February 28, 2013
Remember when Dropbox was breached over the summer and users received spam to their Dropbox email addresses? On Thursday another breach apparently sent even more spam to many of those same addresses.
The user emails are used specifically for the cloud storage service and the breach is rumored to have begun two day ago.
Several Dropbox users say the spam they are receiving appears to be coming from fake PayPal email addresses.
While it appears that the addresses could have been obtained by Dropbox itself, the company has not confirmed the type of breach experienced. Concerns are being raised over the potential breach of customer passwords and user files.
At this time Dropbox says it believes the email addresses were obtained over the summer and that a new breach has not been discovered at this time. read more
Tags: Cloud Storage Spam, Data Breach, Dropbox, Dropbox Spam, Spam
Viddy on Thursday announced a major update to its video sharing program. The move is meant to help the company fight back against Twitter’s Vine application.
The new update allows users to create stop-action recording, add filters to their videos and even develop YouTube annotations for Viddy recordings.
In a company statement Viddy’s team announces:
“We are very excited for all of our Viddy community members to see what we’ve been working on and to start having fun with the second generation of our mobile social video app.”
Viddy has been attempting to take on Twitter’s Vine by adding further YouTube integration and introducing an Explore tab so users can find popular videos that have been shared by others. Viddy also allows for Facebook and Twitter sharing with a simple share button configuration. read more
Tags: Short Clip Video Sharing, Social Video, Social Video Sharing, Viddy, Video Sharing
February 27, 2013
Instagram has passed a huge milestone, announcing that it now serves more than 100 million monthly active users.
Announced in a blog post by co-founder Kevin Systrom, the news of the tremendous milestone arrives just 28 months after Instagram launched to much fanfare.
In mid-January Instagram announced that it has reached 90 million monthly active users (MAUs). The 90 million mark was the first time Instagram had ever officially revealed MAU data.
News of the 100 million users milestone and the company’s growth of nearly 10 million users in one month arrives after the company’s announced TOS changes caused an uproar and promises of fleeing the photo-based network. read more
Tags: Instagram, Instagram 100 Million Users, Instagram Growth, Photo Sharing, Social Photo Network
February 25, 2013
Video-sharing service Viddy has fired 12 of its workers, an amount equal to one-third of its total Los Angeles-based staff.
The move comes less than one month after rumors circulated in which former CEO and co-founder Brett O’Brief rebuffed an acquisition offer from social-networking service Twitter.
Rather than continuing its attempt to purchase Viddy the micro-blogging platform instead launched Vine, a nearly identical service.
While O’Brien has stepped down as CEO of Viddy his fellow co-founders JJ Aguhob and Chris Ovitz remain as president and senior vice president of business development. read more
The top legal verdicts of 2012 ranging from the much talked about Samsung patent infringement on Apple’s mobile products and the payout of almost $1 billion that they were forced to pay and the US chip maker Marvell Technology having to pay an even larger sum to local university Carnegie Mellon in a record case.
Tags: Infographic, law, legal verdicts, patent
Some of you in the crowd may remember the file-sharing site, Megaupload. They used to be the go-to option for cloud storage and easy access, yeah? As many of you know, that site hasn’t been around in ages, 1 year to be exact, but as the saying goes, ‘when one door closes, another one opens.’ From the ashes of Megaupload’s destruction rises MEGA, founded by Kim Dotcom.
What is MEGA?
Mega stands for Mega-Encrypted-Global-Access, and it may or may not put you at ease considering where you stood this time last year when Megaupload bit the dust. The site is geared for brilliance no matter which way you look at it, though:
- 3 low-cost plans, 1 free plan
- Awesome traffic ranking thanks to some massive back-linking efforts
- More files than you can shake a stick at, 50M and going strong
- Privacy and Protection, as only 1 user has ever been fined for piracy
This certainly is not the Megaupload of yore, folks. They have a 10 Gigabit throughput and that delivers you some of the best speed from any file-sharing or cloud storage site. Ever.
Tags: Blog Herald News, copyright, file sharing, megaupload
February 22, 2013
Foursquare is expanding its Explore feature to non-members.
A new link button via the Foursquare Web service allows members to share a link to venue pages for people who do not use Foursquare.
The mobile app rolled out a button for the service in early February, priming the platform for further expansion.
The new feature generates a URL that can be accessed without logging into Foursquare.
Many analysts have complained that Foursquare needs to expand its service to survive an onslaught on competition. By allowing non-members to access venue information the company could become a more capable open ratings and local search platform. read more
Tags: Foursquare, Foursquare Changes
February 21, 2013
With Twitter accounts being hacked left and right the company on Thursday debuted a new email authentication platform to fight back against forged Twitter email addresses.
Twitter announced the inclusion of DMARC, a technology that prevents cybercriminals from sending emails to users via fake Twitter.com addresses.
On the company’s official blog Twitter writes:
“We send out lots of emails every day to our users letting them know what’s happening on Twitter. But there’s no shortage of bad actors sending emails that appear to come from a Twitter.com address in order to trick you into giving away key details about your Twitter account, or other personal information, commonly called ‘phishing’.”
Twitter implemented DMARC earlier in the month but chose to officially roll out its announcement after the Twitter accounts for Jeep and Burger King became the victims of hackers. read more
Tags: DMARC, hacking, Twitter, Twitter Hacks
February 19, 2013
Bing has announced new improvements to its Facebook photos search function. The company is improving its user interface and adding support for a slideshow view.
Users who connect their Facebook accounts through Bing’s search service can use the Friends’ Photos feature to find their own photos and photos from their Facebook friends pages.
Bing launched its new Facebook photos search feature in August, adding to Bing’s Social Sidebar feature. The feature is integrated alongside Bing’s standard webpage search results.
Today’s improvements, much like Bing’s original setup, only feature photo returns when a user is friends with a Facebook.
Tags: Bing, Bing Facebook Photo Search, Facebook Photo Search, Social Photos, Social Search
February 18, 2013
With Posterous officially shutting down on April 30 the team at 3Crumbs has launched JustMigrate.com. The platform makes it simple for Posterous account holders to move their posts over to a new or existing Tumblr page.
JustMigrate is a simple program, just type in your Posterous URL, authorize the URL with Tumblr and allow JustMigrate.com to work its magic.
Users with multiple Tumblr accounts will be asked ahead of time to choose the proper Tumblr location for the new migration. read more
Tags: JustMigrate, Posterous, tumblr