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Hey! My friend’s account was hacked! At Hotmail, we know that account hijacking is a big problem, and we continue to work hard to prevent it. We’ve noticed a couple of things about hijacked accounts. First, many accounts have weak passwords that make them easy targets for hijackers. Second, when someone’s account gets hijacked, their friends often find out before they do, because the hijacker uses their account to send spam or phishing email to all their contacts. These two observations led us to develop a couple of new features that help protect your accounts. The first lets you report a friend’s account as compromised – a feature unique to Hotmail – and the second prevents you from using common passwords that make your account easy to hack. DoD: 24,000 files swiped in March from military contractor systems.

Department of Defense Deputy Secretary William Lynn said that 24,000 files were taken in March from military contractor systems.

DoD: 24,000 files swiped in March from military contractor systems

That data leakage is increasingly common in the military complex. The good news? The DoD has a plan to fix its defenses. Lynn didn't provide further details on the attack or the contractor. On Thursday, the DoD released its strategy for operating in cyberspace. The strategy boils down to: Treat cyberspace as a domain to organize, train and equip the military.Deploy new defense operating concepts to protect military systems.Partner with government departments and the private sector.Work with allies to boost security.Leverage U.S. technical prowess and innovation. How do people look at Apple’s movie trailers page? Apple Trailers just begs to be eye tracked. Two weeks ago, we started an eye-tracking study of Apple’s iTunes movie trailers site. Manning-Lamo Chat Logs Revealed. Spotify: A Beginner's Guide - TNW Media. The day has come and Spotify has finally launched in the US.

Spotify: A Beginner's Guide - TNW Media

Unfortunately, Spotify will start to roll out free access to its music streaming service via an invite system, so if you don’t have one yet I suggest you head over to the Spotify website and apply. Showdown: Spotify vs. Rdio vs. Grooveshark vs. Pandora - TNW Apps. Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.

Spotify: The Unicorn Has Landed... Posted by Tom Foremski - July 14, 2011 Last week RDIO CEO Drew Larner called Spotify a "unicorn" because so many people have spoken about its imminent launch but no one has seen it. Thursday Spotify launched in the US with a bang, the music service is no longer mythical. However, the mythology around Spotify has certainly helped it gain awareness in key circles, especially judging by the more than 200 of my US Facebook friends that have jumped onto it. Microsoft will Never Drop the Windows Brand Name.

Microsoft is not giving up the Windows brand name. Yes, there's a rumor that the venerable brand's days are numbered, or more properly, a notion—the idea that it could happen because someone, somewhere said as much to someone else. That notion is ridiculous, but not because anyone has told me so officially. Microsoft spokespeople said flat out, "No comment. " One big Windows world. It's coming, but when and how? For months, rumors have been circulating that Microsoft was poised to make its "Windows Everywhere" world a reality. But that reality is still a ways off, in spite of comments by Microsoft execs this week at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference about a unified ecosystem across phones, PCs and TVs. The Problem With Silicon Valley Is Itself - Entrepreneur. As a Brit who gave up cheerleading the European tech scene to make the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley to live, eat and breath the world’s leading hub for technology startup innovation, I’ve been largely unimpressed and disappointed by the quality of startups here.

The Problem With Silicon Valley Is Itself - Entrepreneur

The iPhone's Home Button. Twitter drives 4 times as much traffic as you think it does. Over the last few weeks, TechCrunch has run a couple posts using their own referrer logs to measure how sharing on various social services drives traffic.

Twitter drives 4 times as much traffic as you think it does

In these and other analyses based solely on referrer information, Twitter performs surprisingly poorly relative to expectations many of us have based on our own observations of the volume of link sharing on Twitter. Does that mean the people you follow on Twitter who share links all the time are that atypical? What Google's Famous Cafeterias Can Teach Us About Health - Life. Google Plus: How Fast Is Google's New Social Network Growing? Facebook has over 750 million users.

Google Plus: How Fast Is Google's New Social Network Growing?

More than 200 million Twitter accounts have been created. So just how big is Google Plus, the social network Google launched to the public on June 28, 2011? Tech Boom Drives Turnover at Popular San Francisco Address. For a sign of how the region's technology boom is progressing, consider the growth going on at just one San Francisco building that has attracted start-up tenants.

Tech Boom Drives Turnover at Popular San Francisco Address

A year ago, the 75,000-square-foot building at 410 Townsend St., near AT&T Park, had filled to capacity with young tech companies, after hovering at a 60% vacancy rate in late 2008 as the financial crisis hit.