Archive for June, 2013

Instagram Suffers Weird, Fruit-Based Flood of Spam

June 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Strange things are afoot on Instagram. The service seems to be suffering from a spam attack, spreading in the form of — get this — pictures of fruit. Users are reporting the same types of fruit photos auto-posted and appearing in their friends’ Instagram feeds, with a similar caption under each one: “Ever seen this stuff? I guess it’s super healthy. I’m giving it a try. I saw it on Dr. Oz’s show. Link is in my bio. #lovemyfollowers #health.” At this point, it’s unclear how widespread the attack is, or just exactly how the problem is spreading. Instagram and Facebook have not yet responded to a request for comment. Update 12:59 pm PT : An Instagram spokeswoman responded to our request for comment with the following: “Earlier today a small portion of our users experienced a spam incident where unwanted photos were posted from their accounts

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In the Instagram vs. Vine War for Social Video, We Still Don’t Know Who’s Winning

June 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Everyone loves a battle royale. And in one fell swoop of video announcements last week, we’ve all watched and waited to see Facebook’s Instagram and Twitter’s Vine go to the mattresses. Will Vid-stagram kill Twitter’s video baby? Can the underdog Vine still grow after the 130-million-user behemoth Instagram lumbers into video sharing? It looked like we had a first snapshot of who was winning the war this week.

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‘White House Down’ Tanks as ‘The Heat,’ ‘Monsters U’ Lead Box Office

June 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A sophomore “Monsters University” is schooling newcomers “The Heat” and “White House Down” this weekend with $14.3 million Friday and a projected three-day total in the high $40 millions. Though that’s not to say Fox’s “Heat” is off to a bad start. The R-rated laffer bowed to $13.6 million Friday for second, where it ought... Read more

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Karlovy Vary Opens with Travolta on Thesping, Gondry’s Strange Tale

June 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which is Central and Eastern Europe’s leading sprocket opera, opened Friday with a tribute to John Travolta, who received the fest’s Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema, and a screening of Michel Gondry’s whimsical fantasy ”Mood Indigo.” In acknowledging the career tribute, Travolta spoke about the craft of acting. “Being an actor... Read more

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Apple Finds It Difficult to Divorce Samsung

June 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple is finding that breaking up with Samsung is hard to do. For evidence, look no further than Apple Inc.’s effort to find a company other than ferocious rival Samsung Electronics Co. to make the sophisticated chip brains used in Apple’s iPads and iPhones. This month, after years of technical delays, Apple finally signed a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to make some of the chips starting in 2014, according to a TSMC executive.

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Film Review: ‘Mystery Road’

June 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

An impressively crafted, immensely satisfying contempo thriller that astutely tackles the hot-button issue of tensions between indigenous and European Australians.

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Film Review: ‘Badges of Fury’

June 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As a vehicle for Jet Li and rising Chinese thesp Wen Zhang to show off their kung fu and comedy chops, respectively, “Badges of Fury” narrowly passes muster as a silly time-killer, souped up with some wackily conceived action. Mainland-produced but helmed by Hong Kong newcomer Wong Tsz-ming, the film — pairing Li and Wen... Read more

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Los Angeles Times Lays Off At Least 11 Employees (EXCLUSIVE)

June 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Los Angeles Times has laid off at least 11 employees Friday as it seeks to reduce head count in advance of a potential sale. A letter from editor Davan Maharaj and managing editor Marc Duvoisin was just issued to the newsroom confirming a “modest” amount of cuts. The graphics and design departments were hit... Read more

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Hollywood’s Latest Bomb? ‘White House Down’ Struggling at the Box Office

June 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Less than a month after Will Smith’s “After Earth” crashed at the box office, Sony finds itself in another predicament with Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down. “The $150 million action thriller, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, is the studio’s most expensive film of the summer but may debut as poorly as fourth place this... Read more

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DHS Report: Energy Sector Now a Bigger Target for Cyber Attackers

June 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The energy sector is reporting an enormous increase in the number of attempted cyber attacks in 2013, according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security. Some of the new attempted attacks have included the industrial control systems of gas compression stations across the Midwest. There were 111 cyber incidents reported by the energy sector during the six months ending in May 2013, compared to about 81 incidents reported in the preceding 12 months, according to the report issued by DHS’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). A previous report issued in January warned that cyber threats to the energy sector were happening at “an alarming rate.” The new report indicated an emerging cyber threat actor involved in intrusions into both the energy and critical manufacturing sectors, but did not give any more details about whether it was a nation state actor or some other group. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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