Posts Tagged ‘david’

The Man Who Hacked the Bank of France

September 20th, 2012 09:33 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter David Off writes “In 2008 a Skype user looking for cheap rate gateway numbers found himself connected to the Bank of France where he was asked for a password. He typed 1 2 3 4 5 6 and found himself connected to their computer system. The intrusion was rapidly detected but led to the system being frozen for 48 hours as a security measure. Two years of extensive international police inquiries eventually traced the 37-year-old unemployed Breton despite the fact he’d used his real address when he registered with Skype. The man was found not guilty in court today (Original, in French) of maliciously breaking into the bank.”

Source: The Man Who Hacked the Bank of France

Samsung’s Comparison of Galaxy S To iPhone

August 8th, 2012 08:25 admin View Comments

The Courts

david.emery writes “In a document from the ongoing Samsung/Apple trial, provided in both English translation and Korean original, Samsung engineers provided a detailed comparison of user interface features in their phone against the iPhone. In almost all cases, the recommendation was to adopt the iPhone’s approach. Among other observations, this shows how much work goes into defining the Apple iPhone user experience.” Ars has an article on the evidence offered by Apple so far.

Source: Samsung’s Comparison of Galaxy S To iPhone

Assange Requests Asylum In Ecuador

June 19th, 2012 06:06 admin View Comments


david.emery writes “Julian Assange, his appeals in the United Kingdom having run out, today went to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to request asylum from his pending extradition to Sweden to face questioning for ‘unlawful coercion and sexual misconduct including rape.’”

Source: Assange Requests Asylum In Ecuador

The Space Command Team Answers Your Questions

June 12th, 2012 06:35 admin View Comments


Last week you got a chance to ask the team behind Space Command about their project and all things sci-fi. Marc Zicree, Doug Drexler, David Raiklen, and Neil Johnson were nice enough to put down the blasters and answer a handful of your best questions. David even answered one of his own! Read below to see what they had to say.

Source: The Space Command Team Answers Your Questions

These People are Ruining the Future of the Internet

April 27th, 2012 04:01 admin View Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) last night by a vote of 248-168. In the days leading up to the vote, opposition lined up drummed up awareness for the bill while the groups supporting the bill steadily pushed ahead. In the end, 112 Congress members cosponsored the bill. Major technology corporations also lent support along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Did your representative support CISPA? See the list below. 

Top photo, clockwise from top left: Benjamin Quayle, Michele Bachmann, Mike Rogers, Darrell Issa, Peter King, Sue Wilkins Myrick, Dutch Ruppersberger, Greg Walden.

Twenty major tech companies have sent letters supporting CISPA along with major U.S. industry trade groups including the Bay Area Council, TechAmerica, 11 financial trade associations and TechNet. These companies and groups represent billions of dollars in American industry, dollars that members of Congress will need to eventually be re-elected. Below we have aggregated the names of every single Congressional cosponsor of CISPA along with the links to their personal websites. The list is organized by date of stated support of the bill, starting with the first round of Congress members that supported the bill when it was introduced in November 2011. The first round had 28 official cosponsors. The majority of the 112 sponsors offered support from January 18 through April 17.

CISPA went through the mark up process in the Committee on Intelligence, of which the bills two primary authors, Representatives Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, are members. Amendments included language the would protect citizens from damage caused by the sharing of information as well as adding the term “utilities” to the list of private sector industries that can share cyber threat information with the federal government. The addition of utilities, such as water, electric and gas companies, was seen as a boost to the bill as such utilities are part of the critical infrastructure of the United States and are targets of malicious hackers. The House of Representatives then voted for the amendments before passing the final bill and sending it to the Senate and ultimately the White House.  Is your Congress person on the list? See who supported CISPA below.

Original Supporters (November 30, 2011)

Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2]

Rep King, Peter T. NY-3]

Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] 

Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9]

Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] 

Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] 

Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] 

Rep Boren, Dan [OK-2]

Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2]

Rep Chandler, Ben [KY-6]

Rep Nunes, Devin [CA-21]

Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4]

Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3]1 

Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] 

Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16]

Rep Heck, Joseph J. [NV-3] 

Rep Dicks, Norman D. [WA-6]

Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10]

Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2]

Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44]

Rep Shimkus, John [IL-19]

Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2]

Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26]

Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11]

Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-1]

Rep Kinzinger, Adam [IL-11]

Rep Amodei, Mark E. [NV-2] 

Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4]

Second Wave (December 2011)

Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5]

Rep Quayle, Benjamin [AZ-3]

Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10]

Rep Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [NJ-11]

Rep Yoder, Kevin [KS-3]

Rep Walberg, Tim [MI-7]

Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4]

Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14]

Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2]

Gaining Steam (January/February 2012)

Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5]

Rep Sullivan, John [OK-1]

Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1]

Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18]

Rep Coffman, Mike [CO-6]

Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6]

Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10]

Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4]

Rep Miller, Gary G. [CA-42]

Rep Stearns, Cliff [FL-6]

Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49]

Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4]

Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-3]

Rep Brooks, Mo [AL-5]

Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2]

Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31]

Rep Hartzler, Vicky [MO-4]

Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-13] 

Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10]

Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] 

Rep Rogers, Mike D. [AL-3] 

Rep Benishek, Dan [MI-1]

Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10]

Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7]

Rep Hastings, Doc [WA-4] 

Rep Davis, Geoff [KY-4]

Rep Meehan, Patrick [PA-7]

Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] 

Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22]

Rep Kline, John [MN-2]

Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45]

Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6]

Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18]

Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1]

Rep Fleischmann, Charles J. “Chuck” [TN-3]

Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43]

Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3]

Rep Noem, Kristi L. [SD]

On the Bandwagon (March/April 2012)

Rep Wittman, Robert J. [VA-1]

Rep Hultgren, Randy [IL-14] 

Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] 

Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23]

Rep Hurt, Robert [VA-5]

Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6]

Rep Smith, Adrian [NE-3] 

Rep Crawford, Eric A. “Rick” [AR-1] 

Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2] 

Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] 

Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13]

Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10]

Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU]

Rep Ross, Mike [AR-4]

Rep Cooper, Jim [TN-5]

Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16]

Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3]

Rep Costa, Jim [CA-20] 

Rep Cardoza, Dennis A. [CA-18] 

Rep Woodall, Rob [GA-7]

Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6]

Rep Shuler, Heath [NC-11]

Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15]

Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2]

Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7]

Rep Kissell, Larry [NC-8]

Rep Scalise, Steve [LA-1]

Rep Bilbray, Brian P. [CA-50]

Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9]

Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7]

Rep Owens, William L. [NY-23] 

Rep Mulvaney, Mick [SC-5]

Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4]

Rep Cuellar, Henry [TX-28]

Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5]

Rep Austria, Steve [OH-7]

Rep McKeon, Howard P. “Buck” [CA-25]


Source: These People are Ruining the Future of the Internet

Invalid Argument Ep. 1 – The App Store: (Banana) Republic?

March 1st, 2012 03:24 admin View Comments

invalidargument150.pngThe topic on our first (successful) episode of Invalid Argument was Apple’s App Store. The prompt was my RWW op-ed, “The App Store Is A Republic”, in which I argued that iOS users still count as nerds; they just elect the best and brightest amongst them to build the apps they want instead of doing it all themselves.

The republic is a tricky metaphor, though, because Apple is a fickle president, and the App Store of today is threatened by a growing din of fraudulent apps. Does Apple listen to its users’ demands, or does it merely pay lip service? I brought in an illustrious panel of app-makers to discuss.

Links we talked about:

  • *ReadWriteWeb: [The App Store Is A Republic](*
  • *Impending: [2012: The Year Scam Apps Killed The App Store](*
  • *Marco Arment: [Right Versus Pragmatic](*

The guests today were:

ia_calebelston.jpgCaleb Elston (@calebelston)
Caleb Elston is the co-founder and CEO of Yobongo. Lover of beautiful things. Interior design nut. Aaron Sorkin devotee.

App Store: Yobongo for iPhone

ReadWriteWeb: Yobongo Opens Global Chat & Private Rooms, “iPhone Is Just The Start”

ia_davidbarnard.jpgDavid Barnard (@drbarnard)
David Barnard is the owner of App Cubby, an iOS app company. Prior to founding App Cubby, David spent most of his time as a freelance recording engineer in the Austin, Texas area. Shorter and more frequent ramblings can be found on Twitter: @drbarnard

App Store: Gas Cubby for iPhone, Tweet Speaker for iPhone, Launch Center for iPhone

ReadWriteWeb: Launch Center’s Curious Quest to Fix the iPhone

ia_matthewbischoff.jpgMatthew Bischoff (@mb)
Matthew Bischoff is the co-founder of Lickability, makers of Quotebook. He also works on the NY Times iOS apps. Merlin Mann once called him a “gentleman from the Internet.”

ia_briancapps.jpgBrian Capps (@brianhax)
Brian Capps is the co-founder of Lickability and developer of Quotebook. He’s also a NY Times mobile software engineer. Music lover. Political junkie.

