Matt’s Favorites: Jeep Twitter Account Hacked, Chinese Army Hacking, Space Station Loses Touch, Higgs Boson May Mean Doom, And Much More
So what’s new and exciting in the wonderful world of high technology? See it all here, culled from a bunch of sources…
* Well, Jeep is now in good company with Burger King. Somebody hacked the @Jeep Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, Chrysler LLC spokesman Ed Garsten said. Officials noticed the first suspicious tweet at 1:32 p.m. (You know, when you’re Jeep and the Twitter page has a Cadillac logo and says Jeep stands for “Just Empty Every Pocket,” well, it’s kind of suspicious.) Garsten said the account was managed by an outside social media agency for the Jeep brand. They contacted Twitter immediately and worked through the process, and Jeep regained control around 2:30. So it was a little less than an hour that this whole episode lasted. “We have no idea who it was or how they did it,” Garsten said. Hmmm. Who’s next?
* After an ad campaign trashing Gmail’s ad tracking, Microsoft moves its Outlook.com email service out of preview stage.
* A shadowy unit of China’s vast army, tucked away in a nondescript office building in the thriving business hub of Shanghai, is behind a huge proportion of the hacking attacks on U.S. Web sites, according to an American cybersecurity firm.
* Also scary: Space Station astronauts temporarily lose all contact with NASA. (Figures. This crap always happens with a software ‘upgrade.’)
* A subatomic particle discovered last year that may be the long-sought Higgs boson might doom our universe to an unfortunate end, researchers say. But don’t worry — scientists say it’s probably billions of years in the future.
* Here’s the latest roundup of PlayStation 4 launch rumors.
* The discovery of “significant amounts” of water in moon rock samples collected by NASA’s Apollo astronauts is challenging a longstanding theory about how the moon formed, scientists say.
* HTC unveils a new flagship smartphone.
* Oxford blocks Google Docs to fight phishing. http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/oxford-overreacts-phishing-temporarily-blocks-google-docs
* Firefox 19 launches with a built-in pdf viewer.
* Where are the grounded 787 Dreamliners? Well, 50 of them are sitting around the world’s airports.
* Here’s a map of every meteor impact since 2300 BC. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57570065-93/map-shows-every-meteorite-impact-since-2300-b.c/
* Well, this is one way to teach physics: A Columbia University professor strips and shows images of Hitler and 9-11.