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Recent Breach Extends Beyond Yahoo to Gmail, Hotmail, AOL and Other Users

Yahoo confirmed that a file containing more than 400,000 user names and passwords to Yahoo and other companies was stolen in early July, 2012. A group of hackers, known as the D33D Company, posted usernames and passwords for what appeared to be 453,492 accounts belonging to Yahoo, but also Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Comcast, MSN, SBC Global, Verizon, BellSouth and Live.com users.

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The hackers wrote a brief footnote to the data dump, which has since been pulled offline: "We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this sub-domain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat. There have been many security holes exploited in Web servers belonging to Yahoo Inc. that have caused far greater damage than our disclosure. Please do not take them lightly. The sub-domain and vulnerable parameters have not been posted to avoid further damage."

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Flame may be the most powerful computer virus in history, and a nation-state is most likely to blame for unleashing it on the World Wide Web.  Iran appears to be the primary target of the data-snatching virus that has swept through the Middle East, though other countries have also been affected.  Flame was first spotted by the Russians in 2010, though it may have been wrecking havoc on computer s

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ystems for many years, although cyber-war has been intensifying recently. Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab believes a state is behind the attack.

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Communication with dolphins is getting better all the time — they've been using iPads, for one thing, and humans have been working on a type of Rosetta Stone-like two-way translation device. A new gadget could improve matters even further, by allowing humans to produce the full range of dolphin sounds. The acoustics researchers who developed it call it the Dolphin Speaker.

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Dolphins Using the IPad

To better understand how these sounds are produced, how they travel and even what they mean, researchers need to be able to play them back, watching how dolphins react. This speaker can do it, producing sounds from 6 kHz to 170 kHz. While others have worked in the low-frequency ranges, this is the first type that can cover the whole spectrum.

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GRAPHENE, a form of carbon that comes in sheets a single atom thick, has gained a reputation as a wonder material. It is the best conductor yet discovered of heat at room temperature and is 40 times stronger than steel. It is also a semiconductor whose electrical conductivity is 1,000 times better than silicon's. This means it could be used to make devices far more sensitive than is possible now, leading some to predict that it will one day become the material of choice for computer chips. There was little surprise, therefore, when Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, two physicists who were investigating graphene's structure, won the 2010 Nobel prize for their work.

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Graphene can be used in many industries - from electronics to water purifiers, from displays to super-capacitors and car batteries offering exciting possibilities for this new technologican advance, although.   converting the wonders of graphene into products has been tough. But Frank Koppens and his colleagues at the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona think they have found a way to do so. As they describe in Nature Nanotechnology, they believe graphene can be used to make ultra-sensitive, low-cost photodetectors.

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Social media has empowered brands to break their own news instead of relying on advertising or PR to disseminate their message. As brands become increasingly comfortable with social media on the whole, more budget and attention is being focused on high quality content created specifically for the social web.  New Wave of Advertisers Consider Consumers the New Medium.

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    The spot for Chipotle Mexican Grill starts bleak and gets bleaker: the story of a farmer who becomes Big Agriculture, maltreating his pigs and polluting the water as winter descends. It's long, at two minutes and 20 seconds, and told entirely via stop-motion puppetry. There's no dialogue, only the spooky crooning of Willie Nelson. And the Chipotle logo appears just once, at the very end, on a truck pulling away from a farm returned to its roots, chickens pecking freely in the sun.  At any number of companies, the ad would have been killed for any number of reasons. It's unfunny. Political. Expensive to air.  There was also a chance that it was brilliant.