Popular website Yugatech.com was reportedly hacked and infected with malware. Both Firefox and Google Chrome showed independent warnings upon trying to open the website Wednesday morning. Here’s some screenshots.
Yugatech website is owned and operated by Abe Olandres, a well-known technology blogger. The website is one of the most visited blog in the country and is a top destination for Pinoys looking for reviews of gadgets and technology news updates.
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Good news to bloggers who use Google’s Blogger platform (i.e Blogspot). Today, Blogger introduces the support for threaded comments. Before, Blogger just uses plain comments in contrast so its hard to see to whom the comment was directed to – either on the author or to one of the comments. Now, with threaded comments, you can clearly see to whom the reply was directed to.
Threaded comments has been a here for a long time now. WordPress default commeting system has it. This is also true with other commenting services such as Disqus and Intense Debate.
How to Activate Threaded Comments on Blogger?
To Activate threaded comments on Blogger, you just need to make sure that the following options are set like this:
- Make sure that the Allow Blog Feed is set in “Full”.
- Enable comments and set Comment Location as “Embedded”.
After those settings, you can now see the reply button on the comments in your blog posts.
Here’s a not-so-important news article but for those curious, you may find it interesting.
I checked my twitter account this morning and I saw this topic as trending in the Philippines: Page 2 of 366. At first glance, it’s meaningless so out of curiosity, I checked out Google to find out about it but I saw nothing relevant.
Then after checking out the tweets, it finally dawned on me that actually, Page 2 of 366 is just a countdown of the entire year 2012. Yes, 366 stands for the 366 days of year 2012 (leap year). Page 2 represents the second day of the year, January 2, 2012. So tomorrow, we can at least expect a Page 3 of 366 as trending, then Page 4 of 366 and so on.
But I am curious on how long this gimmick (which I don’t know who started) will last. It was currently trending in Twitter Philippines and not on the worldwide scale.
There has been a malicious news (or a hoax) circulating around the internet that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has issued a statement that they have found out that the recent hacker attack on Facebook originated in the Philippines. The message even goes on to say that if not controlled, the social network giant might be forced to ban all users coming from the Philippines.
Of course, news like these spread like wildfire in the internet especially with the help of social network itself like Twitter and Facebook. But let’s examine why we can immediately conclude that this statement is baseless and utter falsehood or you can just simply say HOAX.
1. There is No Such Statement From Mark Zuckerberg
If Facebook will make huge decisions such banning the Philippines (or any country), they will issue an official statement via credible news organizations or via their own blog at blog.facebook.com. In the case of this hoax, there’s none.
2. Facebook Will Not Ban an Entire Country
A country government may prohibit its citizens to access Facebook (e.g. China) for some reason but it is light years away for Facebook to ban an entire country. Social Network is a huge business and you cannot just block a country with over 90 million population from using your business.
In addition, the Philippines is regarded as one of the heavy users of Facebook in the worldwide scale. Check Alexa.com ranking and you will see that Facebook is the number one website in the Philippines in terms of web traffic.
3. The move is foolish.
Banning an entire country just because the hacker happens to come from it is simply a lazy, and foolish decision. Facebook will not grow to its gigantic size right now if it does that have a collection of brilliant minds.
Hackers continues to deface Philppine government-owned websites. The latest victim is the website of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) which was hacked early today. The homepage has been defaced replacing Sec. mar Roxas‘ image with the hacker group logo. After a few seconds a window will prompt to redirect you to a website where the group posted their message.
The hacker group who introduced themselves in the name PrivateX said that they hack websites to protest against corruption and to expose the weakness of Philippine cyber culture.
DOTC is not the first government website that was defaced by hackers. As early as late 2009 or early 2010, many government websites has been attacked by different hacker group including the Department of Heath (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment, TESDA and just recently, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI).
WTF! i really lost all respect i had for her!
OMG I Knew Miley Cyrus is Far Out, BUT this Video Really Surprised Me
If you received a similar email notification from Facebook saying that one of your friends shared a link to you regarding a fictitious Miley Cyrus video, then you are one of the potential victim and host of the latest online scams that spreads like wildfire in Facebook.
Yes, this Facebook scam that uses the name of the popular American pop-singer Miley Cyrus is spreading really fast! I actually received two notifications today.
What Happens When You Click the Link?
Well, if you click the attached link, two things will/may happen:
1. If you give it access/permission to your account, it will automatically share the scam link to all of your Facebook friends. This will make you part of the scam network designed to spread the link.
2. It will redirect you to a survey website that will earn the scammers money for you answers.
More details about this is posted at SOPHOS Naked Security Blog.
Google’s latest social network attempt in the name of Google+ is now open to public ending the three months of beta testing where access to the service is via invitation only. To register an account, just have your Google account ready or if still don’t have a Google account, just sign up for it.
Google+ features such features as Circles, the new way to share anything to your friend while controlling who to share it with, Hangout, the newest way to talk to your friend even if they are miles away, Sparks, to find anything worth sharing, Mobile, the newest way to make your phone use more social and Games, the newest way of playing games with your friends online.
To sign up, just go to this link. http://plus.google.com
Well, if haven’t heard of it already, Google Gravity was a “gimmick” from Google where it tweaked its famous Search Interface.
In Google Gravity, there’s gravity so everything not supported will fall. All the elements of the famous Google Search UI including the logo, the search bar, the buttons and the menu bar at the top will fall immediately after entering the experiment page.
But although everything moves, all the functionality of the those elements will remain ” as is”. In the search bar, you can still search but the results will just drop from the top as pulled by the “gravity”.
Check out for yourself Google Gravity.
After her two-year stay as Yahoo Inc’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Carol Bartz was fired by the Yahoo Board replacing her with Yahoo’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Timothy Morse as an interim CEO.
The news was first posted by technology blog AllThingsD and was later confirmed by Yahoo’s Official Press Release.
Carol Bartz was hired by Yahoo Board to help the company from its continued sinking brought about by increasing competition from other digital media companies such as Google and Facebook. Microsoft offered to buy the company for $45 Billion but the company, headed by co-founder Jerry Yang back then, refused the offer.
Jerry Yang stepped down a few months after months of continued dip in Yahoo’s performance. He was later replaced by Carol Batz, former CEO of Autodesk, with the goal of saving the once internet star company from falling.
Bartz two years of tenure didn’t prove to be easy. Yahoo stocks continued to fall down and its relationship with Chinese company Alibaba soured because of failed negotiations. Criticism abound about the way Bartz handled the situation which eventually led to her being fired today.
Interestingly, yahoo stocks rose after the news of Batz being fired circulated over the internet.
I’ve looked at Google Insight for search tool to find out what’s trending here in the Philippines. Then I noticed this weird keyword: mov0001.swf. It’s the number 2 among the rising searches in the past seven days so I decided to research more about it.
Doubtful that it may be a virus or a malware that can cause trouble to my PC, I decided not to click the first result on Google Search result. Then I found this forum post at symbianize.com.
It’s actually a scary video that will flash to your screen once the link was opened.
To see it personally, just go to Google.com and enter the word “mov0001.swf” and click on the first result.
Warning: If you have some heart or nervous problem, better NOT try this.
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