App Store: Quotebook for iPhone

ia_michaelsimmons.jpgMichael Simmons (@macguitar)
Michael Simmons is the co-founder of Flexibits. UI/UX obsessor. Mac + iOS instigator. Nitpixeler. Available for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.

App Store: Fantastical for Mac

An acknowledgement: This week’s show is all white dudes. It’s not a function of who was invited, only of who happened to say “yes” this week. We at ReadWriteWeb know better than to portray an inaccurate image of a developer community lacking in diversity. It just worked out that way. We think you’ll agree that this week’s panel was pretty awesome regardless.

If you or anyone you know would like to be a future guest on Invalid Argument, apply here:

Source: Invalid Argument Ep. 1 – The App Store: (Banana) Republic?

On Facebook, What You Give is What You Get

February 29th, 2012 02:00 admin View Comments

FB-Karma.jpgIt’s your best friend from 5th grade’s birthday, and you almost missed it because you were stalking your 7th grade best friend on Facebook. The time is now 9pm, in your time zone. In a moment of freedom, you return to and notice the tiny birthday notifications in the upper-righthand corner. Is it too late to wish your 5th grade best friend a happy Facebook birthday? You race over to his page and try to say something witty. “Happy birthday bro-dude!” you write, crouched over your keyboard. You were on Facebook this morning but were way too busy trying to just catch up on the newsfeed-filtered news of the day and forgot to pay attention to birthdays. And now, you just feel sad.

In our information-overload culture that lives as excited, exclamation-point riddled posts on Facebook and dies as wish-I-hadn’t-said-that status updates that you later delete when, hopefully, no one is watching (but who knows who is watching, really), it is easy to miss the moments that actually matter, truly mean something.

So now to the point of my story: There’s an app for that, and it attempts to address some of the “too-many-friends” syndrome that some Facebook users know quite well.

Launched yesterday, TapJoy‘s Karma for iPhone app connects with your Facebook account and attempts to identify and highlight your most meaningful connections and their important moments. These milestones/moments include birthdays, new jobs, important events (moving day, birthday, art shows on my Karma app screen), other celebrations (engagements) and “tough days” (a friend’s dog died, a cat died, a fellow journalist died). The app implies that important events call for spontaneous gifts.

“We wanted to be able to connect to friends in those moments,” CEO Ben Linden tells Co.Design. “So this is an in-the-moment gift service.” To that point, he adds: “We grew tired of missing important moments like a baby or a graduation,”

For people who mix various communities on Facebook, this means that there’s an impulsive moment available anytime, anywhere, to buy gifts for your Facebook friends. There is a nice variety of potential gifts to give, including Vosges chocolate, whisky stones, a morse code necklace or handmade gourmet candies. If you don’t like the gift, you can exchange it for something else in the Karma app store.

Gift-Giving As A Quick Fix

Today, the beloved Leap Day, happens to be my Facebook friend David Ford‘s birthday. David is a Kansas City-based artist who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago. I explored the inner workings of his mind through a studio visit. (I also reviewed one of his shows for the magazine Art Papers.) In his work, David discusses his love/hate kinda relationship with this country, evidenced through the passionate, at times fervent brush strokes that slide across his paintings. His work juxtaposes classic American symbols with faux luxury moments to paint a provocative, oft-times paradoxical view of the American cultural landscape.


Your Face Here, 2008 (courtesy of

Karma app suggests Whisky Stones (™) as one of the gifts I could send to David on his Leap Day birthday. To do this, all I have to do is click through and select the gift and David as the recipient. Karma sends a text, email or Facebook message to him so that he will get it and open the (virtual) gift immediately. Then I have to ask David where he wants the (real) gift shipped. Instantaneous delivery! Karma achieved, momentarily!

David-Ford-Karma-Birthday.jpgThe Karma app is a good idea, don’t get me wrong. I am not dissing it. Apps like this make f-commerce a.k.a. the mallification of Facebook seem like real possibility moving forward.

But there is one caveat: The act of gift-giving through this means provides a temporary fix, not long-lasting satisfaction. The Karma app creators understand.

“We found ourselves relegated to a Facebook post or making a note to buy them a card at CVS and then we’d forget,” Linden said in an interview. “We’d feel really terrible about that.”

