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  • Facebook security bug exposed 6 million users' personal information

    Facebook security bug exposed 6 million users' personal information

    Today, Facebook announced a security bug that compromised the personal account information of six million users. In a post on the Facebook Security page, the site’s White Hat team explained that some of the information the site uses to deliver friend recommendations was “inadvertently stored with people’s contact information as part of their account on Facebook.” When users downloaded an archive of their account via the DYI (download your information) tool, some were apparently given access to additional contact info for friends and even friends of friends. The post continues:

    We’ve concluded that approximately 6 million Facebook users had email addresses or telephone numbers shared. There were other email addresses or telephone numbers included in the downloads, but they were not connected to any Facebook users or even names of individuals. For almost all of the email addresses or telephone numbers impacted, each individual email address or telephone number was only included in a download once or twice. This means, in almost all cases, an email address or telephone number was only exposed to one person. Additionally, no other types of personal or financial information were included and only people on Facebook – not developers or advertisers – have access to the DYI tool.

    Facebook says it’s temporarily disabled the DYI tool to fix the breach. We’ve reached out to the site for further comment; for now, read the official statement via the source link below.

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    Via: TechCrunch

    Source: Facebook

  • Tobii and Synaptics team on eye-tracking Ultrabook concept

    Tobii and Synaptics team on eyetracking Ultrabook concept

    While Tobii has a peripheral that brings eye tracking to Windows PCs of all sorts, there’s little doubt that an integrated approach would be more elegant. The company agrees: it’s partnering with Synaptics on a concept Ultrabook (seen above) that combines both Gaze UI and Synaptics’ pressure-sensitive ForcePad in a showcase of new input methods. The partners haven’t said just what new tricks they’ll demonstrate, if any, but it’s clear that there won’t be a size penalty when the concept is as slim as the laptops in stores today. Synaptics and Tobii plan to tour the PC throughout the industry during the summer and the fall, and they’re no doubt hoping that a few vendors use the concept as inspiration.

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    Source: Tobii

  • Editor's Letter: Microsoft backtracks. Is the Xbox One better for it?

    In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.

    DNP Editor's Letter Microsoft backtracks Is the Xbox One better for it

    It’s not too often that we call a tech news story stunning, but that seems like an apt description for our reaction when Microsoft decided to pull an abrupt about-face and nix its controversial rights management for the Xbox One. We learned at the Seattle launch event that the system would have to call home once every 24 hours or every game installed from a disc would be disabled — even if you had the disc in the drive — and quickly the rumblings from the gamers started. They grew louder at E3 when Microsoft detailed the system’s DRM, a stream of complaints that quickly reached deafening levels on online forums and the like.

    Yet, through all that, Microsoft stayed true to the party line, that the advantages of this system (being able to digitally share games, being able to change games without having to swap discs, etc.) outweighed the overwhelmingly negative reaction brewing among online gamers. That corporate message seemed to get bitter at times, weary at others, but never showed a sign of changing. Until, suddenly, a complete about-face this week.

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  • AOL Reader launches into private beta, thanks Google for the opportunity

    AOL Reader launches into private beta, thanks Google for the opportunity

    Google: “Eh, we’re kind of over this Reader thing. Let’s go launch some balloons.”

    AOL: “Why, thanks guys — don’t mind if we do!”

    The above mentioned quotes are still unofficial, mind you, but it appears that AOL (disclaimer: that’s Engadget’s parent company) is joining Feedly and Digg in an effort to capture the audiences who will soon be forced to flee from Google’s Reader product. AOL Reader launched today in beta form, promising to collect “all your favorite websites, in one place.” It appears that the design language follows that introduced in the entity’s Alto mail product, and if you’ve forgotten your AOL password, fret not — those who request (and receive) an invite will be able to sign in via Facebook, Google or Twitter. Oh, and judging by the shot above, it’s designed to work universally across screen sizes and devices, including your tablets, phones, desktops, laptops and space-age computational creations. Of note, it appears that the sign-up forms aren’t entirely active just yet, as we’re hearing that the bona fide launch won’t occur until next week.

    Update: We’ve confirmed that invites will be accepted starting on Monday, June 24th.

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    Source: AOL Reader (1), (2)

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