#021-Tech Barbarians – 6/9/10 – TechBarbarians.com – TechJives.net – Chris Pope & Mark Eoff

6-9-10 “iPhone 4 breakdown with the Apptastic iGame Reviews Justin Laura” Check out TechBarbarians.com for show notes! This episode is part of the TechJives.net network and is hosted by: Chris Pope and Mark Eoff

Apple’s Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed


Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians. They—and every other buyer of the cellular-enabled tablet—could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.

The breach, which comes just weeks after an Apple employee lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, exposed the most exclusive email list on the planet, a collection of early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers that includes thousands of A-listers in finance, politics and media, from New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson to Diane Sawyer of ABC News to film mogul Harvey Weinstein to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It even appears that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s information was compromised.

It doesn’t stop there. According to the data we were given by the web security group that exploited vulnerabilities on the AT&T network, we believe 114,000 user accounts have been compromised, although it’s possible that confidential information about every iPad 3G owner in the U.S. has been exposed. We contacted Apple for comment but have yet to hear back. We also reached out to AT&T for comment. A call to Rahm Emanuel’s office at the White House has not been returned.

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Digg’s Looking For A New CEO

Posted by Zee Follow Zee on twitter on June 8th, 2010

On April 5th, Kevin Rose replacedJay Adelson as CEO of Digg.com.

There were a whole scope of rumours as to why the shake-up was happening, the most significant being disagreements between Rose and Adelson about the direction of the company. Theofficial statement came from Adelson who said it was a good time to do step down because of an”entrepreneurial calling” and now that Digg was well past “start-up” phase, it was time to move on.

Rose founded Digg in December 2004 and with Adelson stepping into the shoes of CEO in 2005, Kevin’s responsibilities gradually diminished as he focused more on angel investments and other projects. Today in an episodeof The Random Show with Tim Ferris, Rose elaborated some more on what exactly went down. Rose says he was frustrated with the lack of product innovation at Digg and that was the primary incentive behind his decision to become CEO.

Rose went on to give a pretty detailed overview of his experiences so far, the role seems to be taking its toll. Words like “nightmare” and “stressed” cropped up, but he does retract – if only slightly – with “it feels really good.” The most significant stress he says is “keeping 90 people on the same page as to what’s going on in the company.” Understandable considering the company had barely a tenth of the number of employees back in 2004.

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Twitter to Change Links and How They Are Displayed [UPDATED]

In an effort to remove the obscurity of shortened links and to prevent malware and phishing attacks, Twitter has begun the rollout t.co, its official URL shortener, along with some major changes to how the microblogging platform handles links.

In a blog post aptly titled Links and Twitters: Length Shouldn’t Matter, Twitter’s Sean Garrett announced that the company is taking a new approach to URLs. Not only will all links on Twitter.com and Twitter apps be “wrapped” in t.co links, but how they are counted against the 140 character limit. These change will occur throughout the summer.

What’s Happening with t.co

The first change is the auto-wrapping of links with the t.co short URL. This URL will replace twt.tl, which the company has been using to shorten links in direct messages for several months. However, you won’t see t.co appear very often, if at all, on Twitter.com or your favorite Twitter app, because the company is changing how links are treated on the platform.

Whenever it’s possible to display a longer link, Twitter will display that URL information so that users aren’t fooled by obscure links that turn out to be malware. Twitter’s example is http://www.amazon.com/Delivering-Happiness-Profits-Passion-Purpose/dp/0446563048/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275966329&sr=8-1%22, which links to Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s new book. In a text message, you’d see the link automatically turned into a t.co link (due to the SMS character limit), but on Twitter.com, it will display either part of the link (amazon.com/Delivering-), the page title, or the entire link. What will exactly be displayed has yet to be decided.

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