What this app also does is contribute to the strange cultural phenomenon of over-friending, which has essentially cluttered news feeds and caused bizarre overlap amongst Facebook users’ normally neatly segmented lives. It’s like the Seinfeld “Independent George/Worlds Collide” episode. It’s yet another reason Facebook birthdays are so weird. Not even Facebook lists can help truly manage the menagerie of friends one has. At the end of the day, sometimes defriending is the best option.

So what of the Karma app for iPhone? Yes, I implore you to try it, see how it feels. Tell me a story about it in the comments section. Like Facebook, it’s pretty good at identifying users you interact with often and are thus deemed important to you. Of course, it cannot read into the intricacies of human relationships. That’s something you’ll have to do offline.

Images courtesy of and Shutterstock.

Source: On Facebook, What You Give is What You Get

Daily Wrap: RIM Playbook Disappoints and more

February 22nd, 2012 02:06 admin View Comments

dailywrap-150x150.pngDavid Strom says the RIM Playbook isn’t ready for primetime. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.

Sometimes it’s difficult to catch everything that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well.

What Facebook Says About Your Potential Job Performance

What Facebook Says About Your Potential Job Performance

David Strom gives 4 reasons why The RIM Playbook Still Sucks, even after the recent upgrade. From messaging inadequacies to a power button that is almost inoperable, David explains why he’s not happy with the Playbook.

The commenters on this story vehemently disagreed:

Patrick Zimmerman II – Really still suck? This tablet has never sucked. I use my tablet everyday for work and it saves me so much time working in .xls and .doc files, O and i do all my power point with it as well. To me I need a Tool and not a Toy. Maybe Apple needs to join WOW then you would be happy. Good Job RIM keep the Tools that work for me coming. O and i don’t need a app for that

From Twitter the reactions were mixed:

More Must Read Stories:

Amazon Launches Cloud-Based Business Process Automation Service

Amazon Launches Cloud-Based Business Process Automation Service

Amazon just announced the availability of a new service called Simple Workflow Service (SWF), which allows developers to define a series of complex steps in carrying out a business process, then implements and monitors those steps all together, as a service. “This new service gives you the ability to build and run distributed, fault-tolerant applications that span multiple systems (cloud-based, on-premise, or both),” writes Amazon’s Jeff Barr. SWF can also work across mobile devices. (more)

Firefox Data Visualization Shows You How Dumb Your Passwords Are

Firefox Data Visualization Shows You How Dumb Your Passwords Are

Do you reuse passwords across multiple websites? The habit is alarmingly common, despite being a well-known security risk. You know how the warning goes: If you use the same password across a number of different websites and one of those accounts is compromised, some evildoer could infiltrate the other sites, potentially exposing a wide range of personal data and even putting one’s finances or identity at risk. (more)

Do's and Don'ts For Using Storify

Do’s and Don’ts For Using Storify

A lot of journalists are going to conferences and being told to use Storify, a site that lets you curate loads of social media on a given topic and present them in a narrative or timeline: you can, for example, pull tweets and YouTube videos, urls and Facebook posts. (more)

Mozilla is Placing Itself in Position to be the King of the Mobile Web

Mozilla is Placing Itself in Position to be the King of the Mobile Web

HTML5 Web apps are going to become a definitive section of the mobile ecosystem in 2012. The difference between the mobile Web and its native counterparts is that there is no one company seen as the de facto leader of the movement. Apple leads iOS, Google touts Android, Microsoft and Nokia push Windows Phone. The mobile Web? Lots of players, no clear leader. (more)

Ready, Set, Download the Universe

Ready, Set, Download the Universe

Download the Universe brings together 15 of the Internet’s top science folks in an online forum that guides readers through the vast world of digital science e-books, texts and apps. (more)

Rawporter Is A Brilliant, But Poorly-Executed, Idea

Rawporter Is A Brilliant, But Poorly-Executed, Idea

The future of journalism, as Rawporter sees it, will include armies of regular people selling raw video footage to outlets who can’t get a crew to breaking news events.

