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Laptop Thief Steals 130 Laptops

October 29, 2007

Laptop Thief Steals 130 LaptopsHe stole 130 laptops, police suspect, from 24 different companies in five states.

For over 12 years, Eric Almly travelled the country committing robberies, according to the St. Petersburg Times. Once he even called his victim and taunted them from a payphone.

More Second Life pranks coming to The Office?

October 26, 2007

More Second Life pranks coming to The Office?Second Life emerged victorious in its first encounter with NBC’s The Office. But the episode hinted at more Second Life cameos to come.

Newsvine User Busts “Astro-turf” Campaign

October 23, 2007

NewsVine User Busts PR firmA Newsvine user busted a powerful stealth campaign with just a few clicks, and a simple question. “Why does Newsvine allow political organizations to seed ‘astroturf’ content?”

He’d discovered a pattern to the way a story’s URL had been suggested to the bloggers at Newsvine. The same user had suggested over 470 URLs, each one pointing only to articles on the exact same site.

The Digg Thief

October 18, 2007

The Digg ThiefWhat would you do?

Last month Jonathan Schlaffer found one of his articles, which criticized Windows XP, on the front page of Digg. But then he realized someone had stolen his article, put it on their own site, and submitted their URL instead of his!

Hacked Ann Coulter site: my career was a prank!

October 16, 2007

Hacked Ann Coulter site: it was all a joke!Ann Coulter’s web site was apparently hacked Monday night. In place of a column about Republican politics was “An Open Letter to Readers” announcing that her entire career had been a practical joke.

Simpsons SCHIP page “not a hack,” say Republicans

October 15, 2007

Simpsons SCHIP page not a hack, say RepublicansThe Simpsons characters appeared on the web site for a Republican House Committee — where the villainous Mr. Burns rubs his hands in glee over a children’s health insurance bill.

Second Life + Google + IBM = Open Source Avatars?

October 11, 2007

Second Life + Google + IBM = Open Source Avatars?It’s like a science fiction story. Your avatar escapes Second Life, and prowls the internet, exploring new worlds and splurging its Second Life Linden currency on other online products.

Newt Gingrich enjoys nudity-free visit in Second Life.

October 4, 2007

Fighting Nudity in Second Life - Newt Gingrich to meet Summer SealeMaybe you heard that a naked dominatrix’s slave wandered around Newt Gingrich’s forum in Second Life last week?

Did Naked People Accost Newt Gingrich in Second Life?

September 28, 2007

Naked People Accost Newt Gingrich in Second LifeA funny thing happened when Newt Gingrich visited Second Life. According to at least one newspaper, the first thing he saw was “a lovely young digital lady” — who was completely naked!

Why the New York Times Is Free

September 17, 2007

Why the New York Times Is FreeAt midnight The New York Times stopped charging for its content online. It’s even handing out refunds to any online subscribers who paid for it in advance. Here’s why…

September 11 in Second Life

September 13, 2007

September 11 in Second LifeWhen terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, Odin Wright was just three blocks away. Six years later, he’s constructed an amazing tribute to the victims — in the virtual world of Second Life.

Web Exposes Secrets of the D.C. Madam’s Escort Agency

August 27, 2007

Web Exposes Secrets of the D.C. MadamThe web never forgets. An archived copy remains online for the web page of the notorious “D.C. Madam.”

Vigilantes fight CraigsList bike thieves

August 26, 2007

Vigilantes fight CraigsList bike thievesA year ago, his bike was stolen. Then he spotted it on Craig’s List…

Dateline’s “Predator” series faces lawsuits and criticism

August 22, 2007

DatelineDateline’s “To Catch a Predator” series has become a target itself for criticism — by 20/20, Esquire, and an online magazine, as well a former producer, a Georgia judge, a local news reporter, and the relatives of two of the show’s targets.

Identity Thieves Busted in a Hotel – and a Starbucks

August 20, 2007

Identity Thieves Busted in a Hotel - and a Coffee ShopActing on a tip, police in Northern California visited a hotel room — and busted two identity thieves who were allegedly using a stolen laptop to target over 40 potential victims. It’s just another dark corner in the world of identity theives.

The iPhone’s rebel underground: AT&T vs. Vermont

August 16, 2007

The iPhoneIf they knew where he lived, AT&T would instantly cancel his iPhone contract.

John Canning bought an iPhone in Boston, then snuck it back to his home state of Vermont. But the iPhone’s exclusive wireless carrier — AT&T — doesn’t have direct service anywhere in the state.

Data stolen for all National Guard soldiers in Idaho

August 16, 2007

Data stolen for all National Guard soldiers in Idaho3,400 national guard members got a nasty surprise. All their personal data has just been stolen. “You name it, it was on there,” announced the National Guard’s Lt. Col. Stephanie Dowling.

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