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Blockbuster Finally Files for Blockbusting Bankruptcy

posted Sunday Sep 26, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Blockbuster Finally Files for Blockbusting Bankruptcy

This week, Blockbuster finally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, asking for protection against its almost $1 billion worth of debt as the video rental company tried to restructure everything. However, the company isn't closing everything down, contrary to probably every store you've seen that has liquidation signs in them. Blockbuster looks to focus on kiosks and online offerings as their main business and wants to keep just a couple of stores open.

Wait, you mean Blockbuster isn't in bankruptcy already? If that's what you, our dear reader, were thinking, then click the break for more!

Sprinkles are Ruining our Country

posted Sunday Sep 26, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Sprinkles are Ruining our Country

Have you sat down recently and considered all of the forms discrimination can come in? Legislation, hate speech, song lyrics and the worst, of course, being cupcakes.

Wait, what? Yes, it's true. According to the owner of Just Cookies, a bakery in Indianapolis, cupcakes can be a major way to discriminate against others, especially the homosexual community. A gay student group from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) wanted to place an order for rainbow frosted cupcakes or cookies and were refused.

To find out exactly what went down, hit the break.

Tea Partiers Chan-ned

posted Sunday Sep 26, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Tea Partiers Chan-ned

We all know that the tea partiers are a vocal people who attract a lot of attention to themselves, whether positive or negative. Usually when people attract a lot of attention to themselves,the Interwebz attack, often in the form of 4chan.

This week, 4chan decided that the Tea Party movement would be a good target of their teenage angst and took it upon themselves to alter the official party website. How better to affect the tea partiers than with porn and racial slurs?

Hit the break to find out the details of the attack.

Sony Ericsson Says Droid Does and Symbian Doesn't

posted Sunday Sep 26, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Sony Ericsson Says Droid Does and Symbian Doesn't

Poor Symbian finds itself almost all alone as on September 24th a Sony Ericsson spokesperson announced that the they would no longer support the Symbian operating system and have also stopped in-house development pertaining to it. "We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system."

Hit the break to find out more about Sony's Android announcement.

How Many Characters Does It Take To Exploit Twitter?

posted Sunday Sep 26, 2010 by Jon Wurm

How Many Characters Does It Take To Exploit Twitter?

Thanks to Magnus Holm, who was the first Twitter user to exploit a simple JavaScript error, you might have received a barrage of strange tweets. Yes, even more strange than the normal ones. The tweets may have been as inert as a black background or a hyperlink to a nasty porn site. User profiles and hyperlinks were also directly affected by crazy mouse-over effects due to JavaScript injected into the page. Twitter recognizes this bug as a XSS(cross-site scripting) bug that could be exploited because Twitter did not convert its Tweets into hyperlinks correctly.

Hit the break to find out what character gave Twitter so much trouble.

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