But, based on a test of Rawporter’s iOS app Tuesday, the future of journalism is going to have to wait. And the test also provides a case study in why rushing an app out the door may not be the best business strategy. (more)

Judge Rules Against Man Who Claimed Harassment Over Embarrassing Facebook Photo

Judge Rules Against Man Who Claimed Harassment Over Embarrassing Facebook Photo

One of the first rules of public relations is “never be photographed with a drink in your hand,” but now, in the Facebook age, it may simply be “never be photographed.” (more)

Apple's Messages Beta: Pretty Meh in a Mixed OS World

Apple’s Messages Beta: Pretty Meh in a Mixed OS World

As part of the Mountain Lion preview last week, Apple put out a beta of its revamped chat application, Messages. If you spend a lot of time connecting with other folks on iOS devices, Messages is a must-have. If not, it doesn’t really add much to the mix. (more)

The Hats Swap Heads: Microsoft Uses EU Leverage to Pin Google on Patents

The Hats Swap Heads: Microsoft Uses EU Leverage to Pin Google on Patents

Microsoft confirmed to ReadWriteWeb this morning that the formal competition law complaint it filed this morning with the European Commission is against both Motorola Mobility (MMI) and Google, its would-be parent company. The office of the EC’s Competition office confirmed to ReadWriteWeb this morning it has received Microsoft’s complaint and will review it in due course, but will not yet release a copy to the public due to court rules. (more)

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Source: Daily Wrap: RIM Playbook Disappoints and more


February 21st, 2012 02:23 admin View Comments



Invalid Argument – Episode 0

February 16th, 2012 02:34 admin View Comments

chrome_awsnap150.jpgWell, we tried to tape our first episode of Invalid Argument today, but a clusterf— of Google+ Hangout and YouTube bugs messed that one up pretty thoroughly. Google tells us that three different bugs combined today for a perfect storm. Anyone who tried to tune in live (we love you) got a totally blank screen, and it sounds like lots of Hangouts went the same way today. It was awesome. We promise.

We did a dry run yesterday, and that didn’t work, so this time we came prepared to back it up, at least. But, unsurprisingly, this backup looks and sounds like complete crap. But I’m going to post it anyway. We’ll call it Episode 0. It proves that this show will rock once the technical difficulties are worked out.

People using Hangouts On Air right now are beta testers, so all these bugs are par for the course. We know and expect that. It’s really pretty cool of Google to provide the ability for multiple people around the world to hang out face to face and broadcast live to all of Earth for free. We don’t have much room to complain. Once this stuff is a little more reliable, Invalid Argument is going to be great.

Our guests for Episode 0 were the best I could have asked for. We had a fifth lined up and ready to go, but try as I might, I wasn’t able to find his name to invite him to the Hangout. That may have been a Google+ issue, it may have been the fault of one or both of us. Regardless, I hope all of these brilliant people will join me again once we’ve got the hang of Hangouts On Air.

The guests today were:

ia_davidbarnard.jpgDavid Barnard (@drbarnard)
David Barnard is the owner of App Cubby, an iOS app company. Prior to founding App Cubby, David spent most of his time as a freelance recording engineer in the Austin, Texas area. Shorter and more frequent ramblings can be found on Twitter: @drbarnard

ReadWriteWeb: Launch Center’s Curious Quest to Fix the iPhone

ia_leahculver.jpgLeah Culver (@leahculver)
“I’m the founder of Grove (, hosted IRC servers for companies. I’m also a well-known Django/Python and iPhone developer with a passion for open source. I’ve previously founded Pownce (acquired by Six Apart) and Convore (funded by Y Combinator).”

ReadWriteHack: Hosted, Searchable IRC Chat For Teams

ia_lukeconnolly.jpgLuke Connolly (@lconnolly)
“I make websites, but I also love designing pretty much anything someone will let me. I’ve done UI/app design, custom CMS development (WordPress, ExpressionEngine), and branding/identity. I like creating beautiful, useful things.”

ReadWriteWeb: Whimventory Wishlists Solve The Shopping Problem

ia_randallleeds.jpgRandall Leeds (@tilgovi)
“I work on open source software, currently as a contributor to Apache CouchDB and the popular Python web server, Gunicorn. Most recently, I worked as an engineer at Meebo making contributions to backend architectures but left in December to lead development at In 2011 I was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for the Open211 social services directory.”

ReadWriteWeb: A Peer-Review Layer for the Whole Internet

Thanks once more to the fantastic guests.

And hey, here’s the video. Like I said, it looks and sounds pretty bad, but it proves we had fun:

If you or anyone you know would like to be a future guest on Invalid Argument (you know, once the kinks are smoothed out), apply here:

Source: Invalid Argument – Episode 0