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Technology News Archive - June 15, 2012

Social App Skout Shuts Down Teen Access

Social app Skout suddenly shut down a component of its service targeted at teenagers this week. The move comes after three sexual assaults were connected to teens using Skout’s flirting/meet-up service that was directed at 13- to 17-year-olds.

UK ATM Users Can Withdraw Cash With Their Smartphones

UK ATMs are going to begin allowing users to interact with cash machines through their smartphone. The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Natwest are launching the program for their customers.

Apple And Time Finally Strike A Deal

Oh how the mighty have fallen. One of the most outspoken critics of selling subscriptions through Apple’s Newsstand app has finally decided to ditch their principles and join forces with the iMaker.

Google, Facebook, Others Team Up to Battle Malicious Ads

Much like how legendary comic book super heroes joined forces to form the Avengers or the Justice League, some of the super-powers of the Internet are teaming up to keep Web surfers safe from viruses, scams, and spyware associated with advertisements.

Sony Xperia Ion On AT&T For $99 Late June

On June 24, AT&T is set to begin selling the Sony Xperia Ion smartphone on its 4G LTE network. The Sony Xperia Ion is an AT&T exclusive, and will sell with a two-year contract for $99.99.

Apple's Admission Of Weakness

Instead of praising their own hardware for being nearly imperceptible to viruses and other malicious software, Apple quietly changed their tune.

The White House Wants To Connect Us All With Fast Broadband

The White House on Wednesday announced they will sign an Executive Order to make broadband construction up to 90% cheaper and more efficient.

Another Apple Patent That Won’t Make Its Way To Our World

For those Apple fans who like to read way too deeply into analyst notes, press invitations and Steve Jobs’ biography, have I got some fun for you!

Microsoft To Acquire Business Social Network Yammer For $1.2 Billion

Microsoft will reportedly acquire Yammer Inc., a cloud-based social network for business collaboration, for $1.2 billion.

British LulzSec Member Indicted For Hacking Fox, Sony, PBS Websites

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted a British man with ties to the group LulzSec (LulzSec), charging him with conspiracy and computer-related crimes for attacking websites owned by Fox, Sony Pictures and PBS, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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