DailyDose: BlackBerry’s quest in India, and leaked NextBigThing ad by Samsung
DailyDose, your technology brief for the day is back. In today’s edition: Samsung’s $15 Million Super Bowl Ad Leaks Ahead Of Big Game. Facebook Sues Profile Technology Over Use of User Data. Google Rises to Record on Investor Optimism on Growth Prospects. New $1.6 billion supercomputer project will attempt to simulate the human brain and more.
Twitter to reset passwords and revoked session tokens for hacked accounts: Last week, nearly 250,000 Twitter users were hacked. Twitter wrote on its blog: We detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users. As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts. If your account was one of them, you will have recently received (or will shortly) an email from us at the address associated with your Twitter account notifying you that you will need to create a new password. Your old password will not work when you try to log in to Twitter. More here.
Samsung’s $15 Million Super Bowl Ad Leaks Ahead Of Big Game
Samsung’s Super Bowl spot has leaked before today’s big game. The ad stars funny guys Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen. The two hilariously highlight features of Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones. [Source]
Facebook Sues Profile Technology Over Use of User Data
Facebook Inc accused an application developer in a lawsuit of continuing to display information about users of the social-networking website after Facebook tried to add protections to the data.
Profile Technology Ltd. failed to keep its agreement to delete the Facebook user data it accessed and displayed on the ProfileEngine.com website, according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California. [Source]
Google Rises to Record on Investor Optimism on Growth Prospects
Google Inc, operator of the world’s largest search engine, closed at a record high after reporting earnings last week that topped estimates, buoying investor sentiment about growth prospects.
The shares advanced 2.6 percent to $775.60 at yesterday’s close in New York, their highest value since the company went public in August 2004. They have gained 34 percent in the past 12 months, compared with a 14 percent increase for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. [Source]
New $1.6 billion supercomputer project will attempt to simulate the human brain
In what is the largest and most significant effort to re-create the human brain to date, an international group of researchers has secured $1.6 billion to fund the incredibly ambitious Human Brain Project. For the next ten years, scientists from various disciplines will seek to understand and map the network of over a hundred billion neuronal connections that illicit emotions, volitional thought, and even consciousness itself. And to do so, the researchers will be using a progressively scaled-up multilayered simulation running on a supercomputer. Read here.
BlackBerry searching high and low in India, Indonesia
Research in Motion Ltd must chart a tough course in its two key emerging markets of India and Indonesia: quickly launch cheaper handsets to woo lower-end subscribers while restoring its tattered brand among the countries’ status-conscious.
The company, which is re-branding itself BlackBerry after its best-known smartphone, has won millions of followers in these two Asian countries, mostly by selling cheaper handsets and offering service packages as low as $2 a month. So it’s unlikely that the Z10 model introduced last week, which operators in India expect to sell for around $750, will appeal to the users it must reach if it is to build market share. [Source]