ever see TechDirt

>> BOTTOM OF THE STACK: Windows 8 update: China prefers to stick with dying Windows XP rather than upgrade, by Tim Greene: "China says it wants Microsoft to extend support for Windows XP because that will help it in its fight to stop proliferation of pirated Microsoft software. A report from TechWeb written in Chinese says the release of Windows 8 means a substantial increase in the selling price of a Windows operating system, especially in light of the upcoming end-of-life of Windows XP, which is still used by a large percentage of Chinese." NetworkWorld

>>>> NSA spying scandal accelerating China's push to favor local tech vendors InfoWorld

>> ME TOO: UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air, by Ben Popper: "The Verge has learned that the world's largest parcel service, UPS, has been experimenting with its own version of flying parcel carriers.... Sources familiar with the company's plans say it has been testing and evaluating different approaches to drone delivery. Asked for a comment, a company spokesman said that, 'The commercial use of drones is an interesting technology and we'll continue to evaluate it. UPS invests more in technology than any other company in the delivery business, and we're always planning for the future.'" The Verge

>> NICE SECOND ACT: Google puts money on robots, using the man behind Android, by John Markoff: "Over the last half-year, Google has quietly acquired seven technology companies in an effort to create a new generation of robots. And the engineer heading the effort is Andy Rubin, the man who built Google's Android software into the world's dominant force in smartphones." New York Times (paywalled)

>>>> Andy Rubin poses with same drone 2007 & 2013. What does it all mean? 'Guy ages well eh?' Hunter Walk

>>>> Amazon to look into deliveries by self-driving car TechCrunch

>> SPY VS. SPY: Inspector General finds holes in DHS's cybersecurity, by Tony Romm: "The Department of Homeland Security is leading the charge to bolster the country's porous digital defenses, but it's also struggled this year to safeguard its own systems against hackers and spies, according to its top watchdog... As of March, at least, DHS headquarters and some of its components, like the TSA, were still using Windows XP." Politico

>> COVERED IN CHROME: Google is building Chrome apps support for Android and iOS, beta release coming as soon as January 2014, by Emil Protalinski: "Google is working on bringing Chrome packaged apps from the desktop to the mobile world. The company is currently building a toolkit to help developers create Chrome apps for Android and iOS, as well as port their existing Chrome apps to both mobile platforms. The news comes by means of a GitHub repository we stumbled on called Mobile Chrome Apps." TNW

>>>> Chrome beta gets new tools for mobile development with better viewport emulation, Screencast-enabled remote debugging TechCrunch

>> PASS: Twitter considered buying Topsy, too -- here's why it didn't happen, by Mike Isaac: "Apple just spent a bunch of money on social analytics company Topsy. And while everyone has good guesses on what Apple wants from Topsy, no one seems to know for sure. But before Apple, Topsy had at least one other suitor you may not have known about: Twitter... Topsy was attractive to Twitter... because in some cases Topsy's search technology and tools were even more effective than Twitter's own in-house search tools." AllThingsD

>>>> Apple+Topsy: It's not about Twitter (and Twitter is probably cool with that) John Battelle's Searchblog

>>>> Why Apple is betting big on search Wired

>>>> Firehose provider DataSift raises $42 M led by insight Venture Partners for global and non-social ambitions TechCrunch

>> FRESH AIR: WikiLeaks, press freedom, and free expression in the digital age, by Pierre Omidyar: "This week, fourteen people charged by the Department of Justice in connection with a coordinated denial of service attack on PayPal's services in 2010 will appear in Federal Court. The 'PayPal 14,' as they have been dubbed, are charged with participating in an attack orchestrated by Anonymous to retaliate against PayPal's suspension of its relationship with WikiLeaks... The government's actions against WikiLeaks in 2010 and companies' reactions to that pressure, as well as the prosecution of the PayPal 14, raise critical questions about the nature of the First Amendment in the digital age." HuffPo

>> DEAD MAN WALKING: What's wrong with America's newspaper opinion columnists in one chart, by Sarah Hedgecock: "Why are newspaper opinion columnists so consistently baffled by the politics, technologies, and social mores of the 21st century? We've crunched some data, and we think we've figured out the answer: They're old as hell." Gawker

>> IT'S A WRAP: PSA: please stop calling nerds the t-word, by Sam Biddle: "Did you know that the average startup employee is willing to settle for less than $3 billion dollars? Stereotypes are misleading." Valleywag

>>>> 'Techie' term draws derision from tech workers SFGate

>> Exclusive: Instagram business lead Emily White to be named COO of Snapchat AllThingsD

>> Christmas 2013 marks the end of the PC's dominance InfoWorld

>> Bug allows apps to bypass Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean" security locks [t/h EB.] ThreatPost

>> Yes, the cloud is replacing enterprise hardware and software InfoWorld

>> Fibre Channel hits key landmark on the way to 32Gbps PCWorld

>> Health-care enrollment on Web plagued by bugs WaPo

>> How does the NSA break SSL? Cryptography Engineering

>> Startup announces SaaS solution to manage Amazon Web Services resources InfoWorld

>> You are the query: Yahoo's bold quest to reinvent search CNet

>> The Mythical Man-Month selection bias Dave Cheney t/h HackerNews

>> There's going to be a new, reversible USB plug Gizmodo

>> Bitcoin this hour: $1,176 Mt.Gox

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "BREAKING: I'm acquiring 'Echo Chamber,' An analytics tool that measures how fast every single person in my network tweets the same thing." @boredelonmusk

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