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Microsoft Faces the Post-PC World. Anonymous hacks SF’s myBART website. Thousands of names, addresses & numbers released. - TNW Insider. Anonymous, the online hacktivist group, has released thousands of names, email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers believed to be from myBart.org, an independent site that uses BART’s (San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit) open data services.

Anonymous hacks SF’s myBART website. Thousands of names, addresses & numbers released. - TNW Insider

The hacking is part of a carefully planned effort by Anonymous to bring BART to its knees in retaliation for its shutdown of cell phone service Thursday night at some of its stations to disrupt planned demonstrations over a police shooting. A notice on BART’s website says the following: BART’s online services including web, mobile web, email and SMS are used by nearly 2 million customers every month.

Anonymous has posted a list of all the names and addresses on a miscellaneous website (we won’t currently be linking to) and also included the following message (click for large version) Anonymous issued a press release on Saturday claiming it would: What is Google's real market share in the US? As the US government looks into Google from an antitrust context, a central question has to be what is their real search engine market share in the US?

What is Google's real market share in the US?

As someone who runs a search engine, I've followed and studied the numbers floating around for a while. And yet they've never really sat right with me. Comscore and Hitwise are two primary providers of search engine market share numbers. Their twolatest reports peg Google's share at around 65% in the US, and that's generally what the press reports. That seems high indeed, but everyone I talk to "in the wild" who runs high traffic sites actually sees a much higher percentage of their search engine traffic coming from Google, usually from 80-90%.

What makes this even weirder is Hitwise also recently came out with a report saying Bing/Yahoo users click on more links than Google users, so you'd expect the Google % everyone sees to be slightly lower than their real market share. Scheme may thwart Internet censorship. U.

Scheme may thwart Internet censorship

MICHIGAN (US) — New technology could beat Internet censorship at its own game by making it virtually impossible for a repressive government to block individual sites. “The Internet has the ability to catalyze change by empowering people through information and communication services,” says J. Alex Halderman, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan. Gunning for the Copyright Reformers. Going after copyright reformers is risky business.

Gunning for the Copyright Reformers

To digital zealots, defending copyright is like advocating the return to the typewriter. (I personally like typewriters; I own several and I recommend a wonderful 1997 Atlantic piece on them at Longform.org). Jonathan's Card: Starbucks Shuts Down Social Experiment Over Fraud Concerns. The NYT doesn’t have a paywall; it’s a line of sandbags. If you follow the media sphere, you might have seen some news articles and blog posts recently about how the “New York Times paywall is working,” or words to that effect.

The NYT doesn’t have a paywall; it’s a line of sandbags

They were all over the place, including a piece by Reuters media writer Felix Salmon, in which he admitted he was wrong about whether the paywall would succeed or not. Salmon has now written an update to his original post, with some of the reasons he thinks the paywall is working. But what is meant by the term “working?” Is the NYT getting readers to pay? Yes. Windows Laptop Makers Can't Catch Up to the MacBook Air. The PC world is buzzing lately about how laptop manufacturers are struggling to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air, which has exploded in popularity since the introduction of the third-gen model in 2010.

Windows Laptop Makers Can't Catch Up to the MacBook Air

Suspected Chinese spear-phishing attacks continue to hit Gmail users. News August 13, 2011 07:06 AM ET Computerworld - Months after Google said that Chinese hackers were targeting the Gmail accounts of senior U.S. government officials, attempts to hijack Gmail inboxes continue, a researcher said Thursday.

Suspected Chinese spear-phishing attacks continue to hit Gmail users

"Once compromises happen and are covered in the news, they do not disappear and attackers don't give up or stop. They continue their business as usual," said Mila Parkour, an independent security researcher based in Washington, D.C., on her Contagio Malware Dump website. In early June, Google announced it had disrupted a targeted phishing campaign designed to compromise Gmail accounts belonging to senior U.S. and South Korean government officials, military personnel, Chinese activists and journalists.

Parkour had revealed details of the earlier phishing attacks months before Google's June announcement. China denied accusations that its government played a role in the attacks that accessed hundreds of accounts. Anonymous defaces BART site, leaks user data. Anonymous has apparently made good on a promise to wreak havoc on the Web site of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System today, although not exactly as planned.

Anonymous defaces BART site, leaks user data

Earlier, the amorphous collective had threatened to take Bart.gov offline for six hours today, or twice the amount of time BART managers took cell phone service offline at some BART stations Thursday night in order to head off a planned protest then. Is this the end for books? In 1996, the US computer entrepreneur Brewster Kahle set up the Internet Archive, its mission being to provide "universal access to all knowledge".

Is this the end for books?

This admirable project strives to store copies of every single web page ever posted: a ghostly archive of the virtual.