Thursday, 20 December 2012
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Facebook has reclaimed the top spot of best place to work in the U.S., according to Glassdoor's Employee Choice Awards, and it's got perks even for interns.
Facebook's interns make between $5,600 and $6,300 per month -- the equivalent of $65,000 to $75,000 per year.
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Are Facebook's interns making too much money? Tech interns are among the highest paid in the U.S., but summer banking analysts rake in roughly the same amount. Large salaries are a way for companies to lure top talent from schools early on, although Facebook seems to maintain this post-internship; a software engineering job brings in $114,000 a year.
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
With well over a year underway after Open Graph was first announced, Facebook released some big statistics intended to plzz developers.
Announced amid LeWeb 2012 in Paris this week, here are some of the key points:
* There are over 350 apps on FBook.com with more than 1million monthly active users each.
* Nearly 200,000 iPhone and Android apps are incorporated with FBook, including 9 of the top 10 grossing iPhone apps.
* More than 45% of the top 400 grossing iOS apps use the FBook SDK.
Justin Osofsky, FBook's director of platform partnerships and operations, asserted in a blog post on Wednesday that the World's largest social network "has become the social building block for some of the biggest cell phone and web apps across a different of categories."
Some examples mentioned in the post include Pinterest, Kobo, and TripAdvisor.
Also highlighting UK-based Shazam, Osofsky noted that the international developer community is also getting more involved with Open Graph.
Additionally (and possibly in a nod to the host city for LeWeb this month), Osofsky cited that Paris is the second top city for Timeline app development, after San Francisco, for Open Graph submissions.
Monday, 3 December 2012
Do not panic. You might have trouble finding GIFs to describe your feelings for a little bit, because there is a exploit spreading on Tumblr that is effectively Turn Off your favorite sites. And, if you so much as click on the wrong post, Turn Off your own.
The exploit, spearheaded by the anti-blogging hacker group GNAA, seems to have originated when the post above—an ideological GNAA screed—appeared on the Tumblr for the Daily Dot, an online news site. Click on the post, your own Tumblr displays it as well. Over 8,600 unique Tumblr users have reportedly been infected so far, including USA Today, the Verge, and EW.
Bottom line: do not click if you see the above, and do not tweet out links to it, or you will get/give the worm too if you are logged into Tumblr.
In the past, the GNAA has targeted such prominent sites as CNN, Wikipedia, and the Obama campaign site. The GNAA has been around since the early 2000s, and it exists basically to disrupt websites. Not much is known about the organization's internal structure, but it was once run by convicted iPad hacker Andrew "Weev" Auernherimer. At the end of October, the GNAA tricked people into thinking there was mass looting after Hurricane Sandy. Today's exploit is apparently, a campaign against bronies.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
A hacker has begun selling what they claim is a zero-day exploit that will let criminals hijack control of Yahoo Mail users' accounts. The hacker, who goes by the moniker The Hell, posted a video marketing a $700 exploit kit on the secretive Darkode cybercrime market on Monday. The video was later spotted and re-posted onto YouTube by security blogger Brian Krebs.
"I'm selling Yahoo stored xss that steal Yahoo emails cookies and works on ALL browsers. And you don't need to bypass IE or Chrome xss filter as it do that itself because it's stored xss,"
TheHell proclaimed in his marketing video.
"Prices around for such exploit is $1,100 - $1,500, while I offer it here for $700. Will sell only to trusted people Bcuz I do not want it to be patched soon"
TheHell claimed that when clicked the malicious link exploits a cross-site scripting bug that lets criminals steal Yahoo Mail cookies. The cookies can then reportedly be used to log into and steal control of any compromised Yahoo mail account.
Monday, 26 November 2012
Microsoft is not the only one who thinks touch-screen laptops are a good idea, it appears. Google is reportedly planning a touch-enabled Chromebook for the end of 2012, and may even sell it under its own brand.
Google has ordered 20 million units of the device from its Taiwan-based manufacturer, Compal, the Chines Newspaper reports. The report says the size of the order indicates it’s “tentative,” though it’s probably a decent size for Chromebooks, which have not been huge sellers for Google. Sales have so far been so small that NPD, a research company that measures sales of electronics, does not even bother mentioning them.
A touch Chromebook mirrors what Microsoft has done in Windows 8 — putting touch-screen abilities into the “traditional” form factor of a laptop. However, it’s unclear if Google will modify Chrome OS on the new machine to better work with touch as Microsoft did with Windows. Or it could be the first product to run both Android and Chrome, or a merged version of both (it’s been rumored Google is planning to unite the two OSes).
The report says Google could release the new Chromebook as early as December, though the last month of the year is generally regarded as a poor time to launch a new product.
What would you like to see in a touch Chromebook? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Friday, 23 November 2012
Early Saturday morning, attempts to access search engine Google led to a page which appeared and behaved in a manner quite unlike the familiar logo and search bar one is used to. Google had been hacked and defaced.
The defaced webpage appeared only on the Pakistan sub-site for the search engine, www.Google.com.pk. Those who access Google from within Pakistan are usually redirected to this portal. Though soon, the redirect stopped working and one was taken to the international page Google.com for search queries.
Hackers swapped the Google logo and a search bar with an image of two penguins walking on a bridge. A message in Turkish read (translated through Google translate):
“Eboz of a friend always there for me My homies have not shot by me with every breath”
It further added the line “Downed Pakistan” to confirm the webpage had been taken down.
At the bottom of the page, the hackers added a big question mark followed by the tag line that when translated read:
“Hello friends who are still alive, not dead!”