Apple Strengthens iCloud Security in Wake of Celeb Nude Photo Hack


Apple is making good on CEO Tim Cook's promise to beef up iCloud security in the wake of the recent celebrity photo hack.

Now, if you log into iCloud on a web browser, you will be prompted for a code if you have enabled two-factor authentication on your Apple account. Previously, two-factor authentication on iCloud only applied to purchases.

Apple has also introduced an option to remotely sign out of all browsers, which would immediately require a new login (and thus a code, if two-factor authentication is in place) for anyone trying to access the account via the web — which is the likely path of a hacker trying to access a user's iCloud data. Read more...

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Tony Stewart Isn’t in the Clear Yet; Case Headed to Grand Jury


Police are done investigating the death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr., who was struck and killed by Tony Stewart's car in August when he walked onto the track. But Stewart isn't out of the woods just yet.

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The case is headed to a grand jury, which will determine whether criminal charges should be filed, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said in a statement on Tuesday.

Over the past several weeks, I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff's Department their investigation, as it progressed, in the Tony Stewart matter. Recently that office concluded its work and forwarded the complete case file to me. Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Read more...

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Ripping a Business on Yelp? This Congressman Has Your Back


The rise of online review sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor have forced businesses to take action to maintain their digital reputations.

Some bolster service or improve products; others hire lawyers and sue.

To combat the rise in businesses suing over bad online ratings, a congressman is introducing a bill that will clarify the relationship between reviewer and reviewee while trying to prevent frivolous lawsuits.

"This law would say you cannot contract away a person's freedom of speech," said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D.-Calif.), who is sponsoring the bill. Read more...

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Fame Is Hard: Why Minecraft’s Creator Is Opting to Disappear


"I'm not doing this for the money. I'm doing it for my sanity."

Those were the final words of Markus Persson's blog post explaining why he wouldn't be going on with Mojang after it was purchased by Microsoft. Persson, better known as "Notch," is responsible for creating Minecraft, a game which skyrocketed to popularity through every demographic. Now Microsoft owns Minecraft, and the studio behind it, but Notch is taking this opportunity to part ways from his creation.

The first question on many people's minds is probably, "why would you leave something so successful?" But sometimes its hard to imagine how the spotlight of fame can change you, especially when that fame comes from gamers and denizens of the Internet. Read more...

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Zero To One: How Blake Masters Went From Being Peter Thiel’s Student To Co-Author

thi22_101 Within the spring of 2012, Peter Thiel taught a category referred to as CS 183: Startup, at Stanford. Some of the college students in Thiel’s type, Blake Masters, posted targeted notes on his non-public weblog that turned into an quick hit within the tech group. Now, Masters and Thiel have remodeled these type notes right into a ebook: “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How one can Construct the Future.” Read More

Panic! at the Disco Nails Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in Rowdy Cover


A shirtless Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco channeled his best Freddie Mercury in the rock band's superb live cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Urie, whose range lends itself well to taking on Mercury's vocal acrobatics, performed the Queen classic with the rest of the group during its Gospel Tour, which ended in August.

Panic! at the Disco uploaded a video of one of the performances to YouTube this week, though, partly to continue promoting its latest album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die

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Dancing Traffic Light Helps Pedestrians Moonwalk Safely


Cities can be dangerous places if you don't have the right directions.

Smart, the company behind the original smart car, has devised a clever way to help pedestrians wait for the walk signal and keep the streets safer — a dancing traffic light. By projecting real movements from people nearby, the dancing traffic light entertains people at the intersection until it's a safe time to cross the street. The company built the signal at an intersection in Lisbon, Portugal, earlier this summer. (There are no evident plans to implement the lights elsewhere yet.)

The ad is part of Smart's #WhatAreYouFor campaign, which emphasizes the company's dedication to safety. Read more...

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‘When White People Fight Guy’ Disapproves of Everything, Basically


Earlier this week, a video surfaced on YouTube called "When White People Fight." (Warning: It contains strong language and mild violence.)

The video documents an apparent fraternity brawl as the person filming flashes a disapproving selfie — apparently, unimpressed by the mayhem behind him

Turns out, there's really nothing that impresses the dude

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Top-Ranked U.S. General Says American Troops May Fight ISIS on the Ground


The U.S. military's top-ranked officer believes American ground forces could join Iraqi and Kurdish troops on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said as much at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday that was designed to discuss the specifics of America's plan to "degrade and destroy" ISIS, the terror group that has led a bloody campaign to capture territory across Syria and Iraq and has formed a pseudo-state between the two nations. President Barack Obama has consistently said that the United States will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq," but Dempsey's assertion is the first indication that America's current role in striking ISIS from the sky could evolve into at least a minor combat role on the ground. Read more...

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