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Anonymous Rebels Against the Empire... State

posted Sunday Mar 13, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Anonymous Rebels Against the Empire... State

If you've been following us for a while, you know that we cover most of the topics and events that involve the widely-known and feared hacker group Anonymous, referred to as Anon. When we last talked about them, the group was engaging cyber war with Operation: Payback and more recently involved in the takedown of security firm HBGary Federal, including the hacking, distribution and documentation of 50,000 emails of their top-level executives.

Now, things have gotten a little more interesting and intense. We have been informed that on Monday, the 14th of March, we should see evidence of fraud by Bank of America.

Anon member OperationLeakS claims,

I seen some of the emails... I can tell you Grade A Fraud in its purest form.

He (insider in Bank of America) Just told me he have GMAC emails showing BoA order to mix loan numbers to not match it's Documents.. to foreclose on Americans.. Shame

If this is true, we should see something hit the Anon site on Monday. This has also created their newest initiative, billed as their #1 priority communication, Operation Empire State Rebellion. Their mission is to cause civil, nonviolent disobedience at every Federal Reserve site next week for several days, until Ben Bernanke steps down and the "primary Dealers within the Federal Reserve banking system be broken up and held accountable for rigging markets and destroying the global economy effective immediately."

For more on this very important and definitely large and concerning this operation, including video, hit the break.

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Foursquare Will Tell You What You Like

posted Sunday Mar 13, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Foursquare Will Tell You What You Like

In the two short years Foursquare has been around they have managed to attain almost 7.5 million users that have made over 500 million check-ins at an estimated 10 million venues worldwide. That puts the average number of check-ins at 50 per venue which Foursquare thinks is enough to justify moving forward with real-world recommendations. The technology is far from perfect and will present some interesting engineering challenges for them to overcome. These types of recommendations go far beyond what services like Netflix use in their recommendation process and have a much larger application which has prompted big boys like Facebook and Google to also look into perfecting this technology that bears high risks but also great rewards.

Foursquare recommends you hit the break for details.

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Nickelodeon Brings the 90s Back with Retro Programming Block

posted Sunday Mar 13, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Nickelodeon Brings the 90s Back with Retro Programming Block

Remember the 90s? Those were good times of MC Hammer pants, cassettes, real mixtapes, hightops, Surge, the third-coming of the McRib and of course, kick ass programming on Nickelodeon.

Well, the cable station is bringin' it back to the old school, as TeenNick will be airing episodes from Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, Pete & Pete, The Amanda Show, All That and Clarissa Explains it All from midnight to 2 AM in a block aptly titled The '90s Are All That. Apparently the company finally realized the Internet existed and they figured out what those Facebook Pages were all about that clamored for the return of these shows.

Keith Dawkins, senior VP and general manager of TeenNick, on the matter,

At the time, we were completely devoted to that audience ages 9, 10, and 11. It was ground-breaking and for the young viewers, a powerful and pivotal time in their lives. Those kids who are now 22, 23 and 24 want to bring that back.

Hopefully they will expand the selection to include shows like Doug, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Salute Your Shorts, Goosebumps and Hey, Dude! in the future. Perhaps we'll even see some of those classic Nickelodeon made-for-TV movies. Maybe Snick, anyone? I'm starting the petition for the return of Stick Stickly starting now! Of course, he'd have splinters and stuff from old age, but I digress.

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Technology Invades Your Bedroom and Steals Your... ZZZZ

posted Sunday Mar 13, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Technology Invades Your Bedroom and Steals Your... ZZZZ

This week I came across some news that was not shocking but still disturbing. The National Sleep Foundation came out of hibernation this week to let us know that there was a culprit sneaking into our bedrooms and stealing our precious sleep. My suspect list consisted of the NFS, since they seemed to be well rested, the underpants gnomes and perhaps the most disturbing of all, your cell phone. My research indicates that underpants gnomes are in-fact not real and while still suspicious, the NFC doesn't seem to be responsible either. This leaves only one plausible suspect, the one you would most likely suspect, since it knows all your secrets and wakes you up repeatedly at night... your cell phone.

Protect yourself by hitting the break for more details.

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Twitter Dislikes Your (Inter)-Face

posted Sunday Mar 13, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Twitter Dislikes Your (Inter)-Face

In one of the strangest moves that Twitter has ever made, Twitter has decided that third-party apps are a bad idea and damage the user experience of their service. They claim that "the top five ways that people access Twitter are official Twitter apps" but also that "consumers continue to be confused by the different ways that a fractured landscape of third-party Twitter clients display tweets and let users interact with core Twitter functions."

Here is Twitter's response to the perceived threat,

Twitter will provide the primary mainstream consumer client experience on phones, computers, and other devices by which millions of people access Twitter content (tweets, trends, profiles, etc.), and send tweets. If there are too many ways to use Twitter that are inconsistent with one another, we risk diffusing the user experience. In addition, a number of client applications have repeatedly violated Twitter’s Terms of Service, including our user privacy policy. This demonstrates the risks associated with outsourcing the Twitter user experience to third parties. Twitter has to revoke literally hundreds of API tokens / apps a week as part of our trust and safety efforts, in order to protect the user experience on our platform.

We need to ensure that tweets, and tweet actions, are rendered in a consistent way so that people have the same experience with tweets no matter where they are.

Now, that seems counter-intuitive for a couple of reasons. To find out why and to see how this might affect you, hit the break.

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H.264 Remains Strong with this War on WebM

posted Sunday Mar 13, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

H.264 Remains Strong with this War on WebM

The ongoing battle between WebM and H.264 high definition video formats continues as this week we received some interesting stats in favor of Apple and Microsoft's side, H.264. If you remember back in January, we discussed that Chrome decided to discontinue the use of H.264 in their Chrome browser in order to defend the side of "open source" and their WebM format. Mozilla also stood by the side of Google and supported their decision. This led Apple and Microsoft, who are in the patent membership for H.264, to do something they never usually do, agree on a topic and help each other out.

Let's quickly recap the importance of this war between the two video formats. The browsers are going to decide which format they choose to go with and developers, like us, are going to have to create their videos in both formats to allow all users to see our content. HTML5 and the H.264 HD video codec will become the standard and Google is going to try to make WebM the more widely used format by forcing Chrome to not read H.264. Then, Google will turn their formerly open source codec into a closed internal project, further proving that they are really trying to control the Internet instead of trying to empower the people with options.

However, I did mention that H.264 stats have been released by video-sharing site MeFeedia that may help swing things back to the good side. For those stats, click the break